5 attractions at Son Tra peninsula

5 attractions at Son Tra peninsula 3
5 attractions at Son Tra peninsula 3

Located 10 km east of the city center, Son Tra peninsula is considered the `green lung` of Da Nang thanks to the nature reserve that preserves a rich and diverse flora and fauna.

Just rent a motorbike, fill the tank with gas and bring a water bottle and you can start your journey.

1. Linh Ung Bai But Sacred Pagoda

Panoramic view of Linh Ung Bai But pagoda from above.

If starting from the Hoang Sa coastal road, Linh Ung Bai But Pagoda is the first place you will encounter on the journey.

One of the main highlights at the pagoda is the Guanyin Buddha statue, recorded as the tallest in Vietnam (67 m) with 17-storey tower.

From here, you can see the entire Son Tra peninsula area.

2. Thousand year old banyan tree

5 attractions at Son Tra peninsula

The banyan tree is known as the `village elder` of the mountains and forests on Son Tra peninsula and is more than 1,000 years old.

From Linh Ung Pagoda, going north of the peninsula, you will see a thousand-year-old banyan tree known as the `village elder` of the mountains and forests.

According to surveys, the banyan tree is more than 1,000 years old.

3. The top of the chess board

5 attractions at Son Tra peninsula

The famous chess-playing fairy statue on top of the Fairy Chess Board.

Continuing along the winding road to the south, visitors will have to climb steep slopes to reach the Chessboard Peak, also known as the Fairy Chessboard.

You will enjoy the cool, fresh air and easily see the panoramic view of the city blending with the sea, mountains, and clouds.

On a sunny day, you can see over the city.

4. Helipad, radar station

5 attractions at Son Tra peninsula

The heliport is one of the remaining war vestiges on Son Tra peninsula.

On the way to the Chessboard Peak, another interesting stop is the helipad on the mountain.

Currently this is an empty lot, but traces of the war are still left on the concrete floor and historical stone stele.

Along with the helipad, the radar station on Son Tra mountain is known as the god eye of Indochina, built by the US for military service.

Because this is a military area and is still used to protect territorial sovereignty, visitors cannot go up to visit the radar stations, but there are still many places on the roads around the mountain where you can stop.

5. See the brown-shanked douc langur

Son Tra Peninsula has an altitude of 693m above sea level, including many rare wild animals such as deer, monkeys, gibbons, orangutans, douc langurs, red-faced chickens and charming natural scenery.

Son Tra is also one of the residences of a rare animal species, known as the queen of primates – the brown-shanked douc langur.

This animal often goes out to eat in the early morning and early afternoon, always in herds.

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