Travel to Da Lat, Vietnam
Da Lat might be the opposite of what you imagine when you picture Vietnam. There’s no sticky, oppressive tropical heat. Since French colonial times, Da Lat has been a popular place for holidays. French people used to travel to Da Lat, fleeing the heat of Saigon and other Vietnamese cities which can be very hot and humid especially during summer, to get average daily temperatures between 15°C and 24°C.
Today, the city has a European atmosphere due to the French old holiday houses mixed with a slightly kitsch Vietnamese touch. Many people call it “Le Petit Paris” and the city even features a mini-replica of Eiffel Tower in its center. Da Lat is famous for its wide variety of flowers, vegetables and fruit as well as countless natural sites.
Travel to Da Lat – Things to do
Travel to Da Lat – Places to visit
Tuyen Lam Lake.
Located 6km south of Dalat city center, it is considered the most beautiful lake in Southern Vietnam. It is surrounded by green pine trees. It is an ideal spot for lunch or camp by the lake.
You can enjoy many activities there such as fishing or boating.
Situated about 50km from Da Lat, Pongour is one of the most famous and beautiful waterfalls in the province.
Tip: to avoid to be charged 30 USD and more per each person for a tour, rent a motorbike (5 USD) or, with four other people, rent a private car with a driver for one day (75 USD)
Good to know: While traveling to Da Lat, you can also enjoy a tour to the Elephant waterfalls !
Linh Phuoc pagoda . Also called Dragon Pagoda, it has a unique architecture. All of its surface is covered by mosaics. The walls, ceilings and statues of mythical creatures are made of thousands of small pieces of broken terracotta, porcelain and glass.
Travel to Da Lat – Activities
Visit artichoke plantations . Da Lat has the country's largest artichoke cultivation area. Da lat artichoke is not only famous in Vietnam but all over the world. The harvested season of this comestible flower is from May to July. During this period, you can get the best artichokes at the cheapest price.
Artichokes could be dried and produced to tea bags. Artichoke tea is famous for its benefits: reduce weight, anti-inflammatory effect which help avoiding bladder, liver and kidney infections. The locals also used to put artichokes in hotpot soups.
Visit strawberry plantations . For many years, strawberries are one of the specialties associated with Da Lat. You can buy strawberries as a gift for relatives and friends. In Vietnam, the cold climate of the mountains of Da Lat is suitable for the cultivation of this berries. With favorable soil condition and climate, strawberry-growing in this mountain town is well developed and has long become one of the main works of the locals.
Strawberry-picking is becoming a popular activity for tourists when traveling to Da Lat!
Night market. You would find an endless number of stalls. You can find many Vietnamese food specialties at an affordable price, but also flowers, souvenirs, clothes. The market is very attractive and people enjoy the food, the atmosphere, the shows (hip-hop dancing, roller skating, and jainzi, which looks like badminton with feet).
Travel to Da Lat – Where to eat?
Nem Nướng Dũng Lộc. In this friendly place, you can enjoy eating nem nướng, one of Da Lat specialties, which are fresh, roll-your-own spring rolls.
Address: B14 Hoang Van Thu Street, Da Lat, Vietnam
Operating hours: 11AM-11PM, daily
Price: VND 30,000 ($1.5) for one dish
Da Quy Restaurant . The restaurant offers Vietnamese cuisine in an enjoyable location. Most of the popular Vietnamese dishes are on the menu. Da Quy also serves local wine, that is well worth to taste.
Address: 49 Truong Cong Dinh, Da Lat, Vietnam
Operating hours: 9AM-11PM, daily
Price: $$-$$$ for one dish
Liên Hoa Bakery . This bakery is a Dalat institution. It is filled with all sorts of baked goods. Here, you could find the famous Vietnamese baguettes (bánh mì).
Address: 15-17 3 Thang 2 Street, Da Lat, Vietnam
Operating hours: 6AM-9PM, daily
Price: VND 12,000 ($0.5) to VND 20,000 for a bánh mì
Ms Tâm’s Bánh Tráng . Every evening, this old woman starts cooking bánh tráng, which is known to be the « Vietnamese pizza »: a thin circle of rice with various toppings that you choose.
Address: Alleyway between No.32 & 34 3 Tháng 2 Street
Operating hours: 4PM-7PM, daily
Price: between $1 and $3 for one dish
Travel to Da Lat – Where to stay?
For small budget ($):
Redhouse Backpacker Hostel
Located in a very quiet residential area, the hotel offers several possibilities of housing. The staff is very friendly and welcoming. Prices start at 12$ for a double room.
For mid-range budget ($$)
: TTC Hotel Premium Dalat
Situated right next to the central market, you can explore the amazing fruits, flowers, meats and clothing stalls each evening. The place has a good location with major sites such as the Xuan Huong Lake, the Cathedral of Dalat and the Summer Palace all under 1 mile away. Prices start at $40 for a superior twin room.
For high budget ($$$):
Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa
Situated in Dalat’s rural highlands, you can hike around the surrounding area and explore the local countryside. Each villa is furnished with a fireplace and a private terrace.
Prices range from $120-160