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The hill town of Da Lat has long been the most popular location in the region for getaway holidays since French colonial times. Many people call it ‘Le Petit Paris’ and the town even features a mini-replica Eiffel Tower in its centre! Situated on a plateau 1,500 metres above sea level, this retreat town offers a good change of atmosphere with a refreshingly cool climate while other cities in Vietnam can be very hot and humid especially during summer. Trousers and jumpers are needed if visiting Dalat from November to around March as temperatures hover at about 10°C.

Da Lat Weather Overview

Da Lat’s weather is one of this quaint town’s main attractions for travellers. Thanks to its hilltop location, Da Lat enjoys a consistently mild and cool climate throughout the year. Locals and expats living in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh often make their way here during holidays and long weekends.

Da Lat has two distinctive seasons each year. The dry season takes place between November and March, while rainy weather lasts from April to October. On average, temperatures are highest in May (30°C - 32°C) and lowest in January (20°C - 23°C).

Check the below table for the general idea of Da Lat weather throughout the year:

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 26.9 24.2 21.6
Feb 28.1 25 22.2
Mar 29.4 26.3 23.5
Apr 30.9 27.8 25.1
May 32.2 28.8 25.9
Jun 32.7 29.2 26.4
Jul 32.4 28.9 26.1
Aug 32.3 28.8 25.9
Sep 31.8 28.3 25.5
Oct 30.2 27.3 24.6
Nov 28.6 26.2 23.9
Dec 27.7 25.2 22.8


Best time to go to Da Lat

The best time to visit Da Lat is between December and March when you can see its famous flower gardens in full bloom. Temperatures at this time of the year are ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, and walking. Da Lat also hosts its biannual flower festival during this time, where you can enjoy vibrant parades, exhibitions and workshops, as well as the colourful flowers that surround Xuan Huong Lake.

Da Lat Seasonal Weather Guide

Spring – Season of Trees and Flowers

In the spring (January-March), the temperature fluctuates between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius. The temperature is low, the wind speed is slow, and the sky is less cloudy, which facilitates the formation of hoarfrost. Hoarfrost occurs when water vapor freezes into small white particles like salt right on the ground or on the surface of plants. Hoarfrost is rather rare but it makes for incredible photos of this area. This season brings to life many lush trees, and hundreds of flowers bloom.

How to Deal with the Weather

It’s quite cold in the spring, especially in January. You should wear several layers of clothing to keep you warm and this also allows you to tuck away a few layers if you get hot, I suggest preparing a small backpack if you set out for the day to explore. A hat, gloves, socks, scarf, and coat are important pieces of clothing to bring along. Markets in Da Lat sell a wide range of these clothes with reasonable prices, so don’t worry if your luggage doesn’t allow you to pack everything you need.

What to Do

Spring is also the best season to travel to Da Lat because all the trees are green and flowering. Hundred of flowers make a blaze of colors in every corner of the city, from the gardens, along the roadsides, around the hillsides, to the sprays of color that light up the balconies of old houses. The whole city is colored pink by cherry blossoms, a special flower of Da Lat. Not only will you see cherries, but this time is also the blossoming season of dandelions and the harvest time of artichokes. 

Pro tip: If you are in Da Lat during this time, you must try Da Lat’s very famous, special tea, artichoke tea.

If you travel to Da Lat in the spring, you can explore and drift through beautiful flowers in famous flower gardens such as Van Thanh, Thai Phien, and Ha Dong.

Summer – Season of Fog and Purple Color

In the summer (April – June), the average temperature fluctuates between 24 and 31 degrees Celsius. Obviously, during this time of year, the weather is warmer than in the spring. Fog is also common and it creates a nostalgic mood at night since the entire city emanates a dim light. You can also expect short rainfalls (but the rain is not intense during this time yet). Thunderstorms and showers often occur at noon and evening around May and June. 

How to Deal with the Weather

You can wear comfortable summer clothes during this season. However, a woolen set is necessary if you want to stroll around at night in Da Lat.

Because of the light rain, a raincoat and umbrella are necessary. Vendors sell raincoats everywhere on the road in the center of Da Lat, but there are not many on the mountain roads. Therefore, buy a raincoat in the city in advance, then explore the areas far away from the city. This will definitely keep you drier! The price for a disposable raincoat is really cheap, around 20,000 VND (less than 1 USD).

