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Da Lat

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Country rank: 21 out of 36 Places To Visit In Vietnam

Sub-Region: South Central Highlands


Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Best time: December to March (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Lien Khuong (Check Flights)


"City of Eternal Spring"

Da Lat Tourism

Da Lat is a typical tourist destination located in the southern central highlands of Vietnam. Because of its pleasant weather around the year, people show up all the time seeking summer respite from beaches and lowlands. The elevated town is all about pine trees, lofty hills, blossoming flowers, world class golf and French Architecture.

Popularly known as the Little Paris of Vietnam, Da Lat is freckled with French Architecture. French built their homes in this city to run away from the summer heat in the lowlands of Vietnam. Da Lat's scenic beauty is about hills, gardens, lakes, coffee plantations and waterfalls. Since it was once the residence of French, the city is quite urban in its feels with posh buildiings, pretty cafes, nice hotels and concrete roads lined with pine trees. Just outside the town is the plethora of scenic views which can be enjoyed from many cafes and hotels. Many adventurous activities like hiiking, mountain biking and water sports can be done here.

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Vietnamese Dongs are accepted at small and big places in Da lat. Mastercards may or may not work at big hotels. Cards should be preferred whenever applicable because the digital transactions are easier to trace and hence safer.

There are many currency exchange facilities all over the city. Best ATM facility is provided by Vietcom Bank.

When you're going for sightseeing or waterfalls, an entry fee is usually applicable (which is not less than 10,000 VND). Keep at least a million dongs (more if you're going for shopping) with you all the time.

The key religions in Da Lat are Buddhism and Catholicism. Many Buddhist religious architectures show the growth of the religion in this region. There are many monks and nuns that live in these temples. There are some cathedrals too and christmas is one of the celebrated festivals of Da Lat.

Like all Vietnamese cities, western dresses are worn in Da Lat. However, sanctity of religious sites is always a top priority. People of Da Lat are amicable and well mannered. Although it is advisable to pay extra attention in money matters. For example, paying your cab driver only after the whole trip or paying in VNDs.

Vietnamese is commonly spoken in Da Lat. But because of the surge in foreign tourists, English is also becoming quite prevalent. A language called 'Lat" is also spoken among the tribal people of Da Lat.

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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.

The night life 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.

Dalat Market is an incredibly 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.

Vietnamese food includes rice, herbs and tropical fruits. Noodles, pancakes, porridges are the daily meals of people of Da Lat. Non-vegetarian food like pork, chicken, seafood and beef is also consumed here.

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8 months ago by Allen William

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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