"The trip up on the moped was a bit steep but once you ate there the views are breathtaking and the temples are stunning.
Hidden gem - there are people sat on the side of the road showing you where to park your moped, you then take a path down onto the beaches with beautiful restaurants and bars on stilts over the sea. Very easy to miss if you didn't know."
Beaches of Son Tra
Son Tra - is the peninsula, which is located 10 kilometers from Da Nang. Son Tra is gradually an ideal tourist attraction. Tourists are overwhelmed with breathtaking views, pristine beaches and a fascinating blue sea. The peninsula has a length of 13 to 5 kilometers; the narrowest part is two kilometers. Son Tra is also known as Monkey Mountain.
With a height of 693m above sea level on top of Son Tra, you can enjoy fresh, cool breeze from the sea. You look out on a beautiful setting with lush greenery. Further away you see'll Da Nang City and the Marble Mountains. You have a beautiful panoramic view.
Da Nang has many beautiful sights. There is in each district a special atmosphere, because the city of Da Nang is spread at different heights.
Da Nang and the Son Tra peninsula
The beautiful peninsula has a fresh and cool climate. There are several on the peninsula known international hotels such as the Intercontinental and the Son Tra Resort & Spa.
Thanks to the beautiful natural landscape, with diverse flora and fauna, it has become a destination for many tourists. They come to Son Tra for their leisure and vacation. They can camp here, picnic or explore the pristine jungle.
The peninsula has a large jungle with many rare animals. Off the coast are colorful coral reefs, and a fascinating coastline ... It is a wonderful gift that nature has bestowed on Son Tra. They call it "the precious natural jewel of Da Nang" for tourism. Son Tra is the only piece of jungle in Vietnam, which is so close to town.
Son Tra is a diverse and rich nature reserve, largely covered by forest and hills. On the outskirts of the city is already the industry. In terms of nature you will find here the dividing line between North and South Vietnam. The peninsula is a refuge for rare animals such as deer, monkeys, gibbons and orangutans ...
It is the home of approximately 1000 different species of plants, 51 birds, reptiles, 15, and 42 species of coral.
Son Tra is mostly covered with dense rainforest, where the rare Red Shanked gibbons live. This is a species of monkey, which is common in the jungle of Son Tra, but elsewhere in Southeast Asia is very difficult to find.
The high statue at the Linh Ung Pagode
Apart from the aforementioned jungle coastal area has many beautiful beaches. The nature is a harmonious combination between the mountains and water. They create a unique beauty that much different from other beaches. Son Tra has a series of beautiful beaches, where several hotels lie: namely, My Khe Beach, Pham Van Dong Beach, T20. Furthermore, tourists have the chance to admire a thousand year-old banyan trees on the mountain Ban Co Peak. The Linh Ung Pagoda is located on the mountainside of Son Tra.
The Linh Ung features perfect harmony between modern and traditional architecture of the Vietnamese pagodas, especially in the three-entrance gate, the main room and the "home of the ancestors."
Tourists are also asked to look into the surrounding gardens and admire the lively Buddha statues. They illustrate fascinating myths and stories in Buddhism.
The most prominent part of the pagoda complex is the tallest statue in Southeast Asia from the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (or the Goddess of Mercy). This image is 67 meters high and has a diameter of 35 meters.
A bay at
"The only way to see Monkey Mountain is on a motorcycle. You can take a car or minibus but you won't get to see the wildlife.
The top was an important radar station during the Vietnam war and that part of it is still used by the military but the rest of it is fairly free to explore.
The roads are good up to the military base and around the Lady Buddha, but are decidedly worse on other parts of the mountain. However, it is on the rougher stretches that I saw a weasel crossing the road, a family of macaques just chilling and even a great road-side sighting of the rare Red-Shanked Duoc Langur.
There are several look-outs which give a glorious view either out to sea, or back over Da Nang city.
The summit can quickly be covered in fog, but may also clear just as quickly."
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