Working on your Vietnam itinerary and afraid it’s going to be loud, busy, and motorbike-filled? Discover why more and more travelers are putting Da Lat, the country’s most romantic city, on their list of must-sees. Offering a rich variation in types of accommodations, from cheap homestays to luxe resorts, let us show you why we think you shouldn’t miss this city. Especially if you love flowers, coffee, or both (and who doesn’t!)
Welcome to Vietnam’s capital of romance, Da Lat
Centrally located and offering rare cool temperatures, clean air, and friendly faces all year around, Da Lat is a place that many travelers, both local Vietnamese and from abroad, cherish. It’s a romantic place, with flowers as far as the eye can see, a beautiful lake that offers stunning sunsets, and a generally laid-back vibe that makes every moment so easily enjoyable. Just spending a day or two here will help you understand why the Vietnamese refer to this town in the mountainous highlands of Vietnam as “Little Paris” or “Honeymoon City”.
While tourism is increasingly a big draw for the capital of Lam Dong Province, it rarely feels “touristy”. Instead, it often looks as if you have landed in a relatively untouched place. Locals still live the life they would otherwise live, seemingly unphased by the few foreign faces walking around their picturesque streets.
The main attractions in Da Lat are sporty adventures, flower fields and coffee farms outside of the city. This allows the town itself to remain a gentle, calm, and relaxing place. And accommodation mirrors this in every single aspect. From budget-friendly small homestays all the way up to private luxury cabins with sweeping views, Da Lat has it all.
Budget: well-designed homestays and hostels
Because Da Lat is relatively small, and quiet throughout, it’s not hard to book a stay inside the action. Since you come here for a relaxing change of scenery, you almost can’t go wrong. Of course, if you still want to connect with as many people as possible, the options are always there, especially in hostels and homestays.
In fact, Da Lat is known amongst locals as the city of “a new homestay every two weeks.” The sense of rest and relaxation comes through in even the most affordable options.
Là Nhà Homestay, Da Lat
Nowhere does this idea of a well-designed homestay manifest itself then at Là Nhà (At Home) Homestay, considered the place that made homestays trendy again with Vietnamese youth. Originally an old villa, like the other houses on Hoang Dieu Street, well-known photographer Dinh Ngu took it upon himself to transform it into this highly Instagrammable travelers’ retreat.
Offering both private rooms and dorms, a shared living room and communal kitchen, this will be a comfortable stay in beautiful surroundings that you or your followers won’t soon forget.
Là Nhà Homestay: 77 Hoang Dieu Street, Ward 5, Da Lat
Homepage: Là Nhà Homestay Facebook
Prices start at 150,000 VND or about 6.5 USD
YOLO Camping House, Da Lat
“You Only Live Once”, isn’t that why you’re traveling far from home? Why you embraced this crazy adventure and found yourself prepping for one or more weeks in this country? Well, the people behind Yolo Camping House in Da Lat certainly understand the need to explore. Originally founding the YOLO Hostel N Bar that packs a number of dorm rooms right in the city center, these “lovers of life” launched a whole new initiative called the YOLO Camping House, now about two years ago.
As the name suggests, YOLO Camping House is a hostel and house in one. Yes, you heard that right – this house really does offer the best of both worlds, with fully set-up campsites inside the rooms. And, in line with the camping spirit, you won’t find a TV or other electronics in your room, or should we say tent? You will find the essentials: a comfy bed, a few decorative elements and of course, the tent itself, which you can close like a curtain, in case you want to sleep in a bit after long nightly conversations “under” the starry skies.
With views of the mountains to boot, this place truly is a unique way of spending one or multiple nights in Da Lat. It may be a bit unusual, but then again… you only live once!
YOLO Camping House: 27B Ba Thang Tu, Ward 3, Da Lat City
Homepage: YOLO Camping House Facebook
Tents with rooms for 1-5 people start at 300,000 VND or about 13 USD
Dalat Lacasa Homestay II, Da Lat
Just looking for a good price and a central location? Dalat Lacasa Homestay II will certainly fit your needs. This hostel is well-designed and has everything you could wish for in a stay at this price. Well-done dorms pack several beds in one room but still provide privacy. The solo rooms offer bright, clean and sunny designs, comfy beds, and a sink right in the room. Besides the great layouts, the main draw here really is the location.
Situated on the Thu Khoa Huan Street, all of Da Lat’s main city attractions are within walking distance. Whether you want to pick up some fresh food at the old market or take a stroll alongside the lake, it’s right out your door.
Dalat Lacasa Homestay II: 59 Thu Khoa Huan Street, Ward 1, Da Lat City
Homepage: Dalat Lacasa II Facebook
Rooms start at 180,000 VND or about 8 USD
Exploring beyond your Da Lat “home”
No matter whether you go for a basic homestay, one of Da Lat’s small family-run hotels, or choose for luxury in some of the higher-end places in this mountainous town, there is almost no “wrong” place to stay. Every room will offer you the opportunity to wake up to fresh mountain air, to take a stroll in a place with plenty to discover, and make it your home base to explore further, go on crazy adventures or simply stay put with a good book and a fantastic coffee.
We recommend checking out some of our must-visit places in Da Lat, and of course, since Vietnam is all about eating, the very best street food dishes in Da Lat!
For fans of coffee, there’s literally a whole world out there to explore, since Da Lat houses some of the most famous coffee farms in Vietnam. Check out the best cafes in Da Lat and find out how to make the perfect cup of Vietnamese coffee yourself. Excited to learn more? Go on one of the city’s eco-friendly coffee tours.
Visiting Da Lat during Tet, the Vietnamese New Year? Please take a look at some of our tips for what to do and where to go in Da Lat during Tet. If you are visiting during flower season, check out our comprehensive guide for that and don’t miss out on anything.