Da Lat Vietnam Travel Guide


Da Lat Vietnam Travel Guide
A Vagabond Life

Da Lat Vietnam Travel Guide A Vagabond Life

Da Lat, nestled in the misty highlands of Vietnam’s central region, is a unique fusion of natural beauty and colonial heritage. Established by the French in the late 19th century as a cool retreat from the tropical heat, this charming city is often referred to as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its temperate climate and floral bounty. Da Lat’s history as a luxury resort town for the colonial elite has left a lasting architectural legacy, with a picturesque blend of French colonial villas, gardens, and churches set against a backdrop of rolling hills, pine forests, and crystal-clear lakes.

Today, Da Lat is a haven for adventure seekers, nature lovers, and those in pursuit of tranquility. The city’s serene landscape is dotted with sprawling flower gardens, while its surroundings offer vast opportunities for trekking, mountain biking, and exploring waterfalls. The central market and surrounding farms provide a taste of the fresh, locally-grown produce, including the region’s famed strawberries and artichokes. For travelers looking to experience the blend of Vietnamese culture with a touch of French elegance, Da Lat presents an enchanting getaway.

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Things To See & Do In Da Lat Vietnam

Ho Xuan Huong Lake

Ho Xuan Huong Lake

Ho Xuan Huong Lake is in the centre of town. Xuan Huong lake is about 5km in circumference and is one of the main draws of Da Lat, with visitors and locals strolling its banks. Paddle boats can be hired on the banks of the lake.

Bao Dai Palace

Bao Dai Palace

The art deco style palace was built from 1933 to 1937 under the dynasty of King Bao Dai, the last king of Vietnam feudal court. In the past, this villa was constructed as a retreating place King Bao Dai and his royal family to escape the summer heat. Now it is a museum.

St Nicholas Cathedral Da Lat

St Nicholas Cathedral Da Lat

A little piece of Europe in the Vietnamese hills. St Nicholas Cathedral was built as a Catholic parish by the French in 1931-1932 in an eclectic Romanesque style. The interior of the cathedral was not completed until 1942.

Address:  15 Trần Phú, Phường 3, Thành phố Đà Lạt, Lâm Đồng, Vietnam

Thien Vien Truc Lam Monastery

Thien Vien Truc Lam Monastery

The monastery (admission free, donations accepted) has a magnificent view over the dams below and its gardens are full of landscaped shrubs in animal form.

Elephant Falls

Elephant Falls

Elephant Falls is 30km west of town on the way to Daklak , is an impressive waterfall which flows all year. You can climb to the bottom of the falls however take care if doing this as the path is muddy and slippery.

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