Sports and other pastimes
What we say:
Da Lat is slowly but surely gaining a reputation as being Vietnam's outdoor activity centre, with a number of places running all kinds of trips in the surrounding Highlands -- the perfect location for hill-trekking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing and canyoning.
Typically a day's trekking, biking or climbing will cost $20-$40, depending on which company and what itinerary you choose. Phat Tire Ventures is the most well established activities company in Da Lat and also has the most extensive list of options available. They have options for day trips, 2-day, 1-night hiking and biking trips, and also extended trips such as a bike ride to the coast and either Mui Ne (2D/1N $138, 1D $68) or Nha Trang ($68), and even a six-day, five-night monster to Hoi An. Rock climbing day trips cost $30 a day, while trekking starts from $17 to $22. You may find other agencies are slightly cheaper, but Phat Tire's equipment is top rate.
The owner of Hardy Dalat Adventure Sports guarantees his guides as the best -- he only recruits graduates from a four-year tourism bachelor degree at Da Lat University. Hardy also receives students twice yearly from the UK on team-building exercise trips, so if you need a morale boost, drop in here.
The entire western side of Xuan Huong Lake is taken up with the Dalat Palace Golf Club, a terrific 18-hole golf course. Prices are:
Weekdays: 18 holes: US$70, 9 Holes: US$40
Weekends: 18 holes: US$90, 9 Holes: US$55
Cart rental: US$30 per cart
Caddie fee: US$15 per person
Unlimited Golf: Weekday add US$25, weekend add US$35.
Dalat Palace Golf Club - Phu Dong Thien Vuong St, Da Lat. T: (063) 821 201, F: (063) 824 325. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groovy Gecko Tours - 65 Truong Cong Dinh St, T: (063) 836 521. email@example.com
Hardy Dalat Adventure Sports - 57 Truong Cong Dinh St, T: (063) 836 840, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hardyadventuretours.net.
Phat Tire Ventures - 73 Truong Cong Dinh St, T: (063) 829 422, F: (063) 820 331. email@example.com. http://www.phattireventures.com.
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