Dubbed the “green lung of the city”, Son Tra peninsula is likened to a precious jewel that nature has bestowed on Da Nang City. Son Tra has fresh and cool air, along with a diverse flora and fauna ecosystem, which has made a great attraction for this place. Here, visitors can explore beautiful destinations such as Linh Ung Pagoda, Ban Co Peak, and Obama Beach. Not only that but there are also countless interesting experiences such as snorkeling, windsurfing, skydiving, etc. Let discover the Son Tra peninsula with us now!
The General Infomation of Son Tra Peninsula
What is the beauty of the Son Tra Peninsula that attracts tourists?
Son Tra has always had a strong attraction for tourists. It seems that everyone is curious and excited to once set foot on Son Tra to feel better about what they hear. Although owning many famous tourist areas and destinations, if you have the opportunity to come to Da Nang without ever going to the Son Tra peninsula, it is the most regrettable thing.
Not only possessing a fresh and cool climate all year round, but the Son Tra peninsula also has a beautiful primeval forest with rich flora and fauna. In which, there are many rare and precious animals such as brown-shanked douc langur or wild cat that have been included in the Vietnam Red Book. In particular, the beaches still retain their pristine features, with clear water, such as Bac Bac, Bai But, and Bai Nam.
Not only that, but nature also favorably endowed this place with beautiful coral reefs not inferior to Phu Quoc or Cu Lao Cham. Here, visitors can also participate in countless interesting activities such as squid fishing, fishing, scuba diving, kayaking, paragliding, windsurfing, etc. Son Tra Peninsula will have the opportunity to hear from the story of the fairy chessboard, the love story of Tien Sa, or the love story of Bai But that has existed for a long time. More impressive is visiting Monkey Island and feeding monkeys is an unforgettable memory for every visitor.
The best time to visit Son Tra Da Nang
- When to go: Son Tra has a cool and fresh climate all year round but is still influenced by the whole of Da Nang. Each year here is divided into 2 distinct seasons, the dry season lasts from March to August, the rainy season from September to February next year. Accordingly, the dry season weather will be more ideal for you to start your discovery journey. At this time, Da Nang has very beautiful sunshine and little fog, so it is very convenient.
- Time not to go: Although Son Tra on a rainy day has a special charm, more romantic and poetic, it still needs attention. For places with difficult terrain such as Ban Co peak, Rada station, lighthouse, it is best not to go on rainy days, to ensure safety. Instead, you should only visit places near, less foggy like Linh Ung Pagoda or beaches.
Where is Son Tra Peninsula located in Da Nang?
About 8 km northeast of the city center, Son Tra is located in Tho Quang Ward, Son Tra District, Da Nang. The whole Son Tra owns an area of up to 4,439 hectares, with the highest peak 696m above sea level. Along with Hai Van Pass, Son Tra Peninsula surrounds the city and Da Nang Bay. Across this beautiful peninsula is Thuan Phuoc Bridge, the most beautiful suspension bridge and holds many records.
How to move to the Son Tra peninsula in Da Nang?
If you have booked a shuttle bus, the driver will be responsible for transporting you to and from, extremely safe and comfortable. As for those of you who go to Son Tra Peninsula by motorbike, you should note the following information. Most of the roads in the city lead up there, so wherever you are, it is still very convenient, no need to worry.
- If in Da Nang: From Dragon Bridge – you go straight across the bridge adjacent to Vo Van Kiet Street, go all the way, turn left to Vo Nguyen Giap. Go straight to Hoang Sa Street, you have reached the foot of the peninsula. Most of the sightseeing places are located along this route. If going from Tran Thi Ly Bridge, Song Han Bridge, or Thuan Phuoc Bridge, you also go to the sea and then turn left.
- If in Hoi An: You ask for directions to Truong Sa Street, go to Vo Nguyen Giap, end the way to Hoang Sa Street. According to the Son Tra Peninsula travel experience, from Hoi An you just need to go straight by sea to Son Tra.
NOTE: Currently, in addition to the road, if you have a lot of money and want to have a new experience, you can buy a ticket for a Han River cruise to explore Son Tra. This is an interesting thing, not only taking you to Son Tra by the river but also comes with many services such as scuba diving, eating seafood, paragliding, etc.
Suggest the most reasonable means to explore Son Tra Peninsula
- By Motorbike: The route to Son Tra Peninsula has now been widely and spaciously invested, so it is very convenient to go by motorbike. Because most of the places are quite close and crowded with people, you can take the initiative to go by motorbike to freely explore. On the way, you can stop to take photos and videos anywhere, anytime as long as you like.
- By Shuttle Bus: If motorbikes are suitable for young people who love freedom and adventure, cars are suitable for large groups of guests, or families with adults and children. Certainly, compared to riding a motorbike, this vehicle is quite safe, just say go to Son Tra and the driver will take you to the most popular famous places. With a 4-seater car, it’s about 300k and a 7-seater car is only about 400k for two ways.
