Son Tra peninsula – Monkey Mountain

Linh Ung Pagoda, it’s 15 km away from Danang city center lies Son Tra Peninsula. Son Tra has been recognized is the nature reserve for 20 years ago, Son Tra is largely covered with green rain forest, and is home to over 100 species of fauna, especial The Red-shanked douc, a monkey that lives in the trees of the jungle.

The Peninsula holds some nice beaches: Bai Rang, Bai Nam, Bai Bac and Bai But where you can sit down to eat and drink. It really fantastic place to visit.

Local people in Son Tra Peninsula recalled that in the 18 century, there was a small Buddha statue from nowhere to drift on the beach here, they thought it was an auspicious sign, the local people built a small temple for worship, thank that, they are stable and fishermen can sail in peace for a long time. The beach where the statue drifted was called with named Bai But (Bai is a small sand beach, But means Budha), and the small temple now is Ling Ung pagoda erected today.

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What thing to do in Son Tra Peninsula

  • Finding Red Shanked Doucs

Red-Shanked Doucs is the most interesting sight of Son Tra. Besides other rare flora and fauna inhabiting Son Tra, the Red Shanked Doucs are the most remarkable. But if you see it, I sure that you are lucky. J It’s so hard to see it.

  • Son Tra Beaches

All beaches in Son Tra are so nice an quiet, drive along the road to the continental resort, you see on board with the different name is Bãi Rạng, Bãi Bắc, Bãi Nam and enjoy the seafood with a cold beer. Don’t forget to bring your camera and save this moment at Son Tra Peninsula

  • Visiting Linh Ung Pagoda and take picture of Danang city

Linh-Ung-pagodaThe pagoda is built on 12 ha land in the Son Tra Peninsula with stunning views and romantic sunsets. One of the main attractions to see is the Lady Buddha statue, 67m high, watching over the local fishermen at sea.

The local people believed that the statue of Lady Buddha not only protect the fisherman but also offering them strength for facing storms and strong waves.

Linh Ung pagoda was built in a newly formed tourist complex of Da Nang city – Son Tra Peninsula, in the most prime location of the region, Linh Ung pagoda has known as a spot of worship, studying, living of monks, Buddhists as well as a sightseeing of traveler. This pagoda is an attractive spiritual tourist site of Da Nang city where meeting earth’s sacred air and people’s heart and the heaven.

entrance gate linh ung pagoda

How to get to Monkey Mountain:

You cannot access this site by train or bus. The only way goes to Son Tra Peninsula, there are by car or motorbike.

By car: you book Danang or Hoi an private car to visit this site, that will be easy, and most of the drivers will know there and take you to the pagoda fast.

It’s about 350.000 VND from the Da Nang to Linh Ung Pagoda.

Keep reading: Son Tra Peninsular tour from Da Nang

By motorbike: if you to go to that place by yourself, so just go to My Khe beach. See your left side and you recognize and white statue, that is Lady Buddha statue, go to the beach and keep going about 2 km further, finally, you can see the entrance to the pagoda.

 

The Marble Mountain

Distance from Hoi An to Marble Mountain is around 20 km, it takes 30 mins driving by car and on the outskirts of Da Nang city around 8 km, stands in a cluster of 5 marble and limestone hills. There are 5 mountains are named metal, water, wood, fire, and earth. The main mountain, Thuy Son – Water Mount, is home to several Buddhist caves. It has large Pagoda called Tam Thai, built in 1825.

If you travel in Da Nang, don’t miss visit Hoi An and visit this place and keep reading: How to transfer between Da nang and Hoi An

If you’re looking for a good place to visit from Hoi An or Da Nang, Marble Mountain is the great site to visit for your group. the entrance ticket for this place is 40.000 vnd for climbing 156 steps to the top of the mountain or easier, you can buy the ticket for elevator 15.000 vnd/ way.

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Marble Mountain

I hate the elevator in here because it to modern with this place – puzzling modern designed elevator running up the side. At the top, you are rewarded with the great view of the coastline of Danang City, and the opportunity to purchase and light incense sticks to place in the Buddhist sanctuaries.

Marble Mountain has many small hidden treasures, much more than the outside suggests. From small shrines and intimate caves to grand ancient halls where the sunshine beams through small crevices. The caves stay at a comfortable 19-220 C, so stay there, we can break from the summer.

