Located in the South Central Highland of Vietnam, Dalat is famous for its romantic and flowerful beauty. Dalat is 1500 meters higher than the sea surface, which makes the weather here cool all year around. In Dalat, a variety of hills, springs, waterfalls combine harmoniously to form the charming natural scenery. Therefore, anyone setting foot on here will fall in love at first sight with this land. The nature of Dalat brings people not only happiness but health and the life love.
There are countless great spots to hit when visiting Dalat including Ho Xuan Huong Lake, Top-peg Hill, Lake of Sorrow, and Domaine de Marie Church. Especially, the Valley of Love is the dreamland for couples. Let’s spend a couple of days in Dalat, the rhythmic land of flowers and romance will make your love turn into a happy ending.
I. WHEN TO TRAVEL TO DALAT, VIETNAM
1. Weather in Dalat, Vietnam
a. General weather in Dalat, Vietnam
As the nickname “City of the eternal spring” suggests, Dalat is cool all year around. Surrounded by mountains and forests, especially pine forest, Dalat is the area having the most stable weather in Vietnam. The average temperature ranges from 18oC to 21oC. The highest temperature ever recorded in Dalat is 21oC and the lowest is not less than 5oC. The average amplitude of temperature between months of a year is small, the variation is only 3.5oC between the warmest month and the coldest one. In contrast, the diurnal temperature range is considerable. It can reach to 11oC in the dry season.
That’s why only in Dalat can you see four seasons in a day including summer, autumn, winter, and spring. The annual precipitation is estimated from 1500 mm to 1750 mm. Dalat features the pretty high humidity throughout the year which is around 82% on average. The tropical storm never appears here. There are only high winds of typhoon blowing from the sea.
Dalat climate is characterized by the common traits of subtropical highland climate and plateau climate. There are two distinct seasons in Dalat: dry season and rainy season. The dry season lasts from November to April, while the rainy season starts in May and ends in October.
b. Dry Season in Dalat, Vietnam (from November to April)
Dry season sees the highest temperature in the year with the highest one is 19.1oC in April and the lowest one. In those months, the sky is always bright and the weather is pleasant. Therefore, this season will be the best time for outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, trekking, cruising, rappelling, and horseback riding. In the daytime, it is fresh and warm; meanwhile, it is pretty chilly at night. Therefore, when visiting Dalat, you have to pack with both light cotton clothes and light coats. Make sure to bring an umbrella with you in case of small drizzle rains.
c. Rainy Season in Dalat, Vietnam (from May to October)
The rainy season in Dalat is under the influence of the South-West monsoon. Dalat is also affected by the equatorial air masses from the south to the north, which contributes to the high moisture. During these months, Dalat sees constant heavy rains for several days. Meanwhile, the tropical air masses originating from the Pacific sometimes form the dry periods for Dalat in the rainy season.
2. When is the best time to travel to Dalat?
a. From October to December
Widely known as “Sapa of the South”, Dalat features cool and pleasant weather throughout the year. That’s why people visit this romantic land all year round. The best time to visit Dalat is from October to December despite the cold weather. It’s time when hundreds of wildflowers are in full blossom, which creates gorgeous scenery along the roads. At the end of December is the celebration of Dalat Flower Festival. This festival has been celebrated every two years since 2005 to honor the value of flowers, promote the local flower industry and tourism industry. Joining Dalat Flower Festival, you can have chances of admiring the flower exhibitions and flower car parades. In addition, you will definitely marvel at many amazing artworks made of fresh flowers. Moreover, the beauty and romance of Dalat in these months will help you to have stunning photo shoots. The themes can vary from breathtaking flower gardens to the magnificent waterfalls, lovely lakes, and the green hills.
b. From February to March
The other great time to travel to Dalat is from February to March. Coming to Dalat during these months, don’t forget to visit the strawberry farms. Thanks to the ideal weather condition, Dalat is suitable for growing various vegetable and fruits, especially strawberry. The harvest time of strawberry runs from the December to April of the next year. However, strawberries are perfectly ripe, most abundant and best yummy in February and March. Picking up by yourself some red, fresh strawberries and giving them as presents to your family will be an interesting experience. It’s also a chance for you know more about the local life. The Lunar New Year also occurs in February and March. Therefore, you shouldn’t miss the chance to visit the pagoda. It’s a great way to immerse yourselves in Vietnamese culture and understand more about the spiritual life of the local. There are three choices for you including Linh Quang pagoda, Linh Son Pagoda, and Truc Lam monastery.
c. From May to August
If you are a fan of adventure activities, from May to August is the wonderful time for you. The temperature increases slightly, but it’s still pleasant and comfortable. If you accidentally visit Vietnam during these months – the hottest months in almost all regions, Dalat is the heaven for you to hide from the hot air and intense annoyance of the nearby crowded cities. In sunny days, you can take part in numerous outdoor activities such as white-water rafting, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, paragliding, and canyoning. In addition, you can visit the Prenn Waterfall and climb up the back of an ostrich, or ride an elephant which will take you through many nature areas such as green forests, small creeks, and lovely lakes. In drizzly days, you can stretch in the cozy couch, enjoy a cup of hot coffee and admire the romantic city hiding in the sea of mist. The harmony of bird’s sound, damp smell of soil, sparkling dewdrops on leaves will make you feel relaxing, comfortable and delightful.
