Da Lat travel guide (Last updated on January 3, 2020)
At an altitude of 1,500 m above sea level, Da Lat – the place where the weather is cool and is the ideal resort for tourists when coming here. Dalat is one of the famous tourist cities in Vietnam with a cool climate, many beautiful scenes that have helped the city attract a lot of tourists to come here every year.
Best time to travel to Da Lat
Da Lat has a very cool climate all year round so you can come to this city at any time of the year.
How to get to Da Lat?
Come to Da Lat
From Ho Chi Minh City, visitors can rent a motorbike and go to Da Lat, the road from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat is quite beautiful. However, with a distance of 300 km, visitors should also arrange a reasonable rest for the trip to ensure health as well as safety.
Da Lat International Airport (Lien Khuong Airport IATA: DLI, ICAO: VVDL) serves many domestic and foreign flights here. You can travel from Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat via Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air and travel time from 50 minutes to 1 hour 40 minutes.
Note: From Lien Khuong Airport, you can catch the airport bus to downtown with the price of 50,000VND/ person; Or take a taxi about 300,000VND / transfer. Airport buses will run continuously during the day, the last stop in Dalat city is right at the Dalat market. You should ask the bus driver and the address of the hotel you booked to get off at the nearest stop.
Open buses or limousine
If you want to choose to go to Dalat by car, you should go from Ho Chi Minh City. There are many tour bus companies that have bus service on this route with a fare ranging from 250,000 VND / person for open buses and from 280,000 VND / person for limousines.
The road in Dalat is quite steep so motorbike is the most suitable means to explore this city. Motor vehicles will be more mobile in moving to small places that taxis do not fit, suitable for you to glide around the city and famous tourist destinations.
Prices for motorbike rental range from 80,000 – 120,000 VND / day.
With the cool weather all year round, cycling also gives you quite interesting experiences. The most concentrated bicycle rental shop is the area near Xuan Huong Lake.
Price for bicycle rental about 20,000VND / hour. To rent a bike or motorbike you need to bring an ID card or passport.
This is a suitable vehicle for those who want to explore this beautiful city by car. Some taxi companies with good service quality in Da Lat:
- Đà Lạt: 0263 3666888 – 0263 3556655
- Mai Linh: 0263 38383838
- Lado: 0263 3666777
- Thành Bưởi: 0263 3837838
- Đà Lạt Toserco: 0263 3830830
- Anh Đào: 0263 3570570
- Thắng Lợi: 0263 3835835
- Red Star: 0263 3959595
Bus routes from the bus station in downtown Dalat follow the route to the communes and districts of Dalat, Lam Dong. All-round or round-trip ticket, from 4,000 to 30,000 VND/ticket.
Where to stay? Nice and good Homestay & Hotels in Da Lat
In Da Lat from the homestay to the high-end hotel, there are many options for you. If you go on holiday, you are recommended to book accommodation 2-3 weeks before to avoid room unavailability or high prices. Right in the center of Da Lat, there are many homestay and hotels with very reasonable prices and you can book directly or through the travel company so you get better prices a lot more than you book directly with that hotel. This is an experience when traveling to Da Lat you should pay attention.
In addition, Booking.com is a very reasonable choice we would like to advise you with information and photos, very detailed service, as well as reviews of the people who have booked here.
Places to visit in Da Lat
Xuan Huong Lake
As a symbol of Dalat which is located in the heart of the city. In the early morning and late evening, there’re always many people walking visiting around the lake. Xuan Huong Lake offers many services for renting bicycles, ducks, enjoy coffee along the lake.
Da Nhim Lake
Situated in the town of Dran, 40 km from Da Lat. The lake has a beautiful natural harmony between the clouds and the sky is alternating the garden flowers. From here you can explore Ngoan Muc Pass – one of the largest passes in Vietnam.
Tuyen Lam Lake
Located about 7km from the center of Da Lat, there is a primitive forest covered with fresh air.
Suoi Vang Lake
The road to the Golden Lake is picturesque, suitable for an outdoor picnic.
Lake of Sighs
Located in the northern part of the city, it is located on a high hill surrounded by pine forests.
Also known as Seven Floors Waterfall, located in Duc Trong district, 50 km from Da Lat. The waterfall is 40m high, stretching 7 floors and nearly 100m wide.
Located far away from Da Lat about 100km. This is the highest waterfall in Lam Dong with a height of over 40m, creating two extremely high and low flows. When you come here you can participate in the game is strong feeling is slide length of 1,650m or set fire camp, exploration of the primary forest …
This waterfall is located on Prenn Pass of Highway 20 from Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat. Especially there is a cable car system across the waterfall to help visitors have a panoramic view of this area.
5km from Dalat center, located in the middle of Prenn Pass. From Highway 20 turn down the slope about 300 meters to a small valley, you will meet Datanla waterfall with beautiful scenery and bold nature. There are also adventure games for visitors who like thrills.
This city is not only famous for its beautiful scenery, dreaming, majestic waterfalls … but also the famous temples/ pagodas here.
Linh Quy Phap An Pagoda
Located on top of Đại Bình Mountain, some 25km north of Bảo Lộc City in Lâm Đồng Province, Linh Quy Pháp Ấn Pagoda appears to be out of this world. At dawn, the pagoda emerges from a sea of clouds under the day’s first light. And, after a 1000-meter climb, the view from the top of the mountain is nothing short of spectacular.
Truc Lam Phung Hoang Zen Monastery
Located on Phung Hoang Mountain next to the Tuyen Lam Lake area, away from the city center of Da Lat, about 4 km along the bird fly. Truc Lam Da Lat Zen Monastery is considered the largest Zen Monastery in the country.
