Dalat Coffee Plantation in Da Lat, Vietnam. Central Vietnam in Southeast Asia.

Scenery, Serenity, and Sipping – Visiting a Dalat Coffee Plantation

Although we were excited to visit a Dalat coffee plantation, the experience was even better than expected. We traveled around Vietnam for a couple months before coming to Dalat. We were always big coffee lovers, but we became total addicts in Vietnam. So we jumped at the chance to see the source of our daily jolts of happiness at a Dalat coffee plantation.

Dalat coffee plantation in Da Lat, Vietnam. Central Vietnam in Southeast Asia

If you don’t know, Dalat is a mountain town in the central highlands of Vietnam. It’s in one of the prettiest areas of Vietnam with some of the best weather. Dalat city is nice, but the countryside is the main attraction with picturesque waterfalls, lakes, and wooded, rolling hills.

There are many great cafes in Dalat city that serve up some fantastic brews, but the best coffee experience by far is in the countryside, at a Dalat coffee plantation. The plantation is lovely and there’s an open-air terrace café with panoramic views. It’s scenic, serene, and perfect for sipping on the freshest coffee possible.

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Cool Fact

Did you know that Vietnam is the 2nd largest coffee producer in the world? This really surprised us. Much of this coffee ends up in various blends. So if you’re a coffee drinker, odds are you’ve had some Vietnamese coffee, even without knowing it. And when you see the beautiful land where it grows, it’s little wonder that this coffee is so delicious.

Roaming the Dalat Coffee Plantation

Enjoying the Pretty Coffee Plants at the Da Lat Coffee Plantation in Vietnam.

Enjoying the Pretty Coffee Plants

We began by walking around the plantation and checking out the coffee plants. The coffee plantation itself was surprisingly pretty and fun to walk through. We’re embarrassed to admit how little we knew about coffee as a plant, even though we had millions of cups of coffee in our lives. We were pleasantly surprised by how vibrant and colorful the plants and berries were.

Coffee Berries at the Dalat Coffee Plantation in Da Lat, Vietnam. Central Vietnam in Southeast Asia

Coffee Berries

It really changed how we think about coffee. Before this, we associated coffee with the color brown, because that’s how we experienced it, as grounds or brew. After our visit, we associate coffee with a host of lively colors and connect it with the natural beauty that creates it. That was a cool side benefit of this visit.

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Me Linh Coffee Garden

Me Linh Coffee Garden Staff and Terrace at the Dalat Coffee Plantation in Da Lat,Vietnam. Central Vietnam in Southeast Asia

Me Linh Coffee Garden Staff and Terrace

After strolling through the fields, we made our way to the Me Linh Coffee Garden, which was right on the plantation. This was such an idyllic spot. The café has a big terrace with mesmerizing views of the countryside.

The coffee was super fresh, delicious, and came in so many varieties. And the scenery was beautiful, peaceful, and relaxing.

Scenic View from the Café at the Dalat Coffee Plantation in Da Lat, Vietnam. Central Vietnam in Southeast Asia.

Scenic View from the Café

 

Great Coffee with Great Views at the Dalat Coffee Plantation in Da Lat, Vietnam. Central Vietnam in Southeast Asia

Great Coffee with Great Views

 

More Beautiful Scenery at the Dalat Coffee Plantation in Da Lat, Vietnam. Central Vietnam in Southeast Asia.

More Beautiful Scenery

We really got sucked into this simple moment and stayed much longer than planned. We had several cups while gazing at the hypnotic scenery.

Luckily we were on a private tour with our own driver, so we could change the itinerary on the fly. (By the way, we really recommend hiring a car and driver when touring the Dalat countryside.)

Prices

The prices here were also very reasonable for the quality of the coffee and the experience. Cups ranged from 20,000VND-60,000VND ($1-$3). Slightly more expensive than other places, but worth every penny.

We even learned what “fresh” really means in terms of coffee. The freshness of coffee has to do with the time between roasting and drinking. The shorter the time, the fresher the coffee.

Since they roast and grind the coffee beans on site, the coffee couldn’t be any fresher. It was so tasty, smooth, and indulgent.