What to Do

Different from the extreme heat in Saigon, summer in Da Lat is the season of romantic rain and fog across the valley. Da Lat has beautifully decorated coffee shops in the center of the city, on the hillside, or inside the pine forest. Listen to music and sip a cup of coffee in these coffee shops on rainy days. Have a look at The Stories Behind the Lovely Vietnamese Coffee Shops in Da Lat to find your favorite coffee shops.

Summer in Da Lat is highlighted by many flowers such as lavender, Pampas grass, hydrangea, and Purple Phoenix. Read this article to find out more about flowers in Da Lat. Are you fond of tropical fruits? Then listen up! Peach and avocado famously flourish during this time, and they are extremely delicious. The fruit is sold at a cheaper price here and it’s typically cheaper than in other parts of Vietnam because Da Lat is a vast garden of temperate fruit.

Autumn – Season of Romantic Rain

In the autumn (July – September), the average temperature fluctuates between 24 and 31 degrees Celsius and it is the most humid period of the year. The southwest monsoon brings heavy and long periods of rain to the area.

How to Deal with the Weather

In the autumn, it rains heavily almost all day, so this is the off-season in Da Lat. Similar to the summer, a wool set, raincoat, and umbrella are important items you need to prepare if you choose to visit during this season.

What to Do

If you like the romance of rain, autumn is still a good time for you. You can stay at your hostel, or go to the coffee shops to watch the rain pouring down the windows.

Depending on your luck, sometimes the rain will skip a day, but it is unpredictable. During this time, you can see the beauty of the white mustard flower, and enjoy the taste of persimmon in the gardens of Da Lat. The white color of the white mustard flower covers the vast gardens, and the orange color of the persimmon seems to set the corners of Da Lat aflame. And if you make it here in the very beginning of autumn, avocados will still be in season.  

Winter – Season of Flowers on the Hill

In the winter (October to December), the average temperature fluctuates between 20 and 26 degrees Celsius. October will still receive a lot of humidity because it rains a lot. But after, the northeast monsoon winds will sweep through the basin making for relatively dry weather. This time is very suitable for tourism because the weather is cool and dry.

How to Deal with the Weather

It’s very cold in the winter, so preparing a wool set and wearing several layers of clothing is an absolute must.

What to Do 

Winter is the blossoming season of many flowers in Da Lat. The city is a blaze of colors of wild Sunflower, red maple leaf, pink grass, mountain ebony, and buckwheat flowers. Many flower gardens are crowded during this time but for good reason. Both sides of the mountain road in Da Lat turn yellow due to the color of the wild sunflowers. You can also row a boat across Tuyen Lam lake to see the red maple leaf, listen to the sound of nature, and relax.

If you travel to Da Lat anytime in the year, you can still enjoy four seasons in one day. Breathe the fresh air and watch the flowers in the morning as if it were spring. Enjoy the light heat in the afternoon and explore mountain roads to toast the summer. Sit in a coffee shop and watch the rain in the evening as if autumn were right around the corner. Then, eat hot sweet potato and drink hot soy milk in the cold weather to commemorate winter. This is why Da Lat is special, so go find out for yourself. 

Da Lat Current Weather & 7-day Forecast


By Flights

There is only one airport, Lien Khuong Airport, which is 30km south of the city linked by a modern and yet scenic two lane highway and offers flights to and from HCMC, Danang, Hanoi, Hue, Vinh, Haiphong and Bangkok. Da Lat is being serviced by three airlines at this present time (November 2019), being Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air and Jetstar Pacific Airlines. Checking the timetables and prices being offered is well worth while since competition offers better rates with advanced bookings, Vietjet Air like Vietnam Airlines is linked into overseas reservation and ticket issuing through the GDS and airline systems.

There are shuttle buses available just outside the airport building, tickets are sold on spot for 40,000 VND. Beware when catching the shuttle bus that the driver might try to drop you off elsewhere in Dalat rather than your hotel - make sure to specify which hotel you want to be dropped off at to the tout and see that this is communicated to the driver. Be firm but polite with the driver if he tries to drop you off elsewhere, unless you don't mind walking! By default, the shuttle drops you off at Ngoc Phat Hotel which is opposite the Big C mall and may be counted as a central area of the city.

