The Travel Ninjas at the Chicken Village in Dalat, Vietnam

Our 8 Favorite Things About Dalat (And What We’d Do Differently) – Part 2

Dalat is a vacation wonderland. The region has the best weather in Vietnam, some of the best scenery, and more attractions and activities than you could possibly enjoy. This post rounds out the list of our 8 favorites things about Dalat and confesses our biggest regret. You can read more about the most enjoyable experiences in Dalat here.

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The Travel Ninjas Enjoying the Animal Encounters in Dalat, Vietnam5. Animal Encounters in Dalat

These were some our most anticipated events in Dalat. When we heard that we could ride an Ostrich at Prenn Waterfall, we were giddy with anticipation. Prenn Waterfall also has Water Buffalo, Elephant, Horse, and Camel rides on offer. Only the uber-symbolic Water Buffalo is authentically Vietnamese, but the rides were still so much fun. We rode the Ostrich, Water Buffalo and Elephant at Prenn (which was our second Elephant ride). You can read more about our rides here.

The Travel Ninjas watching baby porcupines in Dalat, Vietnam

Baby Porcupines were the cutest animal encounter we had at Dalat. It was just a happy coincidence that totally took us by surprise. We saw this little family at the Thien An Cricket Farm. We came for the icky food adventure of snacking on spicy crickets (which we did), but those baby porcupines stole all the thunder.

6. Swiss Belresort

We lived like royalty in Dalat at this secluded 5-star resort. Our experience at the Swiss Belresort was one of our favorite things about Dalat.

The Travel Ninjas at the Swiss Belresort in Dalat, Vietnam

It’s located about 30 minutes from Dalat city in some of the most beautiful scenery around. We loved our stay there. We totally recommend doing something different from the norm and staying outside Dalat city. You can read our full review here.

7. Wacky Stuff

Yes, Dalat is an idyllic, tranquil and relaxing setting. But the people of the region are wacky, garish, eccentric, and downright amusing.

Some of our fondest moments are chuckling about a weird statue, quirky monument, or ironically placed sight. We’ve already mentioned a few wacky attractions like Linh Phuoc Pagoda and Camel rides at a waterfall in the forested Vietnamese highlands. But here are a few other wacky things that we loved.

The Travel Ninjas enjoying the Crazy House in Dalat, VietnamCrazy House This place is fun and captivating. It’s the brain child of Dang Viet Nga, an artist, architect, and daughter of a former Prime Minister. You can read more about the Crazy House here.The Travel Ninjas at the Chicken Village in Dalat, VietnamChicken Village The iconic statue of this ethnic minority village is not a humorous attempt to draw tourists. The chicken statue is deeply engrained in the founding myths of the village and an authentic part of their culture. And its pretty wacky.The Travel Ninjas watching the magic faucet in Dalat, VietnamFloating Faucet at Love Valley Lake this little oddity really stands out in the otherwise romantic setting. Far from ruining things, giggling together at this bit of kitsch added to the romantic ambiance.

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What we’d do differently – We’d spend one night in the Crazy House. By day, it’s visited by thousands of tourists. By night, some of those lucky visitors actually get to stay in one of the outlandishly themed rooms. We loved our resort, but spending one night in the Crazy House would have been such a unique experience.

8. Random but Rewarding

“Local Industry” attractions are often just tourist traps that aren’t worth visiting. But the silk factory and the coffee plantation were definitely worth our visit. They were actually highlights of our time in Dalat that gave us some great conversation pieces. We tell our coffee plantation story every time we talk about Dalat. And we mention the silk factory to each other just about every time we see fine silk.

