We Visit Monkey Mountain
The Monkey Mountain is of of Danang's top attraction.
Simply referred to as Son Tra Peninsula, Vietnam's Monkey Mountain actually sprouts out from the cape like a mushroom. This lush national park is home to the rare red face monkey (hence the moniker) and stands 693 metres above sea level. The winding road around the mountain makes for nice motorbiking and you’ll experience the best views of the city. The view from the summit is stupendous and it’s not surprising that Monkey Mountain was used by the American military as a communications and observation base.
When the Americans left, the summit was taken over by the Vietnamese army. The only remains of the American presence are two radar domes, now used by the Vietnamese military and a no-go area for civilians. In recent years that the military has released its grip on the mountain so it’s possible for all to take in the views of the whole Danang area. But motorbikers beware; the road sometimes climbs at giddy angles and a powerful motor is needed to haul machine and riders to the summit.