The Marble Mountains
The Marble Mountains
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7:00 AM - 5:30 PM, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Discover the tunnels and grottoes within Thuy Son, the only one of the five Marble Mountains that’s open to travelers. Marvel at the Buddhist temples carved into the rock, then head to the hilltop overlook for awe-inspiring views of the city. Join a guided tour to learn more about the history of the mountains. To reach the summit, take the elevator or climb the stairs; if you choose to do the latter, be very careful as the marble steps tend to be slippery. Visit early in the morning or later in the day to escape the midday heat and beat the crowds. – Tripadvisor
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  • Trista
    Sydney, Australia10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile and spectacular to see if in Danang!
    If you are nearby it’s definitely worth a visit. Very hot but amazing. You pay separately to go up in the elevator, down the elevator, entry for top of the mountains cave and the bottom cave. Many stairs are slippery with marble so take care. We took the elevator up, where many caves are able to be viewed. Don’t miss the main one which is the Huyen Kong cave (on map when at top). It is the most spectacular with temple carvings etc. Can visit a few others along the way. Amazing to see the monks chanting also. We walked down the stairs rather than taking the lift back down. The Am Phu cave can be accessed from ground level and requires separate entry fee. In my opinion it is not as spectacular as the Huyen Kong cave, so could I feel that I would have been happy to have missed this one. Don’t engage with the sellers at bottom if you prefer not to be consistently harassed to buy their products.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 28, 2023
  • supertzar666
    Dunnville, Canada1,645 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    great workout
    What an awesome place to spend half a day. I'm not sure if it's all authentic or just made to attract tourists but still it's pretty cool. There is a lot of stairs so wear good shoes and bring plenty of fluids. Views from the top are pretty amazing.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Audra F
    Hoxton Park, Australia208 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great to see!
    Tip: don’t buy tickets from ladies approaching you outside of the designated ticket office. Ticket office is clearly marked with the price (20VND). Wear hiking shoes or shoes with good grip as there are many slippery marble steps. There are many things to see here, caves, pagodas, statues galore. All very beautiful and amazing. At the opposite side of the ticket office is another to go up my son mountain (40VND) to go up the lift. The view from the highest peak is great as well as the sea watching pagoda (easy climb). The heavens gate walk was very difficult and slippery. There wasn’t anything worth seeing either, would recommend skipping this! Otherwise the caves and pagodas were great. Yes Vietnam is hot in July that’s called Summer people! Bring a drink or two with you and tough it out, so worth it!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Tayla
    Brisbane, Australia63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely breath taking caves and views
    What an awesome breath taking experience! We started with the cave and trek to the highest point (20k entry each) and then went towards the elevator where we paid 40k each to see the rest . Both entry prices absolutely worth it if debating one or the other. The most incredible view I have ever seen at Heavens gate and worth the long trek up the stairs! Absolutely took my breath away.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • MartyPN
    239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Part of site requires ability to climb steep stairs, but still interesting
    There are two sites at the Marble Mountains and consideration should be given as to your level of fitness when embarking on going there. Each has separate admission costs which should not be a deterrence as they relatively minor costs. The lower larger cave is the more accessible for people who might have more mobility issues. Most parts of this cave are interesting and provide a good experience of what can be seen in the caves and grottoes of the other site that can be accessed by elevator (or steep steps if you are keen). The second site has numerous steep steps and as a person with health issues I struggled to reach some points and due to electrical faults some caves were not lit. While not advocating that you should not visit the area accessed by the elevator I would say people with mobility issues will be limited in exploring the site to the full extent of what is present. What I saw of the second site, almost at the level of the elevator exit, was interesting. There were Buddhist monks in prayer when we visited and several accessible grottoes and landscaped spaces located at this level. The remaining areas of the site required steep climbs on steps that might provide issues for some visitors. If you are prepared to climb the steps I think you will enjoy the added attractions that I could not reach. Given the low cost of entry you should not be put off going to the elevator accessed area as what I managed to see was well worth the visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Keiran
