Da Nang & Marble Beach
Duration: 5 hours
Tour Code: cmy-004
Discover the natural beauty and historic sites of Vietnam during this scenic tour of Da Nang and Marble Beach, often referred to as China Beach, former base of American Marines stationed in Vietnam.
Depart the port of Chan May for the scenic 1-hour drive to Da Nang. En route, you will ascend the Lucky Elephant Pass before entering the Cloud Pass Tunnel, which will take you to the center of Da Nang, home of Vietnam's most historic architecture, temples and Colonial-style buildings. You will visit the Cham Museum, founded by the French Ecole Française d'Extreme Orient in 1915, to see a unique collection of Cham artifacts. This charming, but rather primitive museum is also home to an extensive collection of sculptures from the Cham people. The exhibits depict four different periods: My Son, Tra Kieu, Dong Duong and Thap Mam.
Next, you will take a local pedicab ride to the Han Market. At this neighborhood market, everything from a needle to a washing machine can be purchased. Your drive then continues on to the village of Marble Mountain, where a photo stop will be made at the five marble mountains that dominate the landscape. Each mountain is dedicated to an element of the universe, and you will find various marble sculptors in this village laboring over their work. Here, you will briefly visit the inside of Hell Cave; after a couple of steps to enter the cave, the floor surface is flat.
Your tour concludes with a drive to Marble Beach, once a huge base for American Marines during the Vietnam War it was then referred to as China Beach. Although nothing from the era remains, a stop will be made for a soft drink at a local restaurant opposite the beach before re-boarding your coach for the 1-hour return drive to the ship.
Please note: There are many vendors at the Marble Mountain village, and all purchases made there are at your own risk. The cruise line does not endorse any of the shops.