Sontra Peninsula Fact Sheet
Sontra Peninsula Fact Sheet
+ Overview of Sontra Peninsula
Also known as Son Cha, Tra Son, Son Tra, Tien Sa, Monkey mountain, Ban Dao Son Tra is a natural screen protecting Tho Quang fishing village and Danang from storms and cyclones.
Located 10 kms from Danang down- town, the peninsula marks its name on local travel map as the place for jungles, breathtaking beaches and marvellous mountains.
Thanks to its unique geographical conditions, Son Tra Natural Reserve is home to a diversity of flora and fauna, including various species of monkeys, sea turtles. The native Red Shanked Doucs is the city wildlife symbol.
Son Tra peninsula, a place for scenic beaches & jungles hideaway
+ Timeline general
- Formed from The Cambrian, ± 2000 million years ago
- 1400 is an isolated island
- 1845 Captain John Perival, Constitution Ship stops by (US)
- 1858 join- army of French & Spain set fire
- 1860 complex army base is built, soon destroyed by themselves (French)
- 1895 Paul Doumer named Ossuaire to the mass- grave of French & Spanish troops
- 1903 Son Tra lighthouse built
- 1965 Army bases, harbor, training area with heliport, radar stations constructed (US)
- 1971 Storm kills hundreds of fishing men mooring at southern beaches
- 1997 Danang declares Son Tra Peninsula district III. Son Tra Nature Reserve formed
- 2005 Breaks ground for unsuccessful first resort
- 2010 Unveils Goddess of Mercy, Quan The Am statue, Linh Ung Pagoda
- 2012 Launches Danang Sun Peninsula Resort on Sontra’s northern beaches
+ Peninsula Statistics
Bán Đảo Sơn Trà
Nui Khi ( Monkey mountain)
10 km North-east of Danang.
Land area. 60 sq.kms. L. 13 kms. W.5 kms
639 m above the sea- level
Location. 16.116° N 108.277° E
+ General Information
- Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific and Viet Jetair offer daily domestic flights from Danang airport. Direct flights to Danang from Seoul, Guangzhou, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Incheon, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk & Krasnoyarsk.
- Danang Airport is the third International airport in Vietnam
- All the fancy resorts and hotels are along the city beaches. Bien Dong hotel, Son Tra Spa & Resort,Mercure Son Tra Resort, Son Tra Sun Villa are located on the peninsula’s main road.
- Yearly Fireworkds is held at the end of March in Da Nang – Son Tra
- Easy to get the peninsula by cars and motorbikes. Jeep is the perfect choice.
- Diving is available at Furama resort, Temple Danang * 2012. Son Tra peninsula a great diving site. Rough weather and poor water from Oct to Jan.
- Amazing sunrise at Son Tra peninsula from Tho Quang fishing village
- Swimming, diving and walking are top choices. Don’t forget your sunglasses, straw beach hat and camera.
- A local guided tour is recommended or simply roaring up for a motorbike trip
+ Reference sites
Dong Dinh Musuem
Vietnamese NGO For Son Tra – Danang green and wild life
+ Commercial sites
Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort
Mercure Son Tra Resort