Recently, we decided to ride from Nha Trang to Đà Lạt via Omega Pass and come back the following day. This was an interesting trip since we were able to enjoy two of the most popular tourist destinations of Vietnam in just one day! Also, we had the opportunity to see the beauty of Omega Pass, one of the longest mountain passes in Vietnam (33 km).
Nha Trang to Đà Lạt via Omega Pass
Traditionally, a trip from Nha Trang to Đà Lạt would entail going back to Phan Trang (Ninh Thuận) and then crossing Ngoạn Mục Pass on QL27. The total length of such an itinerary would be about 200 km.
QL27C is a new, shorter, and more exciting way to go from Nha Trang to Đà Lạt. Starting from QL1A at Diên Khánh, 10 km south of Nha Trang, QL27C traverses the mountainous districts of Khánh Vĩnh (Khánh Hòa) and Lạc Dương (Lâm Đồng) before joining QL20 at Đà Lạt. The total length of this route is only 130 km.
Omega Pass is a pass on QL27C. Its official name is Khánh Lê Pass. The nickname Omega arises from the fact that the pass has many turns that look like the Omega letter (Ω) of the Greek alphabet.
Nha Trang to Omega Pass
After a filling breakfast at Champa Island Nha Trang, we departed for Đà Lạt at 9.30 am, heading to QL1A via 23/10 Street.
On the way, we went past Long Sơn Pagoda, the most famous Buddhist institution in Nha Trang.
About 7 km past Ngã Ba Thành (Diên Khánh), we turned right into QL27C. From here, it is only a 120 km ride to Đà Lạt on relatively good road.
Kim Phượng Rest Stop is a good place to refresh before maneuvering Omega Pass. Tour buses often stop here, as we would the next day on the way back. You can try the free-range chicken (gà rẫy), a delicious specialty of the house.
There is no clear sign indicating the start of Omega Pass. You only know you have entered pass from a sign that says you are 500 m above sea level.
True to its name, Omega Pass possesses many sharp turns that require great care in handling. However, because the road area is wide and in good condition, there should be no problems if you ride at moderate speed.
One remarkable thing about Omega Pass is that there are so many waterfalls, small and large, along the way. While this may be romantic during dry seasons, this risk of landslides is really high when it rains.
At 1,500 m above sea level, fog can be very thick and visibility greatly reduced. The road surface can be wet and great care should be taken in riding. When we arrived at this point, there was no one else on the road and the scenery was breathtaking. We could not help stopping a few times to take photos!
Omega Pass to Đà Lạt
Down from Omega Pass, we entered the area of Long Lanh Village, which belongs to the sub-district of Đạ Chais (Lạc Dương, Lâm Đồng).
As we approached Đà Lạt, typical highlands scenery came into view: undulating hills, vast pine forests, red basalt soil. The temperature also dropped significantly, reminding us that the city of flowers was very near!
If you like, at 7 km away from Đà Lạt city center, it is possible to pay a visit to Linh Phước Pagoda and then refresh with some Vietnamese coffee at Panorama, a coffee shop that offers, as its name implies, a panoramic view of Đà Lạt.
We arrived in Đà Lạt at 1.30 pm, early enough for a lot more activities after that!