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best for early risers
    Get here early before any crowds and the heat kicks in, we took the elevator up and walked down, good advice. Take your time and check out all of the caves and religious sites, some are tucked away. If you can, have a guide. Don’t miss the view right up too at Heaven’s Gate. Spectacular.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • dave p
    Hudson, Wisconsin27 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowds of Tourists Made this Hard to Enjoy
    The caverns were interesting, with high open shafts that brought in light. We were put off by the crowds. Tourists walking up the narrow and steep stairs with their toddlers, constantly yelling. It was pretty unsafe- I can see the appeal of the elevator. One parent even had a child in one hand and a folded stroller in the other, climbing the steps. Crazy! The outdoor areas were more peaceful and had a nice view of Da Nang.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • timbermanzero
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place
    Our friend, Jack has showed us this place many times since he came back from Vietnam. So we decided to visit these mountains by a simple way. Always fun to explore caves. We did the discovery tour; it was very commercialized, but a nice tour overall. The caves 're nice and cool especially compared to how hot it was today. It was absolutely beautiful. I have a small kid so it was challenging, but overall, I would totally go there again. Amazing place!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Ali_Royal_2015
    927 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early, wear trainers, take water!
    Do your research, be prepared for some physical exertion and you will have an enjoyable & memorable experience at the Marble Mountains. We arrived at 6:45am and there was nobody else there, not even the ticket office staff but it was good to beat the crowds of tourists and souvenir sellers. It was also much cooler early doors which made the climbing steps and exploring the various areas on the mountain much more enjoyable. We got our 40k tickets just after 7:00am (from ticket booth 2), took the 15k lift up (it doesn’t actually take you very far up the mountain, but enough to get ahead of the few tourists that had arrived early) and started our exploration. There is plenty of walking/scrambling up rocks and around caves to do after you get out the lift but it was worth getting a head start so that we were pretty much alone for the first hour. You really need to be wearing trainers if you want to climb up and down some of the steeper, sharp, slippery areas and that’s where you see the best sights so I would recommend it. Also I would take a bottle of water as even early in the morning it’s pretty hot, although you can buy drinks there for a premium. The view from various lookout spots is spectacular and the peaceful vibe in the Pagodas and caves is quite special. I am not religious but it’s hard not to be moved by the tranquility and history of the Huyen Khong cave. This was my favourite area on the mountains and we were lucky enough to get it empty to ourselves for about 15 minutes which was an incredible experience. We walked back down the mountain rather than catching the lift and it wasn’t difficult, just take your time. We also paid the additional 20k to have a look around the Am Phu Cave (next to the main bus park) which is easy to access and worth a look, but for me doesn’t come close to Huyen Khong cave.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Debbie R
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow...lots of steps but worth every one.
    Wonderful views, caves, temples but be careful as the steps are steep and slippery. Followed a path into a cave and the only way out was to climb knee high steps and pull yourself out. A warning would have been good. Recommend the escalator...saves your energy for the rest of the site.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 10, 2023
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John L
110 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Went there with my family to enjoy the hill and you are immediately grabbed by people selling crafts. There is a charge to use the elevator both up and a separate charge to use it to come down. There is also an entrance charge and they won’t even allow you to take a photo unless you have paid for it all. Once you are up the mountain (about 5 stories) you are once again accosted by guides forcing themselves on you and then demanding money. I’d take a hard pass on this one.
Written March 16, 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada6,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We were on a group tour of about 18 people. This was one of our stops when we were heading from Hoi An to Hue (all in the same day). I am very glad we got here early how it was just starting to get really warm. Its a long way up and some of the stairs are very tall. We all split up and went our own way to see what was most important to us. There is so much to see here. Marble mountain consists of five marble & limestone hill and are named after the 5 elements. There are amazing statues, caves, temples and carving in the mountain. The view are also incredible.

