Vietnam has long been a favourite stopover for travellers on a cruise in South East Asia. Indeed, it has many sites and cities that are synonymous with discovery and change of scenery for many visitors. Among these cities, and essential stopovers: Da Nang.
The city of Da Nang is indeed worth a visit during a cruise in Vietnam. Admittedly, it is not as touristy as its neighbour Hoi An. However, this does not mean that it is not worth a visit, even if most Western tourists consider it only as a place of passage. Da Nang is an interesting stopover.
Lady Buddha, the huge white marble statue overlooking the city
It is a mistake to think that there is no point in visiting Da Nang on a trip to Vietnam. This city is certainly not lacking in charm and has a number of attractions. Among its most notable sites is a huge white marble statue called Lady Buddha. It is somewhat reminiscent of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. However, the Lady Buddha is much taller at 72 metres.
It is the largest statue in the country and dominates the Son Tra peninsula and Da Nang beach. She is considered to be the protector of sailors. When you reach the top of the mountain where it stands, you will have magnificent views of the bay and its surroundings.
You will also have the opportunity to admire the large pagoda at the feet of the Lady Buddha, as well as some other Buddha statues. It should be noted that the place is mainly frequented by Vietnamese who come to pray. But those who enjoy visiting temples and statues will have a great experience. Moreover, the entrance is free.
Admire the Marble Mountains and their wonders
The Marble Mountains are one of the most popular places for tourists in Da Nang City. In fact, they are not mountains per se, but five hills of marble and limestone representing the five elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Metal and Earth. On these mountains and in its caves are various temples and pagodas.
Thus, it is possible to explore many caves in the Marble Mountains. Am Phu is one of the most famous of them. This one is about 300 metres long and is distinguished by its numerous stalactites and stalagmites. It is a dreamlike landscape. Moreover, there is a representation of hell and purgatory according to Buddhism.
The Huyen Khong cave is also a place not to be missed. When you arrive at its entrance, you immediately have the impression that you are about to discover a very special place. Four statues guard the entrance: two administrative mandarins on the left and two military ones on the right. You can admire various altars inside the Huyen Khong. There is also a small temple and a huge Buddha statue carved into the rock.