Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget (Updated!)

It is absolutely not right if someone say that there is too many Da lat travel tips, just take a backpack and go. It may be neither out of budget nor enough time to discover all interesting spots in Da Lat unless travelers have a specific plan of movement, accommodation, and destinations. Hence, Far East Tour will reveal all the Da Lat travel tips for either those who have little…

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Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget

It is absolutely not right if someone say that there is too many Da lat travel tips, just take a backpack and go. It may be neither out of budget nor enough time to discover all interesting spots in Da Lat unless travelers have a specific plan of movement, accommodation, and destinations. Hence, Far East Tour will reveal all the Da Lat travel tips for either those who have little experience of traveling or professional tourists!

How does Da Lat look in different seasons?

Da Lat has different beauty in each season, however, no matter which season it is, the city has a strong attraction to tourists!

February – April: This is the best season to go to Da Lat due to its colorful appearance of the spring. The cold and fresh air at this time is a specific characteristic of Da Lat. Coming to Da Lat, you may feel as if you are in Korea or Japan contemplating an incredibly romantic scene of pink cherry blossoms.

Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget
In spring, Dalat puts on a pink jacket of cherry blossoms

May – August: During the four months, Da Lat seems to be a sad movie scene with continuous rain may make you sorrow. It must be a silence of the soul when you enjoy a cup of coffee in a lovely coffee shop in Da Lat in the rain. This is the season of dreaming purple phoenix flowers as well. How lovey-dovey it is when walking in the rain and looking at phoenix petals falling.

Purple phoenix flower is a symbol of the city

September – November: Da Lat has nothing special during this season, but the atmosphere here appeals tourists to come to Da Lat, especially at the end of autumn, when wild sunflowers blossom turning all the roads into yellow. The young often capture countless photos of this beautiful flowers.

The rainy season in Dalat has its own beauty

November – January: If you expect to enjoy the winter in the right way, this is the most suitable time to visit Da Lat. When it comes to Christmas occasion, the whole city is decorated with sparkling light of street lamps in the mist. It is really cold!

Coming to the city in winter to breathe the fresh air is a memorable moment

How to go to Da Lat?

Aircraft

The cost of an air ticket from your starting point to Da Lat depends on the season and the airline companies as well. Vietnam Airlines is a high-class airline agency, thus, it could be more saving if you use the service of other agencies for a less expensive price.

Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget
Flight is the fastest way to move to Dalat

Bus

There are a lot of buses from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat with an average price of 150,000 VND to 400,000 VND; nevertheless, I prefer using a sleeper bus. It runs quite fast, often departs at night and arrives in the morning and there is also a transit car to the hotel.

Sleeper bus is another option for a budget and comfortable journey

Motorbike

If you love the feeling of backpacking, then a motorbike is absolutely the best choice. You are free to enjoy the great view on the road and take a short break anytime. It takes about 8 to 9 hours to move from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat by this mean of transportation.

Why don’t you ride a motorbike to Dalat to enjoy the whole natural scenery during the ride?

This is just a suggestion if you depart at Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat, and in case of other areas, you should go online for more information.

Da Lat Travel Tips on Accommodation

Hotel

There is a bulk of hotels and motels in Da Lat with a wide range of prices based on your demands. It is more convenient to visit and eat if staying in areas near the center, or market. If you just simply need accommodation in the center area, hotels with cheap prices are preferred (but not applied on holidays).

Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget
Hotel is a good choice for those who like staying near the city center

Homestay

According to our Da Lat travel tips, Da Lat is home to homestays, it seems like there is a new homestay every day. The price of homestay is quite various, the lowest is under 100,000 VND, the highest is more than 500,000 VND. Due to its variety, we would like to separate as below:

Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget
Homestay is the most popular accommodation in Dalat

Near market: Even Da Lat is not large, just about 10 minutes to the market by motorbike, yet it is extremely lazy to move by motorbike! That is the reason why you should take notes these homestays!

With a view of mountains and hills (or in forest): Besides, numerous homestays in the jungle with stunning views of the mystery green of the forest are a good option. What beautiful scenery!

Homestays with a view of lakes or mountains bring you a pleasant feeling

For a group: It is extremely terrible and boring to death if traveling to Da Lat alone for its sad and silent atmosphere here. Hence, let’s hang out with your friends to Da Lat to have an exciting trip and beautiful photos.

