Tourists leave Tam Thai Pagoda, a sightseeing spot in the Marble Mountains. Photo: Nguyen Tu
Marble mountains, tranquil beaches and authentic Vietnamese dishes continue to bring Vietnam's central coastal city of Da Nang international praise.
Da Nang came in 43rd on the New York Times' “52 places to go in 2015."
“For the last couple of decades, Da Nang, on the central coast of Vietnam, has been the place travelers flew into to get to historic Hoi An, a UNESCO-protected but tourist-swarmed neighbor 20 miles to the south,” the newspaper said.
“But this city of almost a million people has become a worthy destination in its own right. After an airport expansion in 2011, resorts began popping up along the coast,” it continued.
The newspaper called the town's long, sandy beaches and kiosks selling banh mi sandwiches overflowing with pork and pickled papaya and fresh herbs “Da Nang’s charms”.
A beach in Da Nang's Son Tra Peninsula. Photo credit: Vietnam Post
The central city took the top spot on TripAdvisor's "Destinations on the Rise" awards last year.
The travel site recommends tourists “taste [their] way through the streets on a walking or biking culinary tour” and “work off those bowls of spicy noodle soup with an exploration of the caves and grottoes of the Marble Mountains.”
Fish noodle, a specialty in Da Nang City. Photo: Thuong Xuan
Bánh bột lọc (steamed tapioca cakes filled with shrimps and pork) (left) and chả cá (fried grilled fish) sold at popular Con Market in Da Nang City. Photo: Hang MT
The Marble Mountains, known as Ngu Hanh Son in Vietnamese, is a cluster of five marble hills (Metal Mountain, Wood Mountain, Water Mountain, Fire Mountain and Earth Mountain) with numerous caves, tunnels and old pagodas.
Each mountain has different colored marble. The pink one at the marble on the Water Mountain, white marble in the Wood Mountain, red marble in Fire Mountain, water-colored marble on the Metal Mountain and brown marble on the Earth Mountain. The colors change under different lighting conditions.
Huyen Khong Cave in the Marble Mountains. Photo: Nguyen Tu
A Buddha statue in the Marble Mountains. Photo: Nguyen Tu