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Perched 1500 metres above sea level on the Lang Biang plateau, the capital of Lam Dong province, Da Lat is Vietnam’s premier hill station, which sprung up as a cool respite for the French from the stifling tropical heat of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Pleasantly sized, it's as easy to get around as it is on the eye. The weather is spring-like instead of tropical hot, the town is dotted with elegant French-colonial villas rather than stark socialist architecture, and the surrounding farms cultivate strawberries, coffee and flowers in place of rice.

Known as "Petit Paris", it's less frenetic than its namesake; the friendly and welcoming urban center has a calm, slow pace and soon gives way to the lakes and rolling green hills with which it is surrounded, a backdrop of misty mountains in the background. Visitors to Da Lat - glad of the respite from the rest of the country's heat - will enjoy its pretty streets, quaint shops and excellent food, spanning the gamut from European to Asian.
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Da Lat will win your heart right from the first moment you set your foot on this romantic town, with verdant pine trees, beautiful faded French holiday chalets , giving Da Lat a charming alpine feel that is only emphasized by the pine forests at its edges.
Khuong Nguyen
Vietnam Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Da Lat

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Hang Nga Crazy House

A free-wheeling architectural exploration of surrealism, Hang Nga Crazy House is a fantastical design. Imagine sculptured rooms connected by superslim bridges rising out of a tangle of greenery, an excess of cascading lava-flow-like shapes, wild colours, spiderweb windows and an almost-organic quality to it all, with the swooping hand rails resembling jungle vines.

Architect Dang Viet Nga was inspired by Gaudi in her design of this wacky building that resembles something from the imagination of Dr Seuss. According to a number of travel sites, the architect herself is also often available on the scene to chat with about her wacky aesthetic.
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Xuan Huong Lake

Created by a dam in 1919, this manmade banana-shaped lake was named after an anti-authoritarian 17th-century Vietnamese poet and has become a major landmark in Da Lat. It is a draw for visitors and locals alike, with beautiful gardens with many flowering plants and trees. The beautiful reflection of willow and peach trees along the banks of the lake is part of Da Lat’s charm and there are restaurants, cafés, shops, accommodation, especially on the northwest side of the lake, considered the heart of Da Lat.
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Thien Vien Truc Lam Monastery

The Truc Lam Pagoda enjoys a hilltop setting and has splendid gardens, where it overlooks the city and the surrounding countryside. The pagoda which can be reached by road via turn-offs from Hwy 20 is the perfect place for a long walk or relaxing afternoon. Go up there by cable car (the terminus is 3km south of the centre, up a short road next to the long-distance bus station) and admire the view from the top – it’s amazing.
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Dalat Palace Golf Club

Home to a number of world-class golfing destinations such as Sacom Tuyen Lam Golf Resort, The Da Lat at 1200 Country Club & Private Estate but the Da Lat Palace Golf Club, built in 1922 for the last emperor of Vietnam Bao Dai to practice his swing is perhaps the grandest and most famous. The views are gorgeous and the cafe serves a range of delicious fare.

The 18-hole Da Lat Palace Golf Club first opened in 1922 and later was abandoned until 1993 when it underwent restoration and has since opened to the public. Famous golfers who have played there included Masa Nishijima and Billy Casper.
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Da Lat Market

Da Lat Market represents the very heart of Da Lat City, a shopping opportunity right in the center. The market is similar to many of Vietnam’s city markets and here the traders come to ply their wares including souvenirs and edible specialities from the surrounding areas; fruit conserves, strawberries candy, avocados and artichokes are among the favorites.

In the evening the roads around the market are closed to traffic and the night market of Da Lat spills onto the surrounding streets. Be sure to bargain as it’s all part of the fun of shopping in Da Lat Market, but do so fairly.
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Da Lat Railway Station

From Da Lat’s wonderful art-deco train station, you can hop on one of the nine scheduled trains for a short ride of about 5km following the historic line to a tiny village named Trai Mat and enjoy the countryside along the way; a minimum of 25 passengers required.

