Da Lat (Vietnam) was my penultimate stop on my trip to Vietnam in 3 weeks. At first, it was not in my plans but in Hoi An I heard a lot of people speaking well about this city. For this reason, I decided to remove Mui Ne, which is popular thanks to its dunes, from my route and add Da Lat. Well, another reason was that in Hoi An I was very hot and I had heard that in Da Lat the temperatures were lower. I felt much more like a temperate climate than the heat of Mui Ne.
Da Lat is located in the Vietnamese highlands. Surrounded by mountains, lakes and waterfalls, it enjoys a cool climate throughout the year. It was a very popular city during the French occupation. In fact, today you can see a lot of European influence in some of its buildings, houses and even atmosphere.
It was a city that surprised me a lot, as it seemed to me to be totally different from what I had seen in the country. I recommend you to visit the city but also to go around the surroundings in search of waterfalls and flower fields. I had to settle for just the city since neither I nor the girl I was travelling with were riding motorcycles. A pity!
WHAT TO DO AND SEE IN DA LAT, VIETNAM – A MUST
If you are going to add this destination to your trip to Vietnam on your own, don’t miss out on all these things to see in Da Lat, Vietnam:
- Domaine de Marie, a pink convent
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That’s right, my first visit to Da Lat was to a convent. But not just any convent! But a pink one, something that had caught my attention when I was looking for something to see in Da Lat and that I didn’t want to miss. Domaine de Marie is a Catholic convent in Da Lat, Vietnam. The church was built between 1930 and 1943, and it mixes European and Vietnamese styles. I found it quite a curious place, so I recommend you to go there.
- Hằng Nga Guesthouse, the “Crazy House” of Da Lat
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La Casa Loca is a building built by the architect Đặng Việt Nga. After studying architecture in Moscow and living in Hanoi, she decided to move to Da Lat, where she designed the building now known as “Crazy House”. It is a popular place because of the extravagant and deformed shape of its concrete facade. The reality is that it tries to resemble a tree trunk. The author herself has said that she was inspired by Gaudí’s buildings when she designed it. The truth is that it is something quite curious to see in Da Lat.
What some people don’t know is that you can stay here. Even if you don’t stay there, you can visit it. The entrance fee is about 1,50 ?. Open from 8:30am to 7pm.
- Take the cable car to Truc Lam Pagoda
On one of our mornings at Da Lat we went to Truc Lam Pagoda. To get to this place, the best option is to take the cable car from the city. Honestly, the temples didn’t seem like much to me. After having seen some very nice ones during my travels in Asia, Truc Lam Pagoda didn’t surprise me at all. However, the surroundings are beautiful, as it is surrounded by forest and Lake Tuyen Lam. I highly recommend walking around the area.
The truth is that what I enjoyed most was the cable car ride, as seeing Da Lat from the heights was a marvel. The one-way ticket costs 50,000 dong (1.90 euro) and the return ticket costs 70,000 dong (2.66 euro).
- Visit Da Lat Flower Park
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Da Lat is known as the city of flowers. Walking around this park located by Xuan Huong Lake you will understand the reason for this name. Da Lat Flower Park is a 7,000 square meter park where you will find many gardens with different kinds of flowers. If you are a flower lover, it will be like being in paradise. Of course, I would like to say that it is a very quiet place, but the truth is that when I went there, it was full of tourists.
- Going in search of waterfalls
One of the best plans to make in Da Lat is to rent a motorcycle and explore the surroundings of the city, since it is surrounded by nature. If you decide to do this, you can’t miss 3 of the most popular waterfalls near Da Lat: Elephant Waterfalls, Datanla Waterfalls and Pongour Falls, the most impressive of the three due to the way the water falls. If you don’t ride a motorcycle, there are many agencies in town where you can book this tour.
- Eat at the Da Lat Night Market
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Something to see at Da Lat is or is not their night market. Every day from 5pm to 10pm you can find this market in the heart of the city. Although the street food is the great attraction, other types of products are also sold such as clothes, souvenirs, flowers, etc. Da Lat is a pretty relaxed city, however, here you can enjoy a great atmosphere. Apart from the stalls, there are many people singing, dancing or doing other types of street performances. We went one night and I was amazed at how many people there were!
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I hope that this post about the must-sees at Da Lat has been very useful for you. If you have any doubt, you can leave a comment or send me an email. See you next time, travellers!