Da Lat Vietnam
This retreat town offers a good change of atmosphere with a refreshingly cool climate while other cities in Vietnam can be very hot and humid especially during summer. Trousers and jumpers are needed if visiting Dalat from November to around March as temperatures hover at about 10°C.
Da Lat is famous for its wide variety of flowers, vegetables and fruit from its surrounding farmlands as well as countless nature sites; its beautiful landscape, evergreen forests and minority villages.
Da Lat guide is a compilation of the town’s most popular things to see and do, as well as places to shop and stay. Dubbed ‘Le Petit Paris’, this quaint town is 1,500 metres above sea level, giving it a refreshingly cool climate all year round. Vietnam is known for its hot and humid climate, so Da Lat is a popular weekend getaway among locals and expats.
Perfect for first-time visitors, make sure you bookmark this simple yet informative Da Lat survival guide to help you to discover some of our favourite attractions, restaurants and hotels in this fascinating town.
Da Lat at a Glance Da Lat is famous for the wide variety of flowers, vegetables and fruits to come from its surrounding farmland. The town is also ringed by countless nature and cultural sites, including beautiful landscapes, evergreen forests and minority villages.
The area’s main sources of income are agriculture and the tourism industry, but the city is also very proud of being an education centre that produces multi-field professionals each year, including doctors and architects.
With Dalat University alone hosting more than 13,000 students, there’s a good chance that visitors will meet with young, enthusiastic and friendly Vietnamese from every corner of the country here.
WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT DA LAT
Beautiful French villas and gardens
Very quiet and laidback
Cool climate all year long
Good range of high-end, mid-range and budget hotels
Plenty of natural landscapes
WHAT IS LESS GOOD
Nightlife is very limited
Many places of interest require transport to reach
No modern shopping malls
Things You Can Do in Da Lat
Da Lat is where you can find breathtaking Buddhist pagodas and ethnic villages, as well as colonial buildings, villas and fruit farms. Within the city centre are standout landmarks like Da Lat Flower Gardens, French Quarter and Crazy House. There are plenty of local buses, motorcycle taxis and tour companies offering excursions to breathtaking natural sights, including Elephant Falls and Pongour Falls.
Where to Stay in Da Lat
Da Lat was such a favourite retreat of the colonial French that it became known as "Le Petit Paris." A cool retreat from the heat of the coastal plains and the Mekong Delta, Da Lat has a refreshingly mild climate accompanied by a pretty landscape of waterfalls, lakes, springs, pine hills, and French built villas. It’s also a good base for visiting local tribal villages outside the town. Some villages, like Lat Village and the Chicken Village (with a huge statue of a chicken) are close to Dalat itself. Check hotel In Dalat