Da Lat Sights & Attractions

Known as ‘The City of Eternal Spring’, Da Lat is a popular hillside retreat in the Central Highlands, renowned for its year-round temperate climate.


Golden Valley, Da Lat

Golden Valley, Da Lat – Image courtesy of Nguyen Tan Phat/Wikimedia Commons

Introducing Da Lat

The city (also spelt Dalat) was originally conceived as a resort in the 1890s by the Swiss bacteriologist Alexandre Yerson when Vietnam was part of the the French territory of Cochinchina.

Today, the town still resembles a European alpine resort sprawling across a series of pine-covered hills, with a small lake at its centre.

What to do and see in Da Lat

Drive past crumbling French colonial mansions on Tran Hung Dao, admire Art Deco architecture at the Dalat Railway Station, wander through meditation halls in the Truc Lam (Bamboo Forest) Zen Monastery and browse the bustling Dalat Market (Cho Da Lat).

Visit the Emperor Bao Dai's Summer Palace, stroll around the pretty Xuan Huong Lake and spot happy newlyweds in the ‘Valley of Love’.

Have fun clambering around the concrete ladders and exploring the tunnels and unique themed rooms of the bizarre Hang Nga Guest House – essentially a giant treehouse.

The surrounding countryside of Dalat comprises mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forest providing some of the best mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and canyoning in Vietnam.

Trek to the nearby ethnic villages of the Lat and the Koho people. Get wet at the impressive Dambri waterfalls or go canyoning, kayaking, rock climbing and rappelling in the nearby mountains.

Dalat is located at 1500m above sea level on the Langbiang Plateau in the southern part of the Central Highlands.

Where to stay in Da Lat

Dalat offers an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit all budgets, including the following 5-star hotels…

Dalat Palace HotelDalat Palace Hotel
Location: 12 Tran Phu Street, Da Lat
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD280 per room
Description: Dalat Palace Hotel is in the of heart Dalat, 320 yards from Bao Dai Palace. In a private park, the naturally-ventilated hotel features a restaurant, spa and free Wi-Fi. The open-air rooms at the Palace Dalat are elegant with 1920s French colonial decor and hardwood floors. Each room includes a TV, minibar and coffee/tea-making facilities. 24-hour room service is also provided. The hotel has tennis courts and a children’s outdoor playground. Guests can work out at the fitness center or visit the spa for a relaxing massage. Bicycle rental and shuttle services are available. Parking is free. Le Rabelalis serves a wide selection of French dishes and wine, and is open for breakfast and dinner. For drinks and snacks, Larry’s Bar is another good dining option. Dalat Palace Hotel is 3 km from Dalat Museum and 30-minute drive from Dalat Airport.

Dalat Edensee Lake Resort & SpaDalat Edensee Lake Resort & Spa
Location: Tuyen Lam Lake, Da Lat
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD148 per room
Description: Offering views stretching across forests and lakes, Dalat Edensee Lake Resort & Spa provides luxurious 5-star accommodations with free Wi-Fi and a private hot tub. Golf simulators, a cinema and cigar lounge are available. Featuring private balconies with scenic views, the elegant rooms have a flat-screen TV and a comfortable armchair. The spacious bathrooms have a bathtub, a hairdryer and bathrobes. Guests can relax in the library or enjoy a walk in the resort's gardens. Other amenities include bike rentals, billiard tables and foosball. A range of Vietnamese, Asian and international cuisine can be enjoyed at the restaurant. 24-hour room service is also available. Dalat Edensee Lake Resort is 10 km from downtown Dalat and 30 km from Dalat Airport. An airport transportation service and free parking are available.

Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa
Location: Le Lai Street, Da Lat
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD140 per room
Description: This 5-star resort features 7 original French colonial villas ideally nestled on the slopes of Dalat city’s rural highlands. It offers extensive spa facilities and a variety of dining options. Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa has elegantly furnished villas that include mosquito netting, LCD TVs, and panoramic mountain views. Most villas also include fireplaces and furnished terraces. The resort’s La Cochinchine Spa provides 5 treatment rooms with a wide range of therapeutic treatments including foot massage area and different sauna and steam baths. Guests can enjoy outdoor barbecues, dining in the privacy of their rooms, or at the resort’s Le Petit Dalat Restaurant where Vietnamese and fusion cuisine are served. Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa is well located for guests to enjoy exploring the surrounding landscaped areas and local culture and farming countryside.

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Best time to visit Da Lat

Da Lat is best visited during the dry season from December to March. The wet season lasts from April to November; but mornings usually remain dry. Temperatures hover between a pleasant 15°C (59°F) (average daily minimum) to 25°C (77°F) (average daily maximum).

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