Dalat see and do guide

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Dalat see and do guide

Introduction

| 02 May 2017
Last updated 02 May 2017

Dalat's greatest attraction is probably its cool mountain air and green vistas - especially if you're heading from Saigon. It's a perfect antidote to a hot crowded city. That's why the French flocked here a century ago too. But there are some cool things to keep you busy as well.

Dalat's becoming a popular active travel destination with trekking, cycling and climbing all bringing in young adventure seekers.

We're big fans of the city's architectural heritage - though Dalat has done little to make use of one of its best assets. Information for those interested in architecture and history is almost non-existent. Still, we love exploring the incredible collection of French and Vietnamese modernist architecture here.

Coffee and the local cuisine will also be highlights of your stay.

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Walking tour - Dalat - self guided

Spend an afternoon exploring Dalat's impressive architectural heritage. Allow 3 - 4 hours - it may take longer if you want to... Read more

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Walking tour - Dalat - self guided
Bao Dai Dinh 1, Tran Quang Dieu St - starting point

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Dalat Market

Dalat's central market is a good spot for an early morning wander. The building's a special piece of Vietnamese modernist... Read more

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Dalat Market
Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St, Dalat

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Madam Nhu's Residence, Dalat

A stunning piece of modernist architecture that was also the Dalat residence of Madam Nhu, aka. Tran Le Xuan, an infamous figure... Read more

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Madam Nhu's Residence, Dalat
2 Yet Kieu St, Dalat
20,000VND

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Bao Dai's Summer Palace, Dalat

The Dalat summer retreat of Vietnam’s last emperor, Bao Dai, is a special piece of art-deco architecture and history, with a... Read more

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Bao Dai's Summer Palace, Dalat
1 Nguyen Viet Xuan St, Dalat
20,000VND

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Cable Car and Truc Lam Pagoda

Dalat's cable car is a nice way to see the town and its surrounding countryside, while visiting the recently built Truc Lam... Read more

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Cable Car and Truc Lam Pagoda
3 April St, Dalat
100,000VND Return

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Chicken Village, Lanh Dinh An, Dalat

A modest attraction at best, this Koho minority village 18kms from Dalat is famous for its huge concrete chicken. If you’re in... Read more
Chicken Village, Lanh Dinh An, Dalat
18 kms south of Dalat

Dalat - touring the countryside

Dalat town disappoints many but travels in the surrounding countryside can give a welcome lift to the underwhelmed. Read more

Dalat Palace Golf Club, Dalat

From its opening in the 1920s, until the 1990s, this was Vietnam’s only golf course. They're now ubiquitous across the country.... Read more

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Dalat Palace Golf Club, Dalat
Bà Huyện Thanh Quan St, Đà Lạt
+84 (063) 382 1201

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Domaine De Marie Convent, Dalat

Designed by Paul Veysseyre and built in 1942 the convent was once home to 300 nuns. Today there are only a dozen or so. The... Read more

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Domaine De Marie Convent, Dalat
Mai Hac De St, Dalat

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Flower Gardens - Dalat

Dalat’s flower gardens are close to town and easily visited. Beautiful flowers are scattered among plenty kitsch as well lots of... Read more

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Flower Gardens - Dalat
Nguyên Từ Lực, Phường 8, Da Lat
10,000VND

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Hang Nga’s Crazy House (Crazy House), Dalat

A totally bizarre architectural creation by the daughter of one of Vietnam’s most celebrated communist leaders, Truong Chinh. Read more

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Hang Nga’s Crazy House (Crazy House), Dalat
3 Huynh Thuc Khang St, Dalat

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Lang Bian Mountain and Lat Village, Dalat

Dalat’s highest peak, Lang Bian Mountain has been overwhelmed by tacky decorations. This is no eco experience, but the views... Read more

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Lang Bian Mountain and Lat Village, Dalat
Directly north of Dalat town

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Railway Station, Dalat

Designed in 1932 by French architects Moncet and Reveron, and opened in 1938, these days, Dalat’s distinctive railway station... Read more

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Railway Station, Dalat
Quang Trung St, Dalat
From 90,000VND for train ride

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Valley of Love, Dalat

No natural scene is so beautiful and serene that it can’t be improved with generous lashings of concrete, colourful concrete... Read more

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Valley of Love, Dalat
Thung Lung Tinh Yeu, Dalat

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