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Ha Long Bay Vietnam.


Haiphong can provide tide tables.
Look for tides over 3 meters in the middle of the afternoon.

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam has been visited by famous international climbers for decades however has never seen the development like Thailand. This is likely due to it's lesser quality of weather and more difficulties of travel.

A few Travel notes:
For US: Visa is required. Visa on arrival maybe an option but I am unfamiliar. The process for a visa before you leave the States is fairly straight forward costing $70 and should be processed in about a week.

Passports at Hotels:
Most Hotels will want to hold your passports while you are staying with them this is because the manager has to check in with the local police the guests there.

Getting There 

Tiger Air, Airasia, and Jetstar all offer cheap tickets to fly into Vietnam cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.2 miles from here

176 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',54],['2 Stars',48],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Vietnam

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Vietnam:
Screw Loose   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 4 pitches, 230'   Tiger Beach : Slo Pony Wall
Barefoot Vietnamese   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Moody Tiger Bay : Moody Beach
Elephant Man   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Butterfly Valley : Center of the Universe
Cracker Jack   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Butterfly Valley : Dragon Cave
Windchime of the Ants   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Butterfly Valley : Pond Wall
License To Climb   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 79'   Ha Long Bay : The Face
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Elephant Man 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Asia : Vietnam : ... : Center of the Universe
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By Katie Bailey
From: Bryan, TX
Oct 27, 2016
Does anyone know of rock climbing around the Da Nang area? I saw a post on that there may be a top rope route at Marble Mountains but was wondering if there was more information. Thanks!

By Jennifer Saito
Jan 20, 2017
Hi, climbers, I am flying into Hanoi first week of April. I am looking to sport climb up to 7a. 1) Where are the best crags to go? 2) I will be with a friend. Is it easy to navigate? Are there guidebooks to purchase when there? Or is it best to hire a guide? If it's the latter, any recommendations? Thank you for your help!
By Helen L
From: Toronto, Canada
Apr 26, 2017
I heard there may also be some climbing around Ninh Binh? Anyone have info?
By Patti Degner
Jul 20, 2017
You can get a visa on arrival in Vietnam if you are a US citizen, and citizens of other countries may be able to as well. You need to obtain a visa letter before you get on your flight, they are about $20. Just Google "Vietnam visa on arrival" and there are plenty of services that will sell you a letter. Bring 2 passport photos as well. When you get there, show the customs people your letter and they will charge a $25 stamping fee. You also must fly into certain airports, though Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City both allow visa on arrival, as do some other airports.

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