Coffee Brewed by the Cup in a Phin filter at the Dalat Coffee Plantation in Da Lat, Vietnam. Central Vietnam in Southeast Asia

Coffee Brewed by the Cup in a Phin filter

If you’re new to Vietnamese coffee, hot coffee is most often served with a mug-top filter. The Vietnamese call this a Phin. The grounds are placed inside the filter. The appropriate amount of boiling water is added. And the water seeps through, brewing the coffee.

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The most famous version of Vietnamese coffee is served with ice and sweetened condensed milk. It’s called “Ca Phe Sua Da.” It’s our go-to coffee order in Vietnam, but at the Dalat coffee plantation, we also tried some hot, black coffee with delight.

How to Get to this Dalat Coffee Plantation

As mentioned above, we recommend a private tour when seeing Dalat’s countryside. There are many other great sites that are convenient to the Dalat coffee plantation and make for a nice day tour of the countryside.

Our choice was a car and driver through a company called Dalat Trip, but another great option is with Easy Riders if you fancy riding on the back of a motorcycle all day.

How Much?

Like all prices in Vietnam, the price for these will depend on your bargaining skills, but you should be able to get a day tour for about $25-$35 pax/day. Your private driver should know how to arrange a schedule that avoids the crowds from the tour buses.

If you’re ok with tour buses, there are many options that include a visit to this Dalat coffee plantation. They are fairly inexpensive at $15 pax/day. The downside is the rigid itinerary that includes tourist traps and underwhelming stops.

You can also get here on your own via a rented motorbike. The address for Me Linh Coffee Garden is on google maps and other GPS apps, so it’s not tough to find solo.

Dalat Coffee Plantation in Da Lat, Vietnam. Central Vietnam in Southeast Asia

So if you’re a coffee drinker and in the Dalat area, don’t miss out on this Dalat coffee plantation. It’s a great opportunity to broaden your coffee horizon and drink some delicious brews in a gorgeous setting.

Have you been to a coffee plantation? Where and what did you think?

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84 Comments
  • Hendrik
    Posted at 09:18h, 08 February

    I must say, I really envy you a bit for such an experience. Since I am a huge coffee fan and its essential for me in the morning, this visit would be exactly my thing. I have already the smell in my nose thanks to your descriptions and lovely photos… freshly brewed-mmmmh 🙂 $1-$3 for such cups sound ok to me as well when the quality is worth it.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:25h, 08 February

    Hi Hendrik. That’s great to hear. Thanks. 2

  • Natalie
    Posted at 09:43h, 08 February

    What a surprise to find out so much coffee comes from Vietnam. I had no idea…for some reason I had the idea that Veitnam was a tea place. So glad to know better! The landscape sure looks lush and beautiful. What a pretty place for exploring anything!! I’m not a coffee drinker myself, instead I love tea, but would enjoy this anyway. We always travel with the kids and making it educational. It is a great way to show them that food does not originate at the grocery store!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:45h, 08 February

    Hi Natalie. You’re right tea is also really popular here. But coffee is as well.

  • Sheila Flores
    Posted at 10:19h, 08 February

    So it looks that every coffe lover should visit a plantation like this one! I’ve never been to one and seems like a great plan. I’d love to visit Vietnam one day so this could be such a cool experience!
    Thanks for sharing 😉

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:22h, 08 February

    Hey Shelia. We sure did enjoy it. Hope you get the chance too.

  • James Smith
    Posted at 10:25h, 08 February

    You guys must have been high on caffeine after sitting all afternoon drinking the coffee. Having said that I’m sure it tasted better than normal being so close to the source. It’s amazing the colors of the beans, most people would expect brown like you said. I’m gonna check out this plantation and see what made you stay there all afternoon supping coffee.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:27h, 08 February

    Hi James. Yes we were and it was great.

  • Punita Malhotra
    Posted at 10:30h, 08 February

    Even as I read your post, I was feeling the fragrance of coffee in the air. We have been planning to go for a coffee plantation trip to South India and it may happen soon.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:31h, 08 February

    Hey Punita. Wow that would be really cool.

