In the upcoming vacation, visitors can kayak on the clear waters of Ha Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay or the sunny beach in Phu Quoc.
Kayak is a water sport, using small boats and 2-paddles to move. Kayaks come in a variety of sizes and types, depending on the purpose of use but most have 1-2 seats and decks that cover the legs.
Kayak is a sport of physical training, endurance, popular in the US and Europe, kayak is gradually popular in Vietnam to serve tourism, visiting rivers, lakes, and the sea. When sailing, visitors will be free to admire the natural beauty, enjoy the fresh air instead of sitting in cars or boat. In addition, visitors can organize recreational boat races with friends and family. Here are recommended kayak spots for travelers.
1. Tu San – Nho Que River
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Located on Nho Que river, Ha Giang province, Tu San is the deepest alley in Southeast Asia. Located between Dong Van and Meo Vac, the alley stretches 1.7 km with cliffs as high as 700 – 800 m.
To get to Tu San alley, from Dong Van, visitors come to Ta Lang spot on the road of happiness. From here, on Google map will have directions to the Nho Que River. Here are the people renting a kayak for 50,000 VND per person and motorboat cost 100,000 VND. Visitors should call in advance to reserve a boat. The road to the river is winding and difficult to walk, and it takes about 40 minutes – 1 hour. It is dark without street lights, so visitors should go back early.
Kayaking along the emerald-green Nho Que River. You will see the spectacular limestone alley, enjoying the fresh and cool air. In February and March, both sides of the river are dotted with the color of rice flowers.
2. Ba Be Lake
Ba Be Lake, Bac Kan Province, is one of the largest natural freshwater lakes in the North. Located at an altitude of 150 m above sea level and surrounded by mountains dating back 450 million years. It’s recognized by UNESCO as one of 20 beautiful freshwater lakes that need protection and development.
Discover the lake by kayak, visitors can admire the clear blue water, adorned by mossy rocks and ancient trees along the lake. The lake also has many attractions. Such as Puong cave, Widow Island, Giai Ma temple…
During the tour to Ba Be Lake, visitors will explore the culture of upland villages of the Tay, Dao ethnic groups such as Pac Ngoi, Coc Toc, Po Lu …
Ba Be National Park is located 70 km from Bac Kan city and about 200 km north of Hanoi. Tourists can come here by personal means towards QL3 through Thai Nguyen. At My Dinh bus station, there is a bus going to Hanoi – Cao Bang, through Bac Kan. From the city, rent a motorbike or take a taxi to the lake.
3. Ha Long Bay
Halong Bay is one of the top 25 destinations in the world, voted by National Geographic and the top destination for kayaking enthusiasts by Wanderlust .
Boating in the clear blue bay, calm, windy water with more than 1,600 islands, large and small, visitors will admire the towering limestone mountains at close range or visit caves. In particular, the suggestion is Sung Sot cave, Paradise cave, Luon cave … More specifically, visitors can watch the school of fish swimming under the slot or colorful coral reefs, when rowing near rocky mountains.
If you travel from Hanoi, there are many routes to Ha Long Bay. And it’s very convenient for travelers to go by personal means. For cars, the shortest route is through the Hanoi – Hai Phong – Ha Long free highway. Because the travel time is about 2 hours.
4. Lan Ha Bay
Adjacent to Ha Long Bay to the south, Lan Ha Bay surrounds Cat Ba and Hai Phong Islands is a destination not to be missed in the summer time.
Covering an area of 7,000 hectares, the bay has over 400 islands. Follow the water and weave through the small islands, you will see the coral reefs, seaweeds below because the water here is clean and clear.
if you travel from Cat Ba Island, you will have 2 options of boating to explore the bay from Monkey Island or at Ba Trai Dao Island area. Here, visitors can combine to visit Cua Van fishing village or points of Ha Long Bay. Such as Luon cave, Sung Sot cave, Bright & Dark cave.
5. Chay river – Dark cave in Quang Binh
It is a destination of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh province. Chay River with many beautiful rock rapids, many aquatic animals is one of the tributaries of the Son River, originating from the Chay stream.
Kayaking, visitors will fully capture the eye of the emerald green river, nestled by the magnificent limestone mountains. At the same time, visitors will also go through the ancient forests or maize fields of the locals. In addition, the river will take visitors through ancient riverside villages. Such as Ha Loi, Phong Nha, Na, Tram, Mé, Chay Lap …, preserving the cultural beauty of indigenous people.
6. Tuyen Lam Lake – Da Lat
Tuyen Lam Lake National Tourist Area is surrounded by pine forests and owns many oases. Kayaking on the lake is a new experience, enjoyed by many visitors in Dalat. October – December, when red and yellow maple leaves are also the best time to visit the lake. In addition, visitors can experience strawberry picking and exploring Tuyen Lam forest.
7. Sao Beach – Phu Quoc Island
Located in the town of An Thoi, south of the island, Bai Sao with fine white sand stretching 7 km is known as the most beautiful beach in Phu Quoc Island. This is also one of the destinations with many water sports activities, including kayaking.
Guests can paddle out into the middle of the blue sea, in the warm afternoon sun, listen to the murmuring waves and watch the sunset. When there is only white sand and vast sea around you, you will be immersed with nature, temporarily forget the bustle and busy in the city.