The Travel Ninjas at the Silk Worm FactorySilk Factory We saw a whole silk production line from wiggly worms to wonderful weavings. Vietnam is world famous for its silk cloth and fine silk clothing. From traditional garments to modern custom-made suits, you can see beautiful silk clothes everywhere in Vietnam. We were fascinated to see the difficult and unattractive process that produces such beauty.The Travel Ninjas looking at Weasel Poop used for weasel coffee in Dalat, VietnamWeasel Poop Coffee Yes, you read that correctly. The finest and most expensive coffee comes out of a weasel’s butt. And we drank it! The short story is that they process the beans after the weasel has eaten and pooped them out. Something about its digestive process improves the beans. As you can see, the post-weasel beans look like the world’s most disgusting granola bars. It was weird drinking the coffee right after seeing actual weasel poop. Gross to think about, but DELICIOUS to drink.The Travel Ninjas enjoying Weasel Coffee and a Beautiful View in Dalat, VietnamThe Highlands Coffee Plantation was a beautiful sight in itself, so green. The onsite café had a big terrace with spectacular views of the landscape. We’re coffee addicts, but this was our first visit to a coffee plantation. We’ve never had coffee this fresh. We were in heaven. We spent all morning chatting, sipping our weasel poop coffee, and gazing at the panoramic views.

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BIGGEST REGRET

NOT Getting Wet and Wild at Datanla Falls

Other than seeing the waterfalls in the rainy season, experiencing the canyoning tour at Datanla falls is the first thing we’d do if we ever visit Dalat again.

What we’d do differently – At Datanla Falls, you can go “canyoning” through the series of falls there. This involves some rock climbing, rappelling, cliff jumping, and variously having fun in rushing water. It’s supposed to be a nice physical challenge with just enough danger to get your heart racing.  The final event is a 50 feet tall rappel down a fast, spiraling waterfall known as the “Washing Machine!”

Depending on the group size you can finish a canyoning tour is just over a half-day. We could have found the time for the canyoning tour by making 2 changes. First, we should have skipped some historical sites like Bao Dai’s Palace. Second, we should have spent one night in the Crazy House. We spent a couple hours visiting each location because they are both big and have lots of interesting details. The Crazy House was worth the visit, but we should have saved time by experiencing it as overnight guests. Bao Dai’s Palace is nice, but we should have removed it from our itinerary to make time for the canyoning tour.

No worries though! In hindsight, we’d do some things differently, but we are ecstatic about our time there. The good times come to you in Dalat. Of course, good planning can take your visit to another level. We hope our experiences help you craft a trip of your dreams.

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32 Comments
  • Lei
    Posted at 12:24h, 03 December

    It is indeed a vacation destination! Something to add in my bucket list 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:30h, 03 December

    Hi Lei. Yes, Dalat, Vietnam is a great place to add to your bucket list. There is so much to see and do there! 🙂

  • Rose
    Posted at 14:19h, 03 December

    How many people can say they have seen a a baby porcupine? Are they still call porcupines as a baby? I like the faucet in the lake. There used to be an exhibit at my county fair growing up that had a faucet for some home water advertisement. We could get samples straight from it. Even when I went back to the fair as a child I took my kids to it.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:24h, 03 December

    Hi Rose. You’re one smart cookie! The correct term for a baby porcupine is actually porcupette. The faucet was definitely an unexpected but fun sight. That’s cool that you were able to share a childhood experience with your kids by actually having them create their own memories of the faucet at the fair! 🙂

  • Ola
    Posted at 20:21h, 03 December

    Hey Ninjas! You guys crack me UP! Weasel poop coffee! Seriously??? LOL! I also clicked back to read the story I missed about the ostrich ride. That made me laugh out loud. I didn’t even know you could ride one of those. And the 5-star resort – yes please. Thanks for this in depth your of Vietnam. I really enjoyed it.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:28h, 03 December

    Hi Ola. Now we can say that we’re full of ? (literally) LOL ? We were definitely surprised by the ostrich ride as well. We had only seen that done in movies with Africa always shown as the location. The 5-star resort was fantastic!

