When visiting Vietnam, tourists commonly flock to the larger cities of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. Yet away from the hustle and bustle lies Da Lat, a beautiful city that’s often forgotten, yet is definitely worth one’s visit.
Located in the central highlands region of Vietnam, Da Lat is the capital of Lam Dong province and offers a cool, temperate climate all year round. This city also houses some of the most captivating natural and historical sites, from well-constructed Buddhist temples to stunning waterfalls. Known as the City of Eternal Spring, Da Lat is loved for its rich greenery and beautiful flora, having been a popular local getaway destination since the French colonial times.
As seen, there are plenty of things to experience in this city and here are special places you must visit on your trip to Da Lat Vietnam
Special places you must visit on your trip to Da Lat
1Ho Xuan Huong (Hồ Xuân Hương) aka Xuan Huong lake, center of town. Open daily, all hours. No admission fee but rental fees vary if you want to boat. Approximately 5km in diameter, this lake was made after two dams on the Camly river were destroyed during a storm in the 1930s. Now, Xuan Huong lake is one of the main draws of Da Lat, and you can see honeymooners and locals strolling its banks. Many nice hotels have a view of the lake. The lake was drained in 2010, but is now filled again.
2.Da Lat market filled with local specialities: strawberry jam, fruits conserves, avocado, artichoke.
3.Nha Tho Domaine de Marie:(on Ngo Quyen, 1 km from where Hai Thuong and Ba Trang Hai (3 Trang Hai) meets.) A pink church on top of a hill, with a store selling various dried fruits and snacks from the local orchards run by the nuns of the monastery.
4.Da Lat train station: take the steam train through the 7km historical line to Trai Mat, from there you can visit the Linh Phuong pagoda. Price for train ride is 124,000d return (January 2013, price for foreigners).
5.Ho Suoi Vang (Golden Spring lake). Rather unspoiled scenery.
6.Thien Vien Truc Lam Monastery, at the top of where the cable car drops you off (single 50,000 dong, return 80,000 as of February 2017) The monastery (admission free, donations accepted) has a magnificent view over the dams below and its gardens are full of landscaped shrubs in animal form. Extremely peaceful – a great place to relax and soak in the tranquility. People who do not want to complete the round trip could opt for a 4.1 km walk back to Tran Phu. Be sure to bring a map. On the walk back you can go down to Tuyen Lam lake (see below), visit nearby Datanla waterfall and take the bus back to town. Appropriate clothes are requested, no shorts or short skirts, shoulders should be covered.
7.Thung Lung Tinh Yeu (Thung Lũng Tình Yêu) aka Valley of Love, Phu Duong Thien Vong str. Open daily until 5PM. Admission fee= 40.000 VND. About 5km outside of town, the Valley of Love is common stop on Dalat tours and is very popular with honeymooners. The Valley of Love is also a great spot for canyoning. See contact info below for canyoning operators.
8.Lake of Sorrow or Lake of Sighs, 5km northeast of town on Ho Xuan Huong road. Open daily until 5PM. Admission fee= 20.000 VND.The Lake of Sorrow is another common destination in Dalat. The Lake of Sorrow is so-named because of a tale of two lovers, one who committed suicide after the other was called up to serve in the army.
9.Tuyen Lam Lake (Hồ Tuyền Lâm), 5km south of town on highway 20. Its clean green waters flow from the beautiful Tia Spring and from the Da Tam River, which flows down from Voi mountain. Its waters stretch over an immense 350 hectares and because of its various sources, Tuyen Lam is known as the lake where rivers, springs and forests meet. The lake was built in the 80s. It is one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in town. The other side of the lake is the Voi mountain which is a good place for hiking.
10.Prenn Falls, At the foot of Prenn Pass, about 10km outside of town. Open daily until 5PM. Admission fee= 30.000 VND A very common stop on a typical Dalat tour, Prenn Falls is quite beautiful but is a lot more fun when you’re hiking it than just taking pictures of it.
11.Pongour Falls, 30km south of town on highway 20, it’s one of the largest and widest waterfalls in Vietnam and during the wet season is a magnificent sight. Although a dam built nearby has reduced the water flow recently.
12.Elephant Falls, 30km west of town on the way to Daklak , is is so nice and full of water all year around, entrance fee : 10.000VND/per
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