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Exploring the Marble Mountains - To Witness the Majestic Grandeur of Vietnamese Heritage

The glorious Marble Mountains of Vietnam, which are located in the Ngu Hanh Son District are quite popular among the tourists who visit the country. These mountains are also commonly known as 'five elements mountains" as they are named after the elements of metal, water, wood, fire and earth. If you desire to visit this iconic attraction, details in the following article will be of great use to you.


Where are the Marble Mountains located?

These glorious mountains are located between Hoi An and Da Nang. If you do need to have a special tour arranged with a designated guide, you can inquire from your hotel and check if they arrange tours for guests. Alternatively, you can look for information about tour operators on the internet. Most of the websites today provide details of tour packages along with feedback so you will be able to make a well informed decision.


How to reach the Marble Mountains?

A short taxi ride of approximately half an hour from Da Nang will get you here. If you stay at a Hua Hin luxury hotel such as the centrally located Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa you will be able to reach the Marble Mountains with great ease. You can have a taxi arranged from your hotel or even hail one from the street.

If you like to travel like the locals using public transport, you can get into a bus travelling from Hoi An to Da Nang. The journey will take only about 20 minutes. Once you hop off the bus, a short walk from the main road will bring you to the entrance of the Marble Mountains.


How long will it take to explore the mountains?

It doesn't take very long to explore the Marble Mountains as only the Thuy Son Mountain is accessible to tourists. You can climb to the summit, take photos and admire the stunning beauty of grottoes and decorated pillars here in half a day. If you desire to spend a little more time, taking in the loveliness that is abundant in this place, you can explore in leisure at your own pace and spend a full day here too.


What's the best time to visit the Marble Mountains?

Since this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region, you can expect large numbers of buses filled with tourists to frequently arrive throughout the day. You will be able to avoid the crowds if you schedule the visit in the early morning. This way the heat of the noon will be evaded too.


What will you see at the Marble Mountains?

When you visit this place of spectacular charm, you will get the opportunity to explore a number of stunning caves that are colourfully adorned with shrines and spiritual images that are mostly related to Buddhism. Some Hindu grottoes can also be seen at the mountains. The summit of the Thuy Son Mountain can be reached by a stairway of 156 steps. It's definitely worth climbing as the gorgeous vistas that greet you at the top are truly breathtaking.


Things to wear and pack for the journey

Make sure you wear casual and comfortable clothing when you visit the Marble Mountains as the heat can really wear you out. You should also be clad in comfortable shoes as the journey will involve quite a few hours of climbing. Do carry enough water with you as well. Make sure you also take your camera with extra batteries if you have any, as the sights at the top are truly picture perfect!