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.
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.
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.
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!
How to go to Da Lat?
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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:
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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).
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 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 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
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!
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.
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.
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