From a mean of hunting of indigenous tribes to an exciting kind of tourism service, the kayak has been through a long process to transform and suite with the taste of tourists. With the beautiful landscapes of Vietnam, you will have an unforgettable kayaking trip with a nice memory.
Kayaking in Vietnam
Initially, the kayak is a mean of hunting for indigenous tribes in the semi-Arctic, but nowadays, it becomes a tourist activity that is loved by many tourists.
As the name “kayak”, also known as “hunter boat”, kayaks are designed based on the body size and purpose of the user, so the boat is small and long with capacity from 1-2 people. Compared to traditional kayaks, modern kayaks are designed in a more modern, smaller and stronger style. Besides, kayaks are also designed in many styles depending on the purpose of use such as recreational kayaks, travel kayaks, inflatable kayaks, etc.
In Vietnam, kayaking is developed as a type of service combining sports. In fact, discovering a tourist destination through sports activities always brings positive results.
With diverse terrain and rich nature stretching across Vietnam, it is not difficult to find attractive and ideal places for kayaking. Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay (Quang Ninh), Phong Nha – Ke Bang (Quang Binh), Han River (Danang), Tuyen Lam Lake (Dalat), Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa), Mui Dinh (Ninh Thuan) ), Bai Sao, Can River (Phu Quoc – Kien Giang), etc are popular kayaking attractions.
Popular kayaking attractions in Vietnam
1. Halong Bay, Quang Ninh
Halong Bay (Quang Ninh) is considered an ideal destination attracting a lot of visitors, especially international tourists. In particular, Halong Bay was also voted by the prestigious National Geographic (USA) magazine as one of the top 25 kayaking tourist destinations in the world (2000) and selected by Wanderlust travel magazine (UK) to introduce the top destinations for tourists who love kayaking all over the world.
2. Sao Beach – Phu Quoc Island
Located about 25 kilometers from the center of Duong Dong town, Sao beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phu Quoc with white sandy beach and clear water. Kayaking is a popular activity for tourists when coming here at the cost of VND 80,000 – VND 100,000 per hour. The boat will take you to the blue sea where you can feel the pristine beauty of this place.
3. Cua Can – Phu Quoc Island
Cua Can River winds through Phu Quoc primary forest. Coming to Phu Quoc day trips, you will have a chance to participate in Cua Can river kayaking tour where you can freely immerse in nature with mountains and water. Because the water is clean, you can even see the fish. The kayak boat goes along Cua Can River, gliding through the storks roosting on bushes, dreamy gardens or peaceful fishing villages heading to the seafront.
4. Phong Nha- Ke Bang, Quang Binh
There are two interesting routes for adventure lovers to kayak here. The first one is to go on Son River, a tributary of Gianh River in Quang Binh Province. The second option is to explore a part of Phong Nha Cave – one of the largest caves in the world with a vast underground river system and thousands of stalactites. Just about VND 100,000/ hour, you will get a lot of unique experiences for your trip.
5. Lan Ha Bay, Hai Phong
Located to the east of Cat Ba Island, just next to Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay is a peaceful arc with about 400 islands covered with green plants. The kayak will take you through the ravines, follow the stone niches to get close to the limestone foothills or explore caves with colorful stalactites and shapes. Also, the clear water under the sun exhibits the vivid scenery of coral reefs with amazing wild beauty.
6. Han River, Danang
Kayaking on the Han River is a program that Da Nang ‘s kayak club is for those who are new to this subject. This is an opportunity for you to have a completely new feeling about Da Nang City. Starting at the Dragon Bridge, going towards the Han River Bridge and then going back, you will be able to see the whole city on the lights from the middle of the river. The brilliant light that shines over the Han River will make your trip more impressive.
7. Tuyen Lam Lake, Da Lat
Situated about 5 kilometers south of downtown Da Lat, Tuyen Lam Lake will be a picturesque spot for your kayaking trip. The beautiful pine trees or maple leaves in the lake will make Da Lat more poetic. After seeing the gorgeous scenery at Tuyen Lam Lake, you will go up to explore streams and old forests.
8. Dinh Cape, Ninh Thuan
Dinh Cape in Ninh Thuan is a convergence of green and beautiful of fantasy. The clean sea here is the ideal condition for you to join the underwater adventure sports such as kayaking at the Tanyoli adventure resort. You will both admire the majestic natural landscape in a new way and train your ingenuity and durability.
9. Cai River, Nha Trang
Discovering Cai River on a small kayak, visitors will enjoy the cool and fresh atmosphere, visit rice fields and Southern villages and learn about the life of people living on the bank of Cai River. You can also move to Thap Ba hot spring center to relax and enjoy romantic songs about the beautiful coastal city.