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Two days is enough for a jam packed adventure with plenty of food, waterfalls, lakes and horses, making Da Lat an ideal weekend getaway.
Da Lat has plenty of activities to take your breath away (literally), from hiking and off-road biking to rappelling down a waterfall and more!
There are three main ways to take the 300km journey from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City - bus, minivan and private car.
But each option comes with several different styles, types and times of travel, so we’re here to give you a detailed breakdown of all the different options. Here are the best ways to get to Ho Chi Minh City from Da Lat:
All buses from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City take between 7 and 8 hours. Here are your options for bus journeys:
Sleeper buses from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City are very affordable, very comfortable and very easy to use. There are many departure times per day, both during the day and overnight. All of these buses have fully-reclinable seats - so you can either sit up or lay down. This allows you to get plenty of shut-eye while you make your way towards Ho Chi Minh City.
This bus from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City is very popular with backpackers who want to save time and money.
This bus to Ho Chi Minh City from Da Lat also has fully-reclinable seats, but it’s a much more luxurious experience. The cabins are separated from one another, typically by a curtain, and they’re all very comfortable, spacious and well-maintained.
Again, these journeys can be taken both at night and during the day. This bus is popular with families and older tourists, as it’s the most comfortable option. Again, most buses have reclinable seats.
The luxury bus from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City is the only option with fully-upright seats. But these seats are very plush and spacious. The luxury bus to Ho Chi Minh City from Da Lat offers a TV in front of each seat. All journeys take place during the day.
This bus is popular with tourists who don’t mind spending a little more money in order to have a little luxury - and those who don’t like the idea of sleeping on a overnight bus.
Minivan trips take between 6 and 7 hours, so they're typically a little faster than travelling by bus. They’re also generally a little more expensive. Here are you minivan options:
If you travel by minivan from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City, your ride will be a little more spacious and a little less noisy than a bus. You’ll also be slightly more comfortable. This option is popular with families. Luxury minivan trips can be taken both overnight and during the day. Minivans are a little more expensive than buses, but still absolutely affordable.
These are even more luxurious than the luxury minivans! They have window shutters, very comfortable seats and beautiful interiors. With these, you pay not for an individual seat, but for the full vehicle. If you’re travelling in a big group, these minivans to Ho Chi Minh City from Da Lat can be a great choice. If you travel via this option, you can choose your own departure time.
Though very expensive, private cars are fairly popular with families and travellers who have a little more cash. With a private car, you can choose your own departure time. Cars are typically slightly quicker than other options, taking just over six hours.
Some buses and minivans have wifi and televisions, but check with each individual listing, as different companies offer different perks. It’s also important to note that none of the rides have toilets. Instead, they stop for toilet breaks along the way. If you hire a full vehicle, whether a car or a minivan, you can decide your own toilet breaks!
A small note: Ho Chi Minh City is also known as Saigon. Though the names are for the most part interchangeable, most people use Ho Chi Minh City.
A small number of tourists choose to fly from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh City. But given the time required to navigate both airports - and the environmental impact - it’s not really a great option. That said, though we don’t currently offer this service, we are working to bring this method to our site as soon as possible.
Though this journey isn’t the most beautiful in the whole of Vietnam, there are still some nice stretches. The winding roads which lead out of Da Lat provide some great views, with verdant greenery and steep drops.
As you approach Ho Chi Minh City, the roads become busier and the buildings become taller, more concentrated and more imposing.
As the journey progresses, you’ll notice how small towns, charming sidestreets and quaint settlements make way to big boulevards, busy roads and towering skyscrapers. Busy and bustling, Ho Chi Minh City is chaotic, congested and fun.
The best time to visit Da Lat is from December to June, during the dry season.
If you visit in the rainy season of July to November, you may be very limited in how you can spend your time. Hiking in this season is an awful experience, and even walking within the city can be unpleasant.
Famous for its cool climate, Da Lat can be a great place to escape some of Vietnam’s heat. Throughout the year, average temperatures sit at around 26C. But because of the altitude, they can feel a little lower.
Whenever you visit, make sure you take some warm clothes. Da Lat at night can feel way cooler than you might expect.
Generally speaking, the best time is from December to March. During these months, temperatures are slightly cooler, humidity is slightly lower, and there’s little chance of rain. Temperatures during this period sit at an average of around 28C.
At other times of the year, temperatures average around 30C. But because of the extra humidity in the warmer months, it can feel a lot hotter.
The rainy season in Ho Chi Minh City lasts from April to October. During this period, heavy downpours are very common, which can be very disruptive and very unpleasant. Humidity during this period is also very high.
Generally speaking, you should try to avoid visiting Vietnam during Tet. The Vietnamese New Year, Tet is a huge celebration. Many businesses and restaurants are closed, so it’s not a great time to be a tourist in Vietnam. The exact dates change each year, but they’re always sometime in January and February - so make sure you check the dates before you visit.