II. HOW TO TRAVEL TO DALAT, VIETNAM
1. How to get to Dalat, Vietnam
a. Getting in Dalat by airplane – The fastest way
Dalat Airport officially called Lien Khuong International Airport, is located in Duc Trong District, 30 kilometers away from Dal Lat City’s Center. Recently renovated in 2009, Lien Khuong Airport has grown into the second largest airport in the South of Vietnam, only after Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. This airport receives non-stop flights from many big cities of Vietnam. For the domestic flights, there are three airlines operating out of Lien Khuong Airport including Vietnam Airline, VietJet Air, and Jetstar Pacific Airline. Up to the beginning of 2018, there are five domestic routes:
Flight Route Airline Duration Price (One-way)
Hanoi - Dalat Jetstar, VietJetAir, Vietnam Airlines 1h 50m From VND 1,168,000
Da Nang - Dalat Jetstar 1h 40m From VND 1,000,000
Hue - Dalat Jetstar 1h 05m From VND 1,100,000
Ho Chi Minh City - Dalat Jetstar, VietJetAir, Vietnam Airlines 50m From VND 668,000
Vinh City - Dalat VietJetAir 1h 35m From VND 1,268,000
In November 2017 VietJet Air launched the new international route connecting Bangkok and Dalat. It’s the one and only international direct flight to Dalat. If you depart from other cities, you have to transit in one or two stops. To travel by airplane, you can book the online ticket from the website of the airline:
Vietnam Airlines: vietnamairfares.org
VietJet Air: vietjetair.com
Jetstar Pacific: Jetstarpacific.com
Or from one of the most popular OTA: avia.com
From Lien Khuong Airport, there are two popular ways to get into the Dalat town center. The first one is taking an airport shuttle bus, which is suitable for people who have little luggage. The price ranges from VND 40,000 to VND 50,000. The other way is taking a taxi, which is more flexible and convenient. A taxi of 4 seats often costs you about VND 180,000.
b. Getting in Dalat by local bus – The cheapest way
Here is essential information about bus journeys to Dalat: The intercity bus terminal of Dalat is located on No. 01 To Hien Thanh Street, two kilometers to the South of Xuan Huong Lake. Dalat is a popular destination, the local buses run regularly from and to other nearby cities. There are many bus operators, which leads to better services and reasonable prices. Almost all the buses are the sleeper one. They often pick you up at your hostel and drop off at the bus station or the middle of the backpacker area. Thanks to many recently renovated roads, the buses run faster and more smoothly. Therefore, the commute time has decreased by a few hours.
|Bus Route||Bus Operator||Duration||Price|
|Ho Chi Minh City – Dalat||Thanh Buoi, Phuong Trang, TheSinh Tourist||8 hours||VND 220,000|
|Nha Trang – Dalat||Phuong Trang, TheSinh Tourist, M Brother||4 hours||VND 135,000|
|Hanoi – Dalat||Minh Thu||29 hours||VND 700,000|
|Mui Ne - Dalat||TM Brother, Tam Hanh||4 hours||VND 99,000|
|Vung Tau - Dalat||Thao Hong||5 hours||VND 220,000|
|Hue – Dalat||Phuong Trang||16 hours||VND 335,000|
|Da Nang - Dalat||Phuong Trang||15 hours||VND 270,000|
As you can see from the above table, Dalat is predominantly serviced by Phuong Trang (Fu-ta Bus) and The Sinh Tourist. You can book the ticket online in vexere.com or book directly from the bus operators. Alternatively, purchase the tickets at their offices or at the bus stations. In the high season, remember to book the ticket in advance, at least one day earlier to secure your seat.
Phuong Trang Bus (Fu-ta Bus)
Address 1: No.272 De Tham Street, Ward 01, Ho Chi Minh City
Address 2: 11A/2 Le Quy Don Street, Ward 05, Dalat
Tel: (+84) 28-3838-6852
Booking Hotline: 1900 6067
The Sinh Tourist
Address 1: No. 246 – 248 De Tham Street, District 01, Ho Chi Minh City
Address 2: No. 22 Bui Thi Xuan Street, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 28-3838-9593
Fax: (+84) 28-3836-9322
Booking Hotline: (+84) 28-3838-9597
Minh Thu Bus
Address: No. 02 Tran Hung Dao Street, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 903-843-275
c. Getting in Dalat by private car – the most convenient way
If you travel in a group of from three to eight people, traveling by private car is a smart choice. The car rental cost is as high as the taxi but the services are much better. The driver can speak English pretty fluently; therefore, he can give you a hand when necessary or provide you some essential information. The drawback of traveling by private car is that you can only depart from some nearby cities such as Nha Trang, Mui Ne, and Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam Budget Car Rental Group
Address: No. 117 -119 Ly Chinh Thang Street, District 03, Ho Chi Minh City.
Tel: (+84) 838-486-868 or (+84) 988-038-301
Hotline: (+84) 838-486-868
2. How to get around Dalat
a. Getting around Dalat by train – The unique way
Only in Dalat can you explore the beauty of the city by train. Dalat Railway Station was designed by two French architects in 1932 and opened in 1938. It was regarded as one of the finest parts of the French colonists’ plan to turn Dalat into a paradise in Indochina. During Vietnam War, there were two daily trains connecting Dalat to Nha Trang and Dalat to Saigon with three compartments for passengers and one for goods. Since 1975, Dalat Railway Station stopped handling passenger and cargo transportation and only provided tourists with the 7-kilometer route from Dalat to Trai Mat Station.