Visiting Marble mountain in the early morning or evening offers relief from a heat; after 5h00 pm, they stop charging an entry fee and you can see the sunset from the top of the mountain. Remember to bring the flashlight for go down.

The highlight of discovering the caves, however, is the light streaming into the caverns through the air from the openings from above. Take advance of capture great pictures, this only happens between 10h00 am and 2h00 pm. Our recommendation is to visit here in the middle of the day and sweat it out as you can seek out one of the cool caverns for relief between trips out into the blazing sun.


The villages around the Marble Mountains are known as for their delicate carvings. And there are many bargains to be made at the numerous shops around the base of the mountains. The statues are carved by craftsman with rudimentary tools. It has many souvenir shops here and you can drop in to see and buy small things such as chicken, elephant, dog statue… A tip for you when shopping here is just to make sure you deal with the shop owners’ sometimes overly enthusiastic sales pitch.

HOW TO GET TO MARBLE MOUNTAIN

From Hoi An to Marble Mountain

  • Hoi An private car transfer 14 USD/ sedan, 17 USD/ minivan/ way
  • Motorbike or Bicycle – you can rent at your hotel or local travel agent. Around 60 – 120.000 vnd/ day
  • Bus line from Hoi An – Danang: Hoi An Bus Station – Le Van Hien str – Ngu Hanh Son str (stop here and visit Marble Mountain) – Bach Dang str – Phan Dinh Phung str – Yen Bai str – Le Duan str – Dien Bien Phu str – Ton Duc Thang str – Da Nang bus station.
    Price: 30.000 vnd ~ 1.5 USD

From Da Nang to Marble Mountain

  • Da Nang private car transfer 14 USD/ sedan, 17 USD/ minivan.
  • By Bus – The Da Nang – Hoi An (yellow bus) bus stops right near the mountain. It cost around 30.000 vnd ~ 1.5 USD
  • Motorbike or Bicycle – you can rent at your hotel or local travel agent. Around 50 – 100.000 vnd/ day

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Why travel Da Nang in May 2017?

Are you planning to travel somewhere, you have many destinations, travel ideals but your budget is not allowJ. Why don’t travel to Da Nang and blend to crowd on big festival in May 2017? Furthermore, you also visit Da nang’s around such as Hue city and Hoi An Ancient town.

In this month – May 2017, Da Nang is host of many festival that you maybe consider:

  1. Iron man 2017

The Iron man 70.3 Vietnam will take place on May 7, 2017 in the coastal Danang, known for its pristine beaches and many tourist attractions

Participants will be treated to a fast and scenic course which begins with a 1.9 km ocean swim in front of Hyatt Regency Danang Resort. Then athletes will enjoy a scenic two loop 90 km bike course on smooth, well paved roads that runs along Da nang coastline. The final is 21 km run course (round trip).

There are 30 slots to the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Tennessee and Chattanooga.

Keep reading: Da Nang airport transfer to Da Nang Hyatt Resort

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  1. Japanese and Swiss teams show off their fireworks displays on 20 May

Team Viet Nam and Austria sparked the opening night of the Da Nang International Fireworks Festival 2017 on 30 April

Theme of this event based on five elements: metal, wood, water, fire and earth as traditional philosophy.

It symbols were everlasting existence, development of Viet Nam, as well as the city’s iconic landmarks – Marble Mountains – a local tourist attraction.

One team show their fireworks display during a 20-minute.

As planned:

  • The Japan team and Switzerland will continue on the 2nd night on 20 May.
  • China team and UK team will spark the 3rd night performance on 27 May.
  • Australia team and Italy team will stage the 4th night performance on 3 June.
  • And the best teams will compete in the final rounds on 24 June.

The festival is being held under the title Shining Marble Mountains – a tourist site.

Keep reading: Visit Marble Mountain and Hoi An from Da Nang

danang fireworks 2017Da Nang has reserved more than 16,000 rooms in preparation for the fireworks festival but you must make reservation and book Da Nang private car transfer before to make sure that you have nice accommodation and good vehicle to transfer in Da Nang city on these days.

  1. Tiger Wall 2017

Accompanying the youth to overcome the challenge, Tiger Beer brings you the best and most unique experiences.

Climbing and jumping are the two special missions at Tiger Wall 2017 that will bring you all the emotions you have been waiting for.

In each city that Tiger Beer visits, the young will have the opportunity to discover themselves psychologically and physically, the challenge and receive awards from Tiger Beer.