With a budget price:It is often said that “You should stay in a luxury hotel when traveling”. That is not quite right, especially for students or those who don’t want to spend too much on accommodation. Finding a cheap homestay in Da Lat is not difficult, but you should avoid holidays.

Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget
If you don’t want to spend too much on accommodation, choose a budget homestay

Villa and Resort

If you expect to have the most wonderful and relaxing vacation days in a great feature of Da Lat which is not so different from Europe, then just choose the most luxurious villas in the city of flowers.

Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget
Resorts in Dalat offer you the most opulent facilities and the best services

And don’t forget to reserve in advance to make your vacation perfect! 

How to Visit All the Charming Places in Da Lat?

We would like to introduce some of the best destinations in Da Lat – those places that are not too noisy and splendid like other new ones, but it is such a pity if you miss them.

Lam Vien Square

Lam Vien Square is supposed to be the heart of the city so, of course, there is certainly as well a favorite destination for anyone when arrival at Da Lat. The Square is well-known for not only the beautiful landscape of Xuan Huong Lake but also an impressively giant flower bud – one of the most favorite places to check-in.

Address: Tran Quoc Toan Street, Ward 1, Dalat City

Fee: free

Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget
The giant green flower bud will be a charming background for your photos

Xuan Huong Lake

There are not only beautiful and mysterious pictures of Xuan Huong Lake to show off with friends, but also interesting activities on the lake such as riding a duck boat. How exciting they are!

Address: Tran Quoc Toan Street, Ward 1, Dalat City

Fee: free

Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget
You can try to paddle a duck boat on the lake

The Valley of Love

This is absolutely a spot which could not be missed when you come to Da Lat for the first time. With its romantic beauty and fresh air, the valley is a symbol of the city. According to my Da Lat travel tips, there are always so many people here most the time, so it may take about 10 minutes to have a nice picture here. Indeed, the valley is always an appealing place.

Address: No. 7, Mai Anh Dao Street, Ward 8, Dalat City

Opening time: 7:00 – 17:30 every day

Fee: 250.000 VND per person (including an entrance ticket to Dreamy Hill and the Valley of Love, a boat or duck ride, a transit electric train).

Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget
The Valley of Love is a must-visit destination, especially for couples

Langbiang Mountain

You can try paragliding or reach the top of Langbiang to watch the entire city from a high distance. You will feel most interesting when standing at the top of Rada hill with a height of over 2000 meters to see the dreamy city, Dankia Lake and Golden Stream, which is just surprisingly alluring with a fee of 30.000 VND per adult and 15.000 VND per child.

Address: Lac Duong town, Da Lat city

Opening time: 7:00 – 21:00

Fee: 15.000 VND to 30.000 VND. If you want to take a Jeep, you will have to pay 60.000 VND per round-trip ticket. As a side not, a Jeep can accommodate up to 6 people.

Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget
Some kinds of extreme sports are waiting for you to experience at the mountain

Da Lat Station

It costs only 5,000 VND per person to enter the station, but you will be overwhelmed by numberless nostalgic features of Da Lat in your photos. Even though the station looks extremely old, it looks quite classic and luxurious.

Address: No. 1 Quang Trung, Ward 10

Opening time: 7:00 – 17:00

Fee: 5.000 VND per person

Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget
The old station turns out to be a beautiful place to capture photos

Da Lat Market

I prefer to head to Da Lat Market in the afternoon. From my Da lat travel tips, at this time, there are a lot of stores opening, so there are so many beautiful, unique but cheap things and of course pretty souvenirs for you to buy. You should negotiate about the price before buying because of the status of overcharging in Da Lat market. To avoid spending too much money, you had better ask about the price before eating or drinking something.

Address: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Ward 1, Dalat City

Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget
You can save some moments here, as well as go around and buy some interesting things

Trying the Cuisine of Da Lat

What to Eat?

Like other parts in Vietnam, Da Lat has its own distinct food world such as bread with pork dumpling, vermicelli and sour crab soup, stuffed pancake with chicken, grilled girdle-cake, or melted caramel candies, vegetable Guang noodles, and cheese yogurt, soy milk, sweet cake on Tang Bat Ho street, and douhua – which be more delicious to be eaten in the cold and mist weather day by day. What a paradise for food lovers!

Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget
Dalat is a paradise of countless tasty dishes, so remember to try them once!

Where to Have a Cup of Coffee?

The local citizens here are admirable for their hard work and creativity. For example, there are several pretty cafes which are charmingly decorated and so romantic that I just want to come back one more time to check-in at all these great places.

Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget
Trying a cup of coffee while contemplating the whole city is so peaceful

What to Buy in Da Lat?

Nothing could be better than boxes of fresh strawberries, avocados, bags of sweet potatoes, or dried fruits. Well, Da Lat has more interesting things than you think. You may purchase some pairs of socks, brocade, dried tea, especially artichoke tea as gifts for your relatives.

Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget
Like orchards in the Southwest of Vietnam, Dalat is well-known for various types of fresh and dried fruits, so get some for your dears

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15 thoughts on “Da Lat Travel Tips: An Interesting Trip on a Budget (Updated!)

  1. Hi guys, i am planning to go Da Lat in February and was wondering if there was any suggestions – I am planning to go for 2 or 3 nights, i like to do photography so i can imagine there will be some amazing landscapes, i love to go trekking and hiking and would love to do that. Also i heard a rumour Da Lat has the best coffee in Vietnam (aka the world) can anyone recommend me any coffee shops with great amazing coffee? would also love to bring some home and maybe learn how to make it properly – i don’t mind if there are rats in the place if it has the most amazing coffee! Thank You in Advance

    1. Once you are there you can just visit one of the many tourist agencies for brochures/advice. No reason why you cant go on your own, but I would be careful around rivers/falls ect. Coffee is everywhere, just try some and see what you like. There are night markets in the centre of town where a large range of coffee is sold that you could take home. I don’t know about it being the best in the world, its a personal thing. I’m drinking Ethiopian coffee as I type and I think that’s the best I have ever had, but last month Costa Rican was my favourite.

      1. Cheers dude, would you recommend staying near the night market? i bought coffee from the night market in HCMC once it was disgusting! Yeah i had some Costa Rican/Colombian this month it wasn’t too bad at all! My personal favorite has to be Vietnamese though haha

        1. Yes , I stayed in a room overlooking the night markets and lake. Its close to everything . But you could stay a few blocks back and save some money and it would be quieter

  2. Vietnamese coffee is quite good, but most of it is robusta which is not the best quality and a lot of the weasle stuff is fake, I would not drink it anyway that is animal abuse, I prefer some other countries, I went to Ethiopia and that was excellent, brought a 1kg bag home. I also like Lao coffee but difficult to get outside Laos. Some of the Indonesian ones are pretty good. Actually last Sunday I had some Vietnamese, it was ok but nothing special but of course there are many different ones. But coffee does vary from year to year a bit like wine, I’ve had excellent coffee then the next time I bought it, it was not so good.

  3. I’ve made 3 trips to Dalat and do recommend staying close-in. Recently stayed at Dreams Hotel (10 min from Central/Night Mkt.) – wonderful place/great people. Don’t miss One More Cafe (Aussie owned) and Liên Hoa Bakery (baked banana cake) + Ganesh Indian Restaurant!

  4. Sounds like an easy rider tour may be ideal for what you want. There are many there and they will likely find you on the street. They can take you anywhere you want in and around the Dalat area. Tell them what you are looking for and they will take you there. Dreams hotel as mentioned is good value and the easy riders used to hang out there having coffee. They can also take you to smaller coffee plantations that most tourists do not go to.

  5. I did a day trip around the countryside. Lots of photo opportunities with a really great guide. You can book by phone when you arrive and you’ll be picked up from your accommodation.

  6. Khu Hoa Binh / Tang Bat Ho just west-northwest of the central market is like a mini-backpacker area. (And a stone throw from the Lien Hoa bakery – I like their “banh mi” French mini-baguette. Got to have me some whenever in town.) You can find all sort of tourist service there. Cheers

  7. Thanks a lot for the responses guys, ill stay near the night market for sure then – i may have to change my plan from 3 nights into 2 and do 1 full day tour and one day my own hike – easy rider tours look good, but some of the things like wine tasting and farms arent my type of thing neither are foreign owned cafes but i will definately look into everything you all said and send out some emails – appreciate all the help always!

    1. Lien Hoa is locally owned, but it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if you don’t visit it (they have made a ton of money over the years already.) You can support the small mom and pop shops to your heart content; I’m all for it. Cheers,

  8. I went to a local retail coffee shop on the way passed by. I think, probably 20-30 minutes away from city center. Their top premium coffee beans “moka chon” sells 600,000 dong/ kg, bought 4kg. They sell artichoke tea as well and other local delicacies & snacks. I believe this is the phone# found on my last

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