Explore Son Tra Peninsula, home to the largest population of the colorful Red-shanked douc monkey, with a trained wildlife conservationist on this half-day tour out of Ha Noi. Looking from a distance, enjoy a chance to see one of these monkeys and their unique color combination of grey, red, orange and even blue. As you observe the wildlife, your guide talks about how human activity has affected the doucs’ home and explains the conservation activity taking place on the peninsula.
Maximize your chance of seeing a Red-shanked douc with your guide
Start early and return to Hanoi in time for a busy afternoon
This tour is run by a local NGO and supports conservation activities in Vietnam
Stay cool with air-conditioned transport and bottled water
Today’s tour begins at 06h15 (*) for a drive from Hoi An to the modern city of Da Nang, one the fastest developing city of South East Asia famous for its beautiful beaches and luxuriant jungles around.
Monkey Mountains aka Son Tra Peninsula is a perfect place for wildlife exploration. This peninsula, which covers more than 4,400 hectares (10,880 acres) and rises to 700 meters at its peak, acts as a natural shield for the central city of Da Nang. It was originally an island before ocean currents and sediment linked it with the mainland. The peninsula is best known for the world’s largest population of the endangered red-shanked douc langur. Thanks to its unique beauty with 5 impressive colors, the red-shanked douc langur has been recognized by the Wildlife at Risk international organization as the ‘Queen’ of the primate species. If you get luck, you might be able to observe their beauty and daily activities.
The trip is specially led by a wildlife expert for an insight into the biology diversity conservation activities organized on Son Tra Peninsula as you observe the wildlife from afar using binoculars and telescopes to minimize disturbance to the ecosystem. Get more information on the impact of human activity to this fragile ecosystem and reach the top of Son Tra to both admire the beauty of the surrounding and reflect on the fragility of it all.
Get back to Hoi An about 11:45* for your ongoing adventures. (L)
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Departure: Daily ****
NOTE - EXO RESPONSIBLE TOUR
GreenViet is a Vietnamese Non-Governmental Organization established in 2009 to research and spread the value of biodiversity in Vietnam. Its mission is to raise awareness by finding out solutions to boost community’s responsibility for preserving wild animals and develop eco-friendly living using biodiversity resources in a sustainable manner. GreenViet joined the Biodiversity Conservation Program of Frankfurt Zoological Society from 2009 to 2011 in Kon Ka Kinh National Park, Gia Lai Province to train forest rangers and raise awareness on biodiversity of local people and students of secondary schools. GreenViet took part in similar programs in various National Parks such as Phong Nha – Ke Bang, Cuc Phuong, Van Long Natural Conservation Area and Hon Heo Peninsula. This NGO was officially recognized by the authorities as a Biodiversity Conservation Centre based in Da Nang in 2012.
Guests taking this tour offer direct support to GreenViet’s activities in Vietnam.