A Day Trip On Son Tra Peninsula In The Central Vietnam

A Day Trip On Son Tra Peninsula In The Central Vietnam

Da Nang is a wonderful city belongs to the coastal area in the central Vietnam. It is famous for many famous tourism sites which associated sea, mountain and river. Among many others, Son Tra peninsula, located in Tho Quang Ward, Son Tra district, is a must-see in Danang city. It is 4,439ha in area including mainland and sea, and 8 km from the city in the direction of North Eastern.

In the past, Son Tra was an island with three high mountains. The South Eastern one like the shape of an animal named “nghe” which pranced towards the sea, so it was called “Nghe Mountain”; the western one like the hawk’s beak, so being called “Hawk’s weak Mountain”; and the last one reached towards the sea which looked like horse’s neck, so it was “Horse’s neck Moutain”. Through long time, current of water near shore carried alluvium and built up a long strip of land from mainland to the sea. Son Tra peninsula was created from that period. Here was a legend that the beauty attracted fairies come and enjoy, so Son Tra peninsula was called Tien Sa. In 1965, when American army set up information and radar station on Son Tra Mountain, soldiers saw many swarm of monkey. So they called “Monkey Mountain”.

A Day Trip On Son Tra Peninsula In The Central Vietnam

A Day Trip On Son Tra Peninsula In The Central Vietnam

Nature has given Da Nang so much special privilege such as rivers, streams, mountains and sea side by side, and Son Tra is a valuable pearl which nature offered to the city. It is not only the leading important position of Da Nang but the “green lung” that can protect the city during storm seasons. Standing anywhere of Da Nang we can see this mountain with clouds upper as well as we can see the whole city and Eastern Sea. And the local people based on features of Son Tra Mountain’s clouds to guess the weather to decide to go into or out to the sea and avoid unfortunate risks. To be with Son Tra tour, you will enjoy the city from different altitudes, and each altitude brings you a specific feeling about the city as well as every emotional tone in your heart.

The first site that we visit on Son Tra Mountain is Coffee Danang View at DRT broadcasting station. DRT station is about 250m above sea level. We not only see the whole city’s view but taste coffee in fresh and pure air from this height. Standing here we can see the long range of beaches such as Pham Van Dong, T20, Bac My An  and so on. My Khe Beach is a must-see in this region; it is considered one of the most wonderful beaches on the planet by American Forbes Magazine. Furthermore, looking at towards city we can see Han River Bridge – the first revolved bridge in Vietnam. In addition, “Vung Thung” – a historical place, where French army chose as pedal to invade Danang and also Vietnam, can saw from here.

The next stop is “Watch Tower”. This is a little tower used to have break time and observe different natural landscapes below such as Hai Van mountain pass, the natural and geographical limit between Danang and Hue, Pear Island (little Son Tra Island), which used to attract Quang Trung King with the beauty of white sand and pure water and three giant white globes used as radar station that generates far-mile waves in order to control and defend national security.

Keep going and we will see a War Platform which was built in 1960 by American army with capacity about 60 soldiers, and this place was ever used for transporting American dead bodies from 27th fleet to their homeland. However, there are also cemeteries for American and Spanish dead bodies at Son Tra mountain’s foot that show Vietnamese’s brave and toleration. It is about several metres from War Platform we will reach a 630m “legendary place” compared sea level with illusion of white clouds above and a legend of its beauty. It’s said that because fairies were very keen on the beauty here, they descended on earth to enjoy, play chess; and that is the reason why it’s called “Chessboard Peak”. It’s sure that at each different heights of mountain will create each emotional level in your heart. And your feeling now will differ very much from former feelings.

Continue the tour, we will admire a thousand-year-banyan tree with lots of main and aerial roots downwards the earth’s surface which make up a breathtaking beauty. This place is introduced not only for natural beauty but also for holy of Son Tra Mountain. Staying here we get together and take some nice pictures within wonderful nature. A day trip in Son Tra peninsula seems endless with numerous beautiful sites, especially when you love nature and desire a green travel. Once you reach, you will be marveled at the beauty attracting thousands of visitors every year that nature has offered this lovely peninsula.

                                                                                              Phu Quy

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