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Dalat is the largest city of the Central Highlands region in Vietnam and is the capital of Lâm Đồng Province. Dalat has a population of over 410,000 people. The city and area surrounding Dalat in the last decade has developed as a popular tourist destination and is one of Vietnam’s most visited cities. What are the things to do in Dalat Vietnam?

Dalat has a buzzing city vibe and is surrounded by beautiful scenery as well as luxurious villas in the mountains. In Dalat, you can enjoy hiking in the mountains, see the Elephant waterfalls, explore the local temples, go rock climbing, and more. You can also enjoy the local food at the restaurants around the city or in the local market.

In this post, we will go through things to do in Dalat Vietnam. Let’s get started!

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Is Dalat Vietnam Worth Visiting?

Dalat is worth visiting for a few days if you are interested in hiking and exploring the local temples and admiring the waterfalls. And if you are interested in visiting the Crazy House or go canyoneering in the countryside.

Things To Do In Dalat Vietnam

Dalat is a popular city in the South Central Highlands of Vietnam. The city is blessed with beautiful scenery that surrounds the city as well as there is a good range of restaurants.

Here are some of the best things to do in Dalat Vietnam.

Linh Phuoc Pagoda

Linh Phuoc Pagoda is roughly about 8 km from the city center. It is also known as Ve Chai Pagoda. It was built in 1952, it is a 49-meter-long dragon temple is made of 12,000 bottles and the dragon’s head is 7 meters high. The dragon mouth covers the Maitreya Buddha.

In front of the temple grounds is a 37 m high seven-story tower, which is considered the highest temple bell tower in Vietnam.

Linh Phuoc Pagoda in Dalat
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

Visitors are invited to write their wishes on a small piece of paper, turn the bell to the current season and stick the paper on the bell. After ringing the bell three times, the prayers are then sent to Buddha.

Ride The Cable Car

If you want to get an amazing view of the countryside and the hilltop, then the cable car offers this. By using the cable car, which soars over majestic pine forests that offers an opportunity for some awesome views.

Opening hours for the cable car 7.30 to 11.30 am and 1.30 to 5 pm. And you can expect to pay around for adult return 80,000 VND and child 40,000 VND.

Cable Cars in Dalat
Cable Cars

Visit Linh Quang Pagoda

Built-in 1931, this temple was the first pagoda in Dalat that was built by Thich Nhu Thu. The temple was restored three times in 1958, 1972, and 2000. The temple is flanked by enormous dragons and with an outdoor tableau featuring the young Buddha with a lotus flower.

In 1938, the temple was crowned by King Bao Dai and it had to be extensively restored after the American War.

Enjoy The 100 Roofs Café

From the outside, it looks like a normal café shop which is actually a bar. It looks like nothing special but after your purchase of one alcoholic beverage, which acts as your entrance fee, you will be invited to explore the network of tunnels down below.

The 100 Roofs Café has an extensive maze of corridors decorated in bizarro, demented artwork that goes two floors below and ascends four floors upwards.

See Elephant Falls

The elephant’s fall is 30 km west of Dalat. This is named after a large rock that supposed to resemble an elephant’s head. These curved falls are steep ascent along uneven, very slippery stone steps.

You can also squeeze yourself through a cave to get behind the falls and be doused with bracing spray. The opening hours are between 7.30 am to 5 pm and expect to pay 20,000 VND. Plus the expense of getting there.

Elephant Falls in Dalat
Elephant Falls

Enjoy Hang Nga Crazy House

The brainchild behind this is owner Mrs. Dang Viet Nga. The crazy house is a crazily designed, making it an outrageously artistic private home.

Imagine sculptured rooms connected by super-slim bridges rising out of a tangle of greenery, an excess of cascading lava-flow-like shapes, wild colors, spiderweb windows, and an almost organic quality to it all, with the swooping handrails resembling jungle vines.

Hang Nga Crazy House
Hang Nga Crazy House

Hang Nga started the Crazy House project to entice people back to nature and although it’s becoming more outlandish every year, she’s not likely to have any trouble with the authorities.

Opening hours are between 8.30 am to 7 pm from Monday to Friday. And expect to pay 50,000 VND.

