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Langbiang Art Station Homestay

Blake Academy and their teaching assistants were lucky to join a corporate teambuilding tour to Langbiang Mountain. The other group was from a Spa in downtown Dalat.

We all stayed at Langbiang Art Station Homestay located on Dang Gia Street in Dalat. It came as part of the full-day tour, which included all meals and mountain meditation.

We were shown a local coffee processor, Zanya Coffee located in the valley of the mountains. Stunning views were accompanied by a stunning K’ho woman named Lim. Unfortunately, we also met her husband Marion. 🙂 They told us more about coffee than I ever knew. It turns out I had been drinking swill all these years, and now I am hooked on pure specialty coffee.

Our guide Alek from Langbiang Art Station Homestay brought us to our next stop, the hundred year hill. A beautiful stream runs around a large park, which seems absent of all tourists. We were being shown the local spots that we would never have found on our own.

We were then taken to a remote spot inside the mountains. It was so peaceful as Alek led us in teambuilding exercises and we actually hugged a tree.

The Spa Owner said the team felt closer as the day closed. They finished with a meditation and then it was family dinner time.

Our only device of the day was the Vietnamese soccer game while we enjoyed farm fresh veggies and a homemade dinner.

Langbiang Art Station Homestay was a highlight of my trip to Dalat and I’ll be back again when I need to connect with nature and my staff.

Lang Biang Art Station Friend Stay

I was originally hesitant to visit Lang Biang Mountain because of all the terrible Trip Advisor reviews.

Thanks to knowing a friend in the area, I made the journey and was recommended to Lang Biang Art Station.

What a cool experience. For ten bucks a night, they never stopped feeding me and gave me a few complimentary local beers.

I almost forgot to climb Lang Biang and told them that I wanted to still see the tourist area. Na, Ting, and local farm workers insisted I visit their farm and hike a local trail to the peak.

This was the experience every traveler hopes for. I was hanging out with local people and experiencing their food and way of life.

At the farm, Na made a meal after picking the veggies. It doesn’t get fresher than that!

I felt guilty I paid for none of this, but it seems the people here don’t have those monetary hangups and bean-counting we do in The West.

I felt like I had walked back in time and could see how happy these people are with a simple life, disconnected from the meaningless obsessions and materialism back home.  At that moment, a few horses walked by the homestay.

I am hooked on Lang Biang and could see being here often.

Plan yourself a visit despite the tourist traps, and explore the outside areas with Google Maps.

Lang Biang is about a 25-minute drive from Dalat and worth the trip.