The Marble Mountains, Hoi An/Da Nang

The Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son) lie between Da Nang and Hoi An. Dubbed Hon Non Nuoc, meaning Mountain and Water in Vietnamese, there are actually five marble outcrops topped with pagodas. Each is said to represent one of the natural elements: Tho Son (Earth), Moc Son (Wood), Kim Son (Metal/Gold), Thuy Son (Water) and Hoa Son (Fire).

The marble mountains hidden gem, behind Van Thong Cave, Marble Mountains, outside Hoi An, Vietnam

Behind Van Thong Cave before the ‘Road to Heaven’ path, leading to the top of Thuy Son mountain

Thuy Son (Mountain of Water) is the largest and most famous of the five marble mountains and contains a number of caves in which Hindu, Buddhist and Cham deities are worshipped. The most impressive of these is the Huyen Khong Cave. Cathedral-like, with natural light entering through a small skyward opening, this large cave houses a large Cham Buddha, Buddhist and Confucian shrines along with various inscriptions carved into the walls.
Huyen Khong Cave at Marble Mountain, Outside Hoi An, Vietnam

The stunning Huyen Khong at the Marble Mountains

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Eating out in Hoi An

Hoi An was awarded the ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’ badge in 1999 and is known as one of the most picturesque towns in Vietnam.

Old Town in Hoi An at night, Hoi An, Vietnam

Night view in Hoi An’s Old Town

A trading port since the 2nd century BC, Hoi An reached its peak between the 16th and 18th centuries and has a rich architectural and culinary heritage. From luxurious villas with complex menus (and flavour combinations) to street food in the hectic day markets, Hoi An has a lot to offer to a foodie. Here are some of our favourites: Continue reading