Something a little different

What we say: 4 stars

What is canyoning? Da Lat is a great place to learn what it is first hand. You’ll navigate your way down a canyon and waterfalls by abseiling (aka rappelling), scrambling, zip lining, jumping and swimming. No previous experience required, just a little courage.

There is a canyon down there, and I'm going to canyon it!

There is a canyon down there!


Every agency and tour operator in town can sell you a canyoning trip. Highly praised Phat Tire Ventures is the only outfitter legally licensed to do canyoning in Da Lat and their professionalism is evident. They charge double what the others do, but you get experienced well-trained guides and quality equipment.

Getting the hang of it!

Getting the hang of it!

Their five-hour trip includes an orientation – knot tying, how to wear the harness, proper rappelling technique and a dry practice – before tackling three abseils at 15, 25 and 40 metres. It also includes “the Washing Machine”. Once you do it, you’ll know how it got its name. The water flow is dam controlled which means this activity can be done year round.

I'm totally not holding my nose!

On a wing and …. yeah maybe a prayer.

There will be other companies using the same course but Phat Tire always has priority to go first since they are the only ones legally supposed to be there. Since abseiling is done one by one, on busy days that means you are avoiding queues and a wait upwards of an hour for your turn.

I'd never been in a washing machine before!

Washed out.

The trip costs US$75 per person, including transportation, snack and drinking water. Trip departs at 08:00, 09:00 or 10:00, returning at 13:00, 14:00 or 15:00 respectively. Wear shoes or decent sandals you can get wet.

More details
Phat Tire Ventures, 109 Nguyen Van Troi St, Da Lat
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00-20:30
Last updated: 16th November, 2015

About the author:
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer & photographer living in Laos since 2011. She's the author of So Many Miles, her blog about diving in, discovering and creating a narrative about the world, one story and adventure at a time.
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