Son Tra (Sơn Trà) peninsula is recognized as the precious jewel of Da Nang (Đà Nẵng) Tourism, with winding roads around the diverse flora and fauna. The peninsula is located in Tho Quang (Thọ Quang) ward, Son Tra (Sơn Trà) district, and has 4,439 hectares of land area. It has a long coastline, which is blue and clear throughout the year. Let’s discover Son Tra Peninsula.

1. Linh Ung Pagoda (Chùa Linh Ứng)

Linh Ung pagoda in Son Tra peninsula is the largest, newest, and most beautiful pagoda in three Linh Ung pagodas of Da Nang. Located at about 10km to the northeast of the center of Da Nang city, at the height of 693m above the sea level, this pagoda is considered a privilege that Mother Nature has generously offered to Da Nang. The important highlight of Linh Ung pagoda s the statue of Avalokitesvara Buddha, which is considered the highest in Vietnam (Việt Nam) (67 meters). The statue stands leaning against the mountain overlooking the sea.

2. Ban Co Peak (Đỉnh Bàn Cờ)

The way up to this peak is winding, which is a journey that you could experience many beautiful and dreaming sceneries of Son Tra peninsula. Experiencing the road from the foot of the peninsula to Ban Co peak, all tiredness will be carried away by the immense space as the place of Elysium. Standing on this high point of nearly 700 meters, you can see the whole Da Nang. In the distance, there is a busy and bustling city with buildings and 9 famous bridges spanning Han (Hàn) River. It is highly recommended to climb to the peak of Ban Co in the early morning, when the city has still not awakened, the nature in this peninsula also have just stirred, and the sun  light has glimmered on the other side of the mountain.

3. Millennial Banyan Tree (Cây Đa Ngàn Năm)

At the 63 sub-region of Son Tra (SơnTrà) natural reserve, there are many banyan trees creating a population of banyan trees. In this population, there is a very beautiful banyan tree with many secondary roots hanging down deeply into the ground, creating a beauty that not many places acquire. According to the report of the Management Board of Son Tra peninsula, this banyan tree has a circumference of 10 meters, 26 secondary roots, each about 25 meters in height. The banyan tree is considered as the heritage of the city and being a tourist attraction of the city. Here, you could rest, relax, and take beautiful photos to mark the time to enjoy, admire and explore this giant tree.

4. Indochina God Eye (Mắt Thần Đông Dương)

This is another name of the radar station 29 on Son Tra peninsula. Today, the peak of Son Tra peninsula has still been used to place the radar observation station serving many fields from Vietnamese civil aviation, air force, and navy. The radar station has a function of protecting the safety of a vast airspace of Vietnam from Dong Hoi (ĐồngHới) (QuangBinh (QuảngBình)) to Buon Ma Thuot (Buôn Ma Thuột). Because this is a military area and still used in the protection of sovereignty, tourists could not visit radar stations, but there are still many positions on the roads around the mountain you can stop and take interesting pictures with three featured white orbs.

5. Tien Sa Port (Cảng Tiên Sa)

Along with Han River port, Tien Sa port with the key position in Da Nang port system contributes an important role in the development of cruise tourism economy of the city and central region, both in the present and in the long term. Tien Sa port is a natural deep-water port with long berth, which is capable of receiving large ships and has a great potential to develop. The geographic location of this port is quite favorable, helped Tien Sa not only with ship field but also tourism. In addition to receiving international tourism ships to Da Nang, Tien Sa is also a wonderful landscape for tourists to contemplate.

6. Tien Sa Beach (BãiTiên Sa)

Tien Sa ecotourism zone is situated down Yet Kieu(Yết Kiêu) road, near Tien Sa port, about 10 km away from the city center. This is an attractive tourism destination in Da Nang. Tien Sa Beach is associated with the legend which went into poetry, music and painting. The beach is located independently to the north of Son Tra Peninsula with quiet and pristine views. Coming here, you could be able to immerse yourself with the nature, with the blue sea, white sand and golden sunshine. This is an absolutely safe place for tourists to take a rest and celebrate events.

