Something a little different
Published/Last edited or updated: 24th December, 2020
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.
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. Canyoning can be deadly. Three people were killed in February 2016 near the Datanla falls in Lam Dong.
The Phat Tire Ventures 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 the name. The water flow is dam controlled which means this activity can be done year round.
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.
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.
Address: Phat Tire Ventures, 109 Nguyen Van Troi St, Da Lat
T: (063) 382 9422 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º26'13.38" E, 11º56'57.82" N
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Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.
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