Mai Linh Taxi from the airport counter without any pre-booking was 170,000 to Dalat city and 190,000 to hotels outside the center. Some hotels offer special arrangements with taxi companies to ferry hotel-stayers to and fro the airport also around 200,000 VND.

There is also an option to catch a local bus. The route 1 buses run from Dalat to Duc Trong, thus passing by the airport. The local bus stop (which is just a bus stop sign) is on the QL20 highway near the turn to the airport. You'll have to walk about 1 km from the airport to that bus stop. The price is 15,000 VND.

By Bus

Most local and foreign travellers arrive in Dalat by bus, including those travelling on the famous Sinh Cafe Hanoi-HCMC open-tour bus. Private car service run several daily to Dalat from Nha Trang, Mui Ne and HCMC. From Nha Trang Phuong Trang Bus Station, the bus ride is about 3-4 hours, including a 30-minute breakfast/WC stop about one hour out of Nha Trang, and costs 145 000 VND including hotel pick-up. There is also other bus name is Nam phuong bus pick up at your hostel, and drop off in the middle of backpacker area, cost is 120.000vnd.

From Danang - Danang Central Bus Station, sleeper bus from Danang to Dalat, departs from Danang at 17:00 and arrives Dalat at 8:00 - 9:00 am (15 hours), it costs 265.000/ticket, you may come directly to the Bus Station or online booking via email [email protected].

From Ho Chi Minh City, the bus ride is about 6 hours (recently renovated roads reduced the commute time by a few hours), VND210,000 (Nov 2017) on Phuong Trang (FUTA)'s semi-sleepers.

If coming from Mui Ne, be careful as the road is terribly rough most of the way, so try to book a large bus or at least a seat towards the front. Dropoff is at the Interprovincial Bus Station a couple Kilometers south of the city, FUTA has a free transport van to take you to your hostel or hotel, but be prepared to wait, hours, for when they no longer have any Vietnamese riders.

From Mekong Delta, there is a sleeper bus at 8pm from the Dalat bus station that goes directly to Can Tho ~8h / VND 325k, good option if you want to skip HCMC

For western visitors it may be best to book a ticket on a bus without a television. The entertainment offered could be loud and unappealing if you prefer sleeping before arriving at their next destination. FUTA's semi sleepers dont have TV.

There are various travel agencies in the town that can book buses to all parts of the country.

Alternatively, catch a local bus at HCMC, Bien Hoa, Phan Rang, Nha Trang or Buon Ma Thuot.

With a temperate climate perfect for growing crops and raising livestock, Dalat has built a thriving agriculture industry – supplying everything from strawberries for Nha Trang’s dessert cafes to buffalo mozzarella for Ho Chi Minh City’s pizzerias. Dining at Dalat’s restaurants means tasting this food at its freshest, straight from the source.

#1 - Salad Da Lat

Salad is obviously something you can get literally anywhere. But if you’re looking for the best, then Da Lat is where it’s at. As the soil and climate in Da Lat are perfect for growing temperate plants and vegetables, such as salad leaves and tomato, you will get the best ingredients here.

Locals usually eat this daily. When you go to any shop or restaurant that sell rice, they will always give you a free dish of salad as a side-just like kimchi in Korea! A simple salad can have your typical ingredients such as lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onions, half boiled eggs, and comes seasoned with vinegar. You can also add some beef or other meat in some places. Last but not least, if you have always dreamt of sitting in a huge fridge while eating greens, Da Lat is “the fridge” that you are looking for. Granted it’s not as cold as other places in the world, but it is cold for Vietnam!

