Where is Da Lat?
Da Lat, the capital of the Lam Dong Province in Southern Vietnam, is known for being a unique travel destination for tourists. One might say that the town itself is reminiscent of a small European town and to top it off, you can go canyoning in the woods around the corner. If you ask me, Da Lat has it all and if I had the time I would have stayed longer. When I went to Da Lat, I found that it reminded me a lot of being in a state like North Carolina due to its picturesque landscape complete with winding roads weaving between thousands of pine trees.
When I went to Da Lat, I found that it reminded me a lot of being in a state like North Carolina due to its picturesque landscape complete with winding roads weaving between thousands of pine trees.
It is a truly beautiful place and something quite different from the rest of Vietnam. I arrived in Da Lat after a horrible bus experience and ended up paying way too much on the account of it being around Lunar New Year and me not being responsible. Never lose the transfer ticket between buses people. Regardless, the cost to get to Da Lat from Hoi An is about 325,000 VND/15 USD and it is a lengthy ride. Once you get to Nha Trang though, the views along the way are spectacular.
Is it safe?
Okay, I am no expert on the crime rate in any area of Vietnam, but I am going to go out on a limb and say that this felt like the safest place in all of Vietnam (based on my experiences). It is one of those areas that seems like a quaint little town where you would know the baker or the shoemaker and everyone on the street is smiling. They could honestly film that opening song from “Beauty and the Beast” in this town and you probably wouldn’t question it. I went for a run on the river here and there were horses just waiting to take you on carriage rides! If that’s not Disney, I don’t know what is.
It [Da Lat] is one of those areas that seems like a quaint little town where you would know the baker or the shoemaker and everyone on the street is smiling.
In addition to this, I should mention the standard, “Heed warning to motorcycles and scooters because they DO NOT stop” since this is Vietnam. Let’s be real. You need to pay attention when you are on these roads and just be alert! Easily done. As for being out at night, just make sure you are always traveling with someone and are not alone. I was with a group of girls and after going out one night, we just got a cab back to our hostel and it cost, at most 50,000 VND/2.20 USD.
What is there to do?
Right off the bat, people come to Da Lat to do canyoning and abseiling and it is the best. I went through Highland Sport Travel and it cost me 825,000 VND/37 USD and I had a great time. I believe there is another tour group that costs a little more and goes to the highest waterfall (65 meters) from Da Lat called Groovy Gecko Tours, but it is a bit of a drive away. Regardless, you will have fun doing any tour that you choose.
Another thing that made my trip in Da Lat truly unforgettable was this bar called “100 Roofs Bar”. Oh. My. Lord. This place is a combination of a McDonald’s PlayPlace and what nightmares are made of. It is one of those places where you just have to see it to know what it is.
My. Lord. This place is a combination of a McDonald’s PlayPlace and what nightmares are made of. It is one of those places where you just have to see it to know what it is.
Where can I stay?
One of my favorite hostels in Vietnam was in Da Lat and I recommend to anyone traveling here, that they stay at the Wolfpack Family Hostel. It costs 134,000 VND/6 USD per night and they do a family dinner every night for 67,000 VND/3 USD and the food is so delicious and filling. The staff was so helpful and they also keep the hostel SO clean, you could eat off the bathroom floor. Also, the beds feel like a combination between a Tempur-Pedic mattress and clouds from heaven above. You can book your stay here.