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Visit Da Lat: The ultimate guide

Endowed with all-year-round temperate weather, romantic pine tree forests, awe-inspiring flower fields, French boulevards and villas from the colonial period, Da Lat has long been touted as “the City of Love and Eternal Spring”. Da Lat’s distinctive mild climate along with misty weather constitutes a sense of ethereal beauty, making this small city the ideal destination for escaping vacations away from the busy metropolises.

Here are some attractions that you must visit when you visit Da Lat!

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Top things to do and see in Da Lat

Xuan Huong Lake

A beautiful lake located in the center of Dalat city. Xuan Huong is the name of a famous Vietnamese poet, who lived in the 19th century. The lake is shaped like a crescent moon and is surrounded by lush greenery, creating a tranquil and picturesque setting. Around the lake, there were pine forests, green lawns and flower gardens.

When coming here in the spring, visitors will be able to admire with their own eyes the brilliant pink color of the blooming cherry blossom trees, a vast clear blue sky, and a bit of the chilly feeling of the days of early spring. All of these elements create an incredibly romantic and poetic space.

Tuyen Lam Lake in Da Lat

Than Tho Lake

Than Tho Lake is located about 6 km east of Da Lat city center, along Quang Trung – Ho Xuan Huong road. It is on a high hill amidst a tranquil pine forest. The scenery around the lake is so poetic, the water’s surface is always calm and calm. Pine in Than Tho Lake seems to be more beautiful than other places because of the thinning, higher than the sun should shine down on the beautiful grass.

Valley of Love (Thung Lung Tinh Yeu)

This romantic park is famous for its flower gardens, statues, and scenic views. It’s a popular spot for couples. When coming to the Valley of Love, visitors also have the opportunity to experience exciting entertainment activities for both children and adults and activities for the whole family. Around Da Thien Lake, you can take the train to visit. Besides, there are also adventure games such as horse riding, zip-lining, balancing on cables, and some other interesting activities.

Linh Phuoc Pagoda

Visit this stunning Buddhist temple known for its intricate mosaic artwork, including a 49-meter-long dragon made from glass bottles. The pagoda is formed from millions of intricately mosaic pieces of porcelain and ceramics. Every design detail inside the pagoda – from the majestic dragon head to the three-colored lotus flower – is the creative result of monks, nuns, and Buddhists. Moreover, Linh Phuoc Pagoda not only possesses unique architecture but is also located in a land of flowers with fresh, cool air. Therefore, choosing this as a tourist attraction will bring interesting experiences, helping you have unforgettable moments.

Linh Phuoc Pagoda in Dalat

Dalat Flower Gardens (Lam Vien Square)

Marvel at the wide variety of colorful flowers and plants in these well-maintained gardens. It’s a great place for photography. Coming here, you will admire the vast natural scenery of the famous mountains and enjoy moments of complete relaxation with unforgettable sightseeing, dining, and entertainment experiences. The most suitable time of the year to visit the Lam Vien Cam Mountain tourist area is in 3 months. This is the time when the climate of Cam Mountain is relatively mild. In the morning at Cam Mountain, there will not be too much dew, the air is cool, and at dusk, clouds float in the sky, creating a poetic sunset scene amidst the vast mountains and forests.

Bao Dai Summer Palace

Discover the former residence of the last emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai. The palace offers a glimpse into the country’s history and culture. There is a very special common point that everyone can notice: King Bao Dai’s mansions are almost all located on hills or mountaintops. These mansions all have quite large areas and are surrounded by forests or flower gardens. Each villa is designed differently, but all have a harmonious combination with nature, creating a feeling of comfort and immersion in nature when arriving here.

Truc Lam Pagoda

Take a cable car ride to this Zen Buddhist temple, located on a hill with stunning views of the surrounding countryside and Tuyen Lam Lake. Located on Phuong Hoang Mountain, Truc Lam Da Lat Zen Monastery is considered a charming mountain and water, the back of the pagoda resembles a mountain and faces Tuyen Lam Lake. The architectural work is imbued with majestic and splendid Buddhist features. The monastery was built on top of Phung Hoang mountain, surrounded by ancient pine forests and in front of a vast lake. Truc Lam Zen Monastery attracts many visitors not only because of the beautiful scenery in the temple but because from here you can see the panoramic view of Tuyen Lam Lake from above.

Truc Lam pagoda in Da Lat

Adventure Activities

Da Lat is also a hub for adventure seekers. You can go trekking, canyoning, mountain biking, or even paragliding in the surrounding hills. Adventure games in Da Lat not only bring exciting moments but also an opportunity for visitors to discover their strength and courage. The activities here are also very diverse so visitors can choose activities that suit their passion and personal level.


  • Datanla Waterfall is a very nice waterfall, located in the middle of Prenn Pass about 5km south of Da Lat city center. It is the most famous waterfall in Dalat. Here you will also find a mountain toboggan roller coaster, cable car and the place where you will find the popular canyoning.
  • The Pongour waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls, where the water flows down several steps. The forests around the waterfall give it an extra magical atmosphere.
  • The Elephant Waterfall is another impressive waterfall that is a little closer to the city. The path that leads to the waterfall is a bit tricky but well worth a visit.

