17th September, 2017.
Leaving our hotel in Hoi An, we were again transferred by mini-van to our coach located outside the old town and were soon on our way back to Da Nang, our overnight stop prior to our flight to Ho Chi Minh City the next day.
Along the way we stopped at Marble Mountains, also referred to as Water Mountains, where for a small fee a lift takes the visitor up to a maze of tunnels, caves and temples. Unfortunately we did not have a guided tour and most of the signage was in Vietnamese so it wasn’t possible to get the best from the visit but still plenty of photo opportunities for Erich.
Extensive views from the top.
Before going to our hotel, we stopped at the Temple of the Lady Buddha situated at the Linh Ung Pagoda on Son Tra Peninsula 14 kms from the City Centre of Da Nang.
We had marvellous views back to Da Nang and over the bay.
There were scores of ancient bonsai in the courtyard.
And lots of marvellous marble statues.
At 67 metres, the Lady Buddha is the tallest Buddha statue in Vietnam.
Later in the afternoon we went to another hotel where we had High Tea on the 18th floor with views over the city.
That evening we had dinner at an oceanfront restaurant with views across the bay to Son Tra Peninsula and the illuminated Lady Buddha.
After dinner we joined thousands of others at the Golden Dragon Bridge which spans the Han River in Da Nang and, at 666 metres, is the longest bridge in Vietnam. Constructed over a two year period and completed in 2013, the bridge was built to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the liberation of Da Nang at the end of the Vietnam War. Illuminated with LED lights in the evening, the dragon’s head spews fire and water at 9pm on weekends and holidays.
The surrounding buildings and tour boats on the river are also lit up.
The dragon’s head at one end of the bridge.
The people standing on the bridge would have been rather wet.
When we arrived back at the hotel we found the foyer full of scooters. Not sure what that was all about.