Explore the marble mountain with it's hidden caves and temple. See how the mountain is being carved into statues - though now most of the marble comes from further a field. Relax on China beach or one of the many fine beaches along the 16km waterfront. Take a tour on the River Han.
The mountain on the outskirts of Danang is being slowly turned into marble statues and other stone works. On the mountain there is a good viewing platform and a small temple.
Marble Mountain just outside Da Nang needs to be visited before it is turned into statues. At the top of the mountain, there is a holy place from which there is a good view of the surrounding area.
Marble Mountains, or what is left off them after centuries of quarrying is a cluster of 5 rocky marble and limestone mountains, called after the five elements metal, water, wood, fire, earth or Kim, Thuy, Moc, Hoa, Tho. The mountains have a warren of caves and tunnels and were used during the VNW.
You can't go far without passing the stone/marble sculptors who seem to have converted half the mountain into statues of elephants, tigers, Buddha and bare-breasted women, though excavation of the mountains has now been stopped or curtailed.
Note some of the carved stones on sale may be from further afield.
The River Han reaches the South China sea at Danang after its short journey through Quang Nam Province and the Son Tra Mountains.
Today, Danang is an important commercial port.
The river flows through the centre of Danang splitting the city in two.
Tour operators run boat tours from the pier below the highway bridge, up river and down along the coast.
Within close proximity to Danang there are a number of beaches. A sandy strip, including China Beach runs right along the waterline of Danang for about 16km. While Lang Co Beach lies on the otherside of the mountains.
Lang Co Beach
Lang Co Beach lies over the Hai Van Pass from Danang, the view of Lang Co on descending the pass is terrific.
Lang Co is a long isthmus with kilometres of sandy beach shaded by lines of palm trees on the east side running along the South China Sea and a tranquil 10km long lagoon.
And set against a cloud top mountain back drop on the west side of the town strip. Like much of the area, during the period August to November, it gets a soaking from monsoons and even typhoons, sweeping in from the China Sea.
The best time to visit is April to July, as December to March can be on the chilly side though relatively dry.
China Beach became synonymous with the Vietnam war and through the TV series of the same name.
The area was a recreational area for US GIs giving them respite throughout the war. Later in the 1980s, the area was recreated through the TV drama.
While internationally known as China Beach, locally it's called My Khe.
The beach close to the city of Danang and other places of tourist interest is being developed with large beach front 4 and 5-star hotels.
Hoi An to Hue by Road.
The Hoi An - Hue road now travels right through the mountains in a 16km tunnel. Though the slower route over the mountain Hai Van pass is much more interesting.
Road to Hue
Hoi An to Hue by Road.
The road from Hoi An via Da Nang takes you past the beaches, over the mountains and through Hai Van Pass, with some spectacular views below.