Although in the Marble mountains – the most visited attraction in Da Nang, travelers often miss Am Phu cave. One of reasons is that it’s mentioned much online and not recommended by travel companies (time for the mountain itself is long already). Due to its fascinating beauty and association with local history and culture, Am Phu cave is worth sightseeing.
In this article, everything travelers need to know about Am Phu cave in Da Nang is provided. How to get there, what to do nearby or tours, we also mentioned to help finalize the visiting plan quicker.
By the way, 260 kilometers north of Da Nang, Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park is known for hundreds of caves, including the world’s largest one – Son Doong. It’s titled “the Kingdom of caves”. In 2003, Unesco added it into the world heritage site list, and in 2015, this was rewarded again thanks to high biodiversity. If have time, why not visit?
Table of content
- 1 What is Am Phu Cave in Da Nang?
- 2 Location of Am Phu Cave and How to Get There
- 3 Am Phu Cave Opening Hours
- 4 Am Phu Cave Entrance Fee and Tickets
- 5 History of Am Phu Cave
- 6 What to Expect in Am Phu Cave?
- 7 Places to Visit near Am Phu Cave
- 8 Am Phu Cave Tour
- 9 Am Phu Cave on Google Maps
- 10 Related Posts
- 11 My Lai Massacre Village (or Son My Memorial) in Quang Ngai
- 12 Cam Kim Island: The Peaceful Countryside of Hoi An
- 13 Getting from Hue to Hoi An: Which is the Best Way?
- 14 Cycling in Hoi An: Rental, Where to Cycle and Tours
- 15 The Best Time to Visit Hoi An
- 16 The Official Da Nang Travel Guide [MUST READ]
- 17 Da Nang Night River Cruise on Han River
- 18 Da Nang International Airport: Terminals, Transfers, More
- 19 The Bamboo Circus Show (Teh Dar Show) at Hoi An Lune Center
- 20 Cua Dai Beach: The Famous Beach of Hoi An
- 21 Da Nang International Fireworks Festival
- 22 Non Nuoc Beach: The Famous Beach of Da Nang
- 23 The Japanese Covered Bridge
- 24 Bach Ma National Park: Hiking, Trekking in Da Nang and Hoi An
- 25 Hoi An Wet Season: What to Do in Hoi An When It Rains?
- 26 Thanh Ha Terracotta Park
- 27 Vinwonders Nam Hoi An Theme Park (formerly Vinpearl Nam Hoi An)
- 28 Am Phu Cave Complete Travel Guide
- 29 Hoi An or Hue: Which is Better?
- 30 Asia Park and Sun Wheel in Da Nang (Sun World Da Nang Wonders)
- 31 The Official Hoi An Travel Guide (MUST READ)
- 32 The Hoi An Market (Hoi An Central Market) Complete Guide
- 33 Hoi An Memories Show: The Best of Hoi An Impression Theme Park
- 34 How to Get to Golden Bridge from Da Nang
- 35 Hoi An Bridge: Famous Bridges in Hoi An
- 36 Da Nang Food Specialties: What to Eat in Da Nang
- 37 How to Get From Hoi An to My Son Sanctuary
- 38 Hoi An’s Chinese Assembly Halls and Chinese Temples
- 39 Hoi An Walking Tours: Heritage, Foods, Photography & Locals
- 40 Hoi An Self Guided Walking Tour (Hoi An By Yourself)
- 41 How to Visit Golden Bridge Vietnam
- 42 Da Nang Shore Excursions: Guided Tours From Tien Sa Port
- 43 Unique Experiences in Hoi An and Why?
- 44 Han Market (Cho Han): Where to Shop in Da Nang?
- 45 An Bang Beach: A Guide to Hoi An’s Best Beach
- 46 Experiences in Hoi An: Get Insight Into Hoi An’s Local Culture
- 47 Da Nang Cathedral (Da Nang Pink Church)
- 48 Things to Do in Ba Na Hills Besides Golden Bridge
- 49 Hoi An Nightlife: What to Do in Hoi An At Night?
