Rediscover The Highlights in Vietnam
As part of our rediscovery series, Nick Wade, GM of Khiri Vietnam is taking a couple of weekend trips around the country to document life in Vietnam as it returns to normal and visit our branch offices. His first trip was to Dalat. Similar to the Indian hill-stations, Dalat was frequented and made popular by the French who used it as a relatively quick escape from the sweltering heat of Saigon.
‘Living in Saigon, I’ve made the trip up to Dalat quite a few times, both on my own on my motorbike or to run a number of trail runs. But also with friends and family to explore the quaint town with its mix of architecture, stunning countryside and relaxed pace of life. True to form, the locals were walking around town in their duck down jackets and wooly hats. At times it feels more like Kathmandu than Vietnam. It was 23C…not cold! Having said that, as a resident here, there’s nothing better than getting back to the hotel, not even considering whether you should turn the A/C on and jumping into a bed with a proper duvet. Not a common occurrence here in Vietnam!
Getting there was so easy. The domestic terminal took no more than 10 mins to check-in and go through security. No checks really and certainly no social distancing. Most people in the airport wore masks when walking around but in the cafes, restaurants and seating areas (much like the rest of the country) masks were not being worn. The flight to Dalat is a treat. With a flying time or less than 30 minutes. Once arrived, the journey to town is super easy on a new road and takes about 40 mins. Yes, it takes longer to drive into town than to fly from Saigon…
Is it worth a visit when considering your itinerary? Absolutely! With the organised chaos of the big cities, Dalat is a fantastic respite. The cooler climate and slower pace of life is a welcome break for a few days. Coffee plantations, stunning walks in the forest, waterfalls, canyoning, mountain biking, a downhill luge which even my mum enjoyed, Cao Dai temples and a reputation as the strawberry growing capital of Vietnam, Dalat has enough for a few days and is different to anywhere else in Vietnam.
Next month, I’ll be travelling to Hoi An, Hanoi and Sapa to catch up with the teams there and see some new properties. Can’t wait to share my Vietnam Rediscovery trip with you.’
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