When we think of Vietnam, cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang often take the spotlight. However, our journey led us to explore the countryside of Vietnam, unveiling the hidden beauty of Dalat.
Nestled in the southern part of Vietnam, Dalat is just a 6-hour sleeper bus ride from Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, the breathtaking views greeted us—charming houses against a mountainous backdrop and pleasantly cool weather where you won't break a sweat. Don't forget to pack your winter clothes, as the temperature can get surprisingly chilly.
Our accommodation choice was the Dalat Family Hostel, offering a private room for £8.5 GBP. While you can find good hotels at a similar price, we opted for the unique experience of a hostel stay.
Dalat is very different from other Vietnamese cities, providing a multitude of experiences surrounded by picturesque mountains.
The region boasts captivating waterfalls and serene lakes.
We came across a beautiful lake while riding our bikes along the scenic green roads. We parked our bikes, walked down a small dirt road, and encountered locals fishing, taking in the fresh air.
That's the charm of Dalat—no need to rely on Google Maps; just embrace the spirit of exploration, and you'll stumble upon hidden treasures.
Our journey continued to Lavender Resort, a beautiful retreat with entry fees of £4.80 GBP, inclusive of a free drink, or £2.56 GBP for entrance only. The cafe offers the best views of mountains and windmills, providing a tranquil escape away from the crowds.
For an exhilarating experience, don't miss the alpine roller coaster at Datanla Waterfalls, costing £8 GBP for a round trip—an adventure truly worth every penny.
Thrill-seekers can also indulge in canyoning, though it comes at a relatively higher price of around £63.24 pounds per person.
Once you've immersed yourself in nature, it’s time to go to the night market and the charming lake at the city center. Numerous cafes around the lake offer a perfect spot for a delightful coffee with a nice lake view. While strolling, we discovered that Dalat is rightly known as a flower city, evident from the abundance of beautiful flowers adorning the lakeside.
To end the night, we headed to the city's most popular spot, Maze Bar—an actual maze where I found myself lost for 10 minutes in search of a washroom. Closing at 12 pm, Maze Bar remains a popular haunt, with an after-party at King Kong Hostel. A free minivan awaits outside, offering a ride to the after-party. The night concludes with a visit to a delightful Bahn Mi shop located right outside the King Kong hostel for those midnight cravings.
The beauty of Dalat extends beyond, promising countless wonders and experiences. Our journey has only increased our appetite, ensuring a return to this beautiful destination.
Will you be heading to Dalat?