About Danang city – A city of bridges

Situated along an 30-km stretch of beach within 150 km of 3 World Heritage Sites: Hue Imperial Citadel, Hoi An Ancient Town and My Son Sanctuary. Danang is a new destination for travelers with its mix of local cuisine, culture, beautiful beaches, class golf courses and nice resorts.

 

The top restaurants in Da Nang you must try 2017

Are you travel in Da Nang and want to find a good place to eat with your family? The best restaurants in Da Nang have keep a steady reputation among travelers for their service, good location, and quality offerings. Surrounded by sandy beaches such as Pham Van Dong Beach and My Khe Beach, no trip from Hoi An  to Da Nang is complete without drop in its beachfront restaurants for taste fresh seafood, BBQ meats or just drink Vietnamese coffee.
Huracars collect 12 best restaurants in Da Nang 2017 that recommended by traveler, we hope it make your trip more fantastic.

  • My Casa – “A true mix of Euro-Asian food”

Add: 52 Vo Nghia Street

Mycasa restaurantA true mix of Euro-Asian food, which we all thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend if you are looking for a decent meal. Waiter was lovely, very attentive, great English and informative about things to do in the region too. The restaurant is set back from the main beach road and just looks like a house which is actually part of the ‘My Casa’ appeal.

They offer Happy Hour. Highly recommend. Near to the beach and other hotel. the owner- a cute Spanish lady offer us very nice service

Cuisine: Italian, Bar, European, Spanish,Vegetarian Friendly

  • Happy Heart Coffee

Add: 9 Ly Tu Trong Street

Happy heart cafe and restaurantThe Canadian style breakfast was great and the coffee was very delicious. This was easily the best breakfast in town as everything was cooked so well. If you’re staying at a resort, save yourself money, disappointment with the local breakfast buffet and treat yourself to great food and service. Staff was exceptionally attentive and helpful.

Cuisine:  Pizza, Healthy, American, Cafe, European, Asian

Read more: transfer between Hoi An and Da Nang

  • Pancake Ba Duong

Add: 280/23 Hoang Dieu Street

Banh xeo ba Duong - pancake in danangThis is a single place restaurant so you won’t have a menu. The Banh Xeo (pancake) and Brochettes are absolutely the best I have ever had. The setting is super local and the local are not used to seeing tourists. This is hands down the best restaurants we have been to try. The restaurant is at the END of the little street, so don’t get trapped somewhere else!

Don’t expect English…. Its also very very cheap.

Cuisine: local food

Add: 248 Tran Phu Street, Da Nang, Vietnam

Steak and service is impeccable – you should concur with others on this restaurant. A medium rare cooked steak is a perfect dinner for you. Staffs are friendly and professional. If you are in Danang you have to visit this restaurant. I definitely recommend it !

Tip: go here on a Saturday or Sunday and then head off to see the Dragon Bridge show which kicks off at 9.00 pm sharp.

Cuisine:  Steakhouse, European, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly

Add: 187 Tran Phu StreetLimoncello restaurants in Da Nang

Pasta is delicious and the staff very kind. One of the Italian owners is very attentive and available to help you choosing the wine to get along with the meal. Very good desserts too. I honestly recommend 100% this restaurant, and I am just sure I’ll go there again every time I will stop in Da Nang.

The menu has a large variety of options available, so if you’re looking for some delicious Italian western food then give this a try.

Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

Read more: Day trip from Hue to Da Nang by car

  • Burger Bros

Add: 18 An Thuong 4, Da Nang

The meat was done perfectly medium Burger Bros– well. The veggies were light and fresh. The bun was warm and toasted and the fries are fried with garlic and onions as well as peppered and ever so caressed with salt. This actually ranks as one of the best burgers I have ever eaten, period. Not even joking. If you are anywhere within a drive of this place it is worth the excursion.

Great concept and runs extremely well. It does however get very busy so don’t hang about or you might find it full or out of food.

Cuisine: Fast Food

  • Taco Ngon

Add: 2 My Da Dong 8 Street

Small menu at an unassuming tiny place in a back alley of Danang, but everything on the menu is done perfectly. We tried each type of meat and each sauce, not one was bad. Also very reasonable at 35000 VND/taco. Very nice concept. Highly recommend.