- 50 Hoi An Countryside: Villages, Rice Fields & Tours
- 51 How to Get to Golden Bridge From Hoi An
- 52 Hoi An Entrance Fee: Old Town, Golden Bridge, My Son, More
- 53 Hoi An Airport: Everything You Need to Know
- 54 Hoi An Lantern Boat Ride on Hoai River
- 55 Da Nang Half Day Tours
- 56 Hoi An Private Car and Driver
- 57 Da Nang Private Car and Driver
- 58 What to Do in Hoi An Ancient Town
- 59 Da Nang and Hoi An Itinerary for Visitors Staying Overnight in Hoi An
- 60 Hoi An 3 Day Itinerary: A Travel Plan for 3 Days in Hoi An
- 61 Hoi An Free Things to Do: Budget Travel in Hoi An Vietnam
- 62 Hoi An One Day Itinerary: A Travel Plan for One Day in Hoi An
- 63 Da Nang Things to Do: Guide to What to Do in Da Nang Vietnam
- 64 Da Nang Best Things to Do and Reasons
- 65 Hoi An Half-Day Tours: Guide to Half Day Trips From Hoi An
- 66 Hoi An Day Tours: A Guide to Best Day Trips From Hoi An
- 67 Hoi An Beach: A Guide to All Beaches in Hoi An Vietnam
- 68 Hoi An Food Specialties
- 69 How to Get From Hoi An to Da Nang
- 70 Hoi An Cheap Things to Do: All Solo Travelers Need to Know
- 71 Hoi An Best Things To Do: Recommendations from Local Experts
- 72 Hoi An Things to Do: All What Can You Do in Hoi An Vietnam
- 73 Hoi An Things Not to Miss: A Guide to Must Do in Hoi An
- 74 Hoi An or Da Nang: Which is Better?
- 75 Hoi An Pottery Village: A Guide to Thanh Ha Pottery Village
- 76 Hoi An Ancient Town Tour
- 77 Hoi An Old Town Ticket: Price, Sellers, Included Sites, More
- 78 My Son Sanctuary Tour
- 79 Hoi An Lanterns: Festival, Making Class, Where to Buy, More
- 80 Hoi An Best Area to Stay: Guide to Where to Stay in Hoi An
- 81 Hoi An Weather by Month: Guide to Hoi An Monthly Weather
- 82 Da Nang Best Area to Stay: Guide to Where to Stay in Da Nang
- 83 Da Nang Cave Tour: Best Underground Activities in Da Nang
- 84 Da Nang Best Time to Visit: Guide to Best Weather in Da Nang
- 85 Da Nang Weather by Month: Guide to Monthly Weather in Da Nang
- 86 What to Do in Da Nang At Night
- 87 Lang Co Vietnam Travel Guide
- 88 Hoi An River Cruise: Guide to The Best Boat Tour in Hoi An
- 89 What to Do in Da Nang for 3 Days
- 90 Hoi An Old Town Boats: Guide to Boat Rides in Hoi An Town
- 91 Hoi An 2 Day Itinerary: Traveler Guide to 2 Days in Hoi An
- 92 Cham Island Hoi An
- 93 Hoi An Basket Boat Ride
- 94 Hoi An Coconut Village: A Guide to Cam Thanh Coconut Village
- 95 My Khe Beach: A Complete Guide to Da Nang’s Best Beach
- 96 Da Nang Day Trips: Guide to Best Day Tours From Da Nang
- 97 Museums in Da Nang
- 98 Linh Ung Pagoda: Trio of Da Nang’s Holiest Mountain Temples
- 99 Da Nang Night Market: A Thing To Do in Da Nang at Night
- 100 Guide to Son Tra Mountain aka Monkey Mountain Vietnam
- 101 Ba Na Hills Tour
- 102 Hoi An Cham Temples: My Son Sanctuary & Quang Nam Temples
- 103 Da Nang Cable Car
- 104 How to Get from Da Nang Airport to Hoi An
- 105 Da Nang to Hoi An: Best Da Nang Airport Transfer and More
- 106 Hoi An Tour Guide: How to Find a Private Tour Guide in Hoi An
- 107 Hoi An Ancient Town Attractions
- 108 Hai Van Pass Da Nang: Map, Route, Weather, History, Tour
- 109 Hoi An Old Town Map
- 110 Tra Que Vegetable Village
- 111 Featured Tours and Experiences
- 111.0.1 Full Day My Lai Massacre Tour
- 111.0.2 Hue to Hoi An Private Car Transfer with Sightseeing (and Vice Versa)
- 111.0.3 Hue to Hoi An Motorbike Tour (and Vice Versa)
- 111.0.4 Hai Van Pass Motorbike Tour from Hoi An or Da Nang