Sitting on the train running at low speed, you can enjoy the full sight of Dalat from many different angles. During the journey, you can get the chance of experiencing the peaceful lifestyle of the local people, looking for fresh vegetable and fruits in the local market and visiting Linh Phuoc Pagoda as well. The train operates from 07:455 to 17:35 every day. There are five trips per day which depart successively at 07:45, 09:50, 11:55, 14:00 and 16:05. Each trip will last about 30 minutes and required a minimum of 20 passengers. The price is from VND 108,000 to VND 150,000 for the round trip and VND 72,000 for the one-way trip.
b. Getting around Dalat by “motor taxi” – the most convenient way
Motor-taxi, a locally-grown special transportation service, is very popular in every corner of Vietnam, especially in a hilly area like Dalat. The driver (mainly is a man) will ride the motorbike, and all you need to do is boarding behind his back, putting the helmet on, and getting ready to discover the city. Catching the awesome sights, taking a deep breath of the fresh highland will be an extremely thrilling experience to remember.
There are numerous motor-taxi drivers. However, it’s not always easy for a foreign traveler to get the best deal. In some ways, you will need to reach the level of a novice in the art of bargaining. Normally, the total price depends on the distance, the quality of the roads and sometimes on the weather condition. The reasonable price ranges from VND 10, 000 to VND 20,000 per kilometer. Remember to ask the price clearly to reach an agreement before sitting down on the pillion.
Another interesting thing about motor-taxi is that the drivers are like a live map. They know every corner, every road like the back of their hand. You don’t have to worry about getting lost if traveling with them. In addition, you can ask them for a suggestion in case of having no idea where to go or what to eat.
c. Getting around Dalat by motorbike
Traveling to Vietnam, the country of the motorcycle, what a pity it will be if you don’t try riding a motorbike. With a motorbike, you can reach anywhere you want in the city. You can travel anytime you like and don’t have to depend on anyone. Let’s rent a motorbike for a couple of dollars and thread your way through the city. Dalat is a popular destination; therefore, almost all points are located exactly on the online map. However, to prepare for the worst, remember to bring an offline map with you. Take into consideration that you fill up the fuel before starting the trip.
Thao Vy Motorbike Rental Shop
Address: No. A13, Nguyen Khuyen, Ward 05, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 63-398-8699
Hotline: (+84) 919-331-288
Price: VND 80,000 – VND 130,000
Open: 07:00 – Close: 23:00
Minh Khang Motorbike Rental Shop
Address: No. 5A, Thu Khoa Huan, Ward 01, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 633-747- 858
Hotline: (+84) 938-205-070
Price: VND 70,000 – VND 170,000
Open: 07:00 – Close: 23:00
III. WHERE TO VISIT IN DALAT, VIETNAM
1. Xuan Huong Lake – The charming lake at the heart of Dalat
At the heart of Dalat city lies a charming lake called “Xuan Huong”. Surrounded by Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, Tran Quoc Toan, Le Dai Hanh and Yersin Street, Xuan Huong Lake used to be the site where numerous indigenous people of Lang Biang highland inhabited.
Xuan Huong Lake is named after a famous Vietnamese female poet in the 19th century. In the beginning, the French called it Grand Lac (large lake). Then it was renamed in 1953 as an expression of the people’s appreciation of the poet. Xuan Huong Lake is an artificial one which was created in 1935. This lake is formed by a large dam which was built of boulders on a branch of Cam Ly River. After several reconstructions, Xuan Huong Lake now has a crescent-moon shape.
With the total area of nearly 430,000 m 2, Xuan Huong Lake stretches through several attractions including the Cu Hill Dalat Flower Park and. The smooth surface of the lake is like a huge mirror reflecting the dreamy scenery of Dalat with pine forests, vast meadows, and fresh gardens. Visiting Xuan Huong Lake, in addition to strolling along the lakeside, you can rest under the conifer and enjoy a cup of coffee.
2. Valley of Love – The Venice of Vietnam
Located 5 kilometers from the center of Dalat, the Valley of Love is a romantic destination of many couples from all over the world. To gain its rightful name and great fame as today, the Valley of Love has to go through many challenges. In the beginning, the French called this place Vallée D’amour (Valley of Love). Then, the Bao Dai King changed the name into “The Valley of Peace”. Not until 1935 did its charm and romance persuade people to once again call it “Love” – the most beautiful thing in the world. It’s also the time when Mr. Nguyen Vy, the chairman of Dalat, suggested to change the French name into Vietnamese.
Thanks to its picturesque valleys and endless pine forests, Valley of Love is considered one of the most picturesque and romantic sites of the city. The tranquil Da Thien Lake also contributes to the attractiveness of the valley. To truly, fully enjoy the beauty of this place, you must climb up the Vong Canh Hill to admire gorgeous Mimosa flowers in blossom. Following the natural tracks and staircases leading to the top of the hill, you can also see the Lang Biang peaks standing out vividly against the blue sky. Besides, you can experience the horse riding, jeep safari, motorized and peddle boat on the lake.
