Top Things To Do In Son Tra Peninsula, Danang, Vietnam
Son Tra Peninsula, steeped in nature and pristine beaches, yet at the same time modern, is a fascinating place to visit. Explore the historical site and panoramic view on its summit; indulge ourselves into the forests, relax at luxury beach front resorts; taste the fresh & spicy cuisine.
Son Tra peninsula has its charms for nature and beach goers.
Dong Dinh Museum
10 kms from down town, on mountain-side of major road up to the peak. Dong Dinh named by the native plant, Caryota mitis lour, Burmese fishtail palm. This is the first private museum in Da Nang, found by Mr. Doan Huy Giao.
Artefacts are dated back to 100-2,500 years ago. Belonging to ancient cultures like Dai Viet, Sa Huynh, and Cham Pa, they were collected from central and highlands hill – tribes.
There is selective collections of oil painting and sculptures at the sizeable gallery.
Son Tra Quan Yin, Goddess of Mercy at Linh Ung Pagoda
Son Tra Quan Am or Son Tra Goddess of Mercy is the in-official symbol of Danag city, similar to the Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Unveiled from July 2010 at Linh Ung – Bai But Pagoda, Quan Am statue and Linh Ung pagada is is now known as one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations for Buddhists in Vietnam, taking 6 years to build.
Like in Brazil, the Quan Am statue is 69.7 metres in height and positioned on a lotus shaped platform which is 35 metres in diameter. There are 17 stories built inside the statue. Each storey has 21 Buddha idols.
Personally, I assume the Son Tra Quan Am holds the city peace and spiritual life.
Son Tra Giant Banyan Tree
An amazing and unique giant banian tree with dozens of roots spanning down to ground, Hon Nghe point, North –east of the peninsula.No ones know exactly how old the tree is. For logals, the tree may reach up to 1,000 year – old. 20m hight. 9 root- clusters. Largest roots reach up to 1m in diameter.
17 kms from the city centre, winding & hilly roads, the tree is a favourite place for tree lovers and alike ones, esp during the hot summer days.On clear days, there is a good view forwarding Danang, Son Tra main path and Cham Island.
For reasons, I prefer to name the Son Tra giant tree as living folks heritage and spirit.
Son Tra View Tower & Army Radar Station
At the hight of 580 m above the sea level, Son Tra View Tower offer paranamio view forwarding to Danang, Son Tra Beach and lush green surrounding forest.
Pleace for nature eco and birds songs.
Nearby, the army radar station dated back from 1960s, considered as “ Indochina Miracolous Eyes”. From the head –quarter, one can view and control a far distance ocean.
Monkey Mountain Heliport Vestige
Built in 1965 by US army, the Monkey Moutain Helicoter Port was a stragic site for supplying, acessing and withdrawing to/from mountain- bases.
Almost things “Gone with the wind”, except part of landing yard, memorial sizeable board and the sad war memories.
Fantastic link for old Son Tra or Monkey Moutain US Base picture, except few wrong words and names. They must name the sourrounding beach as Danang Beach. Poor old men !!!
Explore the forest path for monkeys
The peninsula was named Monkey Mountain by US troops, as there were many monkeys at the early time in the mountain, during the US war in Danang.
Very few green trails offer an opportunities for monkeys watching. Beware of following the right guide for eco tour while enjoy the monkeys and nature.
At present, Son Tra Nature Reserve on Son Tra Peninsula abounds with an eco-system of coastal tropical forests protected under the national regulations for forbidden forests. About 60% of the forest land on the peninsula are primeval jungles, including endemic species of peninsula forests in Indochina, such as Parashorea stellata – Kury, Parashorea stellata – Kurz, Combretum quadrangulare Kurz, … and many fruit trees such as strawberry, persimmon, myrtus …
Another unique feature of the Son Tra Nature Reserve is the existence of about 12 herds of brown-legged (or five-coloured) langurs, scientifically known as pygathrix nemaeus. This is an extremely rare species with only 200 individuals living in Vietnam and in Son Tra forests. In addition, there are other rare species such as the yellow monkey, red-faced monkey, muntjac, wild boar and musk-deer; 106 species of birds including the silver pheasant (scientific name as polyplectron germaini), 23 species of reptiles and countless species of insects.
Swiming, diving and Zen in Son Tra
Indulge yourself into the local pristine beaches and diving. Furama and Temple Danang are now offer diving with strict PAD instructions & conditions.
In Son Tra peninsula, the area stretching from Hon Chao to south of Hai Van around the Son Tra peninsula is home to 191 coral species as well as three species of sea-grass, 72 species of seaweed, 53 species of mollusks, 23 kinds of echinodermata (starfish, urchins, etc) and 221 plankton species.
For ones who love relaxing, Zen and hideaway time, simply enjoy the fancy & shady beach lounge at Son Tra Resort, Son Tra Sun Villa, Merure Son Tra, Son Tra summit…
Explores Son Tra Peninsula By Jeep
Explore Danang & Son Tra peninsula by jeep is newly setting up program * 2011 for ones who love adventures and nature.
With renovated US War time jeeps, travelers enjoy the tour in full wings of sounds and sights.
With jeep tour, I quote: Winds on your hair and freedom at your hands.
Da Nang Ocean Tours,
View Danang & Son Tra on air
City Tour Operators offer air tour of Danang and Sontra peninsula with My Khe beach, Tien Sa port, marvelous Goddess of Mercy statue.
Soar up with the crew to the blue skies above Dannag and Son Tra peninsula for aerial view.On the air, Son Tra Peninsula looks like a much with triple mountains covered with rainforest and bounded turquoise ocean.
The helicopters tours are available with other sites such as Cham Islands, My Son ruins, Con Co Island and magnificent Ly Son Island.
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Cycling trip – on sea cycling routes.
For experienced cyclists only ( the first 5 kms are easy & flat).
Downward & upward slope: 10% – 20%. Attention when the rain comes.
Son Tra ( Monkey) mountain bike adventures for passionate mountain bikers. Still, one of the most spectacular mountain – beach ride.
Available only during summer/ dry day.
Da Nang Expat. Mr. Henry Vo.
0127 715 1618 Eng.
Son Tra Wildlife Walks
Enjoy the best mountain walks, through forests and overlooking the sea, whilst meeting the wildlife at the same time.
Corporate Travel, Vitours
Mobile. 0932 475 016 ( Mr. Steve Van)