The Son Tra peninsula is a gift of nature bestowed on the city of Da Nang. Its pristine and charming beauty, crystal clear-water beaches, shady green trees, and fresh air attract many tourists around the country.
Where is Son Tra peninsula located?
Son Tra peninsula is located about 10km northeast of the city center, in Tho Quang ward, Son Tra district, the peninsula is a primeval forest with a fresh climate and beautiful natural landscape.
With three sides bordering the sea and the other side bordering an urban area, the peninsula is one of the only places in Vietnam that has forest ecosystems right next to the sea.
From Danang looking out to Son Tra
Son Tra peninsula has a total area of about 4,400ha, 13km long and average height of 350m. The top of the peninsula is where the highest position is 700m. The peninsula is like a solid wall, covering and protecting the city of Da Nang.
The best time to visit Son Tra peninsula
The best time to visit Son Tra peninsula is from March to September because the climate here is very cool, and dry. The road is also easier to travel on and you’ll feel more comfortable sight-seeing in the better weather.
The beauty of Son Tra Peninsula
Son Tra Peninsula, Da Nang, is considered “the green lung” of the whole city. It is a vast source of clean green air for 4 million people and is also home to many animals and plants. Son Tra is inherently a floating island with 3 mountains and there are long winding roads connecting to each side of the mainland.
There is an abundance of biodiversity here, including many different temperate forest ecosystems. Son Tra peninsula is of course Da Nang’s treasure, a bright rare gem that should be encased in a glass cabinet.
Son Tra peninsula is a convergence of natural beauty with lush green forests, stretches of sand, clear water beaches reflecting the sun, and colorful coral reefs.
Upon visiting, you can experience sightseeing, walking on the fine white sand, watching the wildlife flourish and admire the panoramic view of Da Nang from all different angles.
What are the best places to see in Son Tra?
Under the continuous development of the Vietnamese Tourism body, Son Tra peninsula has received a great deal of investment over the last decade. Major additions have been the Thuan Phuoc Bridge, connecting DaNang the Peninsula. Below are 7 notable sites to explore on the peninsula.
The Chess Table Top
Travel to Ban Co Peak, where you will find breath-taking views and play chinese chess with a monk statue. After driving to the mountain summit you will find a small path to walk up to the very top of the mountain.
It’s a lovely walk, you will be able to admire dreamy beautiful beaches, listen to the whispering waves in your ears, wander through the old forest and face the challenges of conquering a dangerous 60 degree slope. On reaching the top, take a deep breath and enjoy the natural scenery!
The Banyan Trees
Located alongside the coast of Son Tra peninsula, The Banyan Trees have thrived for a long time, and even until now, no scientist can confirm its true age.
Each Banyan tree grows strongly with large trunks up to 10m in circumference, with more than 20 secondary roots, each root up to 25m, symbolizing resilience and strength.
The Linh Ung Pagoda
Linh Ung Pagoda is the largest temple in DaNang today, and is a combination of modern and traditional architecture. The temple was built in the middle of the mountain forming a turtle-like shell and it rests peacefully on the mountain, facing the sea.
The two temples on the left are Cu Lao Cham and Deo Hai Van.
Linh Ung Pagoda is home to the largest statue of Ba Quan Am in the country. Every month, on the 1st and 15th of the lunar calendar, it opens for people to come to offer incense prayers. Seen as the cross-roads between heaven and earth, Linh Ung Pagoda is considered a work of great human faith, and is the only spiritual destination in Son Tra peninsula today.
The beautiful beaches
Black stone beach: This black rock beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Son Tra and displays a mix of black rocks stacked up against each other.
Thanks to the shielding from the rocks, the sea water here is clear, the waves gently patter, and you can immerse yourself in the cool water. Get out the fishing rod or snorkel if you have one!
Tien sa beach: Tien sa beach is a fairly pristine and quiet beach, suitable for resort activities and events on the sea. This place is associated with legends of heaven and earth and is an inspiration in Vietnamese poetry. Coming here, you can walk along the fine white sand, listen to fairy tales and immerse yourself in the fresh nature.
Bai Nam: Bai Nam is the most beautiful beach of Son Tra peninsula, there is a popular 4-star resort here. Bai Nam is home to a diverse range of marine life and beautiful coral reefs.
Bai But: Nestled right in the strait, Bai But is the most peaceful place and hosts the many recreational activities including windsurfing, skydiving, and scuba diving … It is not only famous for its beauty, but also considered as the Buddha’s realm in the human world.
Besides these aforementioned places, Son Tra peninsula still has many new attractions for you to visit such as the Golden Sand Beach, the Lighthouse, and the Vong Canh House.
Most restaurants on the Son Tra peninsula offer seafood dishes such as eel, grouper, lobster, tiger prawns, octopus, snail, squid, and crab…. grilled, fried, steamed or salted dishes, take your pick!