  • neha
    Posted at 11:01h, 08 February

    Your post brought back nostalgic feelings of coffee plantation visits we did right after our wedding. I didn’t know about Dalat though, until read your post. When I happen to go to vietnam, will definitely add it to the list. Thanks for the wonderful guide to plan out the trip

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:11h, 08 February

    Hey Neha. That’s great to hear.

  • Aryane @ Valises & Gourmandises
    Posted at 11:29h, 08 February

    I knew about Vietnamese coffe, that it’s served with ice and condensed milk, but I had no idea the country actually grows the beans! I find coffee, just like cacao, fascinating! As you said the initial plant is so far from the finished product!
    I’ve never toured a coffee plantation but we plan on visiting tea & cinnamon plantations in Sri Lanka next month!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:32h, 08 February

    Hello Aryane. Have a blast in Sri Lanka. Thats sounds amazing.

  • Sasha
    Posted at 11:33h, 08 February

    I did a cofee plantation tour in Colombia and was also surprised by the process of coffee making, it is so detailed and takes so long, it really makes you appreciate your coffee more doesn’t it! I never visited a plantation in Vietnam but I kind of wish I did, coffee in Vietnam is pretty delicious. I also loved the condensed milk coffee, so tasty! Thanks for sharing this interesting post!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:44h, 08 February

    Hey Sasha. We would love to visit a plantation in Columbia too.

  • Author Brandi Kennedy
    Posted at 13:16h, 08 February

    Looks like an amazing time! I love coffee but can’t imagine how different it must be to have coffee that fresh!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:22h, 08 February

    Hi Brandi. We really loved and could taste the difference.

  • Melissa
    Posted at 14:08h, 08 February

    I had no idea that Vietnam is the 2nd largest coffee producer! Love learning interesting facts about the world. Also $1-$3 a cup sounds pretty good to me..much better than a Starbucks in the US haha 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:11h, 08 February

    Hi Melissa. Yes we learn so much on our travels.

  • The Spirited Sloth
    Posted at 14:49h, 08 February

    That coffee looks amazing. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had Vietnamese coffee, since French, Italian, and Colombian roasts seem to be the most popular where I live in Ontario. I will definitely see if I can find some to try!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:55h, 08 February

    Hi Spirited Sloth. That would be great. Let us know what you think.

  • Sanne - Spend Life Traveling
    Posted at 15:47h, 08 February

    Vietnam is really high on my list! Plus I am a real coffee fan (have been to coffee plantations before and really loved the experience) so I would definitely want to go here.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:48h, 08 February

    Hey Sanne. Hope you make it to Vietnam. I’m sure you’d enjoy it.

  • Jesper, The Biveros Effect
    Posted at 15:48h, 08 February

    Looks amazing with the view out over the plantation. A lot more green compared to a wine yard. Would be fun to visit a coffee plantation one day, even though I have not yet learned to drink coffee. Which is considered weird when living in the country in the world consuming the second most coffee per capita. 😉

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:49h, 08 February

    hi Jesper. Yes the views were so gorgeous.

  • Ada
    Posted at 15:54h, 08 February

    That sounds amazing! I am definitely keeping it when I go visit Vietnam one day as I love coffee 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:55h, 08 February

    Hey Ada. We coffee lovers too and Vietnam is like heaven.

  • Ana De- Jesus
    Posted at 17:25h, 08 February

    I have never tried Viet coffee but if it is as good as their cuisine then I am down for that! This looks amazing x

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:33h, 08 February

    Hi Ana. Well said. We think both are great.

  • Nadine Rohner
    Posted at 20:26h, 08 February

    What a great post, especially because I love coffee, but didn’t even know that Vietnam was well known for its coffee. I love that you write so many different information about coffee in your post. Like the filter thing I had no idea and I agree nothing beats a fresh cup of coffee.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:33h, 08 February

    Hi Nadine. Thanks so much for your kind words. Great to hear you liked it.

  • Bhushavali
    Posted at 23:33h, 08 February

    I love coffee and just last month I went to a coffee plantation in India. I agree, only in those plantation, you get to know what really a cup of fresh coffee means. The aroma when they’re roasting & grinding is just addictive!!!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:34h, 08 February

    Hi Bhushavali. Wow we would love to visit a plantation in India too.