Explore Bidoup Nui Ba National Park

This park is 50 km north of Dalat with most people visiting on tours. The Bidoup Nui Ba National Park was established in 2004 and is named after the two highest peaks of the Langbiang plateau. These are Bidoup which has a peak of 2,287 meters and Nui Ba which has a peak of 2,167 meters.

With a total area of 70,038 hectares, the park ranks as one of the five largest national parks in Vietnam. Plus the park has over 1,933 recorded species of vascular plants including 96 endemic and 62 rare species.

Opening hours are between 7.30 am to 5 pm and expect to pay 10,000 VND. Permits and a guide are needed and you’ll camp overnight.

Visit Dalat Cathedral

The Dalat Cathedral was built as a Catholic parish by the French in 1931 in Romanesque architecture. But the interior was not completed until 1942. It replaced an old church built-in 1917 with modifications in the chancel. The chancel being the space around the altar.

Cathedral in Dalat
Cathedral in Dalat

Admire Dambri Waterfalls

Dambri Falls is one of the highest at 90 meters. With some magnificent and easily accessible waterfall. For some incredible views, ride the vertical cable car or trudge up the steep path, to the top of the falls.

According to legend, a couple of Coho girls love each other and often dating the waterfall. One day, the guy was gone without a trace. The girl waited forever, but do not see her lover back. For days, the girl’s tears settled down and flowed into a large waterfall. The K’ho name is Dambri – meaning “Wait”.

The opening hours are between 7 am to 5 pm. And expect to pay 150,000 VND for adult and 100,000 VND for kid.

Visit The King Palace

Vietnam’s last emperor, Bao Dai. It was the main palace of Bao Dai and his family until they went into exile in France in 1954. The opening hours are between 7 am to 5 pm and expect to pay 30,000 VND for adult and 10,000 VND for child.

King Bao Dai Palace in Dalat
King Bao Dai Palace

Other Activities To Do In Dalat

With it has some beautiful mountain nature scenery. There are some interesting activities to do in Dalat such as.

  • Canyoning – This will involve combining hiking, climbing, swimming, and/or abseiling.
  • Mountain biking and trekking – Set off on foot or by bike to see the views of the city and the surrounding countryside.
  • Rock climbing – Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran you can go rock climbing.
  • Stroll around the lake – In the heart of Dalat lies a big old beautiful lake, complete with a walking path circling its entirety.

Where To Stay In Dalat Vietnam

Dalat has a good supply of guest houses, hostels, and hotels. Here are a few places to give you an idea of what is available if you are planning to visit Dalat Vietnam.

Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits your interests while traveling.

Dalat Eco Hotel
Rating 8.9, Double rooms start from $43

Dalat Eco Hotel is set in Da Lat and comes with free WiFi, this 2-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk. At the hotel, every room has a desk, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom.

The Orchid Villa Dalat
Rating 8.9, Double rooms start from $38

Ngoc Lan Villa Dalat offers free WiFi access, all rooms feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels. En suite bathroom comes with shower facility.

Dalat Central Hostel
Rating 8.9, Double rooms start from $38

Da Lat Central has a 24-hour front desk and private and dormitory rooms with free WiFi. All rooms are fan-cooled with towels and linen provided. Guests staying in the dormitory have access to a shared bathroom and shared toilet.

Redhouse Backpacker Hostel
Rating 9.1, Double rooms start from $29

Redhouse Backpacker Hostel in Da Lat features accommodation with a garden and a bar. Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom with a shower.

Wrapping Up

Finally, Dalat is a beautiful region of Vietnam, and would recommend that you take the time to visit Dalat. Dalat in South Vietnam is a great place to visit especially if you enjoy hiking and enjoy taking part in any activities such as climbing, swimming, and abseiling. You can also enjoy visiting the local temples, visiting the crazy house and the national park.

And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Dalat Vietnam has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.

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  • Ben Zweber says:

    That’s a lot of bottles on the dragon temple. Is it possible to book a ride on the cable car online? Thanks!

    • James says:

      I doubt you can buy the ticket online mainly cause the tickets are cheap. We paid for return 80,000 VND which roughly is about $3.

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