Adventure Sports in Vietnam

Vietnam Off the beaten path

In recent years, adventure sports have become a popular form of recreation worldwide. Vietnam is no exception. In fact, it is now considered one of the top countries in the world for experiencing a wide variety of adventure sports. Here are some examples of adventure sports found in Vietnam.

Canyoning

Canyoning Adventure in Dalat
Canyoning Adventure in Dalat

Canyoning is the activity of rappelling, or abseiling as its called in Vietnam, down the face of a waterfall. The best area for this activity in Vietnam is around the small mountain city of Dalat. Abseiling is challenging enough on the face of a dry wall let alone on the face of a wet waterfall. The typical height of a cliff used in abseiling is between 12 and 30 meters high. Often times the abseiler will release their rope about 10m above the water pool below, making for a very exciting climax to their descent as they plunge into the water pool below.

Cliff jumping during while canyoning Dalat Vietnam
Cliff jumping during while canyoning Dalat Vietnam

Cliff jumping is another method of experiencing these waterfalls. Typically, a cliff jump involves hurling yourself off the edge out into space anywhere from 10m to 20m above the water pool below. Making for, providing you jump out far enough, a very exciting ending to your cliff jumping experience.

The washing machine was the most intense rappel while canyoning Dalat
The washing machine was the most intense rappel while canyoning Dalat

The Washing Machine is the most challenging Canyoning experience to be found in Dalat. This is performed on a waterfall gushing heavily with water. When you’re near the bottom of the fall, your pre-measured rope will come to its end and while your still holding on to the rope you move into the middle of the water flow where the force of the rushing water will begin to spin you around as though you were in a washing machine. While spinning you loose your orientation causing you to eventually let go of the rope, hoping that you will fall cleanly into the water below, and not be grazing the side of the rocks on your way down.

Sand boarding in Mui Ne

Sand boarding in Mui Ne
Sand boarding in Mui Ne

Sand boarding is a favorite adventure among the travelers visiting the red sand dunes of Mui Ne. A fun activity practiced only here in Mui Ne, it quickly becomes a favorite past time of most adventurers who try it. Best done before the heat of the day turns the metal sleds into sizzling slides too hot to touch. It involves literally sliding down the steep red sand slopes on a slick piece of customized metal sheeting called slides which are rented from the local vendors.

Kitesurfing in Mui Ne

Mui Ne Beach – The Kitesurfer’s Dream
Mui Ne Beach – The Kitesurfer’s Dream

The most popular adventure activity by far which is practiced in Mui Ne is kite surfing. Mui Ne is considered by many experts to be one of the world’s premier kite surfing destinations. This is an extreme version of board surfing where the surfer is strapped in a harness on to the kite while standing with their feet strapped on to the floating surf board. The surfer than positions the kite is so that it is caught in the wind thereby launching the surfer and the board across the water. This is a most challenging sport which is best performed by well-trained seasoned surfers.

The consistent high winds, warm water, and constant sunshine make this a most popular adventure activity here in Vietnam. The best surfing months are November through March with the remaining months being suitable for beginners just starting to learn the sport.

Kayaking in Vietnam

A tourist exploring Ha Long Bay (UNESCO World Heritage Site) by kayak.
A tourist exploring Ha Long Bay (UNESCO World Heritage Site) by kayak.

Kayaking is a popular way of seeing the landscape and seascape of Vietnam while getting in some healthy exercise. It is an excellent method of visiting places that are otherwise difficult to see. Places like:

  1. West Lake—Ho Tay Lake located in Hanoi City. A perfect spot to kayak for beginners and experts alike. A great way for kayakers to see Hanoi from a totally different vantage point while getting healthy exercise and at the same time some fresh air.
  2. Halong Bay is listed as one of the world’s top 25 places for kayaking. Here you can navigate around the islands and paddle through narrow waterways and caves, with sparkling stalactites, before passing local fishing villages and other wondrous sights on the serene and waveless bay filled with such amazing endless natural beauty.
  3. Phong Nha Caves is another calm and easy place to Kayak while exploring part of the world’s biggest wet cave and most amazing wonder. Afterwards, you can row your kayak on the nearby Son River, a tributary of the Gianh River in Quang Binh Province, for additional great sight-seeing on this beautiful river.
  4. The Perfume River is set in a calm and peaceful atmosphere when kayaking and viewing The City of Hue from a totally different vantage point.
  5. The Han River, Danang City. Go down to the Danang Dragon Bridge and while kayaking discover the view crossing the river at twilight, seeing the twinkling landscape as the sun sets in the west.
  6. Tuyen Lam Lake in Dalat. There you will enjoy kayaking in the beautiful mountain scenery of the pine hills and the maple forests.

Trek to the summit of Mt. Fansipan

Mt. Fansipan is, at 3,143m high, the highest peak in Vietnam
Mt. Fansipan is, at 3,143m high, the highest peak in Vietnam

Mt. Fansipan is, at 3,143m high, the highest peak in Vietnam. Hiking to it’s summit is not for the unfit adventurer. This trek will surely get your heart to pumping to it’s maximum during the hike.

Located in Lao Cai Province the trek up to the top will take the hikers through the most remote parts of this area while providing them with the most amazing views found anywhere in Vietnam.

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Vietnam off the beaten path to visit
Vietnam off the beaten path to visit