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Da Lat

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Best Time: January-March Read More

Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Nearest Airport: Lien Khuong Check Flights

"City of Eternal Spring"

Da Lat Tourism

Da Lat is a refreshing hill station located in the southwestern highlands of Vietnam and is about 6 hours away from Ho Chi Minh City. A far cry from the tropical heat of the south, Da Lat's crisp and cool weather attracts honeymooners, backpackers as well as luxury travellers.

Surrounded by pine trees, lofty hills, blossoming flowers, world-class golf and relics of French architecture, Da Lat is often called Mini Paris for its relaxing environs. The climate of Da Lat also makes it a great place for farming local produce such as fruits, vegetables and of course, the Robusta Coffee.

Da Lat Town is a bustling metropolis of a city whereas, its surrounding are embellished with hills, gardens, lakes, coffee plantations and waterfalls. No wonder then that Da Lat is also famous for hiking, canyoning and trekking among backpackers. It is also a local favourite when it comes to choosing a honeymoon destination.

From history to sightseeing, and from quiet cafe nooks to bustling markets filled with locally grown fruits and vegetables; Da Lat has everything to keep a tourist happy and satiated!

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Travel Tips for Da Lat

  • While most of the attractions are free to visit, some may incur tourist charges. Keep a VND worth a million handy while travelling.
  • If you do wish to exchange money, jewellery stores are the way to go. National banks can also be used for the purpose, such as VietCom. However, their exchange rates are a little low.
  • Do try some of the local coffee at one of the cafes in Da Lat.

Nightlife in Da Lat

Da Lat wine is popular all over Vietnam for its distinctive taste and flavor The nightlife in Da Lat is fancier than what is expected at a hill station. Bars and clubs open up until midnight. Some of the favourite destinations of this place are Beepub, The Escape Bar and Pompeii Spa & Bar.

Shopping in Da Lat

Dalat Market is a popular place for shopping in Da Lat. It has got everything from groceries to wine. It is known as a foodie's heaven. Dalat's night market is another charming destination flushed with tourists all around. If you want to get something from Dalat, dried flowers are a must. Artichoke tea is another product from Da Lat which you can take back home. It is common for vendors all over Vietnam to flash the 'Made in Da Lat' label. However, not all of it might be so. 

History of Da Lat

The name of the city itself means, river of the LAT Tribe. Da Lat was discovered by Dr. Alexandre Yersin in 1893. And the city was estabilished in 1912. It was the capital of 'Federation of IndoChina' during World War II (1939-1945). The numerous French styled buildings all over the town makes it quite evident that a lot of french Europeons have lived here before independence.

Restaurants and Local Food in Da Lat

Being a major farming land, Da Lat's cuisine is rich in vegetarian fare that makes use of the fresh and local produce such as fruits, vegetables and of course, coffee. However, meats and savoury pancakes can also be found on simple but clean roadside stalls. Make sure you try out the soothing artichoke tea, which also has proven medical benefits. 

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Allen William 1 year ago
This is a horrible place to visit. If you love animals, stay away! If you read some of the reviews and see the photos on Tripadvisor, you will see what I mean. Please help stop the animal cruelty. Read, sign and share this petition to the Forest Protection Department of Lam Dong Province now! ***link hidden***
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