While we were traveling in Vietnam, we were lucky to meet Xuan Truong Nguyen, also known as Kari. He is a 29 year old university student living in Da Lat, who was kind enough to share what he loves most about the city. Read on to learn more about his fairy-tale town!
How long have you been living in Da Lat?
Where are you originally from?
Bao Loc. It is located 100 km south of Da Lat.
What do you like most about Da Lat?
The thing I like most about Da Lat is the low cost of life and the weather. The weather is good all year long in contrast to other cities in Vietnam.
What are your favourite three places to eat?
In general, if I want to eat, I would cook at home but I often go out with my university classmates to try the delicious street food found around the city.
For a delicious beef noodle, you can go to Bún Công 1/1 Phù Đổng Thiên Vương Street, Đà Lạt. It’s near the back gate of Da Lat university and it’s pretty easy to find.
If you want to try pancakes, you can go to Bánh Xèo Quê Hương 10 Phù Đổng Thiên Vương Street, Đà Lạt.
If you’re feeling cold at night, head over to Chè Triều Châu 71A Bùi Thị Xuân Street to try their delicious sweet soup.
What are your three favourite places to have a drink with friends?
In Vietnam, people like to go have a drink at places where they can also have a bite if they get hungry! My go to places with my friends to have a drink at night depend on what we feel like eating!
Goat meat and goat Hotpot: Lẩu dê tư trì -15 Phù Đổng Thiên Vương street, Da Lat.
Beef Hotpot: Lẩu bò sáu hít-19 Phù Đổng Thiên Vương street, Da Lat
Barbecue: Quán nướng Ngói cu đức-6 Nguyễn Lương Bằng street, Da Lat
What are your three favourite coffee shops?
La Viet Coffee: Come here to get to know about real Vietnamese coffee, as well as to learn about the coffee process; from the plantation to your cup!
Address: 200 Nguyễn Công Trứ Street, Da Lat.
Cà phê Anh & Em: It’s located right on the corner between Bùi Thị Xuân Street and Nguyễn Công Trứ Street.
Address: gã năm đại học, Phường 8, Tp. Đà Lạt, Lâm Đồng, Vietnam.
Melinh Coffee Garden: Located on the way to the elephant waterfall (which you must see).
Address: Tà Nung, Dalat, Lâm Đồng, Vietnam
What would you recommend that people visiting Da Lat see? Some things that they must do?
I would recommend people to stay at least for 3 days, and rent a motorbike! You need one day to go around the city centre, a day to make a trip to the country side and the last day to climb the Lang Bian mountain in Da Lat. At the peek, you are rewarded with a very nice panorama of the city. The easiest way to get there is by motorbike and then it’s a 3 hour hike. Don’t forget to bring food and snacks!
Are there any things that a foreigner should know before traveling to Vietnam?
In Vietnam, you will not see Vietnamese people kissing each other on the cheek because it is not seen well. However, it is acceptable for a foreigner to have this behaviour. When I go to the waterfall, I always see foreigners swimming naked and I find it very offensive and disrespectful. Vietnamese people are quite reserved. On another note, riding a motorbike in Da Lat or around Vietnam can be quite difficult, so please ride slowly and be careful. The traffic rules aren’t respected! My last advice for foreigners: always bargain before you buy anything, never settle for the first price!
Let’s find out more about Kari…
Where would you most like to live in the world?
The first country to pops in my head is the Netherlands. I’ve seen some beautiful pictures and landscapes that I cannot get out of my head! In addition, they have the “Lady Dutch” milkmaid. I love everything related to agriculture!
What’s the most reliable source of travel advice?
Friends and grown ups that have some kind of traveling experience to the destination I’m interested in are a very good start, but I tend to go online on various websites where I can find all the information I require. University acquaintances come from all around the country and that is my other way to get information.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Enthusiastic, Friendly, Caring and Hospitable
Thanks to Kari for sharing his advice. We’re sure it will enrich your next trip to Da Lat, Vietnam!