7. Da Den (Đá Đen) Beach (Black Stone Beach)

Nestled on the north shore of Son Tra Peninsula, Da Den beach is incredibly pristine though it is just about 1 hour away from Da Nang city by boat. There are many big black rocks interleaved or stacked creating very beautiful views. Particularly, in the reef area, there are many beautiful artificial lakes which are shielded by large boulders, so the water is green all year round. Besides, the waves here are very soft which are very suitable for tourists to swim. In some appropriate places, tourists can also take part in fishing and snorkeling groups.

8. Nghe Cape (Mũi Nghê)

Nghe Cape, also known as Nghe Island (Hòn Nghê) is located at the southeast of Son Tra Peninsula. This is the first place in Da Nang welcoming the dawn. Nowadays, with the wild and mysterious beauty, Nghe Cape was chosen by the tour designers to deploy sea diving service and become one of the most attractive destinations in the tour around Son Tra peninsula. In Nghe Cape, sea diving service is very potential because this waters area has over 42 types of rare coral reefs. In addition, based on many advantages of Nghe Cape, tour designers add the service of fishing with local fishermen into the tours.

9. Nam Beach (Bãi Nam)

Nam Beach in Son Tra Peninsula, also known as Nom (Nờm) or Nom (Nồm) beach, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Son Tra peninsula resort, where there is a 4-star Son Tra Resort and Spa. If you look from My Khe (Mỹ Khê) beach, you can will Nam beach in the distance. At the Nam beach area, if you go a few hundred meters offshore, you will see a very beautiful coral reefs and snorkeling activities often take place here.

10. But Beach (Bãi Bụt)

But Beach becomes very familiar with not only domestic but also international tourists. Coming here, you can rent a hut, then eat and sing freely beside the blue sea shores. Also, you could participate in sea games such as surfing, skydiving, etc. The But Beachlandmark – Son Tra peninsula is famous not only by the natural scenery, but also known as Buddha place at the human realm. Nestled in a beautiful strait, But Beach is a crossing place between the sea and mountains, where there are people from cities coming to immense places of the sky and sea.

11. Bac Beach (Bãi Bắc)

Bac Beach, located toward the northeast, is also called as Bac(Bấc) beach by locals. Here, there are a lot of dark green seaweeds sticking on the rocks from October to November. Locals often call them as “jam” (mứt), a pretty tasty specialty. Due to the beautiful scenery  here, the SunGroup chose and built a 5-star Intercontinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula – which was considered as one of the new luxury resorts in Asia in 2013. Starting in operation from 6/2012, up to now this resort has become a destination of many stars, celebrities, politicians and important figures in the world. Designed by architect Bill Bensley – one of 5 world renowned architects, this resort has a design style harmonizing with the nature of Son Tra Peninsula, giving tourists many unforgettable experiences.

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There are so many reasons that The Guardian declared Bánh Mì the world’s best street food. Vietnamese are very creative when it comes to food. People created many versions of the Bánh Mì, making it hard to identify all the different varieties. If you’re a true lover of Bánh Mì, and you live in Da Nang or about to visit Da Nang, you can grab yourself the cheapest, most mouth watering and most creative versions of Bánh Mì in the world.

  • Bánh Mì thịt chả (normal Bánh Mì with pork and “cha”)

The very basic Bánh Mì is normally filled with pork or char siu, chả, pâté, spring onion, cucumber, cilantro, chilli, Vietnamese mint and possibly some other herbs. This can be found anywhere in Da Nang.

  • Bánh Mì thịt nguội (Bánh Mì with jambon)

Another typical type of Bánh Mì with main ingredients are jambon, cha and pate. It doesn’t include any other herbs but long strips of chilli, cucumber and spring onion.

  • Bánh Mì thịt nướng (Bánh Mì with grilled pork)

The next one is Bánh Mì thịt nướng. Fillings generally include grilled pork, Vietnamese mint, papaya pickle, a bit of butter, pate and chilli sauce.

