Short explanation about da lat
Da Lat is the capital of Lam Dong province in Vietnam. I know it sounds strange , especially if you don’t even have any idea where the Lam Dong province is located, like me. Briefly speaking, a city that is well-known as the city of a thousand pine trees is situated in southern part of the Central Highland region of Vietnam. Still don’t understand what I am talking about?
Okay, so, Da Lat is really accessible, either from Ho Chi Minh City or Mui Ne. It takes only 3-4 hours by bus or minivan from Mui Ne to Da Lat, and 6-9 hours by overnight bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat. Da Lat has its own charm to be explored. Different from the other two cities that I mentioned above, Da Lat enjoys cool temperatures all year round. So, you might need your hoodie, a small blanket and a pocket of instant hot chocolate (if you want). For that reason, Da Lat has pine trees like I indicated before, a number of villas and resorts and a cluster of tea and coffee plantations.
TOUR GUIDE? DO I LIKE IT?
My visit to Da Lat was totally out of the program. I meant to stay in Mui Ne only, but my husband and his buddies decided briefly visit two other cities – Da Lat and Nha Trang. How ? By minivan with the help of our ‘marvelous’ travel agent. Travel agent?! I had never ever dreamt of going on a tour. There are many reasons why I refused to go with a bevy of tourists, and this experience in Da Lat + Nha Trang made me more and more skeptical.
So, my good-hearted husband who had only known me for 3 days made a decision to include me on the tour, and paid 100 USD for me for 3 days and 2 nights to tour both cities. I won’t say that it was bad, but I could say that it was not a particularly fun trip for me . Here are the reasons why a tour is never to my liking:
We spent one day in Nha Thrang then we continued our journey to Da Lat and went back to Mui Ne. This was the schedule of the tour:
Arrive in Nha Trang and participate in any kinds of watersport: snorkeling, swimming and so forth
Play till you die in Vinpearl
Visit XQ Embroidery Village
Visit unknown but beautiful park
Visit Buddha Golden Statue
Finally, go back to Mui Ne. I just wanted to sleep all day long after this exhausting journey