A Comprehensive Guide to Adventure Travel in Vietnam Central Highlands

, A Comprehensive Guide to Adventure Travel in Vietnam Central Highlands
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As the cradle of the gong culture for more than 3000 years and the place where ethnic cultures meet, the Central Highlands is a mysterious land containing the hustle and bustle often found in other cities in Vietnam. . That will also translate into a wilderness, filled with desires that lure any wandering soul back to the benevolent mother nature with its many adventure options. If you want to get off the beaten track and into this unspoiled land, here are a few options for your next adventure in the Central Highlands.

Rafting in Da Lat

Imagine you are on a large river, there will be calm but also challenging sections with white foam and eddies that also quickly flow through the rapids. You and your teammates are sitting on the boat, striding against the roar of the waves below. It sounds great, doesn’t it! If you like rafting, Dalat will be a great choice.

Normally, a raft house tour in Da Lat lasts about 4-5 hours. There are two popular rafting routes in Da Lat: Da Bon River and Langbian River. Da Bon River is a classic route with a length of 10 km. This route will bring you more than 10 spectacular rapids and amazing waterfalls, making you feel nervous, scared and excited about nature at the same time. In the dry season, when the water level of the Da Bon River is low, the Langbian River will be run instead. This route is more difficult with a length of 7 km. Besides the rapids, this route takes you to the remote forests to enjoy the wild nature.

Since the rafting path will be quite rough, booking a tour is highly recommended. During a tour, you will be provided with a professional tour guide with experienced rafting skills and all safety equipment. Your guide will train you in the necessary skills and then become your useful companion during the river cruise.

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Equipment: Necessary equipment (helmets, life jackets, etc.) is provided when you book the tour.

Best time to visit: March to July

Datanla Waterfall Gorge – Da Lat

Datanla Waterfall is located right on Prenn Pass, about 6 kilometers from Da Lat. It has a height of 20m with a steady stream of water all year round. Therefore, it is a great choice for adventurers who want to conquer nature.

Canyoning in Datanla Waterfall has 5 stations corresponding to 5 levels of thrilling experience. At the first station called Dry Cliff with a height of 15 meters, you will start swinging down the vertical cliff with your back and speed control skills. The second station is Water Sliding. Rocks that have been eroded by water make for a great spot where you can safely slide into the water. Then, you will come to the most challenging station called Conquer the Falls with an altitude of 25 meters and experience walking on rocks with rushing water. The fourth station is Free Jump, where you can jump freely from a height of 7 meters. The last station is called the Washing Machine Wall. As the name implies, the water here rolls around, turning you a few times and pushing you away, so prepare to scream!

Again, it is recommended to book a tour with a professional guide for a safe canyoning journey at Datanla Falls. In addition to the waterfall, you can experience other adventurous activities such as high mountain roller coaster, high rope, zipline, … at the resort near Datanla Waterfall.

Equipment: Necessary equipment (helmet, hook belt, speed reducer, life jacket, gloves, etc.) is provided when you book the tour.

Best time to visit: May to July or November to March

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Riding a motorbike in the Central Highlands

Many people think that the Central Highlands is a place with only wind and sunshine and muddy red dirt roads. However, the Central Highlands is also an ideal place for motorbike trips with massive coffee farms, majestic passes and beautiful natural landscapes along both sides of the road. The best time to visit the Central Highlands is from December to April. In which, December is the time when wild sunflowers bloom and harvest coffee, and February is the time when coffee blooms, often compared to flowers. Ban blooms in the Northwest.

The Central Highlands has 3 popular motorbike routes. The first route is the road leading to Ta Dung lake which is one of the most beautiful roads in Dak Nong. On the way to Ta Dung Laka, you can not only see trees, mountains, rivers, but also clouds hanging like a paradise. All the scenery harmonizes with each other to make people forget the troubles of the city. The second route is the way up to Chu Dang Ya volcano, about 30 km northeast of Pleiku city. You should come here in November when you can see the sunflower forest in full bloom. The wild yellow color blending with the natural scenery will give you impressive frames on the way to Chu Dang Ya volcano. The third route is the way to Mang Den. Mang Den is the cold misty land of Kon Tum plateau, about 50 km from Kon Tum city. It has wide green primeval forest, rich vegetation, dozens of beautiful lakes and waterfalls. Therefore, you can immerse yourself in nature on the way to Mang Den.

Before starting your motorbike trip in the Central Highlands, you should check the brake pads, tubes, tires and change the engine oil, etc. If there is a problem, it should be replaced. In addition, you should bring backup items such as pipes and pumps to prevent the worst case scenario.

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Equipment: You can rent motorbikes at local shops in Kon Tom (Mr. Trang – 0869 965 382, ​​Indochina Hotel – 0260 3863 334. etc), Pleiku (Mai Shop – 0962 210 079 , Gia Lai Rental Shop – 0988 644 446, etc.) and Dak Nong (Mr. Lam – 0348 681 111, Thien Nga Hotel -0834 151 676)

Best time to visit: December to April

Note: Some popular routes include Ta Dung lake, Chu Dang Ya volcano and Mang Den

Camping at Ta Dung Lake (Dak Nong)

Ta Dung Lake, also known as “Ha Long Bay of the Central Highlands”, is located about 170 km from Buon Ma Thuot city. Ta Dung attracts tourists with its clear blue water, dotted with 36 large and small floating islands. These islands used to be mountain peaks, but in 2012, the construction of hydroelectric dams changed the flow, thereby creating Ta Dung Lake.

Coming to Ta Dung Lake, you can enjoy the fresh air of plants and peaceful nature. Therefore, this is a great choice for weekend camping. Since Ta Dung Lake is not commercialized by tourism activities, you can participate in campfire activities, barbecue or sing with friends while immersing in the majestic and pristine beauty of Ta. Dumb at night. Tent can be easily rented at Ta Dung Topview Homestay right by the lake for only 300,000 VND for 2 people but you have to prepare food and personal belongings before coming. In addition, you can take a boat to explore the small islands for about 100,000 VND per person.

Equipment: You can rent a tent at Ta Dung Topview Homestay or prepare your own

Best time to visit: September to January

Note: Remember to prepare all kinds of food and personal belongings before coming

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