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“Colonial design”

Dalat Railway Station
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Owner description: In its heyday, Dalat Station boasted three arrivals and departures daily. The French built the railway station itself, while the zigzagging tracks were planned and implemented by the Swedish, experts in tricky terrain.
Reviewed January 27, 2014

A really nice design from the colonial period that is still amazingly remains until today. Try the short route of Dalat - Trai Mat to see how the train works. The only thing that matters is the staff doesn't know English so well, so it might be hard for further info of other routes.

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Reviewed January 26, 2014

Ordinary French architect stopover station between Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, enjoy coffee in small little cafe on the old train.

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Reviewed January 25, 2014

The station on its own is not worth a special trip really. It has some of its original features, including the building itself, the leather seating in the waiting area and a steam engine and carriage restored and converted to an on-the-tracks cafe. As has been mentioned in other reviews, it would be great to see an historic exhibition about the station and the original train route. This would be relatively cheap and easy to do. We visited on Friday and Saturday 24 and 25 January and train journeys in this season are dependent on a minimum number of 20 passengers (although looking at other reviews, this figure varies). The ticket office staff are surly and disinterested. The cafe staff were, however, lovely. Despite the warning signs, tourists climb on the cafe's steam engine and the diesel engine of the working train. We saw two wedding photo shoots which are popular here.
We got the 09:50 train on the Saturday for 124k VND per person, which includes a return ticket and a complimentary bottle of water. The train is spacious with wooden benches on either side. The journey took 30 minutes, through the edges of Dalat onto rural areas where fields and greenhouses occupy every inch of space to grow local produce of fruit, vegetables and flowers. The train terminates at a town called Trai Mat, home to the Linh Phuoc Pagoda. After exiting the train you follow the road in front of the train to the right and then take the second road on the left to the pagoda. You have around 40 minutes before the train returns to Dalat. We, however, took the first road on the left and followed it past the residential area and the cemetary. After the cemetary, the road forks. We took the high road, right of the fork along a dirt track to some spectacular views of distant hills and nearer terraces. This walk takes around 20 minutes. We then headed for the pagoda, which you can see along the way, a left turn at the residential area will get you there. We also stopped for a coffee in town before catching the later train at 12:55, although we believe we were supposed to return on the 10:55. At this time of the year there is always the risk that there will not be another train at 12:55. We did however see local buses to Dalat and there are often taxis hanging around. A fun way to spend half a day if you have a good few days in Dalat.

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Reviewed January 22, 2014

The cafe is great fun and such a lovely train and train ride up the valley to visit the Budda. We felt like real romantics and took some terrific photos in the station and outside

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

This building was built to serve the railroad by the French colonialism. It has been nicely restored and now serves as both a museum and a stop for the short haul tourist train, which we skipped.

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