Where to get the best salad in Da Lat

+ Leguda (Vegetable buffet)

  • Address:  8 Dong Da, Ward 3, Da Lat city (First floor of Cable car station)
  • Phone number:  0263 3965 965 (You should book a table in advance)
  • Business hours: 10AM – 9PM
  • Price range: 39,000 – 200,000 VND (1.8 – 9 USD)

+ La Chuoi – Am Thuc Viet

  • Address: 21/9 Tran Phu, W.3, Da Lat
  • Phone number: (063) 6 511 500
  • Business hours: 8 AM – 9 PM 
  • Price range: 30,000 – 50,000 VND (1.4 – 2.3 USD)

+Vinh Loi

  • Address: 2D Phan Dinh Phung, Da Lat
  • Phone number: (063) 3 836 215
  • Business hours: 6 AM – 9 PM 
  • Price range: 20,000 – 50,000 VND (1 – 2.3 USD)

#2 - Vietnamese Grilled Pork Sausage – Nem nuong

It would be a pity if you leave Da Lat without trying the tasty Vietnamese Grilled Pork Sausage! Some people say that it originated from Hue, while others say it’s from Nha Trang. But who cares about the origin? That’s the last thing you’ll be thinking about as you munch down on one of those babies.

Last year, a staff member at the hostel I stayed in told me to try the nem nuong at a shop nearby. My pride as a gourmand didn’t allow me to say no to any food suggestion or invitation. So I went there, tried it and fell in love! How can people come up with such a great combination of rice paper, grilled pork sausage, fresh salad, cucumber, starfruit, herbs and fried rice paper? I do not know.

The star of this delicious food is actually the thick peanut sauce. Don’t forget to add a little bit of dried chili so that the spice will warm you up in cold weather. To eat nem nuong, first you need to grab a piece of rice paper, wet it a little bit with water, then add the greens, pork and everything else in it, wrap it up next, and finally dip it into the sauce. Then you go to town!

Where to find the best nem nuong in Da Lat

+ Nem Nuong Hung Van 

  • Address: 150 Bui Thi Xuan, Da Lat
  • Phone number: 02633991968
  • Business hours: 9 AM – 9 PM
  • Price range: 35,000 VND (1.6 USD)

+ Nem Nuong Ut Hue

  • Address: 1 Chi Lang, Da Lat
  • Phone number: 02633811120
  • Business hours: 4 PM – 10 PM
  • Price range: 40,000 VND (1.9 USD)

+ Nem Nuong Ba Nghia

  • Address: 45 Bui Thi Xuan, Da Lat  
  • Phone number:  02633820993 – 01668282928 – 0971514251
  • Business hours: 9AM – 10PM
  • Price range: 40,000 VND (1.9 USD)

#3 - Mini Pancake – Banh can

This dish is a popular breakfast in Da Lat. It may have originated in Binh Thuan province, but after making its way to Da Lat, it became a part of the food culture here. To me, sitting next to a stove in a cold morning, watching the banh can lady pour the white mixture of rice powder in a pottery pancake pan, fill it with egg, shrimp or squid and frying it until the pancake is burned slightly, is a nostalgic sight. To you, it may be unique. Normally, a dish of mini pancake have 10 – 12 pieces, and it is served with a bowl of broth, made of fish sauce, green onions, and meatballs. All you have to do is dip the cake in the broth and enjoy the harmony of flavors in your mouth.

Where to find the best banh can in Da Lat

+ Banh Can Da Lat

  • Address: 7 Tang Bat Ho, Da Lat
  • Phone number:  091 211 62 46
  • Business hours:  9 AM – 10 PM
  • Price range: 20,000 – 30,000 VND (0.9 – 1.4 USD)

+ Banh Can Binh Dan

  • Address: Opposite to 62 Phan Dinh Phung, Da Lat
  • Business hours: 9 AM – 10 PM
  • Price range: 20,000 – 30,000 VND (0.9 – 1.4 USD)

+ Banh Can Cay Bo

  • Address: 56 Tang Bat Ho, Da Lat
  • Phone number: 097 528 07 09
  • Business hours: 6 AM – 11 AM
  • Price range: 20,000 – 30,000 VND (0.9 – 1.4 USD)

#4 - Steamed rice paper with chicken intestine – Banh uot long ga

Steamed rice paper is a popular dish in all regions of Vietnam. However, it’s only in Da Lat that you can find steamed rice paper commonly served with chicken intestine. The dish is made of simple ingredients like rice powder, chicken meat or intestine, topped with crispy fried shallots and served with fish sauce. If you are looking for a dish that is on the weird scale, but not too weird, then you should give steamed rice paper with chicken intestine a try.

