Guide to safely self-driving on Son Tra Peninsula by motorcycle

Riding a motorcycle to Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang: Admire the largest statue of Buddha in Vietnam at the Linh Ung Pagoda, the thousand-year-old Banyan tree, and the highest point at Ban Co Peak… This is an extremely exciting experience.

Explore the Linh Ung Pagoda – Son Tra Peninsula.

The Linh Ung Pagoda is a temple facing the sea with a 67-meter high statue of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, the highest in Vietnam and equivalent to a 30-story building, set against a picturesque landscape of mountains and water. The statue is unique in that it stands with its back against the mountain, facing the sea, with one hand making a mudra and the other holding a pitcher of holy water for the fishermen at sea.

You may have seen pictures or read about this statue, but nothing can truly convey its uniqueness and grandeur. So, come to Da Nang and stand before this statue at least once!

This is an experience you won’t want to miss when visiting Da Nang. People often say that when you come to Da Nang, you must visit the Linh Ung Pagoda, and you cannot mention the Linh Ung Pagoda without talking about the statue of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, the largest in Vietnam.

This is an experience I have never missed when visiting Da Nang, and I have even done it twice in one trip. Looking down from the top, Da Nang looks small and lovely.

In addition to the magnificent statue of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, you can also admire many other beautiful and exquisite statues of Buddha at this place, as well as newly designed temples that are unique and not found everywhere.

The Son Tra Peninsula leaves visitors awestruck with its beauty.

In addition, standing on the Linh Ung Pagoda and admiring Da Nang at night gives me an unusually peaceful feeling… I miss and really love that feeling, the feeling of both enjoying a beautiful scenery and feeling alone in my own world. Being able to meditate, to think, to be lost in homesickness…

Some may say that if you look down at any city from above at night, they all look the same. But they are wrong. Even at night, when the lights take center stage, each city has its own unique beauty. For Hanoi, it’s the hustle and bustle of traffic, the lights running along each street, and the colorful shimmer of Hoan Kiem Lake. In contrast, Da Nang has a different kind of beauty, with colorful bridges spanning the Han River, each with its own unique design, the giant Sun Wheel, and the sparkling lights of offshore fishing boats. And most importantly, there’s the famous beachfront road with its stunning light display, which creates a curved shape that embraces a vast sea.

I never thought there would be so many interesting things about Son Tra. Before I came to Da Nang, the only place I thought worth visiting on the Son Tra Peninsula was the Linh Ung Pagoda. But I was wrong, very wrong… because there are many, many more interesting things to discover on Son Tra. Riding a motorbike along the coastal road around the Son Tra Peninsula is an exciting experience.

I’ve ridden a motorbike over the Hai Van Pass, admiring the beautiful scenery at what’s known as the world’s first majestic pass… and I thought that when I came to Da Nang, if I wanted to see the sea and mountains from above, this would be the best road to take. But then I had to reconsider, when I rode on the coastal road from the foot of the mountain to the summit of Ban Co on the Son Tra Peninsula. It’s just too beautiful, beyond imagination.

The hundred-year-old ancient banyan tree.

Located 8km east of the city center on the peninsula’s peak is a weather forecasting station surrounded by many attractive tourist spots for those who love adventurous travel to discover the beauty of Da Nang. These include the Linh Ung Pagoda, the Thousand-Year-Old Banyan Tree, the Chessboard Peak, Ram Beach, and But Beach. Don’t miss out on all these Da Nang tourist destinations!

This is an experience that cannot be missed by travel companies today when touring Son Tra. Many people also refer to this ancient banyan tree as the Centennial Banyan Tree or the Thousand-Year-Old Banyan Tree. According to a report from the Son Tra Peninsula Management Board, this banyan tree has a trunk circumference of 10m, 26 secondary roots, each of which is about 25m high. Remember to stop by and capture some beautiful photos with this rare banyan tree!

Son Tra Peninsula – A place to challenge the courage of adventurers.

The first two times I came to Da Nang, I didn’t know about this place. But on the third time, it became an unforgettable experience for me, because of the steep slope, the scenery from the top, meeting new friends, and especially because my friend and I got lost in the forest that day :)).

Ban Co Peak – Conquering the highest point of Son Tra Peninsula.

The highest point of Da Nang city is called Ban Co Peak. According to legend, there were two fairy men playing chess on the top of Son Tra mountain, but they couldn’t determine a winner after many days. Then one day, while the fairy women were bathing on the beach and having fun, one fairy man was defeated by his opponent. Angry, he stomped his foot on a rock, causing the chessboard to fall into the sea, and then flew back to the sky. According to the legend, the locals placed a statue of De Thich sitting alone on the rock with the chessboard, and the peak was named Ban Co from that day.

The height of Ban Co Peak is about 700 meters above sea level. Standing here, you can admire a majestic scenery. You can see the entire city of Da Nang within your sight, and the magnificence of the primeval forest will appear before your eyes. If you’re lucky, you’ll feel like you’re in heaven, standing on the white clouds surrounding the primeval forest here. No wonder even the fairy women chose this place to play and bathe, making the fairy men fall in love and “leave.”

You can consider booking a motorbike tour with a reliable and knowledgeable driver who knows the terrain of Son Tra Peninsula, making your exploration easier.

You can contact them via phone at +84 88 666 0396 or email at This is one of the best tour organizers in Danang, offering various tours such as Danang to Hue, Danang to Hoi An, and Danang to Hai Van Pass by motorbike.

Exploring Son Tra Peninsula in one day is full of excitement, but be sure to choose good weather, warm sunshine, and check your motorbike carefully. Wish you a happy trip to Son Tra Peninsula.



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