Son Tra Peninsula

Referred as Monkey Mountain by American soldiers during Vietnam war, Son Tra was formerly an island formed by three mountains including the southeast mountain Hòn Nghê, the west mountain Mỏ Diều and the northern mountains Cổ Ngựa. A strip of land associated with the island took shape over a period of times and turned Son Tra into an island. On 1 January 1997, Danang seceded from Quang Nam – Da Nang province, becoming a centrally-run city and named one of its districts after Son Tra peninsula.

Son Tra Peninsula
Photo by Phó Nháy
From anywhere in the city, you are able to catch the view of Son Tra, which is in the northeast, about 10km from the center of Da Nang and is 693m high above sea level. The peninsular leans towards the sea, acting like an shield protecting the city from strong winds and cyclones and simultaneously offers bow-shaped, blue-watered seashores, to name a few, Bai Bac, Bai Nam, Bai But,  that is an abundant source for bathing, sports, fishing and swimming activities.

On July 19, 2009 the longest suspension cable bridge of Vietnam, Thuan Phuoc bridge, which connects Son Tra and Da Nang, was opened to the public use. This provides an easy access to the picturesque peninsula.

The peninsula covers a total area of 4,370 hectares and is home to over 100 species of fauna and some endangered animals such as red-shanked doucs. The vegetation comprises 289 plant species including 64 hardwood species and 107 medicinal and ornamental plants. The diverse ecosystem and precious nature’s beauty of Son Tra is an ideal place for sightseeing  and tourism purposes. By heading up the peninsula’s mountainside, tourists can explore the forest terrain and all of the many plants and animals in Son Tra National Conservation Park.

The peninsula features Son Tra mountain, at whose peak you can enjoy the fresh and cool air of sea and mountains and obtain the whole view of the city, Marble Mountain, coral Ba Na – Nui Chua.
You can go diving in the sea at the mountain’s foot, which are endowed with colorful coral reefs. With the vision of turning Son Tra into one of the biggest the tourist attraction spot of the city, the city government has invested, expanded the tourism service through planning the area with numerous new resorts such as: Bai Rang, Bai Nom and Bai Nam,…

You can find Quan Yin and Ling Ung pagoda site on the peninsula. After the devastation of typhoon Ketsana, a Buddhist symbol to protect the coastline and fisherman from the unkind force may come from the East see, aka the colossal Goddess of Mercy statue (69.7 meters in height), was built alongside the Ling Ung pagoda.

The statue, which took 6 years to be built and was accomplished in 2010, became the official symbol for Da Nang and one of Vietnam’s most significant pilgrimage sites. The site does not open often so you may be blessed to have a chance to climb the 17 stores to the top of the statue and contemplate 21 Buddha idols on each floor.

The sea at its calmest during the dry season which is from March till September.

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