Easy Rider Tour of Da Lat, Vietnam

While we were in Da Lat, Vietnam, we decided the best way to maximize our only full-day there was to take an Easy Rider tour. Our homestay (Lam Vien Homestay) called up some reliable drivers for Pete and I and we paid $25/person for the whole day (not including lunch). It was a great way to see a lot of the area in a short period of time. Here’s what we saw on our tour of Da Lat.

Scenery

They first drove us to a scenic spot where we took pictures of the lush hillside smothered in greenhouses.

Da Lat views

Our guides explained that most people in Da Lat are farmers, since the climate and soil provide ideal conditions for many plants, including flowers, coffee, and vegetables. The French introduced the idea of greenhouses and it caught on fast in the area.

Flowers

They drove us to a couple places to demonstrate the flower business. First, we saw a house where people were packaging up the flowers to be exported. I thought this was really interesting, since (for some reason) it never occurred to me that we could get our flowers from overseas. Next, we got to walk through a green house that farmed all types and colors of flowers.

Trying to be artsy
Trying to be artsy

Weasel Poop Coffee

One of the things Da Lat is known for is their amazing coffee. Our drivers took us to a coffee farm that offered great views (see the featured image at the top).

This farm specialized in Weasel Poop coffee. From what I understand (don’t quote me on this), the weasels can only digest the outside layer of the coffee plant and not the coffee beans. This means they poop out the coffee beans, which the people collect & put into a big machine that takes off one more additional outer layer and leaves the usable coffee bean.

weasel coffee
Cute little weasel

Pete and I tried the Weasel Moka and the Weasel Cherry.

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Rice Wine & Crickets

Next, they took us to a spot that seemed to exist solely for tourists. This place (house?) had all kinds of crazy stuff.

First, we saw how rice wine was made and were peer pressured into drinking the “happy water” before noon.

Rice Wine Da Lat
The rice wine maker; that little bucket in the back left is the finished product

Then, we saw all the animals. To name a few, they had creepy crocodiles, roosters, deer, porcupines, guinea pigs, and crickets.

Crickets Da Lat
If you told me I’d be eating one of these things, I wouldn’t have believed you

They explained that they farm crickets as food: they provide great nutrients for a very cheap price.

After the tour of this place, we imbibed some rice wine that was much more delicious as the first, as it had been fermenting for much longer. This was necessary, since we then sat around a table and chomped on crickets (I’ll write about that experience in a future post).

Our guide showing us how to eat the fried crickets Da Lat
Our guide showing us how to eat the fried crickets

Temple

Honestly, I have no idea which temple we saw, but it was really peaceful to walk around as there were no other tourists and lots of gorgeous trees.

Buddha in Da Lat

Elephant Falls

We saw Elephant Falls, which was pretty cool as waterfalls go. However, it’s definitely the most touristy and not the most impressive waterfall in the area.

Elephant Falls Da Lat

Tip: If you have a little extra time and money, you could also ask your guide to take you to the further waterfall (Pongour) for an additional price.

Silk Factory

Our guides drove us to a silk worm factory, which was a very interesting experience.

Silk Factory Da Lat

They gave us a brief lesson on the life cycle of silk worms, which included live creatures from every stage of life.

Twins, just like me!
Twins, just like me!

I really like how they utilize every part of the silk worm; nothing goes to waste. They use the cocoon for the actual silk, and they save the animal inside and sell it as food.

Making Silk
Making Silk

Pete tried it and said it was pretty weird, so I abstained (crickets were quite enough, thanks very much).

“Chicken Village” (K’Ho minority village)

We stopped to tour what our guides called a minority village. They explained how these people live very simply, in a matriarchal society where the entire extended family lives on one shared plot of land.

My only picture from the village
My only picture from the village

Summary

Da Lat Vietnam
Smiling (and not sweaty!) at the end of our tour

We had a fantastic, packed day with our Easy Rider tour. Our day was pretty typical for this type of tour, but we didn’t see Crazy house or Truc Lam Pagoda. You can definitely customize your tour if there’s something specific you’d like to see (ex: mushroom farm; cat poop coffee). If you’re interested in doing this type of tour, I suggest checking out Travelfish’s page about these tours. They have lots of good information about single and multi-day tours.

Have you done an Easy Rider tour? Did you experience other crazy things that we missed?

4 Comment

  1. lori4413@gmail.com says: Reply

    So cute seeing you both,makes me so happy that all is going well.The pictures are great and so is traveling and learning with you.

    Love and Hugs, Grandma

    1. Brittany says: Reply

      Everything is going great 🙂 Thanks for following along with us!
      xoxoxo

  2. Janice THOMPSON says: Reply

    This one was really educational, thanks for that! I agree with your choice of abstaining on the offer of eating the silk worms 😉 I hadn’t realized that even some of our flowers were imported either! Thanks for sharing. Love you!

    1. Brittany says: Reply

      Thanks for reading! Yeah, they looked pretty unappetizing. Love you too!

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