VIETNAM’S MARBLE MOUNTAIN TRAVEL GUIDE AND WHY YOU DON’T HAVE TO PAY FOR A TOUR GUIDE!
A visit to Da Nang
Da Nang was on our travels of the typical backpacker’s South to North route of Vietnam. After we checked into our booking.com home stay we wanted to find things to do in Da Nang. Therefore, here is my Vietnam’s Marble Mountain Travel Guide to share with you my experience and save you some money in your pocket.
After plenty of Google research we decided the Marble mountain and monkey mountain was number one on our hit-list. However, we noticed we had to pay, more out of our budget and these was quite expensive. Ahhh well you have to pay to see these things when your backpacking. We didn’t pay.
You can visit both, one for free and one for a very small fee.
When we was doing the research discovered it was $30+ a person for a tour of the marble mountain, which is a ridiculous price I think after visiting. This is why in this post I want to tell you about Da Nang’s epic Marble Mountain, the high climbing monkey mountain and why you should be visiting both for very cheap.
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WHERE IS THE MARBLE MOUNTAINS
located in Ngũ Hành Sơn District, south of Da Nang city in Vietnam and are easy to get to from the centre of Da Nang. Therefore, you DO NOT need to pay for a tour bus as you can make your own way there!
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WHAT IS THE AMAZING MARBLE MOUNTAINS OF VIETNAM
The stunning marble mountains are a cluster of high hills, dark caves, marble stone, temples and believe me when I say plenty of steps. It is also truth that bullet holes can be found engraved into the caves from where the Vietnamese soldiers used to spy on the American beach resting troops during the tragic war.
Because the Marble mountains are situated on the coast you can see amazing views including the sands of My Khe beach. We climbed to the highest point and the views are stunning. However, be ready to sweat as the temperatures reach crazy heat up there! Take plenty of water, there is stalls that sell water but at double the price you would normally pay.
The price of the Marble Mountains you DON’T have to pay
Like I said we found out they do tours for $30+ per person, but we went with our gut instinct and created our own tour. Therefore, we hired a scooter off are homestay, $4 for 24 hours and it came with gas. Then we made our 20 minute journey to the Marble Mountains.
When you arrive you have two options either get an elevator up or use the stairs both cost.
Elevator: 50,000 Dong
Stairs: 40,000 Dong
We decided to be lazy that day and use the elevator as we was a little sore from the gym the day before. We wish we hadn’t though because at the end we realised there isn’t that many steps, o well we know for next time.
When we stepped out of the elevator, we put on our exploration hats and made for the temples, caves and high points.
We had fun and was surprised how unique the temples actually are, I mean they have electric inside that light up the praying areas like Christmas lights light up the New York stores in December.
The marble on the mountains are cool and unique, I was more interested in the caves and found them more fun. Furthermore, the temples are sweet and personally I found them great for cooling down from the beating days of the sun.
After a few hours we made our exit and dam we was pleased we got there early as there was people everywhere by this time rushing around to take pictures, probably for Instagram because the Chinese had their best dresses and pouting faces on. It pisses me off when there are too many people and the have no consideration for your personal space or experience.
THINGS EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE MARBLE MOUNTAINS
- It’s very hot and you should take adequate water up, you just need to stay hydrated man there’s nothing worse than being thirsty in 34 degree heat.
- Wear appropriate footwear, don’t be one of those that wears high heels for an Instagram picture. The rockery can be sloppy in places and don’t forget you have to climb more steps than there are to heaven.
- Do not pay the prices for a tour, you don’t need to. Hire a scooter or get a taxi as it’s not that far and you you will still save money!
- At the bottom there are plenty of cafes offering for you to park your scooter, I say offer what I mean is they scream “here here”. Get a drink and they will let you park there for free.
- After 10am the mountains flood with ignorant tourists looking to take pics and will have no considerations about pushing you out of the way and nobody can be arsed with that on a hot day.
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MARBLE MOUNTAINS WRAPPED UP
Vietnam’s Marble Mountain Travel Guide
The mountains are amazing to see and there is plenty of heat and sweat involved, but it’s all worth it or the views you get! Remember don’t pay for a tour guide make your own little adventure and save some money. In my eyes the tours are a rip off way of making money for the locals.
Hope you enjoy you journey.