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The monkey mountain is a formation that juts out of the Son Tra Peninsula, about 12 km from the main city of Da Nang. The monkey mountain resembles a pair of cartoon ears. In the local dialect, it is known as Nui Son Tra but was made popular by the American Soldiers as Monkey Mountain. The monkey mountain is placed at a strategic location with Da Nang on one end and the Hai Van Pass on the other and thus, acted as war base during the US-Vietnam conflict. It was opened to visitors only in the recent past and is now popular as a biking route.
The view from the summit of the mountain attracts thousands of adventure seekers and tourists each day. As far as the eye can see you can marvel the views of Son Tra Peninsula, Da Nang City, and Cham Island.
The mountain still has some Radar Domes that were used by the US military in the days of war and are still operational today, making them a prohibited area for tourists. Although going by motorcycle is the best way to reach the top, the roads are not that great and can be problematic for the uninitiated.
Son Tra Peninsula, where the Monkey Mountains are located, is a unique attraction in its own right. The peninsula is famous for the statue of the Giant lady Buddha presiding at the summit. It is located at the Linh Ung pagoda at the centre of the courtyard. The statue is highly revered and it is believed that it protects the villages from ill weather.
Just before the pagoda, you can also stop at the Man Thai Village, which is a small fishermen's village. You can enjoy some lip-smacking fresh seafood here made by the villagers themselves. You can also get an insight into the lives of the villagers here and their ways of preserving food.
The greenery of the peninsula and its refreshing views delights tourists as well as locals and it is a popular spot on the list of places to visit in Da Nang.
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