For a city that takes property development at a snail’s pace, Dalat's prominent cable car Robin Hill to Truc Lam Monastery is a relatively modern investment. The cable car is VND 50,000 for a single ride and VND 70,000 for a round trip, with 2.4 km covered each way.
At Robin Hill (VND 5,000 for parking) you trudge up a few sets of steep steps around a mural to the cable car facility. A modish coffee shop area sits on the grounds, withviews of the colorful city to one side and mountain forests on the other. There is also a garden, gift shop and Leguda Café upstairs.
The gift shop has some cool knick-knacks that you can pocket for moderate prices. Bracelets are around VND 20,000, cowboy hats are VND 100,000, decorative toothpick holders VND 30,000 to 80,000 and ceramic statues ranging from VND 200,000 to VND 600,000.
The cable car itself is modern, well-serviced and quite safe. An attendant ushers you in and the doors close automatically as you descend down amongst pines. As your car slides down the cable, roosters crow below, patchwork farms stretch along the countryside and mountains fold atop one another in the far distance.
Just be careful not to drop your phone when you stick it out the small window to take some scenic shots (or selfies).