As you travel through Vietnam, it would be a mistake to skip over Dalat. Dalat is popular for people who want to escape the hustle and bustle and heat of Saigon.
Dalat is a buzzing metropolis but still has some unique nature scenery and luxurious villas in the mountains. Making it a truly unique destination.
There is some many things to do in Dalat such as hiking, scenic views, mountain biking, temples and much more. Here is some of the best things to do in Dalat.
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Linh Phuoc Pagoda is located roughly about 8 km from the city center. It is also known as Ve Chai Pagoda. Built in 1952, the 49-meter-long dragon temple is made of 12,000 bottles and the dragon’s head is 7 metres high.
The dragon mouth covers the Maitreya Buddha. In front of the temple grounds is a 37 m high seven storey tower, which is considered the highest temple bell tower in Vietnam.
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.
Try The Cable Car
Want to enjoy the hilltop setting and has splendid views. Be sure to use by cable car , which soars over majestic pine forests. Giving awesome views.
Opening hours for the cable car 7.30-11.30am & 1.30-5pm and expect to pay for way/return adult 60,000/80,000 VND and child 30,000/40,000 VND.
Linh Quang Pagoda
Builted in 1931, this temple was built by the Most Venerable Thich Nhu Thu, then restored by the successive abbots, especially in 1958 and 1972 under the monk Thich Minh Canh.
Flanked by enormous dragons and with an outdoor tableau featuring the young Buddha atop a lotus flower.
The temple was crowned by King Bao Dai in 1938 and it had to be extensively restored after the American War.
100 Roofs Café
From the outside, the café (which is actually a bar) looks like nothing special but after your purchase of one alcoholic beverage, which acts as your entrance fee, you’re invited to explore the network of tunnels down below.
The 100 Roofs Café has an extensive maze of corridors decorated in bizzaro, demented artwork that goes two floors below and ascends four floors upwards.
The elephants fall is 30km 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.
Opening hours are between 7.30am-5pm and expect to pay 20,000 VND. Plus the expense to getting there.
Hang Nga Crazy House
The brainchild is owner Mrs Dang Viet Nga. Hang Nga Crazy House is a crazily designed, 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 colours, spiderweb windows and an almost-organic quality to it all, with the swooping hand rails resembling jungle vines.
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 8.30am-7pm Monday-Friday and expect to pay 50,000 VND.
Bidoup Nui Ba National Park
The Bidoup Nui Ba national Park was established in 2004 and is named after the two highest peaks of the Langbiang plateau: Bidoup (2,287m) and Nui Ba (2,167m).
With a total area of 70,038 ha, the park ranks as one of five largest national parks in Vietnam. This park is Over 1,933 recorded species of vascular plants including 96 endemic and 62 rare species.
The park is 50km north of Dalat and most people visit on motorbike tours. Permits and a guide are needed and you’ll camp overnight.
Opening hours are between 7.30am-5pm and expect to pay 10,000 VND.
The Dalat Cathedral was built as a Catholic parish by the French in 1931-1932 in an eclectic style Romanesque
But the interior was not completed until 1942. It replaces an old church built-in 1917 with modifications in the chancel.
Dambri Falls are one of the highest at 90m. With some magnificent and easily accessible waterfalls in Vietnam. 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. Girl forever, wait 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”.
Opening hours are between 7am-5pm and expect to pay adult/child 150,000/100,000 VND.
Visit The King Palace
Vietnam’s last emperor, Bao Dai. It was main palace of Bao Dai and his family until they went into exile in France in 1954.
Opening hours are between 7am-5pm and expect to pay adult/child 30,000/10,000 VND.
Other Activities to do in Dalat
With its has some beautiful mountain nature scenery. There is some interesting activities to do in Dalat such as.
- Mountain biking and trekking: Set off on foot or by bike for fabulous views of the city and the surrounding country side.
- Rock Climbing: Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran you’ll find something to try!
- 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
Dalat is littered with guest houses, hostels, and hotels. Here are a few places to check out if you are planning to visit Dalat.
Remember to check reviews and book a place that suits you 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. The property is located 1.8 km from Lam Vien Square and 2 km from Xuan Huong Lake.
At the hotel every room has a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Dalat Eco Hotel offers some rooms that have a balcony, and all rooms are equipped with a kettle.
The Orchid Villa Dalat
Rating 8.9, Double Rooms start from $38
Ngoc Lan Villa Dalat offers free WiFi access, all rooms features a flat-screen TV with cable channels. En suite bathroom comes with shower facility. Instant coffee and tea are offered free of charge.
Dalat Central Hostel
Rating 8.9, Double Rooms start from $38
Located just 500 m from the Dalat market, Dalat Central Hostel offers pleasant, private and dormitory rooms with free WiFi. Located in Da Lat, the hostel has a 24-hour front desk, bicycle rentals and its own currency exchange.
All rooms are fan-cooled with towels and linen provided. Guests staying in the dormitory have access to a shared bathroom and shared toilet. Private rooms feature a balcony, cable TV, minibar and private bathroom.
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. Featuring a 24-hour front desk.
The units in the hostel are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom with a shower.
Finally, there is so must to do in Dalat with loads of resorts, restaurants, activities and bars to keep you busy. Dalat is the place to go if you want to relax and do a bit of sight-seeing.
And that’s it for now! Let me know if you have any questions about Dalat or things to do in Dalat Vietnam. I’d love to know if this guide has helped you and let me know if you go too