Da Lat

Dalat is located in Lam Dong province, approximately 200 km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. At an elevation of 1,500 m, Dalat bears the look of an Old French city. It was founded in 1897 when Doctor Alexandre Yersin recommended that the area be developed as a resort town.

Dalat has many natural and artificial lakes such as Ho Xuan Huong, Than Tho, Da Thien, and Tuyen Lam bordered by lines of pine trees, which are a well-known feature of Dalat Vietnam.

A trip to Dalat is not complete until one goes to the Dalat Flower Gardens. The temperate climate of Dalat is suitable for flowers such as orchids, roses, lilies, and camellias.

Nowadays, tourists not only limit themselves to Dalat; they also visit the area of Langbian Highland and the ethnic minorities. Langbian Mountain’s highest peak at 2,165 m is very tempting for climbers. From Lom Bieng Klo peak, one can see endless green mountains reflecting the silver rays of the sun. Many tours are organized in the area, including parachuting and climbing.

Dalat travel guide

Telephone Code: 063

Dalat, the city of Eternal Spring, is the main city of Lam Dong province in the Central highlands of Vietnam, some 300 km north of Ho Chi Minh City.

When to Go

The temperature in Dalat varies distinctly between areas and the greater the height, the lower the temperature. The annual average temperature is around 18 - 25 oC.

Where to stay

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Getting there

Flights: Vietnam Airlines has daily short flights between Dalat with Ho Chi Minh City, and there is also one flight per day between Dalat and Hanoi. The airport is around 30 km south of the city.

Car & Bus: It is also possible to reach Dalat by bus or car.  From Dalat, it takes approximately 4-5 hours to Nha Trang (205km) and slightly longer to Ho Chi Minh City (308km). Public buses, as well as the popular tourist buses, run both of these routes with stops.

Must do:

Stroll around the Xuan Huong Lake (or better yet, a trip around the lakes by paddle boats).

Enjoy a game of golf at the oldest and most grand course in Vietnam.

Do bicycling tour around the city, to the lake, the market, the tower, the gardens and wherever you want. Double-bicycles (for couples) are also available.

Ride a horse in the park.

Admire the waterfalls around town.

Take your time in Love Valley , the most romantic place in Vietnam. Visit Bao Dai's summer Palace, Truc Lam Thien Vien (by cables).

Dalat is also becoming one of the homes for Vietnam's outdoor adventure activities, including trekking to the nearby minority villages, cycling, rock climbing and rappelling.

Highlights

Xuan Huong lake

Lake of Sorrow or Lake of Sighs

Bao Dai Summer Palace