Why Ban Co Peak is special
Ban Co Peak, or Chessboard Peak in English, is a tourist site located on Son Tra Peninsula. The place is 693 meters above sea level. Travellers to Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang City are more often than not recommended to drop by Linh Ung Pagoda, My Khe Beach or Da Den (Black Stone) as they are very popular. However, taking a motorbike ride up to Ban Co Peak to get a panoramic view of Da Nang City would be a fascinating experience.
According to the legend, two deities were sitting and playing chess on Son Tra Peninsula for several days, but they were still inconclusive. Then one day, one of them lost the game because being distracted by fairies flew down the beach to take a shower. Out of control, he kicked the chess board into the sea and came back to heaven. Therefore, local people set up the statue of the deity who sat alone in the front of the chess board. The mountain peak’s name has also come from the legend.
What to explore at Ban Co Peak
The way up to the winding mountain is a journey that you can experience the beautiful and poetic landscapes of Son Tra Peninsula. The sun and wind of the sea mix in a little of the wet forest trees make the journey to Ban Co peak emotional truth. From the foot to Ban Co peak, you can watch the entire Da Nang city with 700 m high. The cooler and foggier weather will give you exciting feelings. A busy city with buildings and nine famous bridges span Han river in your eyes.
Climb to the top of Ban Co is probably the most beautiful morning dawn, when the city is still silent, the nature in Son Tra Peninsula also has stirred, sunlight flickering across the mountains or in the afternoon when the sun takes off, around the peninsula cool winds to the top of the reception desk flag at sunset, trying to diffuse the sun rose from the waters, magical scenery.
Getting to Ban Co Peak
From Da Nang international airport: 21 km away, go by motorbike
From Da Nang train station: 18 km away, go by motorbike
From Hoi An ancient town: 45 km away, taxi recommended