Ban Co Peak is located on Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain) with an altitude of nearly 700m above sea level. If you want to see the whole Danang city, I suggest coming to Ban Co Peak which is an ideal place for sightseeing, enjoying the fresh air and the spectacular view of the coastal city.
People in Da Nang still tell each other an immortal legend about the name of Ban Co (Chessboard): old times, when fairies also had walks on earth, this is the favorite stop of the two fairies who loved playing chess, also the place to witness a game of inconclusive in many days. Then suddenly one day, a fairy, in a minute neglected to watch the female deities playfully on Tien Sa beach and be defeated by the opponent. Due to his annoyance, he first kicked the chessboard into the sea and flew back to the sky. According to that legend, the people here built a fairy statue, sitting pensive in front of a stone chessboard, and this place was called the Chessboard – Ban Co Peak.
The road is quite steep, narrow and having many bends on the top of Ban Co. Therefore, it is necessary to drive carefully, go at a moderate speed and pay attention to horn when going through the bends. However, it’s no need to be a professional rider, you just need to prepare yourself with a good motorbike, ride slowly and carefully and there are road sign to guide your way there. If you cannot ride a bike, hiring a driver and a jeep, sit tight on the back seat and enjoy the trip, which is also a good solution.
To make the journey the best experience, you travellers should choose to go on a dry and sunny day to better enjoy the panorama view on top of the mountain in a clear blue sky. I also suggest avoiding the mid day sunshine and the late afternoon dark. It is best to go in early morning or no later than 3.00 PM to start from your hotel. The motorbike trip should take about 3-4 hours with as many stop as you want. So now ready to go? Open up your map and start the engine!
Firstly, keep going on the seaside road from Da Nang city to Intercontinental Sun Peninsula resort, before you start riding up hill to Ban Co Peak. This road is quite plain and easy, about 18 kilometers and you might want to stop on the way to visit to Linh Ung pagoda and South beach of Son Tra as well as many other beautiful stops for photographing.
The road to the top of Ban Co peak is extremely impressed with the small winding with many steep slopes. The higher the dew, the thicker the air, however, in return the beautiful scenery on both sides of the road will satisfy you.
Overcoming a difficult but extremely interesting journey, visitors will be able to reach Ban Co Peak – one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Da Nang. At the top of Ban Co Peak, travellers can admire the panoramic view of the city, the skyscrapers, floating fishing boats on the sea and many famous bridges crossing the Han River from a height of a nearly 600 meters. What a breath-taking view!
Looking down from the top of Ban Co Peak, the coastal city of Da Nang appears gently bending along the poetic and charming seafront, amidst the vast sea.
Ban Co Peak is the most beautiful in the morning when the city is peaceful and the sun is shining on the side of the mountain. In addition, sunset is also the favourable time to attract many tourists and photographers to capture the poetic scene.
Interestingly enough, the higher the air, the cooler and more pleasant the atmosphere is. A bit of wind and light of the sun shining added make visitors feel like they are in the Elysium.
Travelling to the top of Ban Co peak by motorbike, you will feel the joy of discovering and having unforgettable memories for the trip. It’s such a beautiful place on earth and once decided to go, when you come back, you will never regret it.
Have a nice trip!