I am made of photography,stories from the road and a good dose of passion. I am Ophélie, French-born traveler always on the go. My travel photography blog is about sharing my travel experiences, tips and my addiction for adventure. To help you explore countries on your own… as an independent and curious traveller.
This is a short travel story from our road trip through Vietnam, from the South to the North… hectic and full of travel experiences. I chose to share with you my highlight from Dalat… have fun at the Maze Bar!
3 travellers in Vietnam, one city, one tip for you - a fun night out at the Maze Bar in Dalat
This day, me, my addict to travels Spanish friend Laura and our private photographer slash very entertaining Indian travel mate Roy arrive in a city we didn’t even know it existed a few days before – I name Dalat, a hidden town in the heart of the Vietnamese mountains. Dalat is an unexpected travel destination on our road trip itinerary. Since this travel place gets often skipped by tourists (understand here, Chinese ones), I wanted to check it… non touristy travel spots always guarantee you uncommon travel experiences and not less interesting travel stories to tell.
Travel story – how we arrived in Dalat, a hidden town in the Vietnamese mountains
So, here we are… after a 5 hours bus ride from Mui Ne to Dalat, kind of rollercoaster ride, full of turns on winding mountain roads but also breathtaking views on deep green and misty valleys. The feeling of move sickness in a hazardous bus is thus totally worth it.
I will spare you the little fight at the bus station to get ride of the motorbike scammy drivers and finally find a taxi for a fair price.
The taxi journey until the hostel is however worth a note. Our travel story in Dalat is full of funny taxi drivers… who make honour to the Asian way of transporting tourists. Be prepared to be the GPS and have your Google maps ready! He was very nice though and so smiley… not that common in beautiful Vietnam.
To play hide and seek at night... go to the Maze Bar
And now, let’s go for a night out… in this much quieter city than Ho Chi Minh of course, but surprisingly lively enough to go out for a typical street dinner and some drinks.
Even if Laura became this day a perfect Vietnamese pilot driver in the chaotic traffic jam of Dalat, we chose to go out by taxi – or Grab, the Asian version of Uber – and by foot at night. We trust the driving skills of other drivers on the road in Vietnam…not. Drinks also oblige.
Dalat in Vietnam surprised us by its kind of medieval European old town aspect. It’s very nice to walk at night in the city centre. The lightened streets – you feel like in the middle of a Christmas tree in September – combined with the food, clothes, made hand Vietnamese goodies stands and other unidentified stuff are very lively. In Vietnam, the night markets are animated – the one in Dalat is also a place to go at dinner time.
A few negotiating sessions later on Dalat’s night market, led by Saurav our hard core negotiator, we finally found a place to eat – street food on the night market is not the cheapest but it’s for sure an experience marked by smells, laud talks and laughers, Pictionary sessions with the Vietnamese waiters to explain what we want to order. Because we all needed a drink after this chaotic day, we ended up at the Maze bar… definitely an uncommon place to visit. It is from outside a small bar squizzed between two other buildings. But don’t mind that. The interior will astonish you. Indeed, the Maze Bar is the only bar where you can play hide and seek… while listening to nice electro and deep house music. Spend the night to explore hidden floors and corners, meet the purple octopus… taking selfies has never been so fun!
Travel Tips about the Maze Bar, Dalat
How to go to Dalat
By bus: from Mui Ne – 5h – combo open ticket (cheaper) at any travel agency / one way ticket (10$)
From Nha Trang: bus 4h (5-7$)
What to do in the Maze Bar
Hide and seek!
Listening to chill electronic music
Taking original selfies and photos with your friends
Admiring nice underground art on the walls and the ceiling
The Maze Bar’s opening time
From 4pm to 1am
How to go to the Maze bar – also known as 100 roofs bar
– Located at 57 Phan Bội Châu, Phường 1, Dalat
Near the lake and the night market – about 10mn by foot
– From the central train station, go on Nguyen Trai Street, then the second right from the roundabout to Le Thi Hong Gam Street before continuing on Phan Boi Chau
– By taxi: book a cab on the app Grab
Mix drinks from 6$ – more expensive than Vietnamese standard drinks but free entrance to the bar – you buy the drinks directly at the entrance
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