Da Lat Travel Guide

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Da Lat Things to Do

  • EAT FROM THE STREET

    On the steps leading to the market i enjoyed a beansprout type of pancake, and many more meals that i purchased from street stalls. The food was always cheap and delicious, but try to avoid the fresh leafy vegetables or try and ascertain that they have been washed properly.

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  • Jeep tour Vietnam

    On a Jeep, with a professional guide, he will know how to show you his country.And don't miss a chance to make a movie about amazing things you will visit on the road

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  • Easy Rider tour

    The tour of Original Vietnam Easy Rider is a private tour by motorbike. And Dalat is the homeland of Easy Rider. With that type of tour, your guide will help you to connect with the local people, show you the real culture, history, beautiful view ... of VIetnam.The tour is very flexible, you can do a daily tour around Dalat. Or you can do a long...

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Da Lat Hotels

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Da Lat Restaurants

  • A French style bistro

    To be continued... We had an opportunity to have excellent buffee breakfast here with fresh French toasts included.

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  • Great food and atmosphere in Dalat

    After a month of travelling through Vietnam and after eating only local cuisine which don't get me wrong is excellent I was ready for some western food...Unfortunately we were in Dalat where it is quite scarce. So after some walking around we spotted v cafe and decided to give it a try. We were pleasantly surprised. While it does not look like much...

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  • Western fare in Dalat

    My friends were craving Western food after 11 days of Asian repasts. V was right across the street from out hotel. We had pizzas and some chicken dish. It was okay. Do not drink the Dalat wine. We did and had terrible hangovers the next morning.

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Da Lat Nightlife

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  • Saigon nite life

    Amazing drinks, amazing games! (pool and connect 4) Bartender is a legend! Makes the best cocktails ever! SOOOO STRONG!!! Will also beat you at nearly every game of connect 4! Weak spot it pool! Haha Bartender is awesome guy, so easy to talk to, makes you feel welcome and want to stay alll night long! Coming back tomorrow night because it was such...

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  • My Dung, the owner is the best

    This small cosy place looks like it's shut on the outside. It's not. Mr Dung the owner makes you feel really welcome. He gets everybody talking, playing pool and connect 4. He is a champion at connect 4 and pool. If someone in your group orders a cocktail, he will make extra and share it around between the rest of the group. When you come back, it...

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  • Not so quiet Town Centre

    The town centre slowing come alive after the sun slowly set behind the lake/dam.People seem to pour in from everywhere and there are many interesting foods and night scene in town centre. Sweet corns, sea food, grilled chicken, grilled sotong, beans and hot soya milk drinks are some of the things selling in night market scene.I personally bought...

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Da Lat Transportation

  • Shuttle bus to the Airport

    Clean and convenient, not to mention cheap!The counter to buy the bus coupons is just at the baggage carousel at Lien Khuong airport.If i remember correctly, it;s only about 35000dong.It's about 30mins ride to the City and alights at the Vietnam air office area, from there it's a cheap cab ride to any hotel in Dalat.

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  • Sinh Cafe Open Bus

    A great, cheap and easy way of travelling the whole length of the country from north to south (or vice versa) is by taking the Sinh Cafe Open Bus. They have an office in each major town/city and offer a daily service between the main sightseeing points of Saigon, Dalat, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi on modern clean buses with plenty of leg room...

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  • Scooter

    Just round the corner of the road from where I stayed in Da Lat called the Thuy Tran (see my accommodation tip) is a small place that hires out motorbikes and scooters. I hired a scooter for a day for 100,000 VND so as to get around the sights within town and to go to the Datanla Waterfalls, a few km south of town. Da Lat is a nice place to ride...

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Da Lat Shopping

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  • Market - Inside

    Dalat Market (Cho Da Lat) is similar to many of Vietnam’s city markets. It is really an interesting place to my kind of north people who's markets are grey, white and black with quite poor local stuff. Here you find colors, spices, fruits almost everything from clothes to wine and from coffee makers to pirot electronics.There is always a real...

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  • Market - Outside

    There are many young end a little bit older woman selling fruits, handicraft and berries on the streets. They are all the time aware, whether it is illegal or they should have paid of the place. A couple of times I saw a police car appearing and the sellers took whole warehouse and disappeared to side streets. It was amazing, in a moment rush...

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  • Vang Dalat Wine

    Vang Dalat Wine is made & bottled in Dalat. That being said, make sure you buy it there! And ask around to compare prices. Some places were selling a btl for 60 dong but I found them for 35 dong at a little corner store in the middle town. I'm in Mui Ne right now and they're selling it here for 70d/btl!! 30-35 dong for a 750ml bottle

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Da Lat Local Customs

  • Rent a bicyle

    If you like to ride on the roads, I really don't recommend you the motorcycle or scooter. They can drive amazingly e.g. in Ho Chi Minh City, you might find kilometers long 5 row motorcycle queues and to pass the street needs Strenght! Just step on the street, don't get back, just calmly walk and the millions of drivers just pass you from left and...

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  • Coffee

    As Dalat is up in the mountains, it's a perfect location for growing coffee. When I was travelling on the bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat, we started to climb up into the hills and I noticed that, wherever there was some flat land be it in a field or even on concrete areas outside houses, there were large areas of coffee beans being dried in the...

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  • Traditional Dress for School Uniform

    When visiting various districts around the highlands we would see schoolchildren riding bikes to and from school. Usually in groups they would stand out in their white uniforms, particularly the girls in their long white dress.It amazed me how they kept their uniform so white in the dustry conditions, no oil or grease marks from the bike chain. The...

