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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. Specialty coffee lovers will also want to stop by K’ho Coffee run by an ethnic K’ho family who support local farmers by promoting Langbiang Coffee. Roland will happily show you her farm and offers a comprehensive coffee tour.

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.