Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain)
One of Da Nang’s major landmarks, Son Tra Mountain and its monkeys feature on many tours, which usually combine a drive to the summit with a stop at Marble Mountains, home to limestone caves filled with shrines to Lord Buddha; the archeological complex of My Son Sanctuary; and Dragon Bridge, which breathes fire on Friday and Saturday nights. It's possible to reach the mountaintop on foot in a 4-hour trip by taking the hiking trail from Bai Bac Beach.
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Things to Know Before You Go
The monkeys on Son Tra Mountain can be aggressive, particularly where food is involved; it's best not to touch the wild animals.
If you plan on hiking, bring sturdy shoes, insect repellant, and plenty of water.
Uneven surfaces and super-steep slopes mean that Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain) is difficult to access if you’re using a wheelchair.
How to Get There
Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain) is 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) from the center of Da Nang; you can reach the mountain by either hiring a motorbike—the winding roads require experienced drivers—or as part of a tour.
When to Get There
For the best views of Son Tra Peninsula, time your visit to Son Tra Mountain to coincide with sunset. Avoid hiking midday, when heat and humidity are at their peak, and instead opt to explore in the cool early morning.
Exploring the Linh Ung Pagoda
As well as a large population of primates, Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain) is home to one of Da Nang’s most recognizable landmarks—the statue of Lady Buddha, part of the Linh Ung Pagoda complex. The sacred site offers sweeping vistas of the peninsula and is home to temples, statues of mythical beasts, and elaborately-designed pagodas.
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