  • Milton Goh
    Posted at 03:42h, 09 February

    It looks like a very relaxing, scenic and enjoyable trip! The coffee must be very fragrant and delicious because it is so fresh! I learnt some new things about coffee from this post. Thanks!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 03:44h, 09 February

    Hey Milton. Yes, the smells were intoxicating.

  • carlinn meyer
    Posted at 06:14h, 09 February

    I cant get by without at least 3 cups of coffee per day haha! I never knew that Vietnam was such a big producer of coffee, Costa Rica and Kenya always spring to mind as coffee places to me! I think I might just have to go make some now though, I can almost smell the aroma 😛

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:55h, 09 February

    Hi Carlinn. Yes, we drink a lot of coffee too. Its irresistible.

  • Brianna
    Posted at 10:19h, 09 February

    Huh, I never put Vietnam and coffee together, but I guess it makes sense due to its location! You just don’t hear much about Vietnamese coffee beans! This plantation also looks beautiful! Sounds like a fantastic trip.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:22h, 09 February

    Hi Brianna. Yes, we didn’t until we visited.

  • Tatum Skipper
    Posted at 11:03h, 09 February

    I plan on going to Vietnam sometime this year! I had no idea they were the second largest producer of coffee, that’s so cool! I don’t think I’ve ever even seen coffee from Vietnam? Interesting haha. Looks like a lot of fun!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:11h, 09 February

    Hey Tatum. Have a blast in Vietnam and enjoy the coffee.

  • Brown Gal Trekker
    Posted at 15:40h, 09 February

    2nd largest producer? Interesting. There are so many other well known coffee sources so that’s surprising. In any case, what’s so awesome about coffee tours is the location – it’s always more or less a scenic mountain place which I personally enjoy. This reminds me of my tours in Indonesia of a coffee plantation. I hope to check Dalat when I go to Vietnam – sounds like worth the trip.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:44h, 09 February

    Hey Brown Gal Trekker. I bet the plantations in Indonesia are gorgeous. Its an amazing part of the world.

  • Robin Rue
    Posted at 19:21h, 09 February

    I would love to be able to visit a coffee plantation. This looks like it would be such a great and informative trip.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:22h, 09 February

    Hey Robin. We really enjoyed it for sure.

  • Andrea Broom
    Posted at 22:03h, 09 February

    Visiting a coffee plantation sounds like a dream, I really would love to go. Coffee and me are besties.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:05h, 09 February

    Hi Andrea. That’s funny. We feel the same way.

  • Carol Cassara
    Posted at 01:32h, 10 February

    I’ve never been to Dalat but it would be nice to explore such a lovely place. I think it’s awesome that you were able to tour the coffee plantation. It will make you appreciate the beverage even more.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:33h, 10 February

    Hey Carol. We really do appreciate coffee more. Good point.

  • Sabrina
    Posted at 01:49h, 10 February

    Great post! I’m heading to Vietnam soon so I bookmarked this to my folder! thank you so much for sharing.. gorgeous picture 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:55h, 10 February

    Hey Sabrina. That’s good to hear. Have fun in Vietnam.

  • Ami
    Posted at 02:07h, 10 February

    Coffee estates are so much fun. They are quite refreshing to walk through. Here we have two major coffee counties – Chikamaglur and Coorg, both of which have such lovely coffee stays. Your post reminded me of those.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:11h, 10 February

    Hey Ami. We’d love to visit those places when we visit India.

  • Luca
    Posted at 03:15h, 10 February

    I know there are coffee lovers, but I don’t know if there are coffee haters. If so, I’d be in this category, because simply I can’t even stand the smell of the coffee. And I’m Italian, can you imagine that??? 😀
    Anyway, the fact the Vietnam is the second coffee producer in the world surprised me as well, I thought it was more common in south America so Brazil first and then the others!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 03:33h, 10 February

    Hi Luca. That’s so interesting. I’ve never heard that before.

  • Anna nuttall
    Posted at 08:18h, 10 February

    Beautiful photos – I would love to visit one day. xx

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:22h, 10 February

    Hi Anna. Thanks, hope you can visit soon.