- 111.0.5 Da Nang Night Tour From Hoi An with Local Food Dinner
- 111.0.6 Da Nang Day Trip From Hoi An with Local Food Lunch
- 111.0.7 Golden Bridge and Ba Na Hills Night Tour
- 111.0.8 Golden Hands Bridge Tour In Sunrise or Sunset (1/2 Day)
- 111.0.9 Cam Kim Island Bicycle Tour From Hoi An
- 111.0.10 Cham Island Tour From Hoi An (Group Tour)
- 111.0.11 Cham Island Tour From Da Nang (Group Tour)
- 111.0.12 Hoi An Vegetarian Food Tour
- 111.0.13 Hoi An Evening Walking Food Tour Through Laneways
- 111.0.14 Private Hoi An Basket Boat Tour (Shuttle Bus, Bicycle, Bike)
- 111.0.15 Half-day Am Phu Cave Tour (Private)
- 111.0.16 Hoi An Countryside Tour (Bicycle, Car, Electric Shuttle)
- 111.0.17 Da Nang Tour Package From Singapore
- 111.0.18 Hoi An Evening Tour From Da Nang
- 111.0.19 Hoi An Walking Food Tour Through Laneways
- 111.0.20 My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Old Town Tour with Thu Bon River Cruise
- 111.0.21 My Son Day Trip From Hoi An including Marble Mountains and Basket Boat
- 111.0.22 Half Day Hoi An City Tour With River Cruise
- 111.0.23 Son Tra Peninsula Tour with Marble Mountains (Private/Small Group)
- 111.0.24 Hue Day Trip From Hoi An with Hai Van Pass, River Cruise & Lunch
- 111.0.25 Hoi An Ancient Town and Countryside Tour (Bests of Hoi An Tour)
- 111.0.26 Hoi An Tour From Da Nang Airport (Private, Optional Lunch)
- 111.0.27 Hoi An Day Trip From Da Nang (Marble Mountains, Basket Boat, Old Town)
- 111.0.28 Da Nang City Tour From Airport (Private, Optional Lunch)
- 111.0.29 Hoi An City Tour with Lantern Class, Lantern Boat, Night Market & Local Food Sampling
- 111.0.30 Marble Mountains, Basket Boat Ride & Hoi An Old Town Walking Tour
- 111.0.31 Marble Mountains & Golden Bridge Day Tour with Buffet Lunch
- 111.0.32 Marble Mountains & Monkey Mountain Tour (Half-day, Private)
- 111.0.33 Private Golden Bridge Sunrise Tour (Half-day, Optional Lunch)
- 111.0.34 Hoi An Ancient Town & Golden Bridge Day Tour (Private/Small Group)
- 111.0.35 My Son Sanctuary & Golden Bridge Day Tour (Private/Small Group)
- 111.0.36 Private My Son Sanctuary Sunrise or Sunset Tour
- 111.0.37 Full Day Hoi An Ancient Town & Countryside Experience With Local
- 111.0.38 Full Day My Son Sanctuary & Hoi An Countryside Tour With Local
- 111.0.39 Full Day Hoi An Ancient Town & Coconut Village Experience
- 111.0.40 Son Tra Peninsula, Marble Mountains and Hoi An City Tour
What is Am Phu Cave in Da Nang?
Am Phu cave is Da Nang’s longest natural cave (300 meters). Its entrance is at the foot of Hon Thuy Son (the Water mountain) – the largest of the Marble mountains. Meaning that the cave is a part of the Marble mountains. It’s famous for its name, its extensive chambers and its historic role in the Vietnam war. In addition, this marvel connects with Buddhist culture about life after death, and karma.
Fact: In Vietnamese language, the name of Am Phu cave means “the hell”. Local people explain that it’s dark, mysterious and scary before, so they call it the hell cave.
To know about the rest of the mountain, please read information in https://centralvietnamguide.com/marble-mountains-vietnam/.
Location of Am Phu Cave and How to Get There
Where is Am Phu Cave in Da Nang?
Am Phu cave is in the Marble mountains of Ngu Hanh Son district, Da Nang city. It’s 10 kilometers away from the Dragon bridge (city’s downtown), and 15 kilometers from the Lady Buddha. From Hoi An center – the Old town, the distance is 18 kilometers.
