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Published: August 1st 2018
I'm happy that I set aside extra time (4 nights) for Da Lat.
It's 15F degrees cooler than much of the rest of the country and the tour buses don't run the show. There are plenty of tourists, but they're spread throughout the city, making it feel relatively authentic
Hiking Langbiang / Dinh Lang Biang Do Cau
Guided tours run around 30USD but you can do it on your own for much less, especially if you have a motorbike. I took a moto-taxi to and from the entrance, which is a good half hour from the city. There are three peaks, and ridiculously unnecessary Jeeps take most tourists to the top of one.
But to hike the trail to the highest peak, I had to walk an hour or so up the paved road, Jeeps humming, squealing and careening by, and then turn onto the trailhead (see photo - it's pretty obvious). From there it's about 4Km to the peak, the last 400m of which is a very difficult, steep, and slippery ascent up partly-washed-out stairs. The summit is a rewarding panorama.
Hike to Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center
It's possible to hike from town to
the southern end of Hoy Tuyen Lam, a man-made lake. A single-track trail through a pine forest pretty much follows the cable car above. I picked up the trail at the end of the road by the Krille Cafe.
At the lake, I followed some more trails, walked around the dam area, and then headed to the temple and meditation center, which were pleasant to walk around and that I think were free. Then I took the cable car back.
There are more photos below.
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