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Da Lat

The fact of Da Lat being the most popular vacation destination for inhabitants is proven by about 800.000 Vietnamese vacationers.


Founded by French colonists searching for a retreat from the hot humid climate of the delta in 1897 it features mild climate at 1.5km height above sea level. A booming city was rising with its alleys and innumerable villas, most of them still to be enjoyed today. But now there are new modern Vietnamese buildings standing amongst them throughout the city, giving it a special flair in between the cultures.


Visitors from various nations mainly come longing for a soul retreat and the bland climate of the mountains. Lately Da Lat became quite infamous for fans of action sports: Climbing, rafting, abseiling and more outdoor activities are easy access here.


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Visiting the Da Lat market you'll know why the city's alias is "Blossom City": A true diversity of blossoms and flowers are offered throughout the place amidst fruits and vegetables - all is regional. Thanks to the fecundity of its surrounding environment Da Lat has a wide choice and best quality, being exported throughout the country and even internationally. Another highlight here are the markets candied fruits.


Xuan Huong lake

The reservoir lake Xuang Huong was created in 1919 and is the city's center featuring nice restaurants and cafés. There are carriages circling the lake and paddleboats can be rent while botanic garden is worth a visit as well. The golf links in Da Lat are held amongst the best of southeast Asia.


Train station (Ga Da Lat)

The restored station (3km from the center) with its park-alike front garden is the oldest one in Vietnam and a national monument since 2001. Nowadays it's more like a museum with a steam train from 1936 and wagons from the 50s. Today the train only takes the short ride to 7km destined Trai Mat village, where you can take a gaze of a 3.5m high Buddha statue within Linh Phuoc pagoda.


Hang Nga Gallery & Guesthouse (Crazy House)

The "Crazy House" south of the city center is an architectonical masterpiece of Da Lat. Several buildings appear to be organic structures and are connected by stairways and bridges - you'll find yourself amidst a fantasy film. Every room has its own character. If you want you can spend a (very expensive) night here. The architect Dang Viet Nga is the daughter of former president Troung Chinh - so that's why officials allowed the building to be build (thanks!).


Dinh 3 (summer palace of Bao Dai)

This villa style palace is the last residence of emperor Bao Dai and to be visited by tourists. The villa is quite modern for its age (built in the 30s) since it was the imperial summer residence. Sightseeing it will showcase to you how the emperor and his family used to live.


Provincial museum Lam Dong (Bao Tang Lam Dong)

Besides war remnants from the French and American wars there are also exhibits on the regions ethnic minorities - likewise a stone xylophone that is considered to be the oldest instrument in the world.



A short distance from the market lies Linh Son pagoda (120 Nguyen Van Troi) - the oldest pagoda at the place being raised in 1935. About 20 monks live here and cultivate some coffee and tea paddies. The Lam Ty Ni pagoda (2 Thien My) is inhabited by only a single monk. Through his eccentric type he's got the alias "crazy monk". His calligraphies drawn with a thick brush go pretty well with the tourists. With the money Thuc wants to travel around the world. Tau pagoda is home to three 4m high Buddha statues (being imports from china).


Da Lat's surrounding area

Wide rolling hills and mountains adorned by beautiful valleys and covered with wild forests boast lakes and waterfalls - a true El Dorado for everyone who likes climbing, hiking, kayaking or rafting. Several tour agencies are to be found in Da Lat's city center.


Da Lat: Getting around and transportation



Da Lat's bus station (Ben Xe Lam Dong) lies around 3km away from the city center (on 3 Thang 4). Every hour there's a bus to 360km distant HCMC (~7 hrs.). The Mai Linh Company can be recommended. They also go to Nha Trang, Buon Ma Thout and Phan Rang.

Open bus tours have a pickup at the hotel. Most tours are available in the city center.



The airport is about 30km south of Da Lat and connected through a shuttle bus. Vietnam Airlines fly to HCMC (35 min.) and Hanoi (1 hr.) daily. The airlines bureaus can be found in the city center.

Hotels and accommodation

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River Prince Hotel

135 - 145 Phan Dinh Phung, Dalat City Center, Dalat, Vietnam

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Ky Hoa Dalat Hotel

11 Phu Dong Thien Vuong, Cam Ly Falls, Dalat, Vietnam

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Ngoc Lan Hotel Dalat

42 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Dalat City Center, Dalat, Vietnam

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Saigon Dalat Hotel

180 street 3-2, , Dalat City Center, Dalat, Vietnam

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Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa

Le Lai Street, Ward 5, Dalat City Center, Dalat, Vietnam

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Dalat Palace Luxury Hotel & Golf Club

12 Tran Phu Street, Dalat City Center, Dalat, Vietnam

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Best Western Dalat Plaza Hotel 2013-06-25

Perfectly situated in the heart of Dalat City, facing towards Xuan Huong Lake and the Light Park, Best Western Dalat Plaza Hotel’s harmonious design and decoration is found within luxurious comfort throughout the rooms and facilities. Fitting corporate and leisure travelers, the hotel offers a...

La Sapinette Hotel Dalat 2013-06-25

La Sapinette Hotel Dalat has a unique concept combining a first class hotel in traditional French Art Nouveau design with a modern commercial center, featuring hundreds of retail, food & beverage outlets as well as a wide range of recreational activities. It is due to set the trend for future...

River Prince Hotel 2013-06-25

The 4-star River Prince Hotel is the perfect place to relax in comfort and style. The professional and friendly staff will help you to experience the place they were born: Da Lat – the harmony of nature and men.

Dalat Edensee Lake Resort & Spa 2013-06-25

There is a place which is veiled in the peaceful aura of the silent highland and the silky scent of its wild flowers and plants. There is a place with small paths that wind around pine-sprang led hills like the mysterious sound of the spring that comes along with the breath of the wind. There is a...

Dalat Cadasa Resort 2013-06-25

Connecting past, present and future, Dalat Cadasa Resort is a complex of French villas, each designed in a different style that portrays the ancient architecture of northern France.

Golf 3 Hotel 2013-06-25

Golf 3 Hotel is an exquisite hotel and most common stop for merchants and delegations of Vietnamese and international high-ranking visitors staying in Da Lat. Our professional service system recreates the visitor’s inspiration and supports a good start into the day.

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