Da Lat Hike and Kayak is one of our day trips we work with our local partner to offer you different activities in one day tour – hiking and kayaking. Nothing beats the stunning views of mountains and forests from the serenity of Tuyen Lam Lake. Head deep into the jungle on foot and by boat through small rivers and tributaries that feed into the lake.
The trailhead starts just south of Dalat and a short 15 minute vehicle transfer. We head up from 1,500 meters in elevation to the ridgeline which meanders between 1,650 and 1,700 meters. The going is steep to begin with and both sides of the trail are dotted with pine trees. The reward for this steep uphill climb is a fantastic view of the town and surrounding area, with stunning views of Langbian Mountain in the north.
This 10 km hike heads up along a jungle fringed ridgeline just south of town. This lonely trail charges up to its peak elevation early on and then gently rolls before heading down to the lake where our kayaks are located.
After we reach the kayaks, which are only accessible by hike in, we spend the remainder of the day exploring the many inlets and secrets spots on the lake. After about 2 hours of exploring we make our way out to the far end of the lake for lunch. A picnic style lunch, taking advantage of the many fruits and vegetable grown in the Dalat area is prepared by the guide.
After lunch we explore the far end of the lake, which still has much of its jungle canopy intact and is one the most popular spots in Vietnam for bird watching.
We slowly make our way back to the boat launch from here, enjoying more great views of the lush pine forested and jungle areas that border the lake.
This fantastic trip is one that can be enjoyed by those of almost any fitness levels. A great day out for those who love to be on the water. The lake is also great for swimming.