5 travel notes in highlands Da Lat and Sapa
Sapa cuisine actually has not many snacks or street-side restaurants. Except Europe style or ethnic restaurants, Vietnam-style family meal, Sapa is certainly not a food paradise for food lovers. Sapa is more famous for dishes such as barbecue or stream fish hotpot, sturgeon hotpot. Barbecue is everywhere. But only in Sapa, barbecue brings visitors the most interesting feeling. The barbecue street-side restaurants has many of fresh products. Sapa barbecue usually include meats or fish, beef with mustard leaf, mushrooms, rice, and stream fish. Visitors choose barbecue productsshes, after that restaurant officer will quickly grill it on charcoal stoves in front of you and brings it to you when ready. The weather is hard cold, barbecue is so hot, you will understand why barbeque become the first and only order visitors can think of when be asked by question: Top foods in Sapa to eat?
In Dalat, barbeque is quite different. Dalat barbecue is usually grilled at the table. Each table has a small cooker with a piece of tile above. Meet will be put obove the tile and there is a small bowl under the tile to get oil drops. Dalat barbecue is very diversified, with many type of wild animals like porcupines, moutain frogs..vv .. or even seafood such as octopus, shrimp, etc .. In the cold of highland, it is true that there is nothing better than a barbeque with friends.
Differ from Sapa, Da Lat is not famous only by barbecue. Coming to Da Lat, you must try the dumplings with soy milk, baked rolls or beef noodle rolls, Quang noodle, famous baked ricepaper. Only trying restaurants in Dalat probably take 2/3 of your vacation time already.
2. Exploit tourism
When traveling to Sapa, you will not get much experience from exciting services. Things you can do are to go sightseeing around the town, drink coffee. If you have enought time, you can visit Ham Rong, climb Heaven Gate or go to Cat Cat. You can also discover villages in the mountains.
In Dalat, the city is larger and more beautiful, and there are many places to visit and have fun. You can go to pick strawberries in the garden, visit Valley of Love and row a boat. You can also visit Ho Xuan Huong lake, Cu hill, Than Tho hill, Bao Dai palace …. Attractions in Dalat are very diversified with many exciting activities, so travelers have more choice.
Sapa is referred to cold “paradise” with weather below 5 degrees, the record cold day, mountain covered by white snow. Sapa in summer is cool, winter is very cold. The town is always surrounded and covered by cold mist and snow.
Dalat is surrounded by pine forest in tropical climate, so Dalat is cool year-round. In Da Lat, you can go crazy because it is sunny in middle day, but cold at night. However, the cold of Dalat is dry, with the sun and wind, not wet cold as Sapa.
Coming to Sapa, beside King ethnic in the downtown, you will feel excited to meet local people from the village to trade in town market. Sapa Ethnic often dress in their bright clothes. They often go by groups to sell clothes, rings or simply visit Sapa market.
In Dalat, main ethnic is Kinh, so you will not see colorful scene of ethnic dresses like in Sapa.
Being famous tourist destination, so there are a lot hotels in Sapa Vietnam, from ordinary to luxurious. Most luxurious hotels have “splendid”, “royal” style, while ordinay hotels are usually as everywhere with basic services.
Visitors have more choices for hotels in Dalat Vietnam. You will easily find a hotel with an unique style and a distinct color. For luxurious hotels or resorts, you can visit Lu Tan or Ana Mandara. Lu Tan is so famous because it is not only a beautiful house, but it also has a sense of elegance and warm as home. Ana Mandara, which is a member of the 5 star resort chain, so layout and service are very elegant. For cheaper hotels in Dalat, Bee Pub will make you smile by a funny layout, colorful with friendly feelings from both owners and visitors.
Elegant and tasteful Lu Tan.
Dalat and Sapa are 2 cities of the top favorite destinations of We Choice Awards.