3. Domaine de Marie Church – The harmony between Vietnamese & French culture
Located on a nice hill at the Ngo Quyen Street, Domaine de Marie Church nowadays is not only a worship place for the Catholic but also a destination for visitors from different countries in the world. Completed in 1943 after 13 years of construction, Domaine de Marie Church features blended the architecture of France and Vietnam. Its roof has origin from the design of “nha rong” – the commune houses of the residents in the Central Highlands architecture of France and Vietnam. Meanwhile, French influence can be seen on the walls decorated with the Normandy style, and on the façade of the building which features many small arch-shaped windows. At the center of the 29.6-acre architectural complex stands a 3-meter-high statue of Mary. Despite being created by a French architect, this statue resembles the image of a Vietnamese woman.
4. Bao Dai Summer Palace – The remnant of Vietnam feudal court
Dalat attracts countless tourists not only by its natural beauty but also the architecture which features the specific characteristics of French antique style. The Bao Dai Summer Palace is an ideal example of that architecture. Being built from 1933 to 1937, the palace still remains to be a must-visit villa for almost all travelers up to now.
In the beginning, this palace was constructed as a retreating place for the King Bao Dai and his royal family to escape the summer heat. That’s why it lied in the middle of the green pine forest. This villa was designed in the art deco style which reflected in every corner of 25 rooms and the amenities.
Visiting the palace, you can have a chance of discovering the royal life of the Vietnam feudal court. The ground floor which consists of the office room, the guest room, and the reception room is the working place of the king. Upstairs is the royal living space of the King’s family including bedrooms, the moon balcony, library, entertainment room and a large dining room. There are a lot of valuable items remaining in good condition such as the smaller gold and brown busts are of Emperor Khai Dinh, the heaven brass royal seal, and a picture of Angkor Wat, a present of King Sihanouk of Cambodia. If you’d love to learn more about the royal life of the Nguyen Dynasty – the last dynasty of Vietnamese feudal court, Hue City is the best destination for you. You can learn more about how to travel and things to do in Hue City.
5. Flower Parks – The specialty of Dalat City
Dalat Flower Park, Dalat
Address: No. 2 Phu Dong Thien Vuong Street, Dalat City
Open: 7:30 – 16:00
Visiting Dalat, “the city of romance and flowers”, it will be a huge mistake if you skip the Dalat Flower Park. Located close to the Cu Hill, the 7000-m2 park is the home of hundreds vivid, gorgeous flowers. In the past, it used to be called the Bich Cau Flower Garde and was renovated and renamed several times. Dalat Flower Park is one of the most appealing attractions in the city, especially on the occasion of annual Flower Festival. Visiting the park during these times, you can have chances of admiring an amazing collection of flowers including ortensiaes, mimosas, roses, daffodils, and lilies. Dalat is also regarded as a natural museum of orchids and thousands cactus from Africa.
Lang Biang Flower Farm, Dalat
Address: 42 Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 2633-821-234
You can make a short journey to visit the Lang Biang Flower Farm and Suoi Vang Lake which is only 5 kilometers from the center. In addition, traditional kinds of flowers such as lilies, roses, this farm are famous for the dominance of customers. Thanks to the elegant beauty and pleasant smell, this kind of flowers has contributed to the name of Lang Biang Flower Far all over the country. Besides, 20 greenhouses stretching from the slope to the foot will be fascinating enough to tire the visitors’ foot. Let’s unwind yourself amongst the large flower exhibition and gentle music.
1. Hiking in the Elephant Waterfall
The Elephant Waterfalls also called “Liêng Rơwoa”, lies on the Camly Stream, Nam Ban Village. Despite being located outside of the Nam Ban Village, 25 kilometers to the South of Dalat’s Center, it’s very simple to get there. From the center, you can take the local buses which operate every day from 06:00 to 18:00. The local buses depart every 40 minutes. Each one-way trip only takes you about 30 minutes and costs VND 20,000.
The Elephant Waterfall is 30 meters high and 40 meters wide. Resembling the head of the waterfall is a giant stone which has the shape of an elephant. The path leading to the bottom of the waterfall is a bit tricky. It often takes you 10 minutes to get there. The path is on bricked stairs which are really muddy and slippery. Although a handrail is secured to the rock to help guide you along the rough path, you must extremely carefully and watch your foot. While descending a steep, you will find a lot of moss-hidden and volcanic rocks which are in spectacular shapes. Besides, there is another beautifl waterfll for you to visit – the Pongour Waterfall
Once at the bottom, you will find out the reason why the Elephant Waterfall is regarded as the most dramatic one in Lam Dong Province. From the bottom, you will be marvel at the scale, power, and volume of the towering water. Looking through the tangled branches, vine, and spray, you can discover the real beauty of this waterfall. Besides, standing on the giant boulders lying midstream, you can admire the imposing scene of the torrents. You will get totally wet, but it’s really worthy.
2. Taking the cable to view Truc Lam Zen Monastery
The cable car constructed by an Australian Company connects the Robin Hill to the Truc Lam Monastery. The ride covers 2,3 kilometers, which brings you chances of admiring the entire city from a distance. There are 50 cabins operating regularly to meet the high demand of the tourist. From the brightly painted cabins, you will able to see farmland, greenhouses, lakes and distant mountains. In the end, the cables lead you to the Truc Lam Zen Monastery.
Truc Lam Monastery stands proudly on the Phoenix Summit, 5 kilometers from Dalat’s city. It’s not only the largest Zen Monastery but also the most appealing tourist attraction in this region. The Monastery was designed as a new style of architecture by Mr. Ngo Viet Thu, who used to design the Independence Palace. There is a rectangle-shaped sanctuary which heads to the south. Nearby is a pagoda which was designed with the oriental architecture style. This pagoda was built in 1993-1994, by a superior Buddhist monk called Thich Thanh Tu. Thanks to its tranquility and the beautiful landscape, Truc Lam Monastery is where you can “leave the world of dust behind” and find the peace in mind.
