We traveled to Da Lat by bus, which to be honest felt more like a 4×4 driving experience. It was so bumpy and rocky. When driving into Da Lat it started really raining, and when I mean raining I don’t mean the kind of rain we get back in England, I mean full on chucking it down kind of rain. When we got off the bus it had stopped raining and although the clouds were still black we decided we would be brave and walk to our hostel as it was only a 15-minute walk. Obviously, we didn’t make it without it raining on us, so we took cover under a hotel for about 30 minutes whilst we hoped it would pass…it didn’t, so we hopped in a cab and arrived at our hostel. It was such poor weather we didn’t do much on our first day. We got talking to a girl from Brighton, and we all went out to check out the 100’s rooftop bar. It was crazy!
We wandered around the town for a while and then headed back to the hostel.
Our hostel offered a ‘family dinner’ where the guests and staff all have dinner together. So that evening we thought it would be a good idea to join and possibly meet some new people.
We went to the dinner and there were about 6 of us, everyone was great company, the food was delicious and the staff was great fun. They let us try their local ‘rice wine’, which tasted nothing like English wine- more like tequila. They also taught us a card game too which was great fun. We had a few cheap beers and then decided 5 of us would go back to the 100’s rooftop bar.
We had a great evening but didn’t want a late night due to being up early for canyoneering the next day.
We woke up ready to begin our busy day canyoneering, had some breakfast and jumped on the tour bus. We were shown all the equipment, got changed into appropriate clothing and began our first trial run which was practice abseiling down a hill.
After completing the practice run, we were taken around to our first cliff. Obviously, the first time is always the hardest and scariest, but considering our nerves we both done quite well. We continued to do fantastic activities such as a cliff jump, natural water slides, lazy river and finishing off with the ‘washing machine’ (this was abseiling down a cliff into a waterfall). I didn’t do the washing machine as I didn’t like the idea of being trapped underwater and having no control, I think jumping off an 11m cliff was just about my limit for that day! The whole day walking from activities and then walking back totaled to a 5km trek. We had such a great day and it was an unreal experience – although we were shattered and ached all over it was totally worth it. We paid around £35 per person, this included a whole day’s activities, lunch, pickup and drop off from our hotel. If anyone is visiting Da Lat, we used the company www.vietchallenge.com which we would recommend using.
After our busy day, we went out for some dinner, came back to the hostel and just relaxed for the evening as we were up early the next day ready to move onto Mui Ne