Europe? No. This is in Da Lat, Vietnam!
Back in 2019, I was searching for a place to stay in Bali. I was to get married in February 2020 and I wanted to travel out of the country for our honeymoon. We had been to Bali in 2018 and we originally planned to go back, but as I was mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook feed, I saw an ad from an airline announcing that they had just started rolling out flights to Da Lat, Vietnam from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The ad showed this beautiful resort that sort of looked like a European village.
So, I booked flights for Cebu to Kuala Lumpur, then for Kuala Lumpur to Da Lat. And that’s how we ended up in Dalat Wonder Resort!
Da Lat is located in the Central Highlands of southern Vietnam. It is called the “City of Eternal Spring” because of its distinctive cool climate. And because of this, they have plenty of flowers EVERYWHERE, especially hydrangeas! During our tours, we saw a lot of farmlands too.
Dalat Wonder Resort also has its own farm inside the property. They had all sorts of fruits and vegetables, which I believe are used in the dishes they serve to their guests. It was a lovely sight to see during our afternoon walks.
Our suite was really nice and spacious, but my favorite thing about it was that it had a nice view of the lake and the neighboring villas.
My second favorite thing was the turnable TV holder, which gave us the option to watch movies from bed or from the couch.
We had a bit of a laugh when we were looking for the air conditioner as soon as we got inside the room and realized there wasn’t any. Turns out it got super cold at nighttime and we had to turn the heater on. We didn’t even use the ceiling fan that much.
The resort is huge, but they have shuttles that can pick you up from your villa if you want to go to the reception area, which is where the restaurant and pool also are.
If you’re considering this place for your future travels (when this pandemic is over), one of the easiest ways to book your stay is through Agoda.com.
Each morning, we would wake up for breakfast at around 7 or 8 a.m. and just take our time eating, talking, and enjoying the view. The resort had a buffet breakfast, so yes, we took our time. Haha. The food was okay, but I loved that they had homemade yogurt every morning and sourced most of their ingredients from their own farm. I might have eaten way too much passionfruit and yogurt while we were there!
We weren’t in a rush to head out as our tours usually started at around 9 or 10 a.m. and all we had to do was wait for our cab driver to pick us up and take us to wherever we wanted to go.
With the huge expanse of land that it occupies and the way they developed the area, Da Lat Wonder Resort is a tourist attraction on its own. As most of our tours finished at around 3 p.m., we would spend the rest of the afternoon walking around the resort to soak in the sights and enjoy the cool wind. It was nice. Everything about this place felt like time slowed down.
Each sunrise painted the sky with such beauty; the view was surreal. I would look out the window and I couldn’t believe I was standing right there. And at the end of each day, we were greeted with equally beautiful golden colors of the sunset.
Because we were busy with wedding preparations, I didn’t have the time to create an itinerary for our 7-day trip. And I’m glad I didn’t. We arrived at our destination without a plan. The only thing that I had pre-booked (apart from the accommodation) was the airport to hotel transfer.
At the airport, I did something that I had never done before: I picked up a flyer.
I booked a private tour as soon as we got situated at the resort. I didn’t even think twice about it. I just wanted everything to be hassle-free. Haha. I’ll make a separate blog post for the tour.
Apart from the anxiety that was brought about by the COVID-19 situation, which was fairly new at the time, our time in Vietnam was mostly stress-free. This trip took place weeks before the lockdown. We were the only Filipinos there too! Haha. Also, I must say that I was quite proud of myself for being able to pack light for a 7-day trip! I didn’t want to pay for additional baggage as we had to take multiple flights. I did what I had to do! LOL
Anyway, see you in the next post. I won’t disappear for two years again, promise! 😉
Just a girl in her late twenties trying to find her way through life. She loves to write, eat, take photos, and freedive. She used to travel a lot and hopes she could do that again when this global pandemic is over.