3. Handpicking the ripe strawberry in Dalat, Vietnam
Thanks to the ideal weather condition, Dalat is home to not only hundred flowers but also a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits. One of the major agricultural crops cultivated for years by the locals is strawberry. Strawberries are mainly grown in the wards of 7, 9 and 10. There are four varieties of strawberry which are from France, the US, New Zealand. Strawberries in Dalat are fresh, sweet, chemical-free and are edible right away.
In the past, strawberries are mainly in rows in the ground and tended. Nowadays, thanks to the application of new cultivation methods, strawberries are grown on a trellis and according to standards of high quality and hygiene safety. With this cultivation, strawberries develop in both quality and quantity and avoid many diseases from mice compared to the old method. Visiting the strawberry farms, you will be introduced to the farming process and techniques. You will be given the helpful guide to know how to take care of the plants such as pulling out the stubs when harvesting and avoid touching the body of the strawberries.
Clean Strawberry Farms
The Japanese Strawberry Garden
Address: Mang Lin, Ward 07, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 120-380-3072 or (+84) 123-890-7203
The Owner: Mr. Kien
The Price: VND 400,000 – VND 500,000
Address: Near the Lake of Sorrow (Than Tho Lake), Ho Xuan Huong Street, Ward 10, Dalat City.
Tel: (+84) 633-555-500
Hotline: (+84) 898 772 773
The Owner: Mrs. Thuy
The Price: VND 200,000 – VND 350,000
4. Riding Ostriches & Elephant in Dalat, Vietnam
If you’re an animal lover, it’s time to move the item of riding an elephant your bucket-list. The Prenn Waterfall is the pretty site which offers the ostriches and elephant ride. The elephants will take you through much-unspoiled scenery hidden in the green forest. One humble elephant can charge two or three people. Riding ostriches is more challenging because they are not a common transport option. You have to pay full attention to keep balance on the back of the ostrich. Once you control the ostrich and start a ride, it’ll be one of the most interesting experience ever.
5. Discovering the Dalat Nightlife Market
In the daytime, Dalat looks amazing with colorful flowers and spectacular architecture. When the night falls, the downtown is lit up with the bright lights of shops, restaurants, and hotels. It’s also the time for strolling around the night market and discovering the Dalat’s street life culture. Established in 2003, the Dalat night market is considered the first walking town in Vietnam. It is also the single pedestrian area in the Dalat city where all the vehicles are banned during the time of walking town. Exploring the Dalat night market, you can visit 5 following popular area:
- Second-hand clothing area: In this area, you can expect a huge selection of clothes and shoes with a surprisingly low price. You will easily find a variety of sweaters, jackets to scarf, hat, glove and other winter stuff. The price is fixed in order to keep the buyers from bargaining. Each item often costs VND 30,000 to VND 60,000 per item.
- New clothing areas: Dalat is also famous for many types of wool clothes. The clothes here are colorful and abundant. The prices are so reasonable but you sometimes you have to bargain for the items you buy.
- Food Street: Street food is a special feature of Dalat and many other regions in Vietnam as well. In Dalat night market, there is a wide range of street food for you to try such as Pho, Bun Bo Hue (Beef soft noodle), Mien Ga (Chicken vermicelli), and grilled chickens.
- Fresh food area: Almost all markets in Vietnam only open in the daytime. Only in Dalat night market, you can buy the fresh food at night such as strawberries, artichoke, and mulberries.
- Street performance area: In this area, you can see a lot of young, talented people perform roller-skating, hip hop dancing, and shuttlecock kicking. Especially on some special occasions such as Tet Holiday, Dalat Flower Festival and Christmas can you enjoy the outdoor public art program.
6. Exploring the Nightlife in Bar Club
Despite full of foreign and domestic tourists all year around, Dalat is still a very modest and peaceful city. Most restaurants here close up at 21:00 or after the last customer. There are only few bar clubs and backpacker hangouts resembling in on or around Truong Cong Dinh Street. Two most up-market venues in Dalat are Larry’s Bar and Le Rabelais Bar. The drink served here basically includes imported beers, whiskeys, cocktails, wine and especially locally produced wine.
Le Rabelais Bar
Address: Basement floor of the Hotel Sofitel Dalat Palace, No. 12 Tran Phu Street, Ward 03, Dalat City.
Open: 16:00 – Close: 00:00
Price: VND 350, 000 – VND 700,000
Larry’s Bar is part of the vintage Hotel Dalat Palace Hotel. It was named after Larry Hillblom who made a significant contribution to turning Dalat into an up-market resort. This legendary bar features bar’s stone and brick walls, pool tables, cushy sofa, low ceilings, wood furniture, cozy nooks, and fireplaces herald a bygone era.
The Escape Bar
Address: No.42 Phan Boi Chau Street, Muong Thanh Hotel, Dalat City.
Open: 16:00 – Close: 00:00
Price: VND 50, 000 – VND 200,000
This amazing bar belongs to Curtis King – a famous blues guitarist. That’s why visiting this bar, you can enjoy outstanding live-music covering of Hendrix, the Eagles, the Doors and other classics. The bar’s decor is classy and chic which remind us of the 1970s and perfectly suits the sonics.