By Taxi and Private Car
From Da Nang city centre, it takes travelers only 15 mins to get to Am Phu cave by car. Taxi is most convenient because it’s available anywhere and anytime, and its fare is metered. The cost from the Dragon bridge may be around 150,000 VND (one way). If not just to visit the cave and the Marble mountains, traveling with a private car is easier. The price will be the same as a taxi but no extra fee to wait when the passengers like to go with the same driver. From Hoi An, a roundtrip costs from 700,000 VND (depending on size of the car). Text us in whatsapp number +84968009827 for further details and book your private car.
By Bus (from Da Nang)
In Da Nang, there is a public bus and a hop-on-hop-off bus with the Marble mountains in their reschedule. The public one (Bus 1) departs from the Da Nang central bus station and then picks up passengers around the city centre, before the mountain. The nearest drop off point is called “Non Nuoc station” by locals, on Le Van Hien St. From there, it’s needed to walk along Huyen Tran Cong Chua St. The first accessible road to the left is to climb the mountain, and the second is for Am Phu cave.
Hop-on-hop-off-bus comes to pick up passengers at different tourist places before arriving at the mountain. Visit time is 45 minutes (or 1,5 hours).
Am Phu cave and the Marble mountains are less than a 30 minutes drive from Hoi An or Da Nang. Travelers can hire a scooter from the hotel, with a price from 100,000 to 200,000 VND for one day (or 24hrs). From Da Nang centre, there are two roads to reach the mountain: Le Van Hien boulevard and Vo Nguyen Giap Rd. We recommend the second road because it runs along a beautiful coastline. No matter which road you choose, you have to access Huyen Tran Cong Chua St. At its intersection with Moc Son 3 Rd, turn left to see the cave’s entrance.
The quickest and easiest way from Hoi An is the coastal road, namely Lac Long Quan Rd in Hoi An and then Truong Sa Rd in Da Nang. It has 4 lanes or more, with a median strip in the middle. A few petrol stations stand in major crossroads on it to fill the tank. From Hoi An, just riding straight (on the right hand side) and when it’s close to the mountain, visitors will see many stone sculptures. Huyen Tran Cong Chua St is to the left.
Parking at Am Phu Cave
Bus can park right in the area outside of the Am Phu cave. For motorbikes and bicycles, it’s needed to go to nearby private shops and houses. The fee is 10,000 VND.
Am Phu Cave Opening Hours
Like the Water mountain where it’s located, Am Phu cave opens from 7 am to 5 pm everyday, including Vietnamese national holidays and weekends. Between October and December, typhoons may hit the area, causing heavy rains and floods. For safety, the cave is closed. The wet season starts earlier than October and ends later than December, so travelers need to check the weather forecast in advance.
For those who don’t like to see crowds, the best time to visit is early morning or late afternoon. Inside Am Phu cave, it’s cooler than outside, therefore tourists don’t have to think about the heat if come in the midday. In common hours, exploring Am Phu cave first and then climbing to the mountain is our recommendation. When it’s dark, Hoi An is the best choice for an evening experience if you go from Da Nang.
Am Phu Cave Entrance Fee and Tickets
At the present, Am Phu cave entrance fee is 20,000 VND, no matter locals or foreigners. This is excluded in the entry fee for the Marble mountains (40,000 VND) although the cave belongs to the mountains. If see both, each person will pay 60,000 VND.
Tickets for Am Phu cave and the Marble mountains (the Water mountain) are sold separately, so visitors need to come to the right counters to buy. The Am Phu cave ticket counter stands to the left of the cave’s entrance. Cashiers don’t know much English and often show a price table to let people know the total cost. After that, it’s needed to go upstairs and staff there will check the tickets again (first but last time!). There are no additional fees during the visit.
History of Am Phu Cave
Before the Vietnam War
Am Phu cave is a part of the Marble mountains, a group of striking outcrops rising from the surroundings. In Vietnamese legend, the Dragon comes from the sea and leaves her egg on a nearby beach. Over time, it gets bigger and breaks when the dragon baby is born. Meanwhile, pieces of the shell become the mountains.
In 19th century, Minh Mang king visited the complex and named the hill where Am Phu cave belongs, the Water mountain (based on Five elements theory). He also sent soldiers to discover the cave by lighting torches, but was not successful. Locals say that if it’s very deep and an underground river is at the bottom. Therefore, they throw a pomelo into Am Phu cave to see how far it goes. The next day, they see it on a nearby beach.
