Ahhh! I actually thought I’d posted this one – it was from July. I only discovered this now when going to upload the next post.
Oh well, this is a quicky on our trip to Marble Mountains and another post will probably follow tomorrow, which is a catch up of 4 months. Marble Mountains is a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngu Hanh Son ward, south of Da Nang city in Vietnam and they are named after the five elements; Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth). It is only about 15 mins from where we stay.
It is absolutely marvelous and well worth the trip. Jim and I only thought we’d be there for 20 mins or so, but probably spent 1 1/2 hours there.
All of the mountains have cave entrances and numerous tunnels, and it is possible to climb to the summit of one of the peaks. Several Buddhist sanctuaries can also be found within the mountains, making this a famous tourist destination. The mountains were very near the American Marble Mountain Air Facility during the Vietnam War. A stairway of 156 steps leads to the summit of Thuy Son, the only marble mountain accessible to visitors. It allows a wide panoramic view of the surrounding area and the other marble mountains.
The entrance ticket is only 15,000 VND, so around a dollar and we traveled there with our regular driver, he waited for us and then took us to Hoi An, and then drove us back to Da Nang the next day for 400,000 VND ($24 AUD).