Travel

Son Tra Peninsula: The best day trip around Da Nang

Destinations

Da Nang

Joanna Horanin

Like my website?

Current condition

Weather in Da Nang

Patchy rain nearby

23.8

Temperature

Feels like 25.9😎

5

UV index

Moderate

3

Air quality index

Unhealthy for sensitive groups

Last updated at 22/02/2024, 01:00

Hi there! 👋 I’m Joanna, author of The Blond Travels. If you find my articles helpful, I’d be happy if you could follow me on Instagram, or . Support from readers like you means a lot to me and helps to keep this website alive. Thank you! 🙏

One of the things I love about living in Da Nang is the fact that there are so many undiscovered gems around the city. As soon as you drive a little outside of it, you will soon see something astonishing and breathtaking.

One of the most beautiful areas near Da Nang is the Son Tra Peninsula, which is not only famous for its amazing views, but it’s also lined up with things to do and see.

Are you looking for a local guide? Are you after an interesting tour?

TakeMeTour connects local guides with tourists and creates unique tours in South East Asia.

Spend a day with your private guide, find out more about the country and make new friends.

Book your tour with TakeMeTour.

The Man Thai Fishing Village is the first one you should make a stop at. It is located just before the road goes up the hill. The local fishermen supply most of the seafood restaurants in town. If you come here early in the morning (around 6-7 am) you can observer the morning ritual of men getting ready for the day at sea. The village preserved the local methods of fishing and today you can have a peek into the traditions and the traditional way of life in Da Nang.

DSC_0518
Man Thai Fishing Village is busy only in the early mornings and late evenings

After passing Man Thai you need to stop at the Linh Ung Pagoda, where 67 meters tall Lady Buddha looks down on the village and the city below and protects the people from wind and storms.

This is the tallest religious monument in Vietnam

From this point the road goes a little up and starts to get curvy, but the views are better and better. On the right side the cliff, on which the road is built, drops dramatically down and crashes the blue ocean’s waves at its feet, ahead it runs around the lush green hills, covered by mist coming from the ocean. It is truly spectacular.

Hi!

Welcome to The Blond Travels, a blog about Thailand and Portugal. Here I share my knowledge and love for these countries. Join over 2000 Thailand and Portugal Lovers and get my monthly newsletter to get tips on travelling around and moving to Thailand and Portugal.

    We won’t send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time.
    son-tra-peninsula-da-nang-coast
    The colours are so fresh and juicy here

    Two improvised ‘gas stations’ can be found at the crossroads, just by the Sun Peninsula Resort. It is a good idea to fill up your tank before you go further as there are no other points, where you can get gas.

    First go right and drive ahead. Watch out for little road signs to point you to the Lighthouse, or the Giant Banyan Tree. The first one is a cute, little building and there is nothing much interesting around it, but if you have some time, it is a nice place to visit.

    Travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads. It can be purchased while already abroad, covers home trip visits and operates like a monthly subscription.

    Learn more

    Be careful not to drive too fast. The road is not only steep, but also covered with vines and rocks, fallen from the surrounding cliffs. Every curve should be taken slowly and carefully. You don’t know what’s ahead of you.

    son-tra-peninsula-da-nang-rock-slide
    These kind of obstacles are almost everywhere

    The Giant Banyan Tree is a great attraction and makes a great stop for a short rest. It is estimated to be almost 1000 years old. Its complex of roots has grown down to form secondary trunks supporting the massive structures mushrooming from the centre.

    son-tra-peninsula-da-nang-banyan-tree
    This Giant Banyan Tree is well looked after by the local community

    After that go back to the crossroads and go the other way – up, past the entrance to the Sun Tra Peninsula Resort. This part is very, very steep. Our old scooter barely made it. I had to get off and run up the hill, while Chris tried to drive it to the top. We made it eventually, but it is a warning – the roads at Son Tra Peninsula aren’t the best and your scooter needs to have good brakes and enough power to make it through some steep parts.

    Travel like a local using trains and buses! With 12Go you can now easily book tickets for rides through Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, or Singapore. Buy bus or train tickets

    Once you get to the top of this little hill, go right. This part is called the Monkey Passage. This area is a home to the Red Shanked Douc – a very rare monkey, who is a little shy and doesn’t like to interact with people, but here and there you can see special ropes hanged over the road, to make it easier for the monkeys to cross it and not getting hit by a passing vehicle. Chris was lucky to see one, running into the bushes. Some say that if you go hiking in the hills you might be able to spot whole families of them.

    DSC_0423
    The monkeys are safe at Son Tra Peninsula

    While driving, look on your right. The road doesn’t have any view points, so you might need to climb some gravel to see the ocean in its whole glory, but it is really worth it. The Monkey Passage has the most beautiful views in the whole Peninsula.

    son-tra-peninsula-da-nang-chris-ocean
    Chris admires the views
    son-tra-peninsula-da-nang-intercontinental-sun
    Here we were completely alone and that was the best thing

    Your next stop is Ban Co Peak. The entrance here is free, but you need to pay 2000 VND for the parking. This is probably the most crowded spot in the area and by ‘crowded’ I mean – there will probably be around 7 other people with you. From here you can enjoy panoramic views over the city, but only if the day is clear enough. Da Nang is a very humid place and the humidity here turns into a mist and covers the city. We didn’t manage to see the panorama, but the spot was beautiful any way.

    son-tra-peninsula-da-nang-summit
    You just feel so small here

    Ban Co Peak is also famous for the statue of Confucius. This bronze statue of the great philosopher playing chess is a tribute to the man, who greatly influenced the Eastern culture.

    DSC_0478
    Can you win with Confucius?

    Son Tra Peninsula holds other treasures, such as Spanish and French War Graves, Black Stone Beach and Tien Sa Harbour. However, it is impossible to see it all in one day. We didn’t have a chance, as the day was coming to an end. We will definitely go back to explore more.

    Getting there:

    Exploring Son Tra Peninsula is best done by a motorbike as some of the roads, like the one leading to the Banyan Tree, or the Lighthouse, are hardly accessible for a taxi. Driving a scooter around the area is a great adventure. The roads here are almost empty, there is no traffic and it is safe to drive. However, remember that your scooter should have good brakes and should be working well enough to manage to drive up a steep hill.

    Petrol can only be bought at the Son Tra Peninsula. If you are afraid of getting low on gas, take some empty bottles with you and fill them with petrol, too.

    If you would like to rent a taxi, then a car can only take you to the Man Thai Village, Linh Ung Pagoda, Ban Co Peak and probably to the Banyan Tree, although we didn’t see any taxis there.

    Accommodation:

    There are no facilities on the Son Tra Peninsula, except fancy 5-star resorts at the beginning of it. The rest of the road doesn’t have any hotels or any other accommodation options. You might try to camp in the forest, but I am not sure how safe that is.

    Booking.com

    Food and Drinks:

    There are no shops on Son Tra Peninsula and you might want to consider taking some snacks and water with you.

    What to take:

    I would recommend taking sunscreen and better shoes than sandals, or flip-flops. There are no hiking opportunities, but you might have to ‘fight’ some gravel, sand and rocks to get some photos of the magnificent views. Having a GPS on your phone and a map of the area is great, too. There are no good signs around the Son Tra Peninsula and it’s easy to get lost.