  • Meeta
    Posted at 12:22h, 10 February

    One of the many reasons I would like to go to Vietnam. I see these images and have the aroma fresh brewed coffee – a lovely post and gorgeous images.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:23h, 10 February

    Hi Meeta. Yes, we feel the same way.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 01:12h, 11 February

    Being a caffeine addict, a lovely and strong cup of coffee excites me more than a candle light dinner. Wandering about at a coffee plantation would be so amazing. I would also love to try all the types of coffee variety.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:22h, 11 February

    Hi Sandy N Vyjay. You’re so funny. We did love it there.

  • Angela Zimsky
    Posted at 01:27h, 12 February

    This would be a great trip for my husband and I. He loves coffee and has read many books about it. Im sure he would very much enjoy visiting a coffee plantation.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:33h, 12 February

    Hey Angela. We really enjoyed it as a couple. It was pretty and romantic.

  • Soumya Nambiar
    Posted at 04:20h, 12 February

    I did not know Vietnam was the 2nd largest coffee producer in the world. I am in love with all forms of coffee and like you, I had always associated coffee with brown till I visited a coffee plantation myself. 1$-3$ is still cheap, compared to other parts of the world.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 04:22h, 12 February

    Hi Soumya. Yeah its a great deal and a great experience.

  • Ashley Buchan
    Posted at 01:34h, 13 February

    Wow a very informative article. I’ve had Vietnamese coffee before, but I didn’t realize they made so much of it. This looks like a great day out and at very reasonable prices.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:44h, 13 February

    Hi Ashley. It was a very fun day for sure.

  • Katja
    Posted at 07:22h, 14 February

    I don’t know why but I always thought coffee beans were dark brown… then I realised they get like that because they are dried and roasted. DUH. Great post, lots of information and lovely images 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:23h, 14 February

    Hi Katja. Yes, we had the same connection.

  • Nadine Cathleen
    Posted at 07:25h, 14 February

    Vietnamese coffee is simply the best coffee ever! I love it! I’m such an addict! 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:33h, 14 February

    Hey Nadine. It is really addictive for us.

  • Adam Biernat
    Posted at 07:34h, 14 February

    Really great post! I’ve been there two years ago 🙂 I have fantastic memories of this place :-)! For sure Vietnam is a country for coffee lovers.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:44h, 14 February

    Hi Adam. Yes, it’s easy to make great memories in this beautiful country.

  • Wanderlust Vegans
    Posted at 18:02h, 14 February

    I didnt know Vietnam produced coffee let alone are the 2nd largest producer. Going to a coffee plantation sounds like a great way to get real fresh coffee. It’s so cool to see how it is all done.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:11h, 14 February

    Hi Wanderlust Vegans. Yes it was really interesting to see the inner workings.

  • Davide uTravelShare
    Posted at 10:48h, 15 February

    I think that we area talking about one of the most known coffee plantation of VIetnam!! Big, with amazing scenery and absolutely easy to get renting a scooter from Dalat! I have been there as you guys, amazing experience and what a nice coffee they have!! Thanks for sharing it, 😀

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:55h, 15 February

    Hey Davide. That’s cool. Sounds like you enjoyed it as much as we.

  • Genie Patra
    Posted at 17:44h, 15 February

    I’m actually headed to Vietnam this summer! And traveling with 2 other coffee lovers so I’m definitely bookmarking this for our trip. Thanks for a great post and recommendation 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:55h, 15 February

    Hi Genie. That’s really cool. Perfect timing. Having a wonderful time in Vietnam and enjoy lots of coffee.

  • WhereMonicaGoes
    Posted at 21:11h, 16 February

    I have been to Vietnam twice last year and did the north to south trip, but unfortunately not Dalat. Yes, I have read that the country is a large producer of coffee, but still get surprised to know that it is the second! Would be nice to get a visit to a coffee plantation, but my aim next time is to go to its tea valley!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:22h, 16 February

    Hi Monica. That’s great. We’d love to see the tea valley too.

  • neha
    Posted at 03:24h, 21 February

    I love coffee plantations . The aroma as you pass through one is simply intoxicating. And the fact that you actually stayed on one. That is awesome. I will definitely add it to my list when I visit Vietnam

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 03:33h, 21 February

    Hi Neha. We really do too. Hope you enjoy it as much as we.

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