If you have more than one day to be in this dream city, try to visit a number of other waterfalls around and in Dalat are Bao Dai Waterfall, Prenn Waterfall and Tiger Waterfall.

Elephant Falls at Da Lat

Dalat night market

Da Lat night market is a place not to be missed on your Dalat trip. More than just a place to bargain for local products, it’s an experience with a great atmosphere. Enjoy street performances, buy some warm clothes and shop for delicious food and street food stalls.

When to visit Da Lat - Da Lat weather

In fact, Da Lat every season has its beauty. You can come to discover Da Lat any season that best suits your conditions. Da Lat weather will be different at different times of the year.

Da Lat has 2 main seasons: dry season and rain season. The wet season is from April to October. Dry season is from November to March so it is the best time to visit Dalat. It is dry and very comfortable so travelers can totally relax in the clean environment here and visit many fascinating natural destinations.

The best time to visit Da Lat is from December to early March. This period marks the dry season in Da Lat, making it the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. Temperatures generally range from 19°C to around 24°C. The flower gardens and patches in Da Lat are in full bloom during this period.

Where to stay in Da Lat?

Terracotta Hotel

Terracotta Hotel, a 4* Dalat resort offers visitors a poetic retreat surrounded by flower gardens and trees. With 240 rooms and 21 luxury villas, visitors can enjoy activities like camping, hiking, climbing, fishing, and boating on Tuyen Lam Lake. Truc Lam Zen Monastery and Datanla waterfall tourist area are also nearby. The hotel also provides a shuttle bus for easy transportation to the city center, which is 5km away. The poetic nature of the mountains and forests is a perfect blend for visitors.

Da Lat Wonder Resort

This is also another high-end 4* resort located in the Tuyen Lam Lake area with wild beauty and peace that attracts visitors. With more than 150 rooms and villas of different sizes located along the lake, from a distance, visitors will think they are about to step into some European countryside. In particular, Da Lat Wonder Resort also designed a unique and eye-catching row of domed bungalows that look like a fairy tale village. Da Lat Wonder Resort is an ideal destination for those who love pure nature and want to enjoy a truly luxurious resort feeling.

Da Lat Plaza Hotel

Da Lat Plaza Hotel is also one of the 4* hotels with the most prime location because it is located right next to Light Park and in front of Xuan Huong Lake – the heart of the poetic and romantic city. Designed in a youthful style combined with luxurious classical Western architecture, the hotel’s 91 rooms give those staying here an extremely comfortable and cozy feeling. Dalat Plaza Hotel’s services fully meet your essential needs from dining, entertainment, and business center to car rental services, airport pick-up and drop-off, and city tour bookings,… This is the appropriate address for a vacation in Da Lat – the city of flowers for your whole family.

Where to eat in Da Lat?

Quan Go Beef Hotpot

Quan Go Beef Hot Pot is one of the famous restaurants that you should not miss when traveling to Da Lat. The path to the hot pot restaurant will not be as difficult as “the path to your crush’s heart” but it is “hidden” in an alley that is a bit difficult to find. Beef hot pot is a delicious restaurant in Da Lat, but the restaurant space is a bit small and the number of customers is large, so it will cause a stuffy feeling when enjoying the food at the restaurant. Don’t worry because all unpleasant feelings will disappear when the hot pot is brought out with an extremely attractive scent. I make sure that it will be an unforgettable memory when you come back home.

Grilled rice paper

Da Lat grilled rice paper is famous as a delicious and irresistible snack that you must try when coming to Da Lat. It would be a huge mistake on your trip to explore this foggy city if you miss the opportunity to enjoy this famous dish. Rice paper is modified to have many different fillings such as seafood filling, minced meat filling, cheese filling, and sausage filling. Simple, rustic, and not too sophisticated, Da Lat grilled rice paper has a unique flavor that cannot be compared anywhere else.

Lang Viet Restaurant

Lang Viet is renowned for its picturesque garden setting. The restaurant is nestled within lush greenery and beautifully landscaped gardens, creating a serene atmosphere. This ambiance provides a unique and relaxing dining experience, making it a favorite among visitors looking for a peaceful place to enjoy their meal. Lang Viet offers a diverse menu that combines Vietnamese and international cuisine. This means that visitors can enjoy a range of dishes, including traditional Vietnamese favorites and Western options, ensuring that there’s something for every palate. The restaurant’s menu often highlights fresh, locally sourced ingredients, including vegetables and herbs from the region. Thus, it is the best choice for anyone when you visit Da Lat.

Tips for your traveling trip to Da Lat

Before taking a trip to Da Lat, you are worried about weather, accommodations, and transportation. Hanoi Voyages will stay here and give you some tips to support your trip perfectly.

On the holidays, Da Lat will be crowded and that makes its room sold out. Specifically, the temperature will decrease to 16 degrees. Prepare everything carefully before coming here!

Da Lat has many good hotels and motels. However, booking a good hotel in the center will give you a better experience in exploring the local characteristics, food and night markets. If you book the hotel too far, the taxi cost will be the same as your time and room cost.

Go to Da Lat in the rainy season, you just eat, coffee and sleep. The tourist spots are wet and cold so remember to check when to go to Da Lat to have the best experience.

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