Dalat – Set amidst valleys, lakes, waterfalls on top of a 4,900 feet mountain, Dalat Vietnam has all the ingredients for a lovely vacation. It was established during 1897 by Alexander Yersin, a French scientist, as a holiday resort for French commanders tired of the tropical atmosphere of Vietnam. The memory of its establishment remains even till date in the ruins of the colonial mansions and in the lovely pagodas built during that time. In the recent years, Dalat in Vietnam is one of the most popular of the Vietnam tourist attractions especially for the honeymooners(Dalat).

The tourist attractions in Dalat, Vietnam comprises mainly of the natural beauties like lakes, waterfalls and parks. There are also few pagodas in this region which are worth a visit. Some of the popular places of interest in Dalat are:


Dalat City

Dalat History

The first person to explore this region was Mr. Nguyen Thong. Approximately 25 years later, in 1893, Dr. Yersin, a French immunologist discovered Dankia high lands while on an expedition to the Langbian high lands. Dankia is 10 km from the city of Da Lat. This region reminded Dr. Yersin of his homeland, and particularly the similarities between Da Lat’s evergreen forests and those in the Swiss Alps. He made the recommendation to the government to form a resort town with health spas for government officials and foreign dignitaries in Dankia.

Not long after, Dr. Tardiff, also a French citizen, had an expedition through this region and visited Dankia and Da Lat. He recommended Da Lat to the government due to the favorable water source and locale. At the time, South Vietnam was under French rule, and was known as Cochinchina. The Governor of Cochinchina personally visited Dangkia and Da Lat and decided to take Dr. Tardiff’s recommendation(Dalat).

What to do
Activities in Dalat include a stroll around Xuan Huong Lake (or better yet, a trip around the lakes by horse riding) and visits to nearby waterfalls. Other attractions include the Dalat flower garden, the “Crazy House”, Bao Dai’s Summer Palace, the Railway Station and the “Valley of Love” park. Most tourists spend their time exploring the beautiful countryside by foot, motorbike or bicycle

Dalat is also becoming one of interesting destinations for outdoor adventure activities including trekking to the nearby minority villages, cycling, canyoning, kayaking, rock climbing and rappelling(Dalat).

In addition, with cool weather and the 18-hole Dalat Palace Golf Club, Dalat is a popular site for golfing.

When to go?

Dalat has pleasant weather year-round, even sunny during much of the rainy season (April to November). The average maximum temperature is 24C and average minimum temperature is 15C. Ideal weather in Dalat is from November to March, when the air is fresh and cool(Dalat).

Restaurants & Bars in Da Lat

The choice of decent eateries in Da Lat is limited compared to other popular Vietnam tourist destinations. Very few places cater to western tastes and even some of those that try don’t succeed. Asian food of course is easier to find.

A stroll around Ho Xuan Huong lake at night could be finished off with a seat either on the outside decking or inside the restaurant at Thanh Thuy, or Bluewater Restaurant. Sitting on the waters’ edge, this version is a third attempt at getting the old building right, and finally they pulled it off. The outside decking is popular with locals to sit, laugh and drink. The menu covers a range of Western, Vietnamese and Chinese food — the Chinese options are especially extensive. Across town high up on the fifth floor is Mountain Town. The best thing about eating here is the view across the lake and the city below as the food is hit and miss. The menu also serves a selection of Western food as well as a full Vietnamese menu.


Xuan Huong Lake

Xuan Huong Lake:

It is a lovely lake in Dalat which stretches for nearly 5 kilometers. This lake was created from a dam project which got destroyed by a storm and then the current Xuan Huong Lake was built in its place in 1935. Here you can rent windsurfing boards and paddle boats to take a spin around the river, though most people generally prefer taking long walks around(Dalat).

Valley of Love:

It is the popular name for Thung Lung Tinh Yeu Park, located about 3.2 kilometers away from the town centre. This is nice place for taking leisurely strolls and it also has a small lake where boating can be done(Dalat).


Valley Love

Ho Than Tho:

It is popularly known as the Lake of Sorrow after an age old myth of a young girl having drowned here for her lover. This lake is very popular among the honeymooners.

Prenn Fall:

Situated at the bottom of the Prenn pass, nearly 10 kilometers from Dalat, this place is well known for its flora and fauna. People generally come here to see its wildlife.

Gougah Fall:

About 40 km away from Dalat, this waterfall has naturally separated water ways at the center of the fall.

Lat Village:

This is the village of the Co Ho people, with a huge cement sculpture of a chicken at its centre.

Chicken village:

Famous for its giant concrete chicken caught mid-strut in the village centre. Lang Dinh An has become very popular with travellers because it’s conveniently situated on the highway, 17km from Dalat. The village is home to about 600 people of the Koho minority, who were enticed down from the hills


Chicken Village

Linh Phuoc Pagoda:

It is a very contemporary pagoda housing a statue of Buddha made of gold and also has a very fascinating garden around it.

Dalat Central market:

It is bustling with activities. Unlike most market in Vietnam, Da Lat’s market has an open promenade where people can walk about. At the end of the promenade is a stair leading to the Le Dai Hanh Street, one of Da Lat’s major thoroughfare.


Dalat Market

Lang Bian Mountain

Also called Lam Vien Mountain, it has five volcanic peaks ranging in altitude from 2100m to 2400m. Of the two highest peaks, the eastern one is known by the woman’s name K’Lang while the western one bears as man’s name, K’Biang.


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