While it’s likely you haven’t heard of Da Lat before, it would be a shame to pass through this city on your way to the south of Vietnam without stopping. Unlike any other city I’ve visited in Vietnam, Da Lat (ironically) offers tourists a bit of an escape from most things “Vietnamese”. While there is still a lot going on, its structures (thanks to the French) and movements feel different. Da Lat is also considered a wealthier part of Vietnam due to its export of flowers and coffee. There are lots of things to do in Da Lat: many travelers rent motorbikes to explore the surrounding countryside, but there is also plenty to see within the city center if you’re not wanting to risk your life maneuvering through the hectic streets.
Da Lat might be one of Vietnam’s best kept secrets. Viewed as a city unlike others in Vietnam, once you arrive in Da Lat, you won’t really feel like you’re in Vietnam. Though it is still a relatively busy city, Da Lat has a very laid-back vibe as it resides in a more open area with many hills. The Countryside Tour in Da Lat is a great way to learn and see a lot about the history and culture of the city, however, you’d be better off doing this tour on your own if you’re comfortable riding a motorcycle or by going on a private tour.