Cloud-hunting: a unique must-try experience when in Dalat!
One of the most interesting things that you must definitely make a try when visiting Dalat – the so-called “fog city”, is without doubt to do clouds hunting. The feeling of being immersed in the romantic atmosphere and deeply inhaling the fresh air of nature, admiring the floating sea of clouds will surely be a memorable experience. So, why not let Whatsup Vietnam provide you with detailed instructions on how to get well-prepared for this exciting experience?
1. What is the most suitable weather for cloud hunting season in Dalat?
Early winter – definitely!
However, interestingly having nearly four seasons in a single day, Da Lat is quite cold specifically in the early mornings so actually hunting season is all year round. The freezing cold became more and more intense as the morning dew stroked people’s faces, making the sensitive’s mind entirely immersed in it. However, the dawn of Dalat is very bright and fabulous. The morning sky will be clear with white clouds floating, and the golden rays of sunshine will drop in to visit the mountains.
2. When is the best time to hunt coulds in Dalat?
To date a "Miss Dew" requires visitors to have enough passion and a courage to get out of bed in the early morning. The perfect time to start is at 4-5 AM depending on the distance of the “dating site”. At this time, the sun has not yet dawned, and the ethereal darkness is still surrounding the hills. When you arrive, choose a beautiful view and setup equipment to get ready for watching the sea of clouds.
Photo: Quy SG
The sun will usually show up at 5-5:30 AM. When the sun is seen, dying red a corner of the sky faraway, "Nang Suong" would wake up in the astonishment of the mountains and hills. Hey there! She was so beautiful and gorgeous!
3. What do you need to prepare to have a fulfilled experience of cloud hunting in Dalat?
Transportation: You should rent a motorbike to easily conquer hilly roads because often cloud hunting places are often far away and relatively difficult to move.
Outfits: Because Dalat is often cold in the early mornings, you should bring enough warm clothes: gloves, scarves, wool hats, shoes and coats.
Of course, don't forget to bring the equipments to capture the beautiful moments with the ocean of clouds. If you are going to combine overnight camping, you should also prepare: Tents, insulation, sleeping bags, torches and lighting tools.
And finally, prepare yourself "a lover" or a close friend to get over the coldness and dawn moments are carved deeply into your memory.
4. Top beautiful cloud hunting spots in Dalat
Linh Quy Phap An pagoda
Linh Quy Phap An Pagoda is known as a paradise, hidden in Loc Thanh commune, Bao Lam district and is located on a high hill, surrounded by tea, coffee and other green trees. It has been considered as the mysterious "sky gate" of the Central Highlands, Linh Quy Phap An Pagoda makes visitors surprised by the majestic scenery of the mountains and forests which is the relaxation and purity in the mountains and forests imbued here.
If visitors come here and early morning or late afternoon, they will feel all the beauty of this place. This is indeed is the most ideal hunting place in Vietnam these days.
Da Phu Hill
Da Phu Hill is about 10-12 km from Dalat city center, and it is considered one of the best spots for hunting beautiful clouds in this mountainous town.
Instruction to travel: From Da Lat City, you just need to follow Phan Dinh Phung Street to Langbiang, to the intersection Soviet Nghe Tinh - Dankia - Ankroet, take a turn left onto Ankroet road to the Golden Valley resort. Then, notice a small dirt road, follow a small dirt road, which is next to the asphalt road leading to the tourist area for about a kilometer to reach the foot of the hill. Park your vehicle there and climb up to the hill.
Hon Bo Peak
Photo: Andre Luu
Directions: From the center of Dalat, move to the junction of Thai Phien flower village. Continue to ride along Thai Phien Street, you will pass Thai Phien Market, Thien Lam Pagoda and Thai Phien Primary School. After that, turn onto the road on the side of the elementary school, go on riding and you will find a T-junction, keep going and you will see a high red gate with the words "To dan pho Hon Bo" (which means: Hon Bo residential group). Continue riding for a short distance and you will see many paths leading to the top of Hon Bo.
Thien Phuc Duc Hill
Thien Phuc Duc hill has long been a very famous check-in point in Dalat with a super romantic lonely pine tree. But few people know that this hill is also great hunting place. Thien Phuc Duc hill is located at Ward 7, Dalat City, which is a 10-km distance from the city center Northward. This hill is located opposite Langbiang near Thien Phuc Duc driving school. The fastest way to get around is to go up close to Langbiang and then ask the locals to come to Thanh Mau Church in Ward 7.
Cau Dat tea hill
Cau Dat tea hill is considered a "hunting spot" with a peculiar beauty that no other places have. Coming here in the early morning, you will have the chance to admire the immense greenery tea gardens that appear between these hillsides and the other hillsides in a dense layer of fog along with white clouds gently floating which gives the scene here an ultimately romantic beauty.
Binh Yen house – the house on the cloud
Binh Yen House is a lonely house located in the middle of the hill, surrounded by lush green gardens. If you come here in the early morning, you will admire a sea of white clouds, creating a scene like a fairy-tale place. Note that if you want to do cloud-huntung here, you are supposed to stay at the homestay.
As the name suggests this place is strangely peaceful whose wooden houses having unique thatched roofs, garden full of flowers and grass located next to the beautiful valley in a near distance. In the morning, when the sun appears, every single ray of sunlight shining through the small window, you can try gazing at the mist spreading across the valley gorgeously and stunningly. What a moment in life!
This has been quite well-known and familiar to those who love Da Lat. Panorama Café owns a 360-degree view of the greenhouses below. Coming here in the early morning, you will encounter white clouds softly floating below.
by Quynh Nhi