Am Phu Cave in the Vietnam War
In the Vietnam war, particularly 1968, Am Phu cave was the hiding place for Vietcong communists. They also established a field hospital here, to rescue those injured in battles. To keep it a secret, the cave’s entrance was covered (just opened recently). The Americans and South Vietnamese army attacked this hidden place many times, and faced the bravery of the communists.
Near the cave was the Marble mountain facility controlled by Americans, with camps and an airport. Under the ground, the communists hid in caves and tunnels in the garden of local families (today called K20 resistance base).
What to Expect in Am Phu Cave?
Am Phu cave is longer than any caves in Da Nang. It’s 300 meters long, with impressive marble chambers and a link to local Buddhist culture. Its entrance looks enormous from outside. In traditional belief, after death, people will go to hell. They must walk across a slippery bridge, and those of bad behaviors fall into the river below.
To the left of the Main chamber, the staircase leads to the highest point of the Am Phu cave. There, locals call it “the Heaven”. That’s why visitors will see Buddha statues, birds, clouds, etc that remind about heaven. Stairs are steep in general, especially around the top, and sometimes the hands must be used. We advise paying attention and staying careful while walking up and down.
Walking further inside and looking to the right, there are the 10 Kings of hell who judge the dead in the Last Judgement. Up to what people act, the kings determine which place they should be sent later: hell, heaven or continue to live on Earth. Before that, the Ox Head and the Horse Face take them from their families.
In the 18 Levels of Hell, visitors go stairs to see different faults of human beings (when they’re living) and physical tortunes they face after death. In Vietnamese culture, the most serious fault is impiety to parents. In lower places, others are shown, such as being procurer, robbing, thief, using mouth to harm people. Adults are advised to consider allowing kids to visit this section of the cave due to scary scenes. At the end of the passage, Buddhists can pray and confess.
The last chamber features tall, vertical walls and it’s open at the top. Sun rays fall in it at noon time, giving a wonderfully fairy spectacle.
Places to Visit near Am Phu Cave
Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village
Along Huyen Tran Cong Chua St, there are a lot of marble sculptures and marble shops. Together with surroundings, the area is called “Non Nuoc stone carving village”. The carving tradition has been continued from 16th century. Today, 300 households make a variety of products for sale, and for exportation.
Linh Ung Pagoda
Linh Ung pagoda at the Marble mountains is the first of three Linh Ung pagodas in Da Nang. It’s constructed in 1826 by request of Minh Mang king who ruled the country from 1820 to 1840. To get to this temple, visitors have two options: by elevator (15,000 VND per person) or climbing stairs. Behind it, there is Tang Chon cave and its chambers where monks lived in the past.
Tam Thai Pagoda
On the other side of the mountain, Tam Thai pagoda has the same year of construction as Linh Ung pagoda, 1826. Minh Mang king built it because of the promise of his father – founder of the Nguyen dynasty. During his reign, this was recognized as the national temple, indicating its importance in the spiritual life of the family.
Huyen Khong Cave
Behind Tam Thai pagoda, Huyen Khong cave has the largest single chamber in the Marble mountains. Within it, local people and monks build small temples and shrines for Buddha, gods and goddesses. Here, visitors enjoy spectacular natural formations and amazing shafts of sunlight falling down from the top. No doubt that many photographers come to capture special photos, especially at midday.
Quan The Am Pagoda
1,5 kilometers away from Am Phu cave, Quan The Am pagoda is a new and massive Buddhist temple by the Metal and Fire mountains. Its name means “Lady Buddha” so it’s for veneration to her. On 19th day of the 2nd lunar month each year, monks and locals celebrate the Lady Buddha festival – the biggest religious festival of Da Nang.
Am Phu Cave Tour
To fill a half day, our Am Phu cave tour also includes the rest of the Marble Mountains and Linh Ung pagoda on Son Tra peninsula. Depending on the location of the hotel, our guide and driver will take you to the cave. After that, for convenience, Buddhist temples, caves and peaks of the Water mountain are next places to visit. An elevator ride is available to go up, and skip 106 steps to reach the first sight. Following this itinerary, Linh Ung pagoda – Da Nang’s largest temple is the last. It comprises grand worshipping halls amid bonsai gardens, beautiful view to the city, and Vietnam’s tallest Lady Buddha statue (67 m). See details in https://centralvietnamguide.com/tour/am-phu-cave-tour/.