The garden of the monastery is one of the tourist destinations not to be missed and is a rare flower garden that collects many strange flowers. The flowers are grown and have a complete nursery and transplant. Flower varieties are brought from all over the world for nursery.
Golden Buddha Pagoda (Van Hanh Zen Monastery)
Located at 39 Phu Dong Dong Thien Vuong Street, Ward 8, Dalat City, this is one of the places that attract a lot of tourists. The most recognizable point of this temple is a huge golden Buddha statue outdoors with a height of 24m and a width of 20m.
Linh Son Pagoda
Linh Son Pagoda is one of the big pagodas of Dalat city. The pagoda is located on a hill at 120 Nguyen Van Troi Street and about 700 m northwest of the city center.
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Linh Phuoc Pagoda is located at 120 Tu Phuoc, 8 km from the center of Dalat city, on Highway 20. The special thing in this temple is that on the campus there is a 49m long dragon and the dragon scales are made from 12,000 bottles of used beer. Not only that, there is also a 7-story 36m high tower with a 4.3 m high bell, 2.33 m wide and weighs 8,500 kg which was cast in 1999 and is considered one of the heaviest bells in Vietnam.
Da Lat Church
This is the largest church in Dalat, one of the most ancient and architectural buildings of this city left by the French.
Domaine de Marie Cathedral
Domaine de Marie Church is located on Ngo Quyen Street, about 1 km southwest of the city center.
Cam Ly Church
This is a church built in 1960 and completed in 1968. This church mainly serves ethnic minorities living here.
Thai Phien flower village
Thai Phien is located in Ward 12, 7 km from the center of Dalat city. Compared to many areas in this highland city, Thai Phien has a relatively flat terrain, fertile soil, and water from streams leading to Than Tho Lake, which is very convenient for growing flowers.
Van Thanh flower village
Not as old as Thai Phien flower village, Van Thanh is known as the largest flower village in Da Lat, about 3 km from the city center. From dozens of years ago, residents from Ha Nam province moved to Da Lat, establishing Van Thanh flower village today.
Da Lat Park
Da Lat Park, also known as the Da Lat flower garden, is a flower park with more than 300 different species of flowers planted to serve the needs of visitors. Dalat Flower Garden is located at 2 Tran Nhan Tong Street, Da Lat City.
Da Lat Old Train Station
The Station was built in 1932 and after 6 years completed. Up to now, the station has ceased to operate but only serves tourists to admire the city.
Located about 5km from the city center, the area is up to 140ha. This is one of the tourist attractions, a place to organize picnic activities, camping. Besides, there are many interesting games like horse riding …
Located 12km from Dalat, in Lac Duong district, Lac Duong district, Lam Dong province. The mountain is 2,169m above sea level. This is the place to visit and attract many tourists to visit and photograph.
King Bao Dai’s Palace
It was built from 1933 to 1938. This is where the last king of the Nguyen Dynasty lived and worked. The whole design of Bao Dai Palace was designed by French architect and Vietnamese architect Huynh Tan Phat. Therefore, the mansion was influenced by European architecture.
Da Lat Pedagogy College
This is a project recognized by the World-Architects as one of the 1000 unique works of the 20th century.
Thien Phuc Duc Hill
Thien Phuc Duc Hill is one of the most ideal cloud viewing places in the city. Located in the opposite position to Lang Biang, from here you can admire this majestic most famous scenery when traveling to Dalat. In addition, on this hill there is a lonely pine, for visitors who love taking selfies, this is the place where you will get a lot of beautiful and unique photos.
Cau Dat Tea Hill
This tea hill is located about 25km southeast of the city center, which attracts many young tourists to come here to explore and take photos.
Crazy House also is known as Hang Nga Guesthouse is a hostel in Dalat at 3 Huynh Thuc Khang with a campus of nearly 2,000 square meters. This house is famous for its special architectural style.
Dalat Pink Grass Hill
From Da Lat city, you follow Tran Hung Dao – Hung Vuong street to Trai Mat junction, turn left to Thai Phien flower village. You continue down about 2 km to see this grass hill. The best time to visit here is during the beginning of winter from early November to December each year.
Hoa Son Dien Trang Ecotourism
Less than 10 km from Dalat city center, Hoa Son Dien Trang is located in a valley in the middle of Ta Nung pass. This eco-tourism area has an area of about 38 hectares and is designed with many different architectural styles to serve customers. The most outstanding feature here is the cherry blossom forest, the triangular path and the giant Buddha hand lying on the cliffs.
Lam Vien Square
Located right in the center of the city, not only stands out with the large space but also in this square there is an impressive work of art that is a wild sunflower (Wild sunflowers are considered a symbol of Da Lat in autumn) is made from glass.
Da Lat Market
This is considered the commercial center of this city for visitors who love shopping as well as looking for gifts for friends and relatives.
Hell Market (Am Phu Market – Da Lat Night Market)
In Da Lat, there is also a market with the name that will curious to any traveler that is Hell Market. The name of the market originated in ancient times when the market was opened when Da Lat still had no electricity, but vendors only used kerosene lamps to sell goods at night.
As the night grew colder, every little spark of fire from the kerosene lamps fluttered in the night mist made the air in the market become cold and spooky, as if in the underworld. That is the origin of this market name. This night market sells a lot of food, souvenirs …
Some other Da Lat travel experiences should be noted
- All tourist spots require entrance tickets, you should see the information before visiting a certain point.