Address: No. 74 Truong Cong Dinh Street, Dalat City
Open: 16:00 – Close: 23:00
Price: VND 50,000 – VND 150,000
As its name suggests, Beepub is a narrow cave full of loudly music, string lights and beer on tap. Outside the pub is a footpath with a few high tables and chairs, which is conducive to chatter. The crowd tends to spills out here. In high season, visiting Beepub, you can also enjoy the live music.
V. WHAT TO EAT IN DALAT, VIETNAM
1. Grilled pork patty – Nem nuong Dalat
Nem nuong is a Vietnamese specialty made of pork. To make nem nuong, people cut the lean ground pork or tenderloin into small pieces, and pulse in the food processor with pepper, fish sauce, sugar, garlic powder and some special fine herbs until it fully incorporated. The mixture will be divided into smaller parts. Each part has a long shape like a sauce. Then, people grill them above hot coals until the meat is done to a turn.
Nem Nuong is served with fresh vegetable, optional fruits, and banh trang chien. Banh trang chien is a steamed cake made from rice flour. Then, people fry them in hot oil until its color turns from white into canary. To enjoy nem nuong, you have to fill a thin sheet of rice with a variety of herbs (including perilla leaf, sweet basil, chives, mint), the nem nuong (grilled pork patty), some banh trang chien, together with pickled radish, carrot, and shallots. Then roll it up carefully before dipping it into the peanut sauce.
Where to eat Nem Nuong in Dalat, Vietnam?
Dung Loc Restaurant
Address: No. B14, Hoang Van Thu Street, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 916-233-196
Price: VND 25,000 – VND 50,000
Open: 08:00 – Close: 21:00
Nem nuong Mrs. Hung
Address: No. 328 Phan Dinh Phung Street, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 263-382-4344
Price: VND 30,000 – VND 66,000
Open: 11:00 – Close: 21:00
Nem nuong Mrs. Nghia
Address: No. 45 Bui Thi Xuan Street, Ward 02, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 263-382-0993
Price: VND 25,000 – VND 33,000
Open: 08:00- Close: 22:00
2. Small round rice pancake – Banh Can Dalat
Another dish you must try when visiting Dalat is Banh Can (Bánh Căn). Banh Can, the little flour cake, is served in different ways. To make Banh Can, people combine the rice flour with a little “cơm nguội’ (dried rice) and then cook them in the round ‘pods’ over hot coals. The topping can be a quail egg, chicken egg, chopped, seasoned beef, which is up to your favorite. To enhance the flavor, people sprinkle a few spring onions. Alternatively, they can drop in the middle the chopped, seasoned beef. Once the cake is done to a turn, it is crispy on the outside with a bubbly, spongy consistency on the inside. It’s perfect when absorbing with the salty-sweet dipping sauce.
Where to eat Banh Can in Dalat, Vietnam?
Banh Can Le – Yersin
Address: No. 27/44 Yersin, Ward 10, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 933-189-596
Price: VND 10,000 – VND 30,000
Open: 08:00 – Close: 22:00
Banh Can Xuan An
Address: No.1 Nha Chung, Ward 03, Dalat City.
Tel: (+84) 633-827-690
Price: VND 10,000 – VND 30,000
Open: 09:00 – Close: 22:00
Quan Hoa – Banh Can & Mi Quang
Address: No. 12 Phan Dinh Phung Street, Dalat City.
Price: VND 30,000 – VND 50,000
Open: 09:00- 12:00; 15:00-18:00
3. Minced Fish Soup – Chao cha ca Dalat
Another dish which makes your trip to Dalat unforgettable is Chao cha ca. Despite looking simple, Chao cha ca is really tasty. Chao cha ca is made from rice which is simmered. People add to this rice soup cha ca to enhance the flavor. Cha ca is made from chopped fish which has a round shape. Cha ca is seasoned with fish sauce, soybean sauce together with local fine herbs. Cha ca is fried or steamed, which is up to your favorite. When enjoying Chao cha ca, don’t forget to add “sa te” (special local chili sauce) and a little pepper.
Where to eat Chao Cha Ca?
Chao Cha ca Hai Ba Trung
Address: No. 15D Hai Ba Trung, Dalat City.
Price: VND 20,000 – VND 25,000
Open: 14:30 – Close: 19:00
4. Grilled rice paper with egg – Banh trang nuong Dalat
Thanks to its shape and color, many Western tourists call Banh Trang the Vietnamese Pizza. Like many other Dalat street food, Banh trang Dalat requires very simple ingredients. It is made of a thin circle of rice paper with various ‘toppings’. Depend on your favorite, the toppings maybe a quail egg, minced pork, dried tiny shrimps and spring onion. The Ban trang is grilled over hot coals until crispy. On a cold, drizzling night in Dalat, dropping in a street food, sitting by the coal stove to warm yourself, and enjoying the Banh trang will be an unforgettable experience.
Where to eat Banh trang nuong?