A cog railway (Crémaillère) connecting Da Lat and Thap Cham from 1928 to 1964 was closed due to Viet Cong attacks. Now a Japanese steam train is still on display, and the classy waiting room retains a colonial feel.
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Dambri Falls

130km south of Da Lat located Dambri Fall, one of the highest, most magnificent and easily accessible waterfalls in Vietnam. Clear, cold water runs off the mountains of the Central Highlands and spills over a dramatic, rocky escarpment, falling 70 metres into a large pool before continuing to gurgle down the valley in a series of gentler, terraced cascades. Giant tropical trees surround this grand waterfall, but, unfortunately, so do kitsch decorations and theme park rides.
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Pongour Falls

These beautiful and powerful falls are one of the places you should not miss when visiting Da Lat, with 20 metres high in the mountains and about 100 metres wide in rainy season and are the largest falls in Vietnam. Once here, visitors can hear the echo of the water falling into the lake from a long way away. Fewer tourists venture to Pongour Waterfall given its distance from Da Lat and that means the falls is almost free of tourist kitsch.

It’s possible to climb up all seven levels of the waterfall, bathing in the shallow pools on each tier, but you should be very careful as some sections are slippery and treacherous.

Best Time to Visit Da Lat

Try to avoid visiting Dalat from June-August since this is the peak season for domestic tourism, when city-dwellers from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city look for an escape from the heat and household chores. Also during this time period, Dalat is wet, making outdoor pursuits problematic. The best time to visit Dalat is from in December & February although cold.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
23
Feb
25
Mar
25
Apr
26
May
25
Jun
24
Jul
23
Aug
23
Sep
24
Oct
23
Nov
23
Dec
22
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
8
Feb
26
Mar
56
Apr
169
May
209
Jun
166
Jul
254
Aug
219
Sep
302
Oct
230
Nov
92
Dec
27
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
23ºC
8mm

FEB
25ºC
26mm

MAR
25ºC
56mm

APR
26ºC
169mm

MAY
25ºC
209mm

JUN
24ºC
166mm

JUL
23ºC
254mm

AUG
23ºC
219mm

SEP
24ºC
302mm

OCT
23ºC
230mm

NOV
23ºC
92mm

DEC
22ºC
27mm

Festivals, Events and Seasonal Reasons to Visit

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    During the period from December to February, Da Lat hosts some Flower Festivals, attracting exhibitors and visitors from around the globe. The city looks really beautiful during the festivals.

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Da Lat, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Vietnam Adventure Tour: Kayaking, Hiking & Cycling

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Sapa - Mu Cang Chai - Phong Nha National Park - Hue - Da Lat - Nha Trang - Cai Be - Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam Luxury Tour: Luxury Honeymoon in Vietnam

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An - Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh City

Ideas for Experiencing Da Lat

Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Da Lat, and which use the best local guides.
Da Lat Countryside Exploration Day Trip
Come and explore the area near Da Lat today! This trip will bring you go to some truly beautiful and peaceful places. Visit pagodas, flower villages, vegetable farms, a coffee plantation, and a silk weaving factory where you can see the process of making silk.
Canyoning in Da Lat
One of the best ways to explore all Dalat’s beauty, canyoning is the combination of sightseeing and plenty outdoor activities. This one-day trip starts to the south of Da Lat City.
Ostriches Ride in Da Lat
Prenn Waterfall is not just another pretty site to visit in Da Lat. It offers many interesting activities including ostrich rides. Its pretty setting, amongst pine trees at the bottom of the Prenn Pass.
Pinhatt Mountain Hike
The hike will take you along a gentle path through the amazing ecosystems and terrain, pine forested hills, jungle, valleys and lakes that make Da Lat become an ideal place for tourists. Beside its nature, some remote ethnic villages and farms will be visited.
City Tour of Da Lat
Follow your guide to discover the highlights of Da Lat and find out why this charming cool retreat is called Le Petit Paris. Visit pagodas, ethnic minority villages, vegetable farms, and a coffee plantation. Stop at a silk factory to see the process of making silk. See a beautiful train station from the 1930s, visit Linh Phuoc village and vegetable farm, and marvel at the greenhouses of a flower farm.