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Journey up the forested slopes of Son Tra Mountain for spectacular views over the Bay of Da Nang and the East Sea. The 696 metre (2,283-feet) peak sits on the Son Tra Peninsula and is home to the rare red-faced monkey, which earned it the nickname of Monkey Mountain.
Reach the summit by rental car, motorbike or by booking a jeep tour. As you make your ascent, stop by the Linh Ung monastery and walk through its large courtyard filled with statues. This is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists in Vietnam. Gaze up at the 67-metre (220-feet) tall statue of the Goddess of Mercy, which is standing on a lotus-shaped platform. Then venture inside the structure to see the 21 Buddha statues on each of its floors. At night, the towering monument is illuminated.
During your time on the mountain, go looking for the red-faced monkeys by hiking along trails. Other animal species in Son Tra's forests are wild boars, deer, reptiles and silver pheasants.
You may also see two radar domes. They belonged to the American military during the Vietnam War and are now operated by the Vietnamese military. There is also a helicopter pad, which was used by the US army to furnish its ground troops with supplies.
Although much of the peninsula is covered by a dense jungle, there are plenty of nice beaches here, such as Bai Bac Beach. Combine your mountain trip with a visit to one of these sandy stretches to sunbathe and swim. Experienced divers will enjoy scuba diving among the corals off the peninsula's coastline. Snorkeling and diving trips for all ability levels including beginners can be found in the area.
Son Tra Mountain and the Son Tra Peninsula are approximately 19.3 kilometre (12 mile) northeast of Da Nang. The journey here takes about 30 minutes by car.
Ensure you have lots of time at Son Tra Mountain. Here are the best activities:
You might like to consider buying a Full-Day Jeep Tour of Marble Mountains, Son Tra Mountain & Hai Van Pass or a Private Half-Day Monkey Mountain Wildlife Spotting Tour while you're in the area. These experiences are a couple of the best.
Peruse our Da Nang things to do page to learn about many more activities while you're in the area.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Da Nang resort is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Son Tra Banyan Tree and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ban Co Peak and Son Tra Mountain. Linh Ung Pagoda and Statue of Bodhisattva of Mercy are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Da Nang resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Linh Ung Pagoda and Statue of Bodhisattva of Mercy. Son Tra Banyan Tree and Ban Co Peak are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Tho Quang Beach, this beach hostel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Hoang Sa Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of My Khe Beach and Da Nang Bay. Han River is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.
Located in Tho Quang Beach, this beach hostel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Hoang Sa Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of My Khe Beach and Han River. Da Nang Bay is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.
Located in Tho Quang Beach, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Hoang Sa Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of My Khe Beach and Da Nang Bay. Han River is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of My Khe Beach, East Sea Park, and Pham Van Dong Beach. Vincom and Han River Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Tho Quang Beach, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Hoang Sa Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of My Khe Beach and Han River. Da Nang Bay is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.
Located in Tho Quang Beach, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Hoang Sa Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of My Khe Beach and Han River. Da Nang Bay is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.