The most famous places on Son Tra Peninsula that you should visit
Linh Ung Pagoda
This is the most famous tourist attraction in Son Tra that you should visit first if you come from Hoang Sa Street. Because it is located near Bai But, this temple is also known as Linh Ung Bai But Pagoda or Linh Ung Son Tra Pagoda, to distinguish it from Linh Ung Pagoda in Ngu Hanh Son Mountains and another Linh Ung Pagoda located in Ba Na Hills. This is also the largest and most beautiful temple in the three Linh Ung Tu temples in Da Nang.
Built-in 2004 and inaugurated in 2010, Linh Ung Pagoda is not only a sacred temple but also has a unique and impressive architecture. In particular, the pagoda allowed the construction of the highest 17-story Quan Am statue in Vietnam. With the design of the back leaning against the mountain, facing the East Sea with the concept of wishing for peace and happiness. From here, visitors can capture the whole vast sky in front of them, on the left is the modern, youthful city of Da Nang that is developing day by day.
The Thousand-Year Banyan Tree
On the way to check in to the top of Ban Co, you will have the opportunity to pass by the famous thousand-year-old banyan tree here. Not only has a lifespan of up to a thousand years, but this banyan tree also has a strange shape, with many giant roots clinging to the ground, radiating luxuriant branches covering a large area. This has created a great attraction for tourists when they have the opportunity to visit the Son Tra peninsula.
Accordingly, this banyan tree was discovered in 1771 and has been nearly 800 years so far. Possessing a trunk circumference of up to 10m, including all 26 auxiliary roots, all work together to create a giant canopy, sheltering from rain and sun for visitors. Visitors often choose to stop for a vacation, check-in with a thousand-year-old banyan tree to keep memories.
Top of the Chess Board
At the top of Son Tra Peninsula, there is a very attractive place for young people that is Ban Co Peak. Here is not only famous for its majestic natural scenery, like a fairyland, but also a chessboard with a fairy thinking thoughtfully. Legend has it that in the past, there were two fairies playing chess together, no matter whether they won or lost. Suddenly, the fairy flew down from nowhere to bathe, while ignoring a fairy was defeated by the opponent. That beach is now called Bai Tien Sa.
Standing from a height of 700m from the top of Ban Co, young people can zoom their eyes and embrace the charming mountains and rivers. According to the Son Tra Peninsula’s travel experience, you should avoid going on a rainy or foggy day, because the road to the top is quite dangerous. In particular, in winter, the top of Ban Co is very cold, dropping below 10 degrees Celsius. So you will not be able to see the city below as well as check-in everything here.
Son Tra Lighthouse
Also known as Tien Sa Lighthouse, Son Tra lighthouse is located at an altitude of 223m above sea level, known as one of the most beautiful ancient lighthouses in Vietnam. Built by the French in the 50s, this lighthouse is responsible for observing ships operating in the waters of Da Nang.
From Son Tra Lighthouse, young people can freely admire the scenery and take super virtual photos. From here, all the beauty of the sea, mountains, and forests seem to be captured in small eyes, making visitors feel as if they have set foot in a certain fairyland. In particular, do not forget to visit Rada station 29, located at an altitude of 621m, you may not know that it can scan waves with a radius of up to 300km, and is also known as “Indochina God’s Eye”.
Son Tra Peninsula tourism is famous for Bai But, Linh Ung Pagoda, Ban Co Peak, Bai Tien Sa, but there is a destination that has not been enlightened, which is Ghenh Bang. Although it is a beautiful place, few people know it because the journey to Ghenh Bang is not easy, even dangerous. To come here, you have to return your motorbike, walk more than 1 km on a forest road with luxuriant trees and many steep slopes.
In return for the hard journey, Ghenh Bang appears with wild beauty, rare magnificence, as a worthy reward for people who love adventure. Here, large and small rocks, with different shapes and colors, blend in the clear blue sea, as if taking you to a paradise in a certain country.
Located close to the location of Bai But, there is a place called Green Lake, a recently emerging Son Tra tourist destination. Green Lake is a natural lake, surrounded by large and small rocks and rich green trees, unintentionally creating a vaguely beautiful landscape. Following in the footsteps of young people who come here, Green Lake is likened to a wonderful love cup or miniature Da Lat, well worth a visit.
Green Lake is impressed by its jade-green water, regardless of the season, its water is still sparkling and incredibly blue. Young people can move to the location of the bridge, or sit on a canoe, to collect the best virtual live photos. In particular, if you go in the long grass season, the scenery of this place becomes even more enchanting, making many backpackers not afraid to go far to check-in.
Tien Sa Ecotourism Area
Located in the middle of a mountainous area on Son Tra Peninsula, the Tien Sa tourist area has been a tourist attraction in recent years. The reason is named Tien Sa because the frame here is so beautiful, it has attracted the fairies in the sky to come here. Coming to Da Nang, visitors can choose to stay at Tien Sa Resort.
Here, visitors can not only rest, visit the rich vegetation along with many rare animals such as douc langur, monkey, deer, and also swim in the sea. More interesting is organizing night camping, participating in sea activities such as boating, snorkeling, and beach volleyball. Staying in luxurious, comfortable rooms with sea views will bring you moments of relaxation.
What to play in Son Tra Peninsula
Diving to see coral in Son Tra
Try super adventure paragliding
See the brown-shanked douc langur
Welcoming the dawn on Mui Nghe
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