Cuisine: Mexican, Asian, Fusion, Fast Food, Street Food

  • Citron Restaurant in Son Tra Peninsula

Add:  Inter Continental Resort, Son Tra peninsula

Citron Restaurant in Son Tra Peninsula

The view from Citron on the Intercontinental in Son Tra Peninsula is breathtaking. I reserved a table outside to ensure our view was stellar. There are five outside tables, so if you’d like one, I’d recommend reserving ahead of time if possible. I had afternoon tea here, dinner, and dail
y buffet breakfast.

Tips: make them early and request a Nón Lá table. Nón lá means “conical hat” in Vietnamese and these tables are like inverted conical hats which are found outside and jut out of the restaurant level ever so slightly, giving you an incredible, uninterrupted view of the coast.

Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly.

Read more: Da Nang tour from Hoi An

  • Merkat restaurant

Add: 79 Le Loi Street

Merkat restaurant

This is a small restaurant. There are almost Spanish foods, and the taste is very nice. Gazpacho looked and tasted beautiful, meats and prawns were fresh (and the latter cooked perfectly) and the sangria added a lovely roses glow. Staff were friendly and attentive and it was great being able to watch the chef cook everything. Definitely worth treating yourself.
Cuisine:  Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

  • Sofia Restaurant

Add: 11 Pham Van Dong StreetSofia Restaurant

A small restaurant on the ground floor of a boutique hotel between the river and My Khe beach, its highly efficient and friendly staff are most welcoming. The menu is varied and easy to understand, the waitress had excellent English and made some good suggestions, The food was fantastic, really fresh and well flavored. All together a great experience and reasonably priced.

Cuisine: American, Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly

  • Fatfish Restaurant & Lounge Bar 

Add: 439 Tran Hung Dao Street

Fatfish Restaurant & Lounge Bar

You wouldn’t expect an Italian chef offering an exquisite fusion of Italian, Peruvian and Vietnamese food in Da Nang!

Living in a global economy, you can have now great dishes, including fresh Italian bread on special order, in Da Nang in a very special place. Great place, do not miss it!

Cuisine: Pizza, Mediterranean, Asian, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options

Read more: Thing to do in Da Nang 2017

Add: 231 Ho Nghinh Street

Family Indian restaurants in Da Nang

Great prices and an extensive menu, Good Indian food, great to see real Indian chefs cooking in Vietnam! Good food, traditional cooking. Good service from the staff, and timing was good. Expect to pay around 100.000 VND per person here for large well-made dinner.

Cuisine: Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options

4 ways to transfer Danang to Hoi An

How is the distance from Danang to Hoi An? How to get to Hoi An from Danang and what type of vehicle? How long does it take? 

A tour in our country won’t be that culturally if a visit to Hoi An ancient town is missed. Exploring Hoi An is like exploring the old Viet Nam. You can arrange airport transfers first before leaving Da Nang Airport for Hoi An so that hassles from the airport taxis and other transportation services are prevented. The article “4 ways to transfer from Danang to Hoi An” will help you answer these questions. Huracars team do hope that you will choose the best way for yourself to go to Hoi An ancient town from DaNang or Hoi An to Da Nang.

Danang to Hoi An route: The distance from DaNang to Hoi An is 30 km, on the south of Danang city. It takes us 30 – 45 mins to transfer between Hoi An and Danang city.

How to go Hoi An from Da Nang? Nowadays, there are 4 ways to transfer Danang – Hoi An by private car, taxi, bus, by motorbike. And what is the best way, you can compare 4 way as below:

1.Transfer Danang to Hoi An by yellow bus

bus hoi an to da nang

Bus in Danang, the local people call “xe buyt” or “Xe Đò”, you can ask the local “Xe đò đi Hội An/ Da Nang ở đâu?” It means “where to catch a bus to Hoi An/ Da Nang?” They will guide you to the bus stop. Bus transfer between Da Nang and Hoi An cost 30.000 VND ~ 1.5 USD (rate: 1 USD = 22.500 in 2017). Time transfer is about 70 – 80 mins/ way

  • Route Danang to Hoi An: Da Nang central bus station – Ton Duc Thang – Dien Bien Phu – Le Duan – Tran Phu – Trung Nu Vuong – Duy Tan – Nguyen Van Troi Bridge – Ngu Hanh Son (Near Marble Mountain) – Le Van Hien – Hoi An Bus Station.
  • Route Hoi An to Danang: Hoi An Bus Station – Le Van Hien – Ngu Hanh Son (near Marble Mountain) – Bach Dang – Phan Dinh Phung – Yen Bai – Le Duan – Dien Bien Phu – Ton Duc Thang – Da Nang bus station.

