Minh Phung chose Da Lat as a tourism place, combined with working after Covid-19, to breathe fresh air and witness the peaceful city.
As a programmer living in Ho Chi Minh City, I have enjoyed a long trip in Dalat for a long time, but due to the Covid-19 epidemic, I haven’t been able to do it until now. I spent 30 days in Da Lat, because just breathing in the cold air made me happy. Here are my experiences for travel and work.
For extended stays, suburban homestays are a great choice at affordable prices. This time, I had a predestined relationship with The Attica House in Ward 11. The room here is big enough, you can put your things comfortably. A room for two people costs 200,000 VND/day. From the outside it feels like a real home, inside there is a washing machine, iron, and stove. The space here is comfortable, from my room I can see the whole valley of lights.
La Ba suspension bridge made me feel like I was in the Northwest. From the center to here about 12 km to Trai Mat, the road is difficult to walk. However, the path is beautiful scenery and fresh air. The suspension bridge across a large river, surrounded by gentle pine forests, is also a destination for many people to take pictures for for romance.
Yahe Cafe doesn’t really stand out like other shops in Da Lat but left the most impression on the shops I visited. The shop is decorated in a classic Japanese style, surrounded by green trees. Another plus point is that the drinks are quite good and the photos are taken from any angle.
ZooDoo Zoo is far from the city center, about 35 km to Nha Trang, but a must visit. This place serves a fixed time from 9am to 5pm and needs to be booked the day before, priced at 100,000 VND/person. Situated on top of a hill in the middle of a pine forest, the feeling here is very close to nature. Especially here, there are many animals such as raccoons, Alpaca camels, kangaroos… Here visitors take a guided tour and experience caring for and feeding the animals with prepared food.
For those who like Korean style, Yooberi Cafe Studio is not to be missed. The space is large and divided into many zones, each place has its own design with light colors, making visitors think of a candy cafe. The drinks here are not impressive to me, most of the carbonated drinks are imported from Korea, but the plus point is the beautiful photography space.
Da Lat can be called a culinary paradise with all kinds of local dishes imported from where guests come. The first destination is the Tuk Tuk Chicken Shop at 45 Tran Khanh Du. The most delicious dish here is the chicken with green chili sauce, one portion is enough for two people. It’s best to come before 6 pm, then this dish is usually sold out.
I have been to Da Lat many times but the first time I enjoyed Pho Uyen was at 167 Xo Viet Nghe Tinh. The shop has been on sale for 27 years and is popular with locals and tourists alike. The beef noodle soup here impresses with the tender and fresh meat and rich broth. There is also a serving of yogurt made by the owner, soft and smooth. A month here, I visited the shop so many times that the owner remembered his face.
Hoi An Quang Noodles at 14 Yersin is also a timeless restaurant. I’ve been to many places, but no soup is so delicious. Next is Hai Map restaurant, usually only people come here to eat. There’s Northwest grilled chicken here, perfect for sipping on a cold day. Nasi Pot Nhu Ngoc is the last destination on the restaurant list as it is a bit pricey. The plus point is that the food is rich, diners should choose the rice with fried chicken with fish sauce.
The homestay rental fee is 3 million VND/person, if you stay per month, the price will be better. Mostly I walk and bike, every time I go far I have to rent a motorbike for 1 million VND. When I go out to eat and drink, I buy my own food, around 4 million VND/person. In addition, there were other costs incurred of around 2 million VND.