Monkey Mountain Da Nang (Son Tra Mountain) is a popular tourist destination located in Da Nang, Vietnam. It is named after the many macaque monkeys that inhabit the area. Within its area of 4,500 hectares, Monkey Mountain are home to over 1,000 flora and 120 fauna species. The mountain offers beautiful views of Da Nang city, the beach and the surrounding nature.

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A part of Da Nang city from Monkey Mountain

Where is Monkey mountain Da Nang

Monkey Mountain Da Nang is located on Son Tra Peninsula, in Son Tra Dictrict, Da Nang, Viet Nam, about 19km to the North-East of Da Nang City. The mountain stands 639 ( 2,283-feet) meters above sea level. Visitor will have the opportunity to see many different types of animals.

Visitors to Monkey Mountain can enjoy a range of activities, including hiking, sightseeing, and wildlife spotting. There are several well-marked trails that lead to various lookout points and attractions, such as the Linh Ung Pagoda and Ban Co Peak.

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Thing to do and see

Linh Ung Pagoda – the most beautiful pagoda of Da Nang

Linh Ung Pagoda is a Buddhist temple located on Monkey Mountain in Da Nang, Vietnam. It is one of the largest and most beautiful pagodas in the city and is famous for its giant statue of the Goddess of Mercy, or Guanyin, which stands at 67 meters tall.

The statue stands facing the sea, with one hand praying and the other hand is holding a pitcher of nectar, as if she is blessing the fishermen who were reaching out to sea for a peaceful and successful crop.

It is also a place of worship and meditation for Buddhists. The pagoda offers stunning views of the city, the sea, and the surrounding nature, and is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. You can stroll around to see the beautiful part of this pagoda.

The 1000 years Banyan tree – one of symbol of Monkey Mountain

The over 1000-year-old Banyan Tree is a famous tourist attraction located on Monkey Mountain in Da Nang. The banyan tree was discovered for the first time in 1771.

It is believed to be one of the largest and oldest banyan trees in the country so it’s has become a symbol of the Da Nang city, and many legends and stories are associated with it.

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The Lady Buddha statue – the tallest statue in Viet Nam (67 meter)

Visitors can walk around the tree, take photos, and admire its grandeur and beauty. Moreover, the tree is also a popular spot for traditional Vietnamese weddings and other cultural events.

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Ban Co Peak – the highest on Monkey Mountain Da Nang

Ban Co Peak, also known as Chess board Peak, the highest mountain on Son Tra Peninsula. Standing from here, the entire Da Nang City will appear in front of your eyes with skyscrapers, Han River and its bridges, ships floating on the blue sea and white sand beaches of Da Nang.

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The sunrise of Ban Co Peak

Although, the road to the top of Ban Co Peak is extremely impressed with the small winding with many steep slopes, the beautiful scenery on both sides of the road will satisfy you.

In the morning, the fresh and cool air on mountain peak will rechange your energy and refresh your soul. After this time, you can check-in with statue of De Thich and chess board. So don’t forget to take a trip to this wonderful destination when you go to Monkey Mountain Da Nang.

Radar domes – “Eye of the God of Idochina”

Radar domes on Monkey Mountain Da Nang stands 621 meters above sea level. The radar dome is a key component of many radar systems, especially those used for air traffic control, weather monitoring, and military applications.

During the Vietnam War, radar domes was used as a US military base for radar and communications. Currently, they are operated by the Vietnamese military. The radar can see in a radius of up to 300 kilometer and the wave scan range can cover the entire area from Indochina to Hong Kong and Hainan.

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It is the early warning radar station and air traffic control on Son Tra Peninsula

From this point, you can admire the beautiful scenery with green forests, immense sea and breathe in the fresh air,… you’ll assuredly enjoy.

Most beautiful beaches around Monkey Mountain Da Nang

Coastline of Son Tra Peninsula is 30 km including Bai Rang beach, Bai Bac beach, Bai But… is a highly famous destination with the same stretch of smooth sand, sunshine and extreme sports.

The picturesque scenery, blending the majesty of the mountains and forests and the gentleness of the sea will create perfect photo shoots. In addition, visitors can explore many adventure games such as windsurfing, skydiving, scuba diving or canoeing.

Race monkey of Monkey Mountain

Red-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus)

The Red-shanked douc langur, also known as Pygathrix nemaeus, is a species  of Old World monkey found primarily in Southeast Asia, specifically in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

The red-shanked douc langur has a unique and striking appearance, with a colorful face and body. They have a distinctive black and white face with a reddish-brown patch around their eyes, and their body is primarily gray with red or maroon fur on their lower legs.

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The red shanked douc langur of Monkey Mountain

Monkey Mountain Da Nang is home to more than 300 individuals of red-shanked douc langur, and this is the largest and most sustainable population of the species today.

Rhesus Monkey (Macaca mulatta)

The Rhesus Monkey, also known as Macaca mulatta. They are also commonly referred to as the Rhesus Macaque. In addition to being important research animals due to their genetic similarity to humans.

Rhesus Monkeys are medium-sized primates, with a distinctive pinkish-red face, rear end, brown or grey fur and a long tail. They are highly adaptable and can be found in a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, and urban areas.

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Rhesus monkey in Monkey Mountain

Pig-tailed macaque (Macaca leonia)

Pig-tailed macaque are known for their distinctive short, curled tail, which resembles a pig’s tail, and their brown or grayish-brown fur. They have a wide range of habitats, including rainforests, mangroves, and grasslands, and are often found in close proximity to human settlements.

Although pig-tailed macaques are not currently considered endangered, they are threatened by habitat loss and hunting for their meat and use in traditional medicine. Conservation efforts are underway to protect their habitats and populations.

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Best time to visit Monkey Mountain Da Nang

Monkeys are mostly active throughout the year, so you can visit Monkey Mountain at anytime. However, you should choose to go on sunny, beautiful days.

From March to August is the dry season in Da Nang, the days are almost sunny and no rain. This is the best time to visit Monkey Mountain Da Nang of the year.

From September to February is rainy season, especially in October and November it rains a lot, even storms and floods, so avoid going at this time.

How to get to Monkey Mountain Da Nang

Explore Monkey Mountain by car

All vehicles are convenient to get to Monkey Mountain. If you stay in Da Nang and would like to explore Monkey Mountain Da Nang, taking a private car Da Nang to Monkey Mountain is the best choice for you.

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After exploring Hoi An Ancient town, visitor can go to Monkey Mountain. Son Tra Peninsula is 30 km north of Hoi An Ancient town so that with long-distance the cost of taxi ride will expensive. That’s why, private car Hoi An to Monkey Mountain are really cheap if you shared with other persons.

Professional driver will give safety and comfortable trip and show you more informative about the local life.

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Ride a motorbike

Solo travelers often rent a motorbike for themselves. The winding roads that follow the mountainside are ideal for motorbikes. If you go by motorbike, you can be more proactive about your schedule.

It’s great choice to stop to visit, takes a photos whenever you want.

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The winding road go to Monkey Mountain Da Nang

Conclusion

Monkey Mountain Da Nang is a impressive and attractive tourist destinations in Vietnam. With its diverse flora and fauna, well-marked trails, and breathtaking panoramic views, Monkey Mountain is a must-visit destination for nature lovers, hikers, and adventurous travelers.

Whether visitors choose to explore the mountain on private car or motorbike, they are sure to have an exciting and unforgettable memory. This place is open to the publish all year so pick up your backpack and go now !

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