Cog railway: Krong Pha – Da Lat

Hike along abandoned French railway tracks, through stunning mountain landscapes, and listen the stories from the old train worker man about this legend cog railway.
Historical cog railway that connect Krong Pha and Da Lat is one of only two cog railway in the world (one in Vietnam and other in Switzerland). Approved by the French administration in 1898, and construction began on the Thap Cham – Krong Pha section in 1908 as Doumer’s ambitious plan. The first trains began to use this portion of the line in 1916. The rest of the Thap Cham – Krong Pha section opened in 1919, completing the first phase of construction.The second phase took comparatively more time to complete, due to the mountainous terrain inland from Krong Pha. Although the following section, from Krong Pha to Eo Gio (Bellevue), was only 10 km (6.2 mi) long on a map, its steep grade required the use of a rack and pinion system. The Krong Pha – Eo Gio section was completed in 1928. The next section, from Eo Gio to D’Ran, was relatively flat, and was completed in 1929. From Đơn Dương to Tram Hanh (Arbre Broyé), another length of rack rails was laid, was completed in 1930. The railway tracks finally reached Da Lat in 1932. The section linking Krong Pha to Da Lat was only 43 km (27 mi) long, but rose almost 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) along a winding route with three rack rail sections and five tunnels. Da Lat Railway Station, one of the first colonial-style buildings to be built in the area, was completed in 1938. The railway of Krong Pha – Da Lat has played an important role in the strategy of building Indochina nursing station and the capital of French colonialism at Da Lat.


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Cog railway: Krong Pha – Da Lat


The tour departs every Friday evening with the group of minimum 9 pax and maximum 15 pax. In case you need a private tour, Simple Backpackers are pleased to serve all your needs with the demand of flexible time.

20h30        Pick-up at the East Bus Station (address: 292 Dinh Bo Linh, Ward 26, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City). Tour guides help you find your seats and arrange your luggage
21h00        Departure to Phan Rang

Customers will be advised and guide how to travel in other areas.

Pick-up information will be updated directly 3 days before departure by email and phone.

  • Arrive Phan Rang bus station, transit to Krong Pha
  • Breakfast and ready to start journey
  • Start at Krong Pha old Railway station, follow the track of cog railway
  • Go through tunnel #1 and #2 is abandoned in jungle
  • See by eyes remnants which were proof of history for a golden age
  • Arrive Eo Gio (Bellevue) Railway station and transfer to Cau Dat
  • Check-in homestay and enjoy dinner
  • Take a deep rest.
  • Wake up and catch the stunning dawn with cloud in Cau Dat Farm
  • Have breakfast and sip morning tea | coffee
  • Continue the journey. Go through tunnel #3, #4 and #5 and stations along the track. Tunnel #3 is the longest and wet in almost time of the year
  • The journey is end at Trai Mat railway station
  • Transfer to Da Lat city and enjoy small party
  • Free and easy at Da Lat city
  • Catch night bus and back to HCMC

The bus will arrive at Saigon around midnight, depending on the actual traffic situation.

Congratulations! You have completed the journey.


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  • Professional tour guide and support (1 for 2 or 4 tourist)
  • Transpotations
  • Accomodation
  • Food and drinks
  • Survival kits and first-ad
  • Domestic travel insurance (Up to 100 million Vietnam Dong for each package)

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Essential items Note
Identification Passport, insurance health care, ATM card
Water Each tourist has 1,5 liters of pure water per day. Carry more as your need but should not exceed 3 liters
Trekking / Hiking backpack The hip belt ensures all-day carrying comfort. The size is at least 25 liters to carry all your items.
Important note: Rain cover for your backpack must be available
Trekking / Hiking shoes Do not use worn down shoes that can cause sideslip. No running or walking shoes.

Recommend to use trekking / hiking shoes (vibram) with size of the shoes is bigger than normal 1 size. Good drainage is preferred.

Sport clothes Comfortable for trekking activities. No pants, short pants or jeans
Sleeve cover, scarf, hat, widened harness belt

At least one more long socks in case wet.

Widened harness belt prevents you from insect crawling into your clothes. Sleeve cover, scarf and hat keep your skin safe from sunburn.

Rain cover Keep your body dry through heavy rain
Coat The temperature at campsite may drop down at night and early morning.
Waterproof bag Cover all your clothes and electronics before putting into your backpack
High energy snack and drink Depends on your need. (such as: chocolate, energy bar, snack,...)
Health care for individual as doctor's advice Any issue of your health condition must be approved by your doctor within personal drug treatment.

Option items:

  • A personal slipper for activities at night.
  • Personal camera
  • Torch
  • Charger

Transfer 100% of the total price is required to secure your reservation and for well preparation (Deposit of 500,000 VND is available for reservation). Once the booking has been processed, you will receive a Reservation Confirmation email that outlines a summary of your booking. Please review the information carefully and contact us if you have any questions or require any changes.

Cancellation (backward from the departure day)
  • Before 10 days: return 100% attending fee
  • Before 7 days: return 50% attending fee
  • Before 5 days: return 10% attending fee
  • From day 4 to departure day: not return
Postponement or change tour: (backward from the departure day)
  • Before 10 days: Free
  • Before 7 days: surcharge 40% attending fee
  • Before 5 days: surcharge 70% attending fee
  • From day 4 to departure day: as cancellation and make new registration. Pay 100% attending fee

Note: Customers will be returned or surcharge the difference of cost between two tours

  1. Being responsible for your health conditions and were instructed to participate in the tour.
  2. Being responsible for any health problems to treat that may cause danger during your participation in the tour and being approved by your doctor that you can participate in this tour.
  3. Being noticed that trekking can cause several unwanted injuries and you accept that may occur during your participation in this tour.
  4. No tree cutting and No hunting. Do not leave in the campsite at night. Using torch and moving safely while going around campsite at night.
  5. Go above the first tour guide or go behind the last tour guide is prohibited. Do not leave the team without permission of tour leader or inform any tour guide.
  6. Keep the environment clean. No littering. All organic or inorganic waste will be handled by our tour guides.
  7. Do not swim in the ocean, river, stream, lake, or enter the dangerous area without your tour guide's consent and without protective equipment.
  8. Inform the nearest tour guide as soon as you need help or something goes wrong.
  9. Not carry explosives, chemicals that affect the forest habitat.
  10. Follow the guidance of the tour guide team when participating in activities. Comply with the decisions of tour leader when problem occurs.
  11. Comply with the the laws of Vietnam.

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