Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the Củ Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers
Da Nang is a coastal city in central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port. It’s a popular base for visiting the inland Bà Nà hills to the west of the city. Here the hillside Hải Vân Pass has views of Da Nang Bay and the Marble Mountains. These 5 limestone outcrops are topped with pagodas and hide caves containing Buddhist shrines
We arrived in da Nang from Brussels via Paris on Vietnam airways. We booked a 5 star hotel on the banks of the river close to the dragon bridge. The Brilliant hotel lived up to its name. Great breakfast and fantastic suites with a view of the river
We booked a vehicle and driver for the day at $90. I also got a free massage voucher included in the cost as they know we are going to o walk a lot.
Marble Mountains is a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngũ Hành Sơn District, south of Da Nang city in Vietnam. The five mountains are named after the five elements: Kim, Thuy, Moc, Hoa and Tho.
If you want to visit this place you have 2 options. Take the stairs or the elevator. We took the stairs. Be warned there is a lot of stairs…… but it’s worth the effort. This is a stunning place with something to see around each corner.
We spend about 3 hours here. 5 hours would have been better. There is so much to see but we had 2 more stops for the day.
Mỹ Sơn is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples in Vietnam, constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa. The temples are dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva, known under various local names, the most important of which is Bhadreshvara
There is a museum at the entrance and the take you by car to the main sight. Here you can also see locals dancing
Last stop for the day was my favourite
Hội An is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colorful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda.
This is a vibrant little town filled with thousands of tourists. The of lanterns. This is the perfect stop to see the sun go down and the lanterns lighting up.
We arrived back at the hotel at midnight. Dead tired……