The first bus is departed from Danang at 5h30 am, and the last one is 18h00. Average 45 mins have a bus depart. You can drop in Ngu Hanh Son street and visit Marble mountain for 1 – 2 hours then catch other buses from Marble mountain to Hoi An.

2. Transfer Danang to Hoi An by motorbike

motorbike hoi an rentalMotorbike is the most popular choice for young people when traveling in Da Nang. You also rent a scooter to go to Hoi An and explore all tourist sites en route such as My Khe Beach, Marble Mountain, Silk village, Tra Que village. If you don’t know the route, you also move on the same road with the yellow bus.

You can choose 2 options for this way:

  • If you are an experienced biker and have an international license who travels by motorbike, you consider rent a scooter and ride by yourself,  you can book online or book with the local travel agent.  It’s cost around 100.000 vnd/ Scooter,  120.000 vnd/ manual motorbike. If you drive long-distance or wanna explore the Ho Chi Minh trail, you must rent a tour leader, so he can help you to find good places to relax, find the gas station, good road to drive, furthermore, he will help when you have an accident en route.
  • If you can’t ride,  you can choose “xe ôm”, it’s mean when you sit behind the rider,  you have to hug the rider to safe.  🙂 “Xe” in Vietnamese means vehicle,  here is a motorbike,  “Ôm” means hug. If you chose this way to transfer between Da Nang and Hoi An, you have to pay 150.000 – 200.000 vnd. Almost all of Xe Ôm services, can not speak English or a little bit, you must deal with them before going somewhere. We also suggest book with a travel agent and request travel insurance, a good helmet for the worst case that can happen – the accident.

Moving by motorbike is a good idea on sunny. In Vietnam, it’s rain season from Oct to Dec, so we recommend choosing a transfer by car or bus to keep safe and keep dry.

Da Nang to hoi an by motorbike
On a rainy day in Da Nang

Motorcycling is the best way to explore Viet Nam, but we certainly do not want to bad end, where the bodies of drunken boys and the wrecks of their scooter clog the roads. You must have an International license, which shows that you are qualified to operate a motorcycle in your homeland, and proper travel insurance, which guarantees that any damage the motorcycle does to other vehicles will be paid for and if necessary, the remains of the rider will be repatriated.

3. Taxi from Danang to Hoi An

taxi from da nang to hoi an

Taxi from Danang to Hoi An is the popular choice because of convenient and quick, it takes about 45 mins depending on the traffic conditions. This maybe is the choice of the highest cost. You have to deal with a taxi driver or you chose a good taxi company. Danang airport to Hoi An taxi fare is about 300.000 – 400.000 vnd/ way or 500.000/ round-trip.

The minus point for this way is the taxi driver cannot speak English, so you aren’t expected. But you can show the address for him, so he can access your point.

  • Da Nang taxi service:

Mai Linh taxi Da Nang: 0236.3.52.52.52

Song Han taxi: 0236.3.72.72.72

Tien Sa taxi: 0236.3.79.79.79

Vinasun taxi: 0236.3.68.68.68

  • Hoi An taxi service:

Mai Linh taxi Hoi An: 0235.3.92.92.92

Hoi An taxi: 0235.3.919.919

Faifo taxi: 0235.3.91.91.91

4.   Transfer Danang to Hoi An by private car

transfer hoi an to danang by carThe private car transfer Danang to Hoi An or Hoi An to Da Nang is managed by Huracars, you can think it’s the same with taxi services. But we separate into 2 because of different quality and price. Transfer by private car, you only pay 320.000 vnd for a sedan, 380.000 vnd/ MPV or minivan, and we can drop in anywhere in Danang city center without surcharge. The plus point for this way is Huracars driver can speak English (basic), he cannot speak English fluently but our driver can understand and explain something.

The nearest airport to Hoi An is Da Nang airport. Our prices are also consistently lower than those of Huracars’s competitors. So what are you waiting for? Do some good for your budget, and book one of our Da  Nang Airport Transfers today! Call us now via Whatsapp/ Viber/Line: +84 934 899 900 or make a reservation via booking form

All of the following information gives you an overlook of the pros and cons of  4 ways to transfer Danang to Hoi An. We do hope that you have an idea for choosing the best way base on your budget, times, and your hobby. Considering our services and make your trip from Hoian to Danang with nice experience.