Dalat is my favorite city in Vietnam. The weather, the attraction, and the people are lovely in this little town. How much do I love this place? After I traveled all the way from Saigon to Ha Noi, I supposed to catch a flight to Cambodia, but I had extra few days then I decided to go back to Dalat again!
Escape the tropical hot weather and beach, now it’s time for some fresh mountain air and the fantastic mix of good food and adventure!
4 hours bus ride from Nha Trang and 8 hours away from Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnamese Dong (VND). You can get 20,000 VND to 22,000 VND from $1 USD
Vietnamese. Most of the hotels, restaurants, and attractions staffs speak English.
ATMs are easily accessible in the city.
The weather in Dalat is pleasantly warm during the day, but it can be cold at night. Due to the location and the climate, you should expect rain at least once a day.
Get In and Out & Bus Time Table
Dalat is served by Lien Khuong Airport (DLI), around 35 km from the city; there are only domestic flights to this airport. Getting to the town from airport is easy. There is shuttle bus service at the airport which will drop you off at your hotel for 40,000 VND.
If you prefer to take a private taxi, it would cost around 180,000 VND to 200,000 VND. You can purchase the ticket for both bus and taxi in the terminal. Or simply ask you hotel to organize a pickup for you which cost similar to a cab.
This is the most popular way for backpackers and locals to get into Dalat. Futa bus (Phuong Trang) drops off at Dalat bus station and the ticket should include a shuttle service to the hotel. Some companies drop off in the city.
Check with your hostel if they will pick you up when you arrive. They know about the bus lines and timetables. Write down the directions to the hostel because the second you got out of the bus, taxi and easy drivers will approach you.
Dalat Bus Station 01, Tô Hiến Thành, Phường 3，Tel: +84-94-800-4756
The Sinh Tourist Office For city tour and bus ticket，22 Bùi Thị Xuân，Tel: +84.63.3822663，Open: 06:30 – Close: 22:00
Futa (Phuong Trang) Office For taxi and bus booking，11A/2 Lê Quý Đôn
It’s mostly sunny and breezy in Dalat so it’s a pleasant way to explore this lovely city. But it’s located in the mountain area so maybe wear a pair of nice shoes!
Simply rent a motorbike from the hotel, it costs 120,000 VND for an automatic one. Make sure you wear a helmet to protect yourself!
Use reputable taxis so they run on meters and have a price chart. Mai Linh (Green taxis) is a reliable choice.
Easy rider is a great way to tick off the must-sees of Dalat. Choose to ride your own bike or let a professional rider drives you around. You can even go all the way to a different city and enjoy the scenic view on the road.
Price depends on where you go, discuss the details with the driver. A half-day trip cost me 300,000 VND.
Where to Stay
This is where I stayed both times. A young couple runs here, and they are sweet, helpful and truly cares about the guest.
It only has two dorm rooms, and each can accommodate 12 people. Toilet and shower are ensuite.
They offer group dinner, which they called “Family Dinner” every day for $3, I would recommend to join the dinner, get to know the people, share travel stories and make new friends!
Also, the bed is so comfy and soft that I sink into it and sleep like a baby.
This is the recommendation from others. Mr. Peace has a party vibe going in the hostel, free beer, happy hour and rooftop bar right on the property.
A lot of backpackers stay there. How do I know that? Because I always see people wearing a t-shirt with “Dalat Family Hostel” walking around in the city!
Located in the city center, so it’s easy to get around. They offer different activities for the night and big recreation area.