Da Lat

Da Lat is the capital city of the Lam Dong province, Vietnam. Da Lat is the City of flowers and honeymooners with lovely French villas, fresh air, and the best food! 

Da Lat is centered around a lake and golf course, and surrounded by hills, pine forests, lakes and waterfalls. Known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its distinctive temperate climate, Da Lat was developed as a resort by the French in the early 1900s, and many reminders of its colonial heritage remain.

Where to Stay?

We tried a home-stay and absolutely loved it! We found it on AirBnb, it’s called Ni’s House. We paid $13CAD/night.

The room is nothing too special, but it’s cheap, clean and actually pretty cozy. We had a private bathroom, which was great!  Our host was amazing and so friendly. She helped us get a scooter from her neighbour.

Where to Eat?

Da Lat has a lively local food scene and the city’s cool temperatures make it more enjoyable to eat hot things! From mouth-watering barbecues, hotpots, and the best desserts.

Come hungry!!

Bun Thit Nuong Lien
Wow, wow, wow!
This place should be on your list! They only serve one thing, that’s when know a place is great! They serve a dish called “Bun Thit Nuong.” It’s a popular Vietnamese dish of cold rice-vermicelli noodle, topped with grilled pork, a spring roll, fresh herbs like basil and mint, fresh salad, the dish is topped with roasted peanuts, Vietnamese pickled carrots, and some fish sauce. You can see the lady just BBQing the pork, so you know it’s fresh. Jamie and I both got our own dish and it came to $3CAD in total!

Nari Avocado Cream
People love Avo-toast, well this is a whole another level of amazingness that you NEED TO TRY! 
Da Lat is where you can find the freshest avocados in Vietnam. The server chooses the best avocados to blend, and then adds a scoop of coconut ice-cream into the glass and really, that’s all. The best way I can describe it is it tastes like custard. The avocado part should be put into a donut! Like seriously, it tastes aahhhmazing! $1CAD for 1 cup

Where to Workout?

We found the best gym here for only $2CAD drop-in! This gym had everything you could imagine.
The gym is called Lan Anh Center. Expect it to be hot inside, but working up a sweat isn’t a bad thing.💁‍♀️ The music was actually pretty good! They had some great EDM jams going, but still nice to bring headphones just in case.

What to Do?

We didn’t do a ton of activities, we just took in the city. Da Lat, is truly amazing! The vibes are incredible and it was so lively. When scooting around at night time, the city lights and colourful signs make it a neat drive. It does get overwhelming driving a scooter at night, but just take your time.

The Crazy House
Also known as Hằng Nga guest house, is one of the weirdest places I’ve ever been. It’s described as a “fairy tale”house, and like something from Alice In Wonderland. The building’s overall design resembles a giant tree, incorporating sculptured design elements representing natural forms such as animals, mushrooms, spider webs and caves. I swear someone was on some drugs building this place. ha, it’s that weird! It opened in 1990. You can also stay here! It cost $1.75CAD to enter.

Check out the markets
Dalat’s farmers grow everything from artichokes, coffee beans, and strawberries to tropical fruit like bananas and passion fruit. Their bell peppers, flowers, and preserves are sold around the entire country! People say that Da Lat has the best fruit and veggies. The night market is endless. So shop around and try everything, since it’s so cheap! 

Don’t forget to eat a ton of carbs here, the bread everywhere in Vietnam is so good!

Try Vietnamese coffee, or even visit Da Lat coffee farm
Coffee here is made with signature dark-roasted Robusta beans in a verrry slow drip press.
This roasting style creates a strong flavour, It was a little strong for me, but it did have a great taste.

Datanla Waterfalls
Datanla Waterfalls is one of the most famous set of falls in Da Lat. A little over 10 minutes from the city center, Datanla Waterfall is a nature amusement park of sorts, offering several activities.

Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Linh Phuoc Pagoda is one of the most famous temples in the country. This makes it the tallest bell tower of its kind in all of Vietnam and there is also central hall here which has a series of murals that tell the story of the life of Buddha. If you want to learn more about the history of Buddhism then this is a great spot to visit.

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