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Da Lat Warnings and Dangers

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    Aware of the traffic

    by akkipaa Written Dec 30, 2012

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    As you can realize from the photo, the traffic is more than dangerous the drivers are not following all the rules (like we are, right :). Here is quite common situation, a double passing, both trucks are somehow busy and try to pass you whether there are someone coming ahead or not!

    Be safe out there!

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Da Lat Tourist Traps

  • Datanla Falls

    Okay, you whether like this or not. It's a bit of tourist trap but who cares. Take a ride a relax, there are brakes to control the speed and it's not so fast. You can take the ride alone or double as we. You can take return (both ways 40 000) or climb back up to balance you budget. Nice smallish place.When you get down you find the water falls. The...

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  • Valley of Love - Overly Kitschy!!!

    The place is seriously spoilt with the excessive weird sculptures and statues that scatter the area.Plus the jeeps near the walkway down to the lake kind of spoils the expereince ( i think they are for taking short rides and pictures in , of course with a fee)Considering it's distance from Dalat city, time could be spent better elsewhere.

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  • Easy Riders - Hard Time...

    Here, like Phnom Phenh and other SE Asia locations, touts will stop you every few minutes to tour with them on their motorbikes. Some are Easy Riders and some are not. Be careful and just say 'No Thanks' to everyone until you are ready to plan a trip. 'Easy Riders' have been doing this a long time and have books of praise dating back up to 6...

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Da Lat What to Pack

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    Postcard

    by Animas Updated Jul 6, 2008

    Miscellaneous: I know you will think it is weird if I tell you to bring postcard from HoChiMinh ( I mean postcard of DaLat's picture) because when I was there I couldnt find the shop which sell any postcard even in the post office. Finally I found one at the post office ... oh my God! ... very old one ... old style ... you will see how old it is from the yellow color at the edge of the postcard.
    Whatever I had to buy it in a pack ( 10 postcards inside) cost 8,000 dongs ...not too expensive,hmmm? In every postcard I wrote about how hard I found this postcard.
    Stamp for 1 postcard to Thailand is 7,000 dongs

    We better take a picture of DaLat and make a postcard ,drop our postcard at the hotel and make a new business ... Who agree with me about postcard business in DaLat?

    At the post office

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Da Lat Off The Beaten Path

  • Jumping Jiminy--It's a cricket farm!

    Thien An Cricket Farm has been in operation for 3 years, and it supplies Dalat restaurants. (They are a popular snack, and supposedly go well with beer.) It takes 3 months to raise them to market size. They keep them in plastic tubs that are too slippery for them to crawl out. After the tour, you have the opportunity to eat a deep fried cricket. It...

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  • Floating Village, Da Lat to HCMC

    About 3 hours into our road trip we arrived a large floating village as we crossed the river. There must have been 50 or more floating houses, some were reasonably close to the bridge which gave us the chance for a close up view. We could see the fishing nets floating next to the homes and it made us wonder what it would be like living on the...

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  • Da Lat To HCMC By Car, A Long Day

    Our return to Ho Chi Minh City was by car with a local driver who spoke almost no English. We travelled along the inland Highway 20 taking 7 hours to drive the 300km and although a long day we enjoyed the trip. The journey through the highlands provided plenty of good scenery and a chance to view the local farms and towns. We were amazed at the...

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Da Lat Sports & Outdoors

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    Canyoning with Viet Horizon Travel

    by TheresNoToiletPaper Written Aug 14, 2009

    Dalat has grown to be a hot spot in Vietnam for adventure travels. It's surrounded by mountains & waterfalls galore! Only here can you go canyoning down waterfalls, rockclimbing, trekking, etc. There's tons of tour operators to choose from so walk around and inquiry about prices.

    I just finished canyoning with Viet Horizon Travel and loved it! Enjoyed it so much that I went rockclimbing with them again the next day. Cuong and his guys were awesome- so friendly, fun, and genuine. Best of all, they were the cheapest company out there! Other places were offering the exact same tour for $28-38 while Cuong's was $25. The group was small which was great, and there were enough guides to make sure you felt safe at all times. They took pictures of us while we were rappelling/climbing and always made sure to protect our belongings. They were so caring to us & our things, which is so important when we're busy dangling off a 66ft waterfall. Lunch was delish too! Highly recommend this company.

    Canyoning itself was a blast. I knew nothing to start and by the end of the day was comfortable abseiling down anything.

    Equipment: Wear GOOOOOD shoes and high quality grips, with tight straps. Would not recommend Crocs.

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  • Paa Paa Paa

    Drink when you are thirsty and eat when you are hungry. In Vietnam my recommendation is easy for light lunch, order Pho with Paa Paa Paa. Pho is Vietnamese soup, Paa is three, and 3 times Paa is 333, which is local Vietnamese beer! Extremely good mixture and keeps your stomach happy.These young ladies can be found from parking places where buses...

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  • Motion Sickness Much?

    I took an open tour bus from Nha Trang to da lat the other day. Trip was 7 hrs long and the scenery coming into Da Lat was beautiful! It's situated in the mountains so super curvy, windy, steep roads when on for what felt like forever. TAKE AN ANTINAUSEA medication if you're bad with motion sickness. I'm pretty good but there were turns where I...

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  • Local pet bird shop

    Being a bird lover, I wanted to include this picture of a very interesting bird. No idea what kind of bird it is. This little shop was on Pham Ngu Lao. They don't show terribly much respect for their little friends, as we walked past, the shop keeper threw a little bird in the rubbish bin. It was still alive and my son being as he is, picked it up...

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