Da Lat was different from the other places we went in Vietnam for many reasons. First, we heard from some Vietnamese folks that Da Lat is the city of 4 seasons. They claimed you can experience each season in one day. While it definitely was a lot cooler than every other city we visited in Vietnam, we thought the parkas being worn and sold everywhere were a bit comical, since the average low in August is 66 degrees.
Second, it’s very mountainous, but still has a big city feel.
There’s a lot to do here with great restaurants and tons of outdoor activities. We definitely could’ve stayed longer!
We took a “VIP limousine” minibus directly from our hotel in Nha Trang (Happy Angel) to Da Lat.
This bus ride was really painless. It took about 3 hours and only set us back about $12/person.
We stayed at Lam Vien Homestay and loved it.
If you don’t mind walking about 20 minutes to the city center, and you want a quiet, cozy place to stay with incredibly kind hosts, we definitely recommend staying here. It was about $18/night. Our hosts gave us tons of treats during our stay, including endless teas and fruits. The room was immaculate and very well-kept.
100 Roofs Cafe
Also called the “maze bar,” this place is wild. I don’t want to ruin the fun for you, but you absolutely should check this place out!
Tip: Get the cookies blended with rum drink. My favorite was vanilla, while Pete liked the mix 🙂 It was so good that we went back our second night for another!
Goc Ha Thanh
We really liked this restaurant that served Vietnamese food at a reasonable price.
We were craving Italian food (no surprise there), so we gave Primavera a shot. We weren’t huge fans, but this may have been an exception, since the owner was out sick and they weren’t making pizzas.
Other restaurant ideas: We heard and read great things about One More Cafe, which is right by the 2 above restaurants.
We did the popular “Easy Rider” tour and loved it. For ~$25 per person, you get on the back of a motorcycle and get a full day tour of Da Lat and the surrounding areas. The motorcycles were really comfortable, our drivers spoke great English, and we saw a lot, including waterfalls, a silk factory, and a coffee farm.
For details, check out our next post about our day with Easy Riders.
Have you been do Da Lat? Are there other things you recommend?