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Son Tra Peninsula: Explore the precious jewel of Da Nang City

14/08/2023 1950 views

Da Nang is so well bestowed by nature with many stunning landscapes, including Son Tra Peninsula, which is not only famous for its amazing views, but is also lined up with lots of things to do and see.

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Son Tra Peninsula attracts numerous domestic and international tourists every year (Source: Collected)

Son Tra Peninsula is a national park in Da Nang filled with stunning beaches, dense rainforests, mountains, and rare animals. It is a 20-minute drive away from the city, making it the perfect place to escape from the busy city life to explore the wild and beautiful nature.

1. About Son Tra Peninsula Vietnam

Son Tra Peninsula is located in Tho Quang ward, Son Tra district, Da Nang city, about 10 kilometers northeast from the city center. It measures 13 kilometers in length and 5 kilometers in width, covering an area of 60 square kilometers. This peninsula is extremely inviting to both domestic and international tourists thanks to its strikingly beautiful natural scenery, fresh air and biodiversity. On Son Tra, there remain more than 30 square kilometers of natural forests, about 300 different types of plants, and several hundreds of fauna species, including rare animals.

Son Tra Peninsula

Son Tra  Peninsula is dubbed the “green lung of the city”, possessing the tropical beauty of wilderness (Source: Collected)

Son Tra is roughly 700 meters above sea level. When viewed from above, it looks like a giant mushroom with the mountain as the head and the golden sand beaches as the body. Standing on top of Son Tra Peninsula, you will get a bird’s eye view of the panoramic Da Nang city. Also, the fresh cool breeze from the sea and the vast lush forests will bring you relief and comfort.

2. Son Tra Peninsula: Where many interesting things are hidden

Bestowed with many beautiful tourist attractions and cool weather all year round, Son Tra Peninsula welcomes visitors at any time of the year. Some of the most outstanding locations that tourists should not miss include:

2.1. A wide range of stunning beaches

  • But Beach (Bãi Bụt)

Nestled in a beautiful strait, But Beach on Son Tra Peninsula is famous for its unique natural scenery where the mountains meet the sea. Coming here, visitors can admire the scenery, take a swim, or participate in a variety of thrilling activities such as diving to see the colorful coral reefs, skydiving, windsurfing, etc.

But Beach on Son Tra

But Beach on Son Tra Peninsula Vietnam (Source: @willi.am_stand_undertherim)

  • Tien Sa Beach (Bãi Tiên Sa)

Tien Sa is located 10 kilometers away from the city center. The beach is associated with the legend of a fairy descending to the earth. This is one of the few beaches that still retains its wild beauty, with turquoise water and white sand. Here, you can try many interesting activities such as kite flying, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, outdoor karaoke, rollerblading, etc.

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Tien Sa Beach captivates visitors with clean turquoise water (Source: Collected)

  • Da Den Beach (Bãi Đá Đen)

Da Den beach is on the north shore of Son Tra Peninsula. Despite being only about a one-hour-boat-ride away from Da Nang city, it is incredibly pristine. There are many large black rocks that are stacked together here, adding to the wild beauty of this beach.

Thanks to the shielding of these large rocks, the water here is clear all year round and the waves are also very gentle.

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Da Den Beach on Son Tra Peninsula Danang (Source: Collected)

  • South Beach (Bãi Nam)

South Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on Son Tra Peninsula Da Nang. Its name comes from its position on the Peninsula. From South Beach, if you go a few hundred meters offshore, you will see some stunning coral reefs. Coming here, you should take part in diving and admire the spectacular sunset.

South Beach should be included in your trip to Son Tra Da Nang

South Beach should be included in your trip to Son Tra Da Nang (Source: Collected)

  • North Beach (Bãi Bắc)

North Beach, like South Beach, gets its name from where it lies on the peninsula. It is famed for its charming scenery and the long sand stretch. If you come here from October to November, you will see lots of dark green seaweeds clinging to the rocks.

2.2. A lot of impressive tourist attractions

  • Ban Co Peak

Ban Co Peak (Chess Board Peak) is located on the top of Son Tra Peninsula, which is about 700 meters above sea level. From this point, the entire Da Nang City will appear in front of your eyes, including the sparkling Tien Sa Beach under the sun, offshore fishing boats, and numerous high-rises and bridges spanning the Han River. Besides feasting your eyes, you can also take a deep breath to enjoy the fresh aroma of green trees and beautiful flowers, and feel the wind on your skin.

