Best places for interesting kayaking experiences in Vietnam

Kayaking is extremely one of the best ways to enjoy Vietnam’s most beautiful natural landscape and seascape. In a future vacation, visitors can plan to kayak on the crystal-clear waters of beautiful Ha Long Bay, charming Lan Ha Bay, or the tranquil beach in Phu Quoc to gain the ultimate adventurous feeling and discover unknown places.
Kayaking is a kind of water sport, using 1-2 seated boats with decks covering legs and 2-paddles to move and direct. Originally, this physical outdoor activity is only popular in the US and Europe. After years, kayak gradually becomes available at a high frequency in the tourism field as it serves tourists visiting water areas such as lakes, rivers, and the sea. While kayaking, you have the chance to enjoy the stunning natural surrounding landscapes and breath the fresh air. In addition, you can also organize kayaking races with friends and family to have an unforgettable funny moment. Here are recommended kayak spots for an interesting experience that you can choose for your trip to Vietnam.
1. Tu San Alley – Nho Que River (Ha Giang)
Lying along Nho Que River (Ha Giang Province) and situated in the middle way of Dong Van and Meo Vac, Tu San stretching 1.7km with cliffs as high as 700 - 800 meters is proudly the deepest alley in Southeast Asia in general and the most breathtaking one in Vietnam in particular.
From Dong Van, you will first reach Ta Lang on the Happiness Road before meeting the Nho Que River and Tu San alley. The road connecting to the river is windy and quite challenged to walk. There are people providing kayaks and motorboats for rent at the docks. It would be better if you call them to reserve a boat in advance to avoid the fully-booked situation. You should go there early as it becomes dark when the sunsets.
Kayaking over the flow of the charming Nho Que River, visitors will have the great opportunity to enjoy the amazing limestone alley, feel the fresh air and tranquil atmosphere. In spring (during February and March), the riverbanks seem lively with the red color of rice flowers reflecting the emerald water which creates magical scenery.

Ha Giang trip

2. Ba Be Lake (Bac Kan)
Located on the height of 150m above sea level and encircled by 450-million-year ranges of mountains, Ba Be Lake, one of the largest primitive freshwater lakes in the North of Vietnam, is granted by UNESCO as one of 20 beautiful freshwater lakes that need to be protected and developed.
Kayaking here, visitors can not only admire the gentle, crystal blue water, old trees reflected around the lake but also visit many interesting attractions such as Puong cave. In addition, it also has many interesting attractions such as Puong cave, Ban Cam village, Dau Dang waterfall, etc. During the journey, you can also explore the unique culture of local villages of the Tay and Dao ethnic groups.
There are 4 main wharves in Ba Be Lake including Buoc Luom (Nang River), Keo Sluu, Choc Thep, and the ferry terminal located opposite Keo Sluu. Among them, Choc Thep wharf in Lake 1 is the place owning the biggest number of kayak rentals.
3. Halong Bay (Quang Ninh)
Located in Quang Ninh Province, Halong Bay is honorably voted among the list of the top 25 destinations in the world by National Geographic magazine (USA) and the most attractive destination for kayaking enthusiasts by Wanderlust (United Kingdom).
Kayaking among the beautiful natural landscapes comprising more than 1,600 large and small islands with clear blue waters and a tranquil atmosphere, visitors will have the chance to admire the towering limestone mountains at a close distance or visit the underground caves. You can kayak to explore the fairy lakes, unique limestone stalactites dated millions of years ago, capture the nice photos of tropical fish and colorful coral reefs living near rocky mountains. Some well-known caves to be visited are Surprise cave, Luon cave, Bo Nau cave, Heaven cave…
In Ha Long, it is very easy to rent your kayak for an adventurous experience. The popular places that you can list in your coming trip for kayaking in Halong are Cua Van, Hang Luon, Lam Bo, Hang Co, Vung Vieng, Cong Dam, and Ban Chan beach.

Kayaking in Halong Bay, Vietnam

4. Lan Ha Bay (Quang Ninh)
Neighbored with Ha Long Bay to the south, Lan Ha Bay located around Cat Ba Islands is one of the perfect choices for a hideaway place in the summer, especially for kayak lovers. Spreading on a total area of 7,000 hectares, the bay comprises more than 400 islands covering with evergreen trees, creating a magical natural landscape. Rowing through the small islands, you will easily see the beautiful coral reefs and lots of seaweeds under the clear waters. From Cat Ba, visitors can start the kayaking trip to discover the bay from Ba Trai Dao Island or Monkey Island.
5. Chay River – Dark Cave (Phong Nha – Ke Bang)
Belonging to Quang Binh Province, Chay River - Dark Cave is a famous site of Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park. Originated from the Chay stream, the Chay River is nestled under majestic limestone mountains with stretching cornfields set aside creating an impressive natural landscape that attracts both domestic tourists and international tourists.
Kayaking on the Chay River, beside flowing peacefully with turquoise water, you will go through ancient riverside villages such as Ha Loi, Phong Nha, Na, Tram, Me, Chay Lap..., that preserves the unique cultural beauty of local people. Additionally, you can experience the zipline or visit Dark Cave with numerous stalactites and a big home to many kinds of animals such as swallows, bats.

Phong Nha

6. Tuyen Lam Lake (Dalat)
Tuyen Lam Lake surrounded by pine forests owns many small oases is one of 21 National Tourist Resorts in Vietnam. Kayaking on this lake is a new experience enjoyed by many visitors traveling to Dalat. During the months from October to December when the maple leaves turn red, it is the best time to visit the lake and enjoy its unique amazing natural beauty. Additionally, visitors can also join other interesting activities such as strawberry picking, peach picking, and exploring the Tuyen Lam forest.
7. Sao Beach (Phu Quoc)
Located in the town of An Thoi in the south of the island, Sao Beach is not only known as the most beautiful beach in Phu Quoc but also the most ideal destination for water activities, including kayaking. Rowing in the middle of the blue sea on a sunny day and enjoying the stress-free moment, you will be immersed in nature and temporarily forget the busy daily life. Additionally, traveling to Phu Quoc, you can also experience kayaking in Long Beach which provides plenty of open space for you to enjoy.

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