This article is a brief guide to Cau Dat farm, including the history, the best time to visit, things to do, and how to get there.
About Cau Dat Tea Hill
Cau Dat Farm is located in Cau Dat hamlet, Xuan Truong commune, about 25 km from the center of Da Lat city to the Southeast.
The tea hill has an area of 230 hectares, with a height of 1650 meters above sea level.
In 1915, Dr. Yersin discovered Mount Hon Ba, built an experimental station on the top of the mountain, and cultivated varieties including cinchona (treating malaria) and tea.
Cau Dat Farm was officially established in 1927 and covered more than 600 hectares.
During this time, the factory mainly produced black tea, and the product was brought to France for consumption and exported to other countries in Europe.
By 1960, the Vietnam War forced the French to suspend economic activities in Da Lat, and the Cau Dat tea facility fell into the hands of Chinese merchants.
It was not until 1975 that the Cau Dat tea department was officially under the management of Lam Dong province.
Best time to visit Cau Dat Tea Hill
The best time to visit Da Lat is from October to March next year when the weather is cold and doesn’t rain much.
Try to visit the farm early morning or late afternoon (before 9 am and afternoon from 4 pm to 5 pm). At this time, the sunlight creates beautiful scenery.
Things to do at Cau Dat Tea Hill
1. Enjoy the scenery
Not only the tea hill, but the scenery on the way to the tea hill is also beautiful.
There are so many things to see! We love the flower fields, vegetable gardens, roadside wooden houses, winding roads, and pine hills.
Arrived at Cau Dat Farm, we were impressed by endless green tea hills stretching endlessly.
2. Take photos
Cau Dat Tea Hill is the perfect background for your shots.
Don’t forget to bring a camera and keep some most beautiful moments here if you love photography.
3. Explore tea factory
You can travel back in time with the Old Tea Factory with a history of making tea nearly 100 years old.
It’s the oldest tea factory in Southeast Asia that is still operating. The machines were imported directly from Europe, bearing profound historical values.
4. Try tea at Cau Dat Tea House
Don’t forget to stop by the Tea House on your trip to the farm.
Sipping a cup of hot tea while immersing yourself in the green space is a wonderful experience.
5. Get some gifts
Cau Dat Farm is a convenient mini-mall where you can find great gifts for your friends and family back home.
How to get to Cau Dat Tea Hill
If you start from Lam Vien square, the distance is about 25 km, and it takes about 30 minutes to get to the Cau Dat tea farm by motorbike or car.
Traveling by motorbike is a great way to enjoy the scenery along the way.
The price of renting a motorbike in Da Lat is about 90,000 VND / bike/day. If you’d like to rent a scooter in Dalat, the price will be slightly higher (120,000 – 150,000 VND).
From Da Lat city, you can follow these routes to get to Cau Dat tea hill:
- Starting from BigC supermarket (Lam Vien Square) – Da Lat
- Follow Quang Trung Street (4 km)
- Turn right and follow Tran Quy Cap street (500m)
- Turn left to Hung Vuong street and go straight (5km)
- Then turn right and follow the Tu Phuoc – Trai Mat Street (8km)
- Continue straight to the QL20 (6km)
- When you see Cau Dat Market, continue straight 3km
- Turn left to reach Cau Dat Farm
If you travel in a group, it’s better to rent a charter car or a taxi. A local driver knows the way better, and you can ensure a stress-free trip.
A 4 or 7-seat charter car price is from 900,000 to 1.3 million VND/ car for 8 hours or a day.
Attractions near Cau Dat Farm that you should not miss
Before or after visiting Cau Dat Tea Hill, you should also see these landmarks.