Banh Trang Nuong Mrs. Dinh
Address: No. 26 Hoang Dieu Street, Dalat City
Price: VND 5,000 – VND 18,000
Open: 14:30 – Close: 18:00
Banh Trang Nuong Mrs. Khung
Address: No. 61 Nguyen Van Troi Street, Ward 02, Dalat City
Price: VND 20,000
Open: 16:00 – Close: 21:00
Banh Trang Nuong 112
Address: No. 112 Nguyen Van Troi Street, Ward 02, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 915-240-987
Price: VND 8,000 – VND 11,000
Open: 14:00 – Close: 22:00
5. Bread with meatballs soup – Banh mi xiu mai Dalat
Banh mi xiu mai is a popular dish in Vietnam, but bread with meatball soup in Dalat has its own amazing taste. Meatball is made of grinded pork, jelly ear fungus, onion, garlic and some kinds of spices. Meatball is cooked with chopped tomato until soft. The meatball soup when done is a bit greasy. You will enjoy a hot crispy bread with meatball soup.
Where to eat Banh mi xiu mai?
Banh Mi Xiu Mai Hoang Dieu?
Address: No. 26 Hoang Dieu Street, Dalat City
Price: VND 10,000 – VND 20,000
Open: 06:00 – Close: 09:00
Banh Mi Xiu Mai Nguyen Cong Tru
Address: No. 137 Nguyen Cong Tru Street, Ward 02, Dalat City
Price: VND 15,000 – VND 25,000
Open: 06:00 – 10:00; 14:00-21:00
Banh Mi Xiu Mai Yersin
Address: No. 10 Yersin, Dalat City
Price: VND 10,000 – VND 18,000
Open: 07:00 – Close: 18:00
6. Steamed rice pancake with stir-fried chicken viscera – Banh uot long ga
Another central dish makes it way up to the highlands is Banh uot long ga. Without any efforts to advertise itself, Banh uot long ga attracts countless both domestic and foreign tourists. To make Banh uot, people mix rice flour with a lot of water. Then, spread the cake mixture in a special steam oven to make a very thin layer of pancake. After that, they roll up the layer and put it on the plate. In other regions, Banh uot is often served with minced pork, chicken egg, fried onion, and jelly ear. Meanwhile, in Dalat, it served with chicken and stir-fried chicken viscera. The softness of special pancake mingling with tasty stir-fried chicken viscera creates an outstanding taste that you have never experienced before.
Where to eat Banh uot long ga?
Banh Uot Long Ga Mrs. Trang
Address: No. 15F Tang Bat Ho, Dalat City
Price: VND 30,000 – VND 66,000
Open: 13:00 – Close: 20:00
Banh Uot Long Ga Mr. Long
Address: Lane 202, No. A16 Phan Dinh Phung, Ward 02, Dalat City
Price: VND 20,000
Open: 12:00 – Close: 19:30
VI. WHERE TO LIVE IN DALAT
1. Hotels in Dalat, Vietnam
a. Saigon Dalat Hotel
Located in the heart of Dalat city, Saigon Dalat hotel is the ideal place for both tourists and businessman. Saigon Dalat hotel possesses 160 luxurious, comfortable rooms. All of the guestrooms are equipped with air-conditioning, modern amenities which is up to international 5–star standard. Besides, Saigon Dalat hotel provides a lot of services including tennis court, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and bar. There are 3 restaurants including Orchid, Tulip and Coi Xay Gio which serve both the Asian and European cuisines.
Price (Room Sleeps 2 adults)
Superior Double Bed: from VND 1,500,000
Deluxe Double Bed: from VND 1,650,000
Suite Junior: from VND 1,850,000
Executive suite: from VND 1,950,000
Address: No. 02 Hoang Van Thu Street, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 63-355-6789
Fax: (+84) 63-355-1155
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Website: www.s Saigondalathotel.com
b. Sammy Dalat Hotel
At the crossroads between Le Hong Phong Street and Tran Phu Street stands vividly the Sammy Dalat Hotel. This hotel features a spectacular architecture, a harmony combination of unique French design and Vietnamese traditional design. Being equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, Sammy Dalat Hotel is a perfect choice not only for relax but for even celebration. Sammy Dalat Hotel has a nightclub, 3 conference rooms including Loyalty, Skyhall, especially multi-grand with the maximum capacity of 700 people. That’s why Sammy Dalat Hotel is one of the ideal venues to celebrate the wedding in Dalat. In addition, Sammy Dalat Hotel has 2 restaurants including Sammy Restaurant which is best for wedding, engagement and convention party and the Sea Horse Restaurant which serves all the best Vietnamese traditional cuisines.
Price (Room Sleeps 2 adults)
Presidential Suite: from VND 6,050,000
Deluxe Suite: from VND 4,050,000
Super Deluxe: from VND 2,450,000
Deluxe: from VND 2,100,000
Superior: from VND 1,850,000
Address: No. 01 Le Hong Phong Street, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 263-354-5454
Website: www. Sammyhotel.vn
c. Tulip Hotel Dalat, Vietnam
For more than 10 years, Tulip Hotel Group offers wonderful accommodations for both business and leisure travelers in Dalat City. Tulip Hotel Group includes 3 properties, all of which has a convenient location. The best thing about these hotels is their service. Every customer coming here receive the utmost attention and great respect from the moment of reservation to the moment they leave our hotels
Price: (Room Sleeps 2 adults)
Deluxe Triple: from VND 750,000
Deluxe Double: from VND 540,000
Executive Double: from VND 612,000
Executive Twin: from VND 1,090,000
Superior Double: from VND 438,000
Suite Double: from VND 788,000
Suite Twin: from VND 1,120,000
Tulip Hotel Group
Website: www. tuliphoteldalat.com
Tulip Hotel 1:
Address: No. 26-28 Ba Thang Hai Street, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 263-351-0995
Tulip Hotel 2:
Address: No. 14 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Da La City
Tel: (+84) 263-351-0991
Tulip Hotel 3:
Address: No. 57- 59 Ba Thang Hai Street, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 263-351-0986
2. Resorts in Dalat, Vietnam
a. Dalat Edensee Lake Resort & Spa
Dalat Edensee Lake Resort & Spa is located nearby the beautiful Tuyen Lam Lake. Thanks to the fascinating nature surrounding, the resort is an ideal place to relax your mind and your spirit. Dalat Edensee Lake Resort is where you can feel the breezing whispers through the pine forests, and enjoy the timeless elegance of the shimmering lake at the same time. Besides the wonderful scenery, Dalat Edensee Lake Resort will satisfy you by its up-market property.
