Your trip to Danang would not be complete if you do not have a visit to the Marble Mountains in order to discover many interesting things here. There are many beautiful landscapes and natural wonders along with many temples, caves and fine art villages that nature has endowed this land and hospital people. It is really a must-go place while in Danang city as well as Hoi An.
Marble Mountains is also known as Non Nuoc Mountain, belonging to Ngu Hanh Son district, Da Nang city, Vietnam. Located from the center of Da Nang city 8km to the southeast, on the way from Da Nang airport to Hoi An. It is a group of five marble and limestone mountains, named after the five elements of the ancient oriental philosophy: metal, wood, water, fire and earth. According to geologists, they are inshore islands formed by silt accretion, gradually impacted by climate condition creating caves with interesting shapes.
Fauna and flora here are very diversified, especially many rare herbs. Your children will be very excited about naughty monkeys which the monks feeding. That’s why many people choose Marble Mountains to spend their Vietnam family tour in case of going with children. Currently Marble Mountains is one of the most famous place in that Da Nang tourism are stepping up exploitation. Coming this place, tourists will have opportunity to see beautiful landscapes, the wonderful caves and marvelous temples. These mountains have a complicated system of caves and tunnels. In the past they were used as hiding places and important bases for the Vietnam revolutionaries. Marble Mountains was recognized as "national historic relic" on 22 March 1990 by the Ministry of Culture.
Among the five, Thuy Son, the mountain of water, is the highest one and also the main attraction. Almost all tourists come to Marble Mountains to visit Thuy Son. This mountain has many caves and Buddhist temples, many dating back to the 17th century. Climbing up about 150 stone steps from the foot of Thuy Son, one will reach the most beautiful observatory spot: the Riverview Tower.
In addition to going sightseeings like caves, temples, you can also visit and explore Handicraft villages with nearly 400 years old, specializing in marble carving, where to manipulate the incredibly sophisticated products. Tourists may also want to visit the Non Nuoc Village at the foot of Marble Mountains. The village is famous for stone sculptures and handicrafts. Here you can buy many things made of marble stone, from small one like earrings, necklaces, vases to the huge sculptures of Buddha. In the past, rock was extracted directly from the Marble Mountains to make sculptures but now the direct extraction was made illegal. Materials for sculpturing work are now transported from nearby provinces like Quang Nam and Thanh Hoa. It will be great to buy some hand-made souvenirs as special gifts for relatives or friends.