Offering incredible views of the surrounding area, no trip to Hội An is complete without taking the time to visit the nearby Marble Mountains. These five limestone and marble mountains are a true natural wonder and are named after the five elements.
Join a Marble Mountains day trip from Hội An and enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty that this area has to offer. Explore the caves and shrines of the sheer mountain cliffs, and enjoy the panoramic view from Mount Thuy’s summit.
Here's all you need to know about the Marble Mountains, one of the most exciting day trips from Hội An.
The Marble Mountains are located in Vietnam’s Ngu Hanh Son District, and are just 20 kilometers north of Hội An.
Getting from Hội An to the Marble Mountains by car or motorbike is very easy. Simply travel north along the Le Van Hien highway for around 20 kilometers. As the marble mountains are so large, they can be seen from kilometers away and can help guide you.
The ticket entrance to the Marble Mountains can be found on Huyen Tran Cong Chua, and the entire drive should take less than 40 minutes, depending on traffic. There is plenty of affordable paid parking available at Gate 2.
Bus #1 goes from Hội An to Da Nang and makes a stop near the Marble Mountains. Get off at the nearby bus stop and walk the rest of the way to Marble Mountain’s ticket office. Buses run at regular intervals throughout the day.
Not only do guided tours from Hội An offer hotel transfer services in an air-conditioned vehicle, but you’ll also get to learn more about the region from your local guide. Most Marble Mountains day trips last 6 hours, including transportation times, and may include additional stops.
Marble Mountains entrance tickets cost VND40,000 (US$1.70) per person. If you want to go up the elevator to Mount Thuy, this costs an additional VND15,000 (US$0.70) per person. Parking is available for VND10,000 (US$0.4) per vehicle.
Most Marble Mountains day trips begin with a pickup from your accommodation in Hội An. From here, your guide will drive you the short distance to the Marble Mountains in an air-conditioned vehicle.
Once at the mountains, your guide will show you around and take you to the very best sites, shrines, caves and viewpoints. You’ll also get to learn more about the region and the fascinating history behind the mountains.
Before heading back to Hội An, most tour itineraries will include stops at a few other nearby attractions to make the most of your time in the area.
When going to visit the Marble Mountains on a day tour, you have a few different types of tours to choose from, including group tours and private tours.
Guided tours from Hội An are a fun and affordable way to experience the Marble Mountains with a group of other travelers. You’ll be driven to the mountains in an air-conditioned vehicle with your group, while your tour guide shows you the best of what the mountains have to offer.
Choosing a private tour allows you to make certain personalizations to your trip to the Marble Mountains. As it will just be you and your travel companions on the tour, you will have more opportunities to ask your guide questions about the mountains and other attractions.
Many Marble Mountains day trips also include a stop at Linh Ung Pagoda, which is renowned for its “Lady Buddha”. This statue has particular cultural significance for the Vietnamese locals and you will learn all about it during your tour.
Make the most of your time in the region by choosing a Marble Mountains day trip that includes My Son Sanctuary in its itinerary. At My Son Sanctuary, you’ll learn more about the ancient Cham people.
A basic tour to the Marble Mountains from Hội An usually costs around US$40 per person. These guided, group tours include entrance fees (including the elevator ride) and hotel transfers.
For a slightly more comprehensive experience, you can expect to pay around US$90 per person. These group tours are typically full-day tours and allow you more time to explore Marble Mountains and make stops at other nearby attractions.
While private Marble Mountains day trips vary in price, depending on how many people are on the tour and itinerary, you can expect to pay around US$150 per person at the most.
The Marble Mountains are a group of five limestone and marble mountains that are each named after one of the natural elements. Over the years, the mountains have become a spiritual destination for Vietnamese Buddhists and that is why you will see many Buddhist statues.
One of the highlights of visiting the Marble Mountains is the elevator ride to Mount Thuy’s summit, where you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area and the South China Sea. There are also a few hiking trails on the mountain.
The mountains are also home to many caves, including Heaven Cave and Huyen Khong, both of which host Buddhist shrines. These caves are large, beautiful and provide the perfect place to take a few photos.
The Marble Mountains are open daily from 7 AM to 5.30 PM.
The best time to visit the Marble Mountains is any time outside of the region’s rainy season (September to November). During heavy rains, the stairs leading up to the viewpoints at the Marble Mountains can be very slippery and views are obscured by rain and clouds.
The best time of day to visit the mountains is between 7 AM and 8 AM. This way you avoid the crowds, as well as the heat of the day.
Yes, there are tours departing from other cities in Vietnam: