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Son Tra peninsula – a fragile gem in beautiful Da Nang

Sơn Trà, where the word “nature” is concretely defined, is one of the most promising

destinations when coming to Danang city.

Son Tra peninsula – a fragile gem in beautiful Da Nang Just 5km from Sea Wonder

Hotel, Son Tra is a beautiful peninsula with long, white sandy beaches, picturesque

landscapes and primeval forests – a must-see for any tourist in Vietnam.

A visit to this natural wonderland is sure to impress.

Stretching a total area of 4,000 hectares, Son Tra is home to around 1,000 different plant

species, 51 birds, 15 reptiles, and 42 species of coral. Red cheek gibbons and a species

of turtle are among the animals living in the area that are also listed in Vietnam’s Red

Book of endangered species.

The peninsula has been named a national park to help protect the delicate balance of life

in the area.

Surrounded by the sea and wooded areas, the peninsula has an extensive array of

beaches like Bai Bac, Bai Nam and Bai But – heaven for those seeking water activities

like swimming, fishing and sightseeing by boat. One can also take a dive to explore

extraordinary coral reefs. With its strong winds and large waves, Bai Bac Beach is

perfect for surfers.Bai But and Bai Nam are more gentle and safe for scuba diving.

Those heading below the surface will be treated to 42 different species of brilliant coral

reef as well as scores of marine life like fairy fish, macropodus, and butterfly fish. The

spectacular scenery here feels like entering into a breath-taking underwater palace.

Alternatively, by heading up the peninsula’s mountainside, tourists can explore the forest

terrain and all of the many plants and animals in Son Tra National Conservation Park.

Also not to be missed is the huge Mui Nghe stone, which lies to the east of the peninsula.

With its rocky protuberances projecting into the open sea, it is a most impressive sight.

Above the rock, one can become hypnotized by the sparkling blue sea water, and in the

distance, a dazzling array of colorful marine creatures and coral reefs can be seen.

Sơn Trà is connected with Da Nang via the longest suspension cable bridge in Viet Nam,

the Thuan Phuoc Bridge, which was just opened for public use on July 19, 2009. The

new bridge brings the peninsular closer to Da Nang and certainly will help to develop the

peninsular Son Tra to become an attractive touristic destination.

Son Tra is a special gift of the god to Danang. It can be seen from every places of the

city.

In one-day stay at Son Tra, we can enjoy living in the resplendent flow of dawn and the

quietness of twilight on this fascinating landscape. And that is a time for us to realize the

value of each and every moment and the true calling of our hearts.

There’re many myths about this peninsula. Long time ago, a legend claimed that fairies

have been often observed landing on the top of Son Tra Mount to play chess. That is

thought to be the reason why there’s a big flat stone like a chess board there and that

place is called Ban Co Peek (Chess Board Peek). From here you can take a look at the

whole Da Nang city and the bow-shaped seashore forming Da Nang Bay. If you have a

chance to climb here at dawn or sunset, the scenery is fantastic. The clouds are all pink

and appear so close to you. The sun is hidden but the light reflects on the sea surface

and makes the water glistening. Another story is that the young fairy nymphs were so

attracted by one of the most elegant beaches that they secretly landed there to play

and bathe. To remind everybody the myth, people called this beach Tien Sa (Fairies’

Landing).

Sơn Trà, where the word “nature” is concretely defined, is one of the most promising

destinations when coming to Da Nang city

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