Kayaking is the best way to savor the beautiful lakes & oceans of Vietnam. Whether you are a novice or a first time enthusiast, Vietnam has some ideal destinations to go.
Halong Bay is a not to miss place for fantastic kayaking. With thousands of limestone islands rising abruptly out of emerald sparkling water and amazing caves, some with pristine lagoons inside, Halong Bay tempts even the most jaded mind. Without a doubt, you can explore Ha Long as independent traveler, yet arranging for a group tour from Hanoi is much cheaper and even easier.
There is nothing more interesting than cruising around these magnificent settings while keeping you a bit busy. Many ships offers kayak as an optional/ extra service in Halong Bay tour package. You should ask clearly if the service is included or not.
Vietnam also has several lakes with gorgeous water and surrounding settings. Among them, Ba Be Lake and Thac Ba Lake are the greatest choices for kayaking in Vietnam. As they are located in far north region, they offer you complete tranquility and relaxing atmosphere.
The best time to go kayaking in Halong and Ba Be is from March to May. This is also the best time to travel Sapa and Vietnam in general. Kayaking gear is available as part of the service, yet bringing your own gear and sun scream is absolutely more stunning. Also, it is better to have a tour guide with you. Kayaking in Halong is generally safe if you know where to go, especially with some long and dark caves in Lan Ha Bay.