  • Bánh Mì gà (Bánh Mì with cotton meat)

Because of its unique, simplicity, cheap, tasty, you cannot found anywhere else in Vietnam. Unlike others, Bánh Mì gà (literally “chicken bread”) is round in shape and filled with “cotton meat” originally made from chicken (hence the name), mayonnaise, carrot and green papaya pickle. It’s cheap (about 8000 VND) and simple, yet super tasty — you’ll be addicted in no time. No one can resist the sweet and salty taste of cotton meat, sourness of carrot and papaya pickle, spiciness of chilli sauce (if you want), and fatiness of mayonnaise… all combined in a crispy, hot bread roll.

  • Bánh Mì que (Bánh Mì with pate)

The cheapest type of Bánh Mì (6000VND), Bánh Mì que (literally Bánh Mì stick) looks like, well, a stick. It’s filled with only pate, mayonnaise, fried shallots and chilli sauce. You cannot ask for more with that price but trust us, you won’t regret when taste it. You can easily find this one selling alongside with Bánh Mì Ga

  • Bánh Mì heo quay (Bánh Mì with roasted pork)

You haven’t visit Danang if you haven’t taste this type of Bánh Mì. Roasted pork has very different texture and taste with normal pork. It was mixed it with some Vietnamese coriander and pepper salt, and ultimately finish assembling with a special sauce made from roasted pork. Today, it is not easy to find a correct Bánh Mì heo quay, almost impossible to find one with the perfect topping sauce. But if you happen to see one, please put a comment below.

  • Bánh Mì ông Tý

This Bánh Mì is quite special as it has dried chili flakes, a bit of sauce and special home-made Chả. A surprise is Mr Ty has operated this business for nearly 40 years, and now has two shops in Danang. The shop may look a bit rundown and disappointing at first glance, but the taste is amazing and you will want to come back for another.

  • Bánh Mì bột lọc (Bánh Mì with tapioca dumplings)

You may already know that bột lọc is normally made in the following two ways: wrapped up in banana leaves and steamed (bột lọc lá chuối), and directly boiled in water (bột lọc trần). The latter is used as filling along with some herbs and light sweet fish sauce. It may a bit chewy the first time you taste it, but I’m sure you will fall in love with it just as we have.

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Da Nang located at the middle between Hanoi capital in the north, and Ho Chi Minh City, financial center in the south. The city also connect to old town Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site that reflects the mixed history and culture of Vietnam and Chinese in its well-preserved architecture. Stay here on your way visiting Vietnam and take in the clashing worlds of sparkling skyscrapers and relaxed vibes.

The city is crowed of noisy streets packed with car, motorbikes and people, much like other larger cities to the north and south, but the vibe is decidedly slower. You’ll see coffee shop full of those having daily talk and people working on their laptops, as well as beaches lined with families, tourists. Enjoy the taste of delicious streetfood and listen to the sound of beach. Let your mind filled all this at Da Nang.

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Da Nang street food spots is not as famous as Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City, but the kid-size stool and tables along the streets tell you about heaven for street food lover. They’re especially well-known among backpackers on low budget, but don’t get it wrong, it’s not a trade off for lower cost. Walk through the crowded backstreets and look for a few places that crowded with local — the signal of delicious dishes.

After shorten your list, the only choice left is what smell you’re in the mood for. A Vietnamese classic is Banh Mi or Pho, wrap and roll fresh seafood in Banh xeo, a “bow-size pancake” made of rice flour and stuffed with veggies and shrimp or beef. The decisions are uncountable. Just prepare yourself with the name of the place, or follow the local tour guide, they will show you the best dishes you ever tasted.

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Da Nang located at the middle between Hanoi capital in the north, and Ho Chi Minh City, financial center in the south. It’s one of the biggest city in Vietnam. Beside the delicious local food and product, the reason why tourist love to come is it’s close to the famous My Khe Beach, Lang Co Beach, Hoi An. Lang Co Beach has a beautiful line of palm trees, the clean water of the nearby ocean  and attractive, lapping onto pure white sand. It likes heaven with a stunning lagoon on one side, and the beach on the other. The surround is still under-developed, although a few years ago had seen many new hotels opening. On the other hand, My Khe Beach is well-developed, since it was a famous spot for US military seeking R&R in the late 20 century. Water sport activities here are not much, and it can get very crowded especially in summer time. Da Nang’s coastline is around 30 kilometres, well-known for its peaceful, warm waters and also popular for caught fish, water-skiing, diving, and yachting.

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