Getting there and away
Vietnam Airlines flies once a day to Da Lat from Saigon and four times a week from Hanoi.
Ho Chi Minh City - Da Lat: Mon,Wed,Sat - 10:50. Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun - 07:45. Ticket price: 429,000 VND.
Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City: Mon, Wed, Sat - 12:10. Tue Thu, Fri, Sun - 14:00. Ticket price: 419,000 VND.
Hanoi - Da Lat: Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat - 11.30. Ticket price: 1,420,000 VND.
Da Lat - Hanoi: Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat - 09:10. Ticket price: 1,430,000 VND.
The Vietnam Airways office in Da Lat is found at 2 Ho Tung Mau, T: (063) 833 499, open Mon-Fri 07:30-11:30 & 13:30-16:30 and Sat-Sun 07:30-11:00 & 13:30-16:00.
By November 2007 Da Lat Airport will be ready to take international flights with routes to and from Singapore and Bangkok in the offing.
Bus is usual method of getting too and from Da Lat from any other destination in Vietnam. Open Tour buses leave Ho Chi Minh City at around 07:30 and the journey time is roughly seven hours, ticket price 60,000 VND. Open Tour buses with Kim Travel leave Da Lat for Ho Chi Minh City around 08:00 (seven hours, US$5), Mui Ne (four hours, US$8) and Nha Trang (five hours US$5). For Sinh and Hanh Cafe buses, knock a dollar off these prices.
A new road has knocked around 70km off the journey from Da Lat to Nha Trang -- previously the only route was down to Phan Rang and then up Highway 1. This new road is currently only passable by private car -- buses will have to wait until it is widened in certain parts. By car the journey now takes two and a half hours. With a maximum of three passengers, expect to pay around $65.
Da Lat is small enough to traverse by foot, however some attractions and hotels are a little further out and to get into the hills surrounding the city you'll definitely need some kind of engine. Of course the ubiquitous xe om drivers will satisfy the need for a dash across town. It's possible to hire motorbikes. Usually hotels can arrange this for around US$6 a day.
Thang Loi (T: (063) 835 583) and Mai Linh (T: (063) 511 111) both operate taxis in Da Lat.
Other more novel ways of getting around include a two-person bicycle, costing only 10,000 VND for one hour's entertainment, available on the corner of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and other locations around the lake. Also available are horse-drawn carriages -- they'll take you around the water's edge, 30 minutes, for 100,000 dong (2 pax) or 120,000 dong (4-6pax). They'll also go further afield, for example to the Valley of Love, for 150,000 dong (2 pax), 200,000 dong (4 pax) and to Tuyen Lam Lake for the same price.
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