Dalat, Vietnam is a unique and charming city located in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. With its cool temperatures, rolling hills, and lush vegetation, Dalat has become a popular destination for both Vietnamese and international tourists. One of the best ways to experience the city is by staying in a homestay, a type of accommodation where you stay with a local family in their home. In this article, we will take a closer look at what you can expect from a homestay vacation in Dalat, Vietnam.
Dalat is known for its temperate climate, which is significantly cooler than the rest of Vietnam. This is due to the city’s high elevation (1,500 meters above sea level). On average, temperatures in Dalat range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius, making it a perfect escape from the heat and humidity of other parts of Vietnam.
One of the best things about staying in a homestay in Dalat is the opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture. Your hosts will be able to share their daily life with you, from cooking traditional meals to participating in local customs and traditions. They will also be able to share valuable insights into the local culture and history of Dalat, giving you a deeper understanding of the city and its people.
There are plenty of things to do in and around Dalat, making it an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Some of the most popular activities include trekking through the surrounding hills, visiting local waterfalls, and taking a scenic cable car ride over the city. For those who are interested in local culture, there are also several museums, temples, and markets to explore.
The food in Dalat is a delicious mix of traditional Vietnamese cuisine and the cuisine of the local ethnic minority groups. Some of the must-try dishes in Dalat include banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich), nem ran (spring rolls), and com lam (sticky rice cooked in bamboo). Many homestays also offer cooking classes, giving you the opportunity to learn how to make traditional dishes and take the flavors of Dalat back home with you.
Homestays in Dalat range from basic to luxurious, so there is something for everyone. Most homestays offer private rooms with en-suite bathrooms and access to shared living areas. Some also offer additional amenities such as swimming pools, gardens, and on-site restaurants.
Here is my experience after the last holiday about a homestay in Da Lat:
We are all office workers, so we are only free every Saturday and Sunday, but we still want to enjoy the moment of Dalat, so this trip to Da Lat we decided to choose an “indie” homestay located right at the foot of Prenn Pass. to be able to stay away from the crowd and also to hunt clouds without having to run far.
🏕🏕 The homestay we chose is “Sun View Valley”, which I discovered by accident when I went to “Waiting for One” coffee last time. This home stay is located in the middle of the pass, so you can catch the whole view of the mountains and hills of Da Lat.
☁️☁️ Weather: For us, it is very difficult to get up 3-4 am to hunt clouds, so it is reasonable to hunt clouds right at the homestay 😁 Early in the morning, just wake up around 6-7 am, go to the door of the room, Or sitting on the “super-cool” bath is already able to hunt clouds. Yes, sitting at home can still hunt clouds ☁️☁️
🛤🛤 The way is also quite easy to find. Up the pass about 2km, opposite the direction to turn to Tuyen Lam lake road, there will be a small path leading down (alley 63 Prenn pass, the same alley with ‘Waiting for one’ coffee). Walk about 500m to the alley leading to the shop located on the right hand side (same street with the cafe ‘Waiting for one’). Turning in people will see the sign “Rainforest”.
🍜🍣 Eating and drinking, we choose a few places around the foot of the pass such as Tao Ngo’s chicken hotpot, Soy milk, yogurt and cheese… and on days when we crave steam, we run down another 3-4km from the pass to go to the market. eating grilled rice paper, Can cake…..
🚌🚎 Vehicles: If you take a car from Saigon, it seems that Phuong Trang and Thanh Buoi bus companies do not have a shuttle bus there. Or you take a taxi up, the price is about 100k VND, there is also a motorbike rental for 120-150k VND/day depending on the type of motorbike. Or you can rent a motorbike first and then run up the pass for convenience, and then return the motorbike at the bus station.
💵💵 Price: We booked in a hurry that time, so the price was a bit high. Ban Mai 1 bed room for 3 boys is priced at 1.5 mil VND, while the Dawn room for 4 girls is priced at 1,650 mil VND. But the experience brought is so great, worth to visit again.
A homestay vacation in Dalat, Vietnam is a unique and unforgettable experience. With its cool climate, rich culture, and diverse range of activities, Dalat is the perfect destination for those looking for a true escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether you are looking to relax and unwind, or seek adventure and exploration, a homestay in Dalat has something to offer everyone.
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