Everybody in the hostel was talking about this canyoning tour so I decided to do it. Dalat Smile Hostel arranged it through Highland Sport Travel for me with the 4 German guys I met in Saigon who came to Dalat as well .
Our tour guide, Dao picked us up at the hostel around 8:30AM. It was just about 15 minutes ride from the city. The tip of our tour guide before we started was “Don’t be lazy, get crazy!”
We got all geared up then we had our practice for rappelling or what they call abseiling.
We then started our way to this canyoning adventure. The first part was the 18m dry cliff abseiling near a water fall. Not bad!
The second part was another dry cliff but only16m and I think I did pretty good on this one.
There were couple water slides too! First was forward then backwards. I am not sure if these were part of the trip or just to get to the destination faster. LoL!
They made us jumped to get in the water for a group picture!
There were couple times we crossed the river holding hand in hand which was cool because each one of us made sure that everyone is good before we let go.
The third part was the 25m waterfall abseiling. The waterfall was very strong and It was very slippery but I survived.
Finally, we had picnic lunch. It was sure nice to eat with this beautiful view.
The fourth part was the 11m or 7m jump. When we got there, I thought of not doing it because the rocks look dangerous but I just had to do it! I only did the 7m jump though but I did it twice!
The last but not the least was the what they call “washing machine”. I was scared that the waterfall will make me spin and I had no idea how I was going to fall when it was time for me to let go of the rope.
I was under the water like in a running washing machine for at least 5 seconds. When I got my head up, there was the huge rock on my face. I was in between huge rocks and it was very narrow. It looks very dangerous but again, everything went well and I survived.
It was fun but glad the crazy tour was over. I was very tired but then we had to go uphill to get to the car.
For me, the hardest part was the 25m waterfall abseiling and the easiest and the most scariest part was the washing machine.
We finished around 3PM. The tour guide then said “Don’t get crazy, be lazy!”. They then dropped us off back at the hostel. The tour started around 8:30AM to approximately 4PM including travel time.
Later that night, Dao came by to the hostel and gave us our printed photos which are included in their rate.
Our tour guides Gau, Dao, and Blackbear were awesome. They were very energetic. Their rate of $25/person for this Canyoning Tour is a good bargain and definitely worth doing.
This was the first time I did something like this. I had such an unforgettable experience with this tour, the tour guides and the team I went with.
Canyoning Tour is a must do in Dalat and I highly recommend Highland Sport Travel. They gave me a professional and fun experience for a reasonable price.