Ban Co Peak

Ban Co Peak is a great spot for visitors to admire the city’s stunning panoramic views (Source: Collected)

Right on the top of Ban Co, visitors will also see a statue of an old man sitting by a chess board. Legend has it that there were two deities playing chess on Son Tra Mountain for many days but the winner couldn’t be decided. One day, distracted by fairies who flew down onto the beach to take a bath, one of them lost the game. Out of fury, he threw the chessboard into the sea and flew back to Heaven.

The locals then had carved a large chess board on the rock and built the statue of a deity, named De Thich, sitting alone in front of the chessboard and thinking carefully about his next moves.

  • The thousand-year banyan tree

The banyan tree, located 17 kilometers away from the city center, is one of the highlights of Son Tra Peninsula. It is estimated to be almost 1,000 years old. Its complex of roots has grown to create additional trunks, supporting the massive tree from the center.

Besides being a great attraction, the giant banyan tree also makes a great stop for a short rest. On days with clear skies, you can also see Da Nang, Cham Islands, and the whole Son Tra Peninsula from the location of this tree.

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The unique giant banyan tree with many big roots spanning down to the ground (Source: Collected)

  • Tien Sa Port

Tien Sa Port is another location that you should not ignore during your Son Tra Peninsula tour. Along with the Han River Port, Tien Sa Port is one of the two major seaports of Da Nang city. It plays an important role in regulating traffic and promoting economic development in Central Vietnam in particular and the whole country in general.

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Tien Sa Port is an interesting place to explore during your trip to Son Tra Peninsula Danang (Source: Collected)

Here, you can take part in many exciting recreational activities in the Tien Sa ecotourism area, including scuba diving, paragliding, and jet skiing.

  • Nghe Cape (Mui Nghe)

Nghe Cape is located in the southeast of Son Tra Peninsula. This is the first place to welcome the dawn in Da Nang city, so if you want to watch the sunrise, it should be on the top of your mind.

Nghe Cape is also home to more than 42 rare corals. Therefore, you should not miss out on some thrilling scuba diving when coming here.

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Mui Nghe is one of the most alluring destinations of Son Tra Peninsula (Source: Collected)

  • Linh Ung Pagoda

If you are a religious person, or are simply looking for a quiet and tranquil place, then Linh Ung Pagoda will be the ideal place for you. The tallest Lady Buddha statue in Vietnam (67 meters high) is the most noticeable feature of Linh Ung Pagoda. It is positioned atop a lotus with a diameter of 35 meters, giving it a total height of nearly 100 meters, equivalent to a 30-storey building.

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The Lady Buddha statue appears majestic at Linh Ung Pagoda (Source: Collected)

As time goes by, Linh Ung Pagoda has become a famous place of worship, a home for the monks to live and study, as well as a peaceful sightseeing destination for visitors. Here, you can admire the outstanding architectural and cultural work of the pagoda, understand more about Vietnamese beliefs and rituals, find peace and tranquility, and pray for good luck for your family.

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3. Some must-try experiences in Son Tra Peninsula Da Nang

There are many things to see and try at Son Tra Peninsula, of which the most outstanding experiences include:

3.1. Go snorkeling to see coral reefs

Having the same appeal as the snorkeling tours to see coral in Cham Islands, snorkeling in Son Tra Peninsula is also an extremely popular activity. A complete snorkeling tour will include canoeing, snorkeling, participating in games and enjoying seafood.

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Go snorkeling is a not-to-be-missed activity when coming to Son Tra Da Nang (Source: Collected)

After receiving the necessary training from the instructors to ensure safety, visitors are free to explore the ocean world and admire the coral reefs with diverse shapes and beautiful colors. On certain days, the water is so clear that you can see amazing corals from your canoe.

3.2. See Red-shanked Douc

Visiting Son Tra Peninsula, visitors have the chance to see the Red-shanked Douc (Douc Langur), a species of mammal that The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) considers to be endangered. The peninsula is home to around 350 Red-shanked Douc Langurs, which is more than half the global population of this species.

The brown-shanked douc langur in the wild in Son Tra Nature Reserve

The brown-shanked douc langur in the wild in Son Tra Nature Reserve (Source: Collected)

Red-shanked Douc is a very shy monkey that dislikes human interaction. Hiding in the foliage, the monkeys will stop their movements and look around when they hear human voices. They will only continue playing and seeking food when they feel safe. Therefore, when coming here, remember to go quietly and keep your distance to let them know that you are not a threat. Bring binoculars If you want a clearer look at this animal.

