Son Tra Mountain or also called Monkey mountain Da Nang Vietnam is located on Son Tra peninsula, in Son Tra District, Da nang, about 19kms to the North of Da nang city centre ( about 35 mins drive). It is a breath-taking national park that attracts a lot of domestic and international tourists’ curiosity. This national park has 4,000 hectares of forest and is the habitat of more than 100 species of fauna, including a number of rare animals. Monkeys are easily to be seen in this mountain. Especially, It is home to the rare red face monkey, so the mountain has the name ” Monkey Mountain” as a moniker. It stands 693 meters above sea level and is surrounded by pristine beaches such as Bai Bac, Bai Nam, Bai But, and Tien Sa Beach. With cool atmosphere and a nice view of the East Sea and Da nang city, it is a good place for those who are looking for a place that can keep them away from the crowded city and busy tourist places. After taking a car from Da nang airport to city centre, let’s think about this place if you want to be closer to nature.
You can easily reach the summit of the mountain by rental car, motorbike or by booking a jeep tour. And on the way, do not forget to stop at Linh Ung pagoda and walk through its large courtyard filled with statues. Because this pagoda is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists in Vietnam, it attracts thousands of people each day come to pray and visit.
Besides the pagoda, there are also some places that tourists shouldn’t miss when travelling to Son Tra mountain. They are:
- The 1000 year Banyan Tree – Its complex of roots has grown down to form secondary trunks. This makes it look like a huge mushroom, stand out in the forest.
- Ban Co Peak – the highest mountain on Son Tra Peninsula. The road to this peak is winding and quite dangerous, but it is worth, especially if you want to see sunrise or sunset from there
- Radar domes – During the Vietnam War, they belonged to the American military. Now, they are operated by the Vietnamese military. There is also a helicopter pad, which was used by the US army to furnish its ground troops with supplies.
- Bãi Nam, Bãi Bụt, Bãi Bắc, Bãi Đá Đen,..
With many nice places like that, a half day seems quite short to visit this Monkey Mountain.
If you are planning to stay in Da nang some days, and if the weather is nice, do not miss this interesting mountain. This mountain is not suitable to visit when it rains or cloudy because it is really dangerous and the view is not good then. Hope that this short article will partly help you have more information of Son Tra Mountain and have more ideas for your trip in Da nang.