  • farmfitliving
    Posted at 23:08h, 03 December

    Aww! What a fun trip! I am in love with the baby porcupine.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:16h, 03 December

    Hi Mindy. It was a blast! The sight of the baby porcupines was quite an unexpected but pleasant surprise. 🙂

  • livelaughhlovee5
    Posted at 00:22h, 04 December

    My son would love the Wacky Stuff and oh my goodness those Baby Porcupines are SOOO ADORABLE! I want one as a pet haha.. Beautiful pictures by the way and I never knew you could actually sit on an Ostrich haha

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:25h, 04 December

    Hi. Oh, your son would absolutely LOVE it! Yes, the baby porcupines were SO adorable. We had never seen baby ones before. Riding an ostrich was definitely an unexpected surprise. 🙂

  • Kate
    Posted at 08:03h, 04 December

    Dalat Vietnam looks beautiful. It looks like you had lots of great excursions.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:07h, 04 December

    Hi Kate. Yes, Dalat has a lot to offer and the weather is perfect!

  • Melanie Frost
    Posted at 14:14h, 04 December

    That sounds like my kind of trip! I love that they have such cool and unusual places to visit. I would also love to stay in that wacky house – that’s so cool! But weasel poop coffee? I may have to pass. LOL!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:20h, 04 December

    Hi Melanie. Dalat definitely has a lot to offer and is so fun! Staying at the Wacky House would be an incredible experience. Luckily, drinking weasel coffee is not a requirement. 🙂

  • Amber Myers
    Posted at 14:47h, 04 December

    I haven’t been here before. Maybe one day! I would LOVE to do the wacky stuff. That’s usually the most fun for me.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:59h, 04 December

    Hi Amber. Wacky stuff is the coolest! 😉 Hope you will make it so Dalat, Vietnam someday soon.

  • Briana Marie
    Posted at 15:57h, 04 December

    My bucket list just continues to grow. Lol. But this is definitely my kind of trip!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:02h, 04 December

    Hi Briana. You would definitely enjoy Dalat, Vietnam. There is so much to see and do. 🙂

  • blair villanueva
    Posted at 08:11h, 05 December

    Yeah Weasel coffee is kind of gross when you keep on thinking it but it is one of my best coffee.. !

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:24h, 05 December

    Hello Blair. Yes weasel poop coffee is such a strange idea. I mean who would be the first person to see coffee beans in poop and say “hey I’d like to put that in my mouth.”

  • shreya de
    Posted at 10:51h, 05 December

    Such beautiful pictures,makes me want to go on a vacation right away.The silk factory experience must have been super amazing.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:59h, 05 December

    Hello Shreya De. Thank you. The silk factory was interesting and ironic. It all starts with worms and comes out beautiful silk. Amazing to see the whole process.

  • Valerie
    Posted at 12:13h, 05 December

    I could totally get used to travelling like this. The hotel looks great and I just love the animals.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:17h, 05 December

    Hello Valerie. The hotel was so luxurious and comfortable. They made our stay magical.

  • Amrita
    Posted at 12:55h, 05 December

    Before I had my kid I use to holiday like this too.But now less adventures This sounds perfect

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:58h, 05 December

    Hello Amrita. Yes having kids is a different kind of adventure.

  • Reynna Delacruz
    Posted at 13:39h, 05 December

    Aw I’m sorry you didn’t go canyoning, but I’m glad the trip was still so interesting! I mean weasel poop coffee?! Crazy!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:42h, 05 December

    Hello Reynna. Yes we will definitely go canyoning next time in Dalat. We are still very happy with our visit. It was just on of those things you learn about too late.

  • CourtneyLynne
    Posted at 23:09h, 07 December

    Omg looks like y’all had a total blast!!! I would love to visit one day

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:15h, 07 December

    Hi Courtney. Yes, it was amazing! Hope you get to visit someday soon. 🙂

  • Huub Ricardo
    Posted at 17:09h, 08 December

    That view in the last picture is just breathtaking. It looks you guys had an awesome vacation.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:15h, 08 December

    Hi Huub. Thank you for your kind words. Dalat is definitely a beautiful city to explore while in Vietnam.

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