3.3. Go paragliding

Whether you are an adventure enthusiast or simply want to see the beauty of Da Nang, you should try paragliding at a height of 600 meters. This activity will promisingly bring you unforgettable moments, when everything you see on the ground is as big as ants. You may feel nervous and excited at the same time. But don’t worry, there are professional and experienced instructors accompanying you, so rest assured that you are in good hands.

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Son Tra Peninsula attracts both local and foreign paragliding enthusiasts (Source: Collected)

Note that paragliding in Da Nang is not a service or part of the tour. This activity is hosted by Danang Paragliding Club. To secure a ticket, you should contact the club at least 2 weeks in advance, as there are always a large number of participants on the waiting list while the number of instructors is limited.

4. What to know for a complete Son Tra Peninsula tour?

In order to have a fulfilling trip to Son Tra Peninsula, you should take note of the following:

4.1. When is the best time to visit?

The weather on Son Tra Peninsula is mild year round. Therefore, you can come here at any time of year. But, the appropriate time to visit this place is from March to September, when the weather is dry and gorgeously sunny, the sea is calm, and there will be no storms. Son Tra is particularly enchanting from April to June, when the forest blooms with a myriad of colorful flowers.

The flowers in full bloom in Son Tra Peninsula

The flowers in full bloom in Son Tra Peninsula (Source: Collected)

4.2. How to get to Son Tra Peninsula?

The best way to visit and explore Son Tra is by renting a motorbike in Da Nang or Hoi An, as some of the roads, like the one leading to the banyan tree, are hardly accessible for a car.

Driving a motorbike through this area is a wonderful experience. There is almost no traffic, the roads are in good condition, which makes it safe to drive, and there are beautiful wildflowers waiting for you along the roads. However, remember that your bike should have good brakes and are strong enough to ride up steep hills.

  • From the center of Da Nang city: Starting from Da Nang city center, head across the Han River Bridge, go for two kilometers to the beach, take a left, head north. From there, the road hugs the coast of the peninsula.
  • From Hoi An Ancient Town: Take Truong Sa street – Vo Nguyen Giap street – Hoang Sa street – Son Tra Peninsula.
Son Tra Peninsula

Visitors can search for a Son Tra Peninsula map before departure (Source: Collected)

4.3. Extra tips to have a wonderful trip to Son Tra Peninsula

  • You should wear shoes rather than flip-flops, because you might need to climb over sand and rocks to see the breathtaking views.
  • Mobile signals are not strong on Son Tra Peninsula; hence, it is best to bring a map, plan your trip in advance, or hire a local tour guide.
  • Standing at the corner of Linh Ung Pagoda at nightfall, you can see the entire city lit up for some scenic photo shoots.
  • Visitors should keep clean the environment of Son Tra Peninsula and not litter.

In your itinerary to Son Tra Da Nang, you should also include some attractions in the nearby Hoi An Ancient Town. Along with My Son Sanctuary, Bach Ma National Park, and Cham Island, it is recommended that you also visit VinWonders Nam Hoi An – a top-rated amusement park that promises to bring you tons of fun. In addition, when coming here, you get the chance to explore the unique architecture, culture, and art of Vietnam.

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There are lots of activities waiting for you at VinWonders Nam Hoi An

In this amazing amusement park, there are countless activities for visitors to join in its 5 subdivisions:

  • Harbor Corner: A place that recreates the ambience of a bustling trading port in the center of Hoi An in the 16th and 17th centuries
  • River Safari: The first and only semi-wildlife conservation park with a river in Vietnam, home to more than 50 species and nearly 550 individuals of animals
  • Island of Folk Culture: The gathering point of the cultural quintessence of the three regions in Vietnam, with craft villages and traditional art performances
  • Water World: A combination of water slides and pools for children, families and friends, along with 11 exciting games to cool off the summer heat
  • Adventure Land: A land of more than 20 exhilarating rides and nearly 100 indoor games to challenge your bravery
You should not miss out on this impressive destination in Hoi An

You should not miss out on this impressive destination in Hoi An

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If you are looking for a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and immerse yourself in nature, Son Tra Peninsula is a great option. Here, you can take a deep breath of fresh air from mother nature and regain your energy after long days of hard work in the city.

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