Marble Mountains

The Marble Mountains are definitely worth a visit from Hoi An.

The Marble Mountains are five hills and each one is said to represent one of the five elements: earth, water, metal, wood and fire.

The villages at the bottom of the Marble Mountains specialise in carving, selling and shipping sculptures made from the marble. The marble is no longer taken from the mountains, as recently they have banned the direct extraction from the rock itself, as it seems the hacking was getting out of hand. Now they use marble from China instead.

How to get to the Marble Mountains

From Hoi An hire a driver to take you to the Marble Mountains. It is approximately 30 minutes drive from Hoi An and the driver will take you, wait for you and then take you back again.


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Many taxi drivers will approach you on the street, so it’s very easy to find one who is willing to take you. If you stay a while in Hoi An, try to use the same driver to take you to different places and that way you can barter a better price.

If you are unsure about negotiating with drivers, ask your hotel to arrange it for you. You might pay a little more, but it will be clear how much you are paying and how long you will stay at the Marble Mountains.

Visiting the Marble Mountains

This is an absolute must-visit. Make sure that you allow a good 2 hours to walk around the whole thing.

It is a long climb up to the top and even when you reach the top you are not exactly at the top and there are more summits! However the climb is well worth it and the views are spectacular.

Inside the Marble Mountains are caves where huge Buddhist shrines and statues have been erected. It’s quite surreal and well worth a visit. This was one of my favourite days in Vietnam.

The highest of the Marble Mountains, and the most famous, is Thuy Son. There are a number of natural caves to see on the way up this mountain, as well as the beautiful Xa Loi Pagoda, at the beginning of the walk. The views of the surrounding areas from the top of the Marble Mountains are quite spectacular.

Below are some of my photos from the whole visit. If you need more information about the Marble Mountains, please ask in the comments.

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Some of the marble sculptures

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Setting off on the way up

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Xa Loi Pagoda

Marble Mountain, Hoi An

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The caves

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The Views

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About the Author: Lisa, born and grew up in England, live in Mallorca, Spain... Have visited more than 20 countries, have twice as many to yet visit, love sharing experiences....

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  1. susan sykes says:

    Fabulous sculptures I especially like the statue looking out of the hole in the cave

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