It cost around 40,000VND ($2.35CAD) to enter Mount water. It also cost the same to enter Hell Cave. There is also an optional Elevator Fee of 15,000VND ($0.90CAD) per person/per ride. We didn’t take the Elevator Option. I do wish that we had taken the guide so we didn’t get lost in the short amount of time we were there for. The guide was 50,000VND ($3CAD). We only had an hour and a half at the marble mountains which was not even close to enough time. I would say you need a minimum of 3 hours to be able to take your time and really enjoy yourself. But the time we were leaving it was starting to get busy. Glad we got there when we did. I believe it was around 9am.

There are lots of shops around the bottom of the mountain selling carvings out of the stone from the mountains. There is also a few restaurants and corner stores to get something quick to eat before heading to your next location. The locals were all very friendly as you passed by.

I can not wait to go back and see all of this fantastic location.
Written May 29, 2020
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Good_Partner
Sydney, Australia4,165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This must be the far away No. 1 attraction for tourists visiting Danang. You must not miss it. The mountain is not high so taking the steps will be the wise choice even lift is available for a fee. Compared to other attraction entry fee in this city, climbing Marble Mountains has the best value. Stairs may be uneven but it's manageable if you climb up slowly. The caves were popular as they were the rare excitement at this peaceful attraction. One or two caves require very strong legs to climb up though so be aware (no worry by the younger ones) before entering the one way path as the path is narrow and steep so it's hard to withdraw and return. Allowing 2 hours here should be quite adequate.
Written February 9, 2020
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Cherylann
Mumbai, India187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Marble mountain is mid way between Danang & Hoi An. So we booked a cab from our hotel in Hoi An to Danang city with a stop over at the Marble Mountains.

You can opt to walk up the steps which can be really tiring or pay 15k VND & take the elevator (one way).

The moment you get off the elevator, you are welcomed by an awesome view with the beach on one side & the city view on the other with mountains.

There are beautiful caves with statues in stone as well as marble. You can also buy statues & other souvenirs made from marble from the shops below in the area (although our driver had told us not to buy from the shops around as the marble quality wasn't that good).

A bit of advise: Please wear good sturdy shoes if you want to climb up into the steep caves.
Written January 9, 2020
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jwgbusiness
Thornhill, Canada146 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is a great place with a climb that may be hard for people with mobility issues. There are caves and religious statues that are worth seeing but beware of the merchants and their wares. The prices are exorbitant and there is a person who will track you in the main store until you leave, probably to assist but is there to sell.
Written February 28, 2020
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David W
Luton, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We hired a grab and taxi to take us all over here he area for two days.

You have to pay to enter the mountain to explore the caves. There is an option to pay to ride a lift to the top. I am recommend that you buy the lift ticket as the stairs in the cave are doable, yet slippery and exhausting.
Written January 7, 2020
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Liz W
Melbourne, Australia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Our morning tour with our guide Mr Ken (Tommy Dao Tours - HoiAn) began at 8am. Stopped of at a marble workshop/showroom then headed to Marble Mountain. Get there early to avoid the crowds. The caves were amazing and quite easy to access so long as you can do stairs. The glass lift up the mountain is great, it’s all leg work after that, including the descent to ground level. Having a knowledgeable guide is a must. We were able to learn about all the statues, caves, temples and many other details that are not well sign posted for tourists wandering the cave areas without guides. Having a private tour guide like Mr Ken made our visit much more informative and gave us a great understanding about the history of the mountains. We then headed to the Dragon Bridge in Danang for a few photos and then The Lady Buddha site for another well informed tour which includes a few chance meeting with some monkeys! Well worth a visit if you are around Danang and/or HoiAn. Our tour was a 1/2 day that was completed with a beautiful Vietnamese lunch in HoiAn. Thank you Tommy Dao Tours & Mr Ken.
Written January 8, 2020
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James K
Stourbridge, UK35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The 5 craggy tops are a major tourist attraction and therefore very busy, even though we visited late in the day. That said we really enjoyed the visit. There is an elevator to take you part way up the crag or a couple of paths. Inside the mountain are a series of natural caves containing Hindu and Buddist shrines. The largest with a large Buddha statue was a Viet Cong hospital in the American War. There are also great views from the highest point on Thuy Son, which we had to ourselves. Around the mountains are the usual stalls selling tourist stuff and lots of statues with most of the stone imported from China.
Written January 14, 2020
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Skattch
Pleasant Hill, CA343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
My wife and I booked a private tour of Marble Mountain through our hotel, the La Siesta, in Hoi An.

Our guide, pronounced Home, was excellent.

Our tour started with a brief stop at one of the family marble carvers. They had an amazing collection of statues and other art delicately and lovely card from different types of marble. I wish we had room to have one of these in our yard because they were really some of the most beautiful statues I’ve ever seen.

But the real value of this tour started once we taking the elevator to the top of the mountain. After that followed one amazing setting after another. From pagoda to cave to Budda and temple then again and again it seems like we couldn’t get any more amazed until we were.

It’s one of those places were pictures no matter how good simply do not do it justice.

We highly, highly recommend the store to anybody who is in the area.
Written February 23, 2020
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dekalbill
DeKalb, IL563 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a popular site with lots of visitors, but it is worth the time to experience the wonders of this area. I was impressed by the temples, pagodas, statues, ponds, caves and beautiful views. Take the elevator to the top.
Written January 17, 2020
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