2-day Canyoning tour in Da Lat – Adrenaline Junkies’ Dream
Being an adrenaline junkie, I‘ve always been a big fan of adventurous sports. That was why I joined the Canyoning tour in Dalat Vietnam without any hesitation, and I want to pat myself on the back for that. BEST – DAY – EVER!
OK just imagine: you’re on the top of a 11 meters tall waterfall. You can hear nothing but the water splashing and the beat of your heart; feel nothing but the breeze on your skin and the blood pumping in your veins. You close your eyes, and open them again. Take a leap of faith. The world blurs around you. But more than whenever, you feel alive.
Yeppp, that’s what happened to me.
But let’s go back to the previous day.
The guide picked me from the Chicken Village, where I was having the time of my life learning about the culture and lives of the ethnic minority people. We went exploring the tropical jungles and the rolling hills. Picturesque scenery, I even captured some really nice pictures of wild animals and rare butterflies! Cameras should always be ready because you never knew when a monkey would climb down tapping on your backpack (they are sly as hell, keep your snacks safe!)
Chicken Village. CREDIT: qdnd.vn
After climbing to the top of the 1,756 meters high Elephant mountain (its legend had been mentioned by the villagers for so many times that I just had to climb it once), we took a short break and some pictures – the view from the mountaintop was simply breathtaking. After that, we went down to a peninsula near Paradise Lake.I rode an elephant, which I would brag about to every friend of mine back home till the end of time. It was both strange and amazing to enjoy the view around Paradise Lake on the back of a majestic elephant, I felt like a royalty! In the evening, I spent the night at the bungalow, not before enjoying a spectacular Highland traditional dance and music performance on stage.
The next day we went to Datanla Waterfall, where the main activities of the tour started: hiking, abseiling, water sliding, and swimming. I was very excited because I had never abseiled before! But the trainers who were all experts in canyoning trained us thoroughly from A to Z, from how to tie a knot, how to wear a harness to how to abseil safely and easily. I had mastered most of them since I often went on adventures, so I was the first one in my group to get approved by canyoning professionals and expert guides to head down the first rappel. The descent was so exciting – launch yourself in the air, feet on the steep clip, rappel down, and land safely! I got to the river below, a spectacular waterfall right behind me.