Marathon Swimming in Vietnam?

AquaRobAquaRob Charter Member
edited March 2013 in Locations & Networking
Any established routes or good ideas? I went to a study abroad recruiting session at my college yesterday and it put me into south east Asian daydream mode. The likeliness of me actually getting over there is small, but I'd like to know if there's an open water scene there just in case :)

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  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    I'll ask my wife's ex-boyfriend, who lives in Vietnam (he's a former Vietnamese linguist).
  • AquaRobAquaRob Charter Member
    Rad, thanks Mike! DLIers for the win! :)
  • I have to say Halong Bay looks like it would be stunning to swim in...
    http://notdrowningswimming.com - open water adventures of a very ordinary swimmer
  • NiekNiek Member
    edited March 2013
    from a friends e-mail, who worked in Vietnam for a whole year last year:
    Hi Niek,

    I was only based in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and in Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta.

    Never saw anybody swimming in the Mekong but I am sure it is swimmable (water is quite clean).

    While in HCMC I went to a seaside town called Vung Tau (about 1 hour from HCMC by hydrofoil ferry) and swimming in the ocean was pleasant.

    If you mean organized open water swimming events I cannot advise as never saw any such events while there.

    Very best regards
    Geoff
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • My husband and I spent our 20th anniversary in Vietnam. Halong Bay is one of the most beautiful places on earth, but there is a lot of boat traffic. I'd recommend a junk boat trip, but maybe not a marathon swim.
    Molly Nance, Lincoln, Nebraska
    http://mollysbigswim.blogspot.com/
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  • marlinmarlin Member
    I'm pretty sure the Asian Beach Games will be in Vietnam (for 2015?) and feature an open water race.
  • SydneDSydneD Member
    You do not want to swim in Halong Bay. It's stunning, but dirty and polluted and you would be pushing the garbage out of the way as you swam.
    What about something near Hoi An?
  • WarmWaterWarmWater Member
    edited July 8
    The Games held in Muscat, Oman in 2010, Haiyang, China in 2012, Phuket, Thailand in 2014 and scheduled for Nha Trang, Vietnam in 2016 with 5 and 10k OW races.
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