Ever heard of Da Lat, Vietnam? If not, get ready to be captivated by a city that is authentic and effortlessly blends natural beauty with cultural charm, offering a family vacation like no other. Join us as we relive our unforgettable March school holiday adventure and share the family-friendly gems for your own travel reference!
1. Datanla New Alpine Coaster: A Thrilling Pine Forest Ride for All Ages
Among our favourite activities in Da Lat is the Datanla New Alpine Coaster. This exhilarating ride sweeps through lush pine forests and cascading waterfalls, granting an awe-inspiring perspective of the rural landscape. Designed to accommodate all age groups, we enjoyed every minute of the ride. It’s suitable for everyone, from the little ones to senior citizens (on our day of visit, there was a huge group of Korean Ahjumas!) because you are in control of how fast (or slow) you want the coaster to move. The alpine coaster will bring you to the foot of Datanla Falls. If your kids love the adrenalin rush, this is a must-try.
2. Chika Farm: Unforgettable Animal Encounters and Insta-Worthy Moments
I saw photos of Chika Farm on IG and TikTok and made a mental note to visit. This is a family-owned farm that beckons with delightful animal interactions. The kids enjoyed feeding the alpacas and friendly farm animals. Families will adore this spot for its abundance of photo-worthy scenes.
3. Da Lat Street Food Tour: A Culinary Adventure for the Palate
Foodies, this one’s for you! Our taste buds embarked on a journey of their own with the Da Lat Food Tour Adventure. Guided by a knowlegable Da Lat local Binh, we indulged in mouthwatering street eats – think Da Lat’s unique ‘pizza,’ the savory bánh căn, and the oh-so-sweet bánh tráng nướng. It’s a flavor explosion you won’t forget. We really highly recommend this tour as the perfect introduction to Da Lat!
4. Da Lat Old Railway Station: A Glimpse into Nostalgia
Stepping back in time, we explored the Da Lat Old Railway Station, a charming French colonial-style building that once stood as a bustling hub. Now, it’s a quaint small museum where history comes alive. We hopped onto the old train carriages, taking in the nostalgia and capturing those cherished family snapshots.
5. Glamping at Camel Camp: An Immersive Pine Forest Retreat
I have read much about the glamping in Da Lat and went through the hassle to book a one night glamping experience at Camel Camp, a luxury campsite nestled in the beautiful pine forests of Da Lat. Imagine roomy tents, comfy beds, and modern toilet amenities – a perfect blend of comfort and wilderness. The meals, fashioned from Da Lat’s premium organic produce, were a gastronomic treat for our bellies. The camp is the perfect place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of city life and reconnect with nature. The kids loved the experience so, so much and it certainly is most memorable part of the entire Da Lat trip.
6. Quirky Adventures, Cosy Cafes and More to Explore
Da Lat is full of surprises. We marveled at the whimsical Crazy House and the huge, out of this world sculptures at the Da Lat Clay Face Park. We had fun taking photos at the Kombi Land Cactus Park and also enjoyed café hopping at the Japanese Totoro-inspired Still Cafe. But there’s more on our list for next time – Lumiere Dalat, Puppy Farm and the heart-pounding Datanla Waterfall Canyoning which Dana would love to try.
Final Thoughts: Da Lat’s Gift to Families
Da Lat is a treasure trove of natural beauty and boundless adventure, making it a wallet-friendly destination for families like ours seeking a mix of excitement, culture, and relaxation. Our verdict? Pack your bags, bring the kids, and set out on an unforgettable journey that will fill your family album with memories that’ll last forever. Da Lat – it’s calling you!
FAQs on Da Lat, Vietnam
Why visit Da Lat?
Da Lat, is a 2nd tier city in Vietnam, not as well-known to Singaporeans but it is often referred to as the “City of Eternal Spring,”. Da Lat offers a unique escape from Singapore’s urban environment with its cool climate, charming landscapes, and vibrant culture. It is a refreshing getaway that’s different from typical tropical destinations, making it popular as a Honeymoon destination for many Vietnamese.
How can I get to Da Lat from Singapore?
You can take a direct flight from Singapore to Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). From there, you can either catch a domestic flight or take a bus to Da Lat. We flew Vietnam Airlines (Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City, then took the 1-hr domestic flight from HCMC to Da Lat).
What is the best time to visit Da Lat?
The best time to visit Da Lat is from November to March when the weather is cool and dry. This period allows you to fully enjoy outdoor activities and the city’s natural beauty.
What are the must-visit attractions in Da Lat?
Plenty. Refer to our blog post or write to us to request for the itinerary.
What activities can I do in Da Lat?
You can go glamping in the alpine forest, ride the alpine roller-coaster, go on an authentic street food tour (highly-recommended!) and even try your hand at strawberry picking (certain seasons only).
Do the locals speak English?
While many locals in Da Lat don’t speak English fluently, we managed to get around with basic English phrases. We also found it helpful to have a translation app or a pocket dictionary handy.
Do they use credit cards or cash?
For street vendors and Night Markets, cash is still preferred so it’s advisable to have cash on hand. For hotels and malls, credit cards are widely accepted.
What is the local cuisine like in Da Lat?
Da Lat offers a variety of delicious dishes such as banh mi, banh xeo (Vietnamese pancakes), fresh spring rolls, and the unique Da Lat ‘pizza’. Don’t forget to try Da Lat’s famous avocados and strawberries!
How do we get around in Da Lat?
We used the Grab app and booked Grab rides for short rides to the Night Market or to cafes nearby. It’s very convenient! For day trips to the suburbs, we sought the help of our hotel to book a driver.
Is Da Lat safe for tourists from Singapore?
We found Da Lat safe but it’s always wise to take the usual precautions when travelling such as securing your belongings and avoiding secluded areas at night.
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