Dalat is quite different from anywhere else you’ll visit in Vietnam. You would almost be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into the French Alps in springtime. This was certainly how the former colonists treated it – escaping to their chalets to enjoy the cooler climate.
The French feel is compounded by a radio mast shaped like the Eiffel Tower and the local bohemian artists’ predilection for swanning around in berets. Dalat is small enough to remain charming, and the surrounding countryside is blessed with lakes, waterfalls, evergreen forests and gardens.
The Dalat area was once famous for hunting and a 1950s brochure boasted that ‘a two-hour drive from the town leads to several game-rich areas abounding in deer, roe, peacocks, pheasants, wild boar, black bear, wild caws, panthers, tigers, gaurs and elephants’. So successful were the hunters that all of the big game is now extinct. The closest you’ll get to the formerly diverse fauna are the taxidermied specimens about town.
+ Getting there & away:
- Bus: Dalat’s long distance bus station (Ð 34) is 1km south of Xuan Huong Lake, although many private services will (if asked) pick up and drop off at the hotel of your choice. Services are available to most of the country, including several to HCMC (60, 000d, six to seven hours), Phan Rang (40, 000d, 4½ hours), Nha Trang (60, 000d, seven hours) and Buon Ma Thuot (65, 000d, four hours).
- Car & motorbike: From HCMC, taking the inland (Hwy 20) route to Dalat via Bao Loc and Di Linh is faster than taking the coastal route (Hwy 1A) via Ngoan Muc Pass. The following are road distances from Dalat: Di Linh (82km), Nha Trang (205km), Phan Rang (108km), Phan Thiet (247km) and HCMC (308km). There are secondary roads connecting Dalat to Buon Ma Thuot and other parts of the central highlands.
- Taxi & car: Taxis are easy to find and a one-way trip to just about anywhere in Dalat costs US$2 or less. Dalat Travel Service can arrange daily car rentals (with a driver) for around US$25.
Canyoning adventure down the waterfalls and rock faces. We are doing big challenge with hiking, repelling, swimming, and sliding down the falls. Our safe requirement is a sense of adventure and a love for water.
Visit Bao Dai palace where the last Emperor of Vietnam – Bao Dai (1913-1997) stayed and ruled his Vietnam from 1949 to 1954 and then transfer to Mong Mo hill, Love Valley is beautiful and romantic landscape of Dalat Vietnam. One of highlight in Dalta is Truc Lam Zen Monastery - The largest Zen Monastery of Vietnam in Dalat city . Tuyen Lam Lake - The nicest Lake of Dalat. and then and enjoy Lat Ethnic band.
Going to visit Lat village - a village of Lat ethnic minority nearby the Langbiang Mountain, Love valley, Domain de-Marie church, Thien Vien Truc Lam pagoda , Tuyen Lam Lake, Chinese pagoda, Thien Vuong Co Sat pagoda, Minh Nguyet Cu Si Lam, Than Tho lake, Doi Thong Hai Mo and Ai An forest..
This ride probably offers the best sampling of single track downhill riding in the Dalat area. The total ride distance is about 30 kilometers and it is the easiest of our rides. Views are outstanding throughout with beautiful pine forested hills, Dankia Lake and picturesque small farms dotting the valleys you ride through.
Take one hour driving from Dalat city to the trekking point, Easy and moderate trek through Pine Forest and Jungle, Climbing to summit of Pinhatt, Camping in forest beside Tuyen Lam Lake, more trekking for second day to Ethnic minority village. Average trek is to 4- 5 hours a day
Langbiang Mountain, the highest peak from Dalat to the South of Vietnam. Trek from the base 1,450m (4,850f) to the summit 2,169m (7,000f). Pass vegetable farm, woods and rain forest. Enjoy the commanding view of the highlands. (From which, in a clear day, is possibly visible to see the South China Sea). Then visiting Lat village – the indigenous people of Dalat with their rich culture, long houses, and weavings.
This trip is not too hard but still definitely rewarding. Walk through the pine forest, coffee and persimmon plantations, up to Holy Cross hill to enjoy the panoramic view of Tuyen Lam Lake. Experience trekking through the thick jungle. The ride to Meditation Pagoda at the end of the trek is a lovely way to complete a fantastic day.
The Empress Hotel, lakeside with its Mediterranean architecture and quiet ambience is situated by the famous Xuan Huong lake in DaLat city. The Empress Hotel is also near the town center and the Golf Club. For even greater tranquility, lake view rooms are equipped with sound proof glass. Villa decorated with charming, colonial style influence complete with Italian tiles and old wood finish. The Empress Dalat Hotel is a very short walk to restaurants, cafes, and the incredible Dalat market.
THIEN AN HOTEL is centrally located in the city centre, within walking distance from dining and shopping areas. It offers air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi in guestrooms. Rooms feature a TV with satellite channels, a minibar and a fridge. There are also ironing facilities for guest’s convenience. Select rooms come with private bathroom facilities including a bathtub. Thienan Hotel provides a tour desk which organises day activities to local attractions. Other services include airport pick-up at an additional cost. Thienan Hotel also provides currency exchange facilities.
Built before 1975, Ngoc Lan cinema was reconstructed and transformed into Blue Moon Hotel & Resort in 1981 to meet the rising needs for hotel accommodation in Dalat after the end of the war. Located in the center of Dalat city, on a poetic hill and overlooking the picturesque Xuan Huong lake, Ngoc Lan has been a favorite hotel of most travelers to Dalat for many years. New Blue Moon Hotel & Resort is now magnificent for its 91 modern rooms, spacious lobby, bars, international standard conference halls, Wifi internet connection, a private underground parking, sky view restaurant & bar overlooking the whole Dalat panorama and inherited location in the heart of Dalat city, next to the famous Central market, on the city walking street, overlooking fascinating Xuan Huong lake, within walking distance to the city key office buildings, banks, post offices, shopping centers, dining and entertainment establishments , convenient access to the most of tourist spots, etc .
Sited on approximately 35 acres of suburban parkland that forms its own unique compound, the area Evason Ana Mandara Villas Dalat occupies was originally known as the 'Bellevue Quarter', a nod to the rich French influence. Striking views of the surrounding town, countryside and flourishing vegetable fields abound from all areas of the gently sloping hillside property.
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