Dalat Edensee Lake Resort possesses 10 Superior Villas with 40 rooms, 12 Deluxe Villas with 48 Rooms, 6 Exclusive Villas with 24 Suites, 1 VIP Villa with 4 large Bedrooms, Edensee Palace 7,000 m2, and 4 Event and Meeting Halls. In addition, Dalat Edensee Lake Resort has 3 Gourmet Restaurants, La Roseraie Wellness Center & Spa, and 1 Eden Lake Café which offer you the utmost services. La Roseraie Wellness Center & Spa is the wonderful place where you can find everything they need to unwind. The Spa Center provides a wide range of relaxation therapy and treatments such as Hot Stone Massage, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, and a fully equipped fitness room.
Price (Room Sleeps 2 adults)
Deluxe Garden View: from VND 1,800,000
Luxury Garden View: VND 2,200,000
Luxury Lake View: from VND 2,363,000
Luxury Lake View King: from VND 2,420,000
Junior Suite Garden View: from VND 2,984,000
Junior Suite Lake View: from VND 3,024,000
Eden Suite: from VND 3,600,000
Address: Tuyen Lam Lake, Zone VII.2, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 263-383-1515
Fax: (+84) 263-352-4499
Website: www. dalatedensee.com
b.Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa
Hidden in a French Colonial style village, Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa is the great bargain to get away from the noise and annoyance of the cities. Covering an area of 142 m2, Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort has 72 guest rooms in 17 villas with cobble-stone roads and verdant gardens built in the 1920’s and 1930’s. In addition, Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort possesses an on-site full-service health spa, a restaurant, swimming pool and 3 meeting rooms. La Cochinchine Spa offers a select blend of treatments which are inspired by a traditional Vietnam, France, Cham, and Indhu influences. Only in this spa can you enjoy the very special treatment from India, Shirodara. The ingredients, from green tea, massage oils, to the coffee powder and fruit, are 100% natural and chemical-free.
Price (Room Sleeps 2 adults)
Villa Studio: from VND 2,762,000
Garden Suite Villa: from VND 3,345,000
Address: Le Lai Street, Ward 05, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 263-355-5888
Hotline (+84) 164-525-9977
3. Homestays in Dalat, Vietnam
a. Jang & Min’s House – The homestay with unique decoration
Located 600 meters from Yersin Park is a small wooden house called Jang & Min’s House. This homestay attracts people with its nice, simple décor. Featuring views of the mountain and garden, Jang & Min’s house brings you the comfortable feeling after a long journey. Jang & Min’s house has 4 rooms. Each room has the maximum capacity of 4 people.
Price: VND 150,000 – 500,000
Address: No. 16/1 Khoi Nghia Bac Son, Ward 10, Dalat City.
Tel: (+84) 902-504-382
b.Dalat Homestay – The lovely homestay
Located 1,4 kilometer from the center the city, Dalat Homestay offers a pleasant, cozy accommodation. Dalat Homestay features free WiFi, shared lounge and a barbecue. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom with slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer. This homestay provides bike rental and car rental. Thanks to its convenient location and bike rental service, you can easily reach a lot of popular destination this highland paradise.
Price per night (Room Sleeps 2 adults)
Deluxe Double Room: VND 200,000
Deluxe Quadruple Room: VND 300,000 – VND 500,000
Address: 80/2 Hoang Dieu, Ward 5, Dalat, Lam Dong, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 903-814-808
VII. MUST-KNOW TIPS FOR TRAVELLING TO DALAT
1. Must-know Tourist Information
Department of Tourism
Address: No. 36 Tran Phu Street, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 263- 382-2141
Fax: (0263) 3833 086
Tourist Support & Information Center
Address: No. 2-4 Tran Quoc Toan Street, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 263- 382- 964
Fax: (+84) 263)-381-1656
Police Station Dalat, Vietnam
Address: No. 19 Tran Phu Street, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 63-382-2032; (+84) 63-382-2468
Dalat Health Center
Address: No. 208 Bui Thi Xuan Street, Ward 02, Dalat City
Tel: (+84) 63-381-5992
2. Must-know Travel Tips for Dalat, Vietnam
- In holidays and high season, remember to book the make reservations for accommodation in advance, at least 3 days earlier.
- Always bring cash with you because many shops and restaurant only accept payment in cash
- Start your journey early because of most restaurants and shops in Dalat City close before 22:00 pm
- When purchasing items in the local market, remember to bargain
- When taking a motor-taxi, don’t forget to ask the price clearly to reach an agreement