So I didn’t see any monkeys on Monkey Mountain, but I did encounter the largest Buddha statue in Vietnam, a thousand year-old tree with roots that grew up, not down, and views of the entirety of Central Vietnam.
Not to be confused with Marble Mountain, the more well-known tourist destination to the South, Monkey Mountain is located on a peninsula that juts out from the mainland just north of China Beach.
The mountain provides spectacular views, whether you’re gazing at it from the white sand beaches below, or standing atop its highest peak.
I first visited Monkey Mountain in February of 2014, when I walked 7 kilometers from my hotel in Da Nang to the Lady Buddha crest.
Later, in July, I was back in Hoi An and got to spend an entire day traipsing around Monkey Mountain, drinking in the views and marveling at how puny the enormous Buddha statue is compared with the mountain itself.
Ocean and mountains within walking distance of each other – at China Beach near Monkey Mountain
It’s possible to walk to Monkey Mountain right from the beach
Fishing boats line the sand after being dragged in from the morning’s catch
The beach is beautiful from below, but even better when viewed from Monkey Mountain
Holy crap! Check out the view of Da Nang and we’re not even at the top yet!
No one knows how to nap like the Vietnamese.
Shrines and pagodas surround the grounds beneath the giant Lady Buddha statue
Thar she blows! Enormous and looking very much like the Virgin Mary
The waters surrounding Monkey Mountain are filled with islands and islets – you can’t tell which way is up because the ocean is on every side!
Monkey Mountain is a popular place for Buddhist tourists to come and pray
Monkey Mountain is a popular place for school groups and families
When I first visited in February, the clouds over Monkey Mountain were CRAZY
There is a huge debate about how old this tree really is – somewhere between 200 and 2,000 years!
While the Lady Buddha is the main event, it’s not uncommon to find other statues and relics scattered across the mountain
You too can do yoga on top of Monkey Mountain!
This woman derobed and climbed this rock JUST so this dude could take her picture.
The prettiest sky ever over Monkey Mountain
After your 7k hike (or 14 if you’re up for the round trip), you can take a dip in Temple Da Nang’s sweet pool to cool off
Have you ever been to Monkey Mountain in Da Nang, Vietnam?
How was it? What did you do?
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