Head to the Marble Mountains and the Son Tra Peninsula on this half-day tour from Da Nang. Visit mysterious caves hidden within and see the 220-foot-high (67-meter) marble Lady Buddha statue that resides at Linh Ung Pagoda. Enjoy sweeping views and visit Non Nuoc, a centuries-old stone carving village. Round-trip hotel transport included.
Da Nang half-day tour of the Son Tra Peninsula
Climb steps up to Huyen Khong Cave in the Marble Mountains
Visit the stone carving village of Non Nuoc
View Linh Ung Pagoda and its Goddess of Mercy, ‘Lady Buddha’
The Marble Mountain is a cluster of five marble and limestone mountains which are named after the five elements and is a popular sightseeing location in Da Nang because of its alluring beauty. Stone steps carved into the mountain lead to a Buddhist Pagoda. You can also discover stunning caves and enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the mountain. Marble Mountain is also home to Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village, which is a unique craft village to the south of the city. Situated at the foot of the Marble Mountains, this craft village has a proud history covering more than 200 years.
Staying at this elevated position we’ll pay a visit to Linh Ung – Bai But pagoda which is considered one of the biggest pagodas in Da Nang city in both scale and architecture. The most striking feature of this vast pagoda is its huge Lady Buddha statue, which is one of the tallest in Viet Nam (67 meters) and spectacularly dominates the skyline. From here, you will see Marble Mountain along with white sand-bank. The beautiful landscape creates a unique impression that you cannot find in other place.
Both the Marble Mountains and the Pagoda are well worth seeing, just not with the guide we had. The Viator description of the guide speaking English was a stretch at best, we managed to understand maybe 1 word in 10 (English is our first language). Really enjoyed the Pagoda for the first 30 minutes. The next 45 minutes of waiting for our guide to return was not so enjoyable. The itinerary managed to omit the requisite stop at a garden statue place where they try and sell you life size marble garden ornaments. The Marble Mountains themselves are impressive, just a pity that we couldn’t ask the guide any questions due to the language barrier. Overall was useful to have some one drive us to the different places and arrange entry, but if you want an informative tour guide than best look elsewhere.
Our guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and had good english. He took numerous photos To be uploaded later of us and was very obligeing. The time at the Laddy Buddha and Marble Mountain sites was sufficient and left uss the afternoon for pur own devoces.
We enjoyed our 1/2 day, and especially the visit to the caves, although there were various glitches...The description fails to mention that the tour includes a visit to the Lady Buddha, which we had previously seen the day before by hiring a taxi to take us there. They guide was also not informed that we were doing a second 1/2 tour with Viator, and that the morning tour person was supposed to facilitate our arrival at the starting point of the second 1/2 tour. Still another glitch occurred when the bus driver pulled over to the side of the road and stayed too long twhile the tour guide was attempting to resolve our drop off spot and then proceeded to get a ticket. Two policed officers took at least 20-25 minutes before taking their bribe all agreed likely, and letting the driver go.
Very good tour both Marble Mountain and Lady Buddha. We were picked up promptly and had a friendly team of guests on the tour. Nice friendly tour guide, full of knowledge for both trips.
Only thing you do need on the marble mountain excursion is a good pair of shoes/trainers and suitable attire to withstand the climbing on the different terrain on the mountain you have to climb and come down.
The one negative that puts me off the tour is the pushy selling at the sovereign shops, when the sales team seem to pound on you, this part is definitely unnecessary, it puts a negative on the tour before it has even began.
The both visit I would recommend, well worth the trip.
Really enjoyed both places we visited on this tour, even more than I thought I would! Fantastic views back to Danang and the ocean from the Lady Buddha on Son Tra, amid beautiful temple grounds with bonsais and statues. The caves and sculptures in the Marble Mountain were quite thought-provoking - I thought the two Buddhas playing chess in one of the caves was particularly surprising and curious! Our guide, Eric, was really fun and had all kinds of intriguing information about both places and Buddhism in general. Both places are beautiful, well worth seeing.
This tour was the perfect length of time. We saw everything we wanted to see without feeling rushed. Our tour guide, Eric, was wonderful! He provided very interesting information along with entertaining anecdotes. Highly recommended!