Vietnam's first international mountain climbing competition will take place at the Da Bia Mountain in Phu Yen Province's Dong Hoa District on March 27, according to the province's Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism.
Fifteen local teams from 13 cities and provinces nationwide and teams from Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar will participate in the event.
Organized as part of the 2011 National Tourism Year in Phu Yen and other south-central coastal provinces, the competition will have two events: 5km, 3km and 2km climbing races for professional athletes and a 2km race for amateur climbers.
The Da Bia Mountain (also called Thach Bi Son), standing 706 meters tall to the north of the Deo Ca Pass, has an unusually shaped huge rock 76 meters high on its top. Early in the morning or late afternoon, it is often covered in clouds.
It was recognized as a national landscape site in 2008.