Where to find the best banh uot long ga in Da Lat

+ Banh Uot Long Ga Long

  • Address: Alley 202, Lo A16 Phan Dinh Phung, Da Lat
  • Phone number: (+84) 0168-252 9116
  • Business hours: 12 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Price range: 15,000 VND (0.9 USD)

+ Banh Uot Long Ga Trang

  • Address: 15F Tang Bat Ho, Da Lat
  • Phone number: 0263 3825 043
  • Business hours: 1:30 PM – 8 PM
  • Price range: 30,000 – 70,000 VND (1.3 – 3.1 USD)

#5 - Banh mi dip with meatball soup – Banh mi xiu mai chen

On a chilly day, nothing can be more perfect than holding a hot banh mi to make your hands warm, then teasing it and dipping in a bowl of spicy meatball soup and giving it a go. A bowl of meatball soup contains pork meatball, pork skin, coriander or green onions and pepper. Some places also add pork sausage. This is the desired breakfast in Da Lat, which goes wonderfully with hot soya milk, the signature drink of Da Lat.

Where to find the best banh mi xiu mai in Da Lat

+ Banh Mi Yersin

  • Address: 10 Yersin, Da Lat
  • Phone number: No information
  • Business hours: 7 AM – 6 PM
  • Price range: 15,000 VND (0.9 USD)

+ Banh Mi Cham Co Gai

  • Address: 26 Hoang Dieu, Da Lat
  • Phone number: No information
  • Business hours: 6AM – 9AM
  • Price range: 15,000 VND (0.9 USD)

+ Banh Mi Phan Dinh Phung

  • Address: 261 Phan Dinh Phung, Da Lat
  • Phone number: No information
  • Business hours: 2 PM – 9 PM
  • Price range: 15,000 VND (0.9 USD)

#6 - Pancake, central style – Banh xeo Da Lat

When discussing banh xeo, people usually think about a big pancake with a thin crust, and veggies on the inside–a must-try dish in Saigon. Let’s forget about that version because the size and taste vary throughout Vietnam. This is the same for other dishes too.  The Da Lat version is still a yellow cake batter that is fried in the pan, but the size is much smaller while the crust is thicker and crispier. When you bite it, the cake will melt in your mouth. The greasy taste of banh xeo is neutralized by the freshness of vegetables so that it’s hard to stop eating more and more. If you are addicted to the wrap and roll cuisine of Vietnam, banh xeo is for you.

Where To Find the Best Banh Xeo in Da Lat

+ Banh xeo Hoang Dieu

  • Address: 35A-B Hoang Dieu, Da Lat
  • Phone number: No information
  • Business hours: 2 PM – 6 PM
  • Price range: 15,000 VND (0.9 USD)

+ Banh Xeo Que Huong

  • Address: 10 Phu Dong Thien Vuong, Da Lat
  • Phone number: No information
  • Business hours: 3 PM – 7 PM
  • Price range: 15,000 VND (0.9 USD)

#7 - Vietnamese Pizza – Banh trang nuong

Maybe it is the cool weather of Da Lat that makes any dish cooked on the coal stove become superstars. And Vietnamese Pizza is not an exception. People will put some other ingredients such as pork, green onions, quail eggs and dried shrimps on rice paper. Then they grill it and rotate it on the coal stove until done. Finally, they will cut it into small triangle pieces and serve with chili sauces. You can also choose to add cheese and sausage to your Vietnamese pizza. This is an addictive snack that you should try when you are in Da Lat.

Where To Find the Best Banh Trang Nuong in Da Lat

+Banh Trang Hoang Dieu

  • Address: 35A-B Hoang Dieu, Da Lat
  • Phone number: No information
  • Business hours: 2 PM – 6 PM
  • Price range: 15,000 VND (0.9 USD)

+ Banh Trang Nuong Di Dinh

  • Address: 26 Hoang Dieu, Da Lat
  • Phone number: 0168 588 8621
  • Business hours: 2 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Price range: 6,000 – 25,000 VND (0.2 – 1.4 USD)

+ Banh Trang Nuong Co Hoa

  • Address: 56 Thong Thien Hoc, Da Lat
  • Phone number: (063) 3 563 563
  • Business hours: 5 PM – 21:30 PM
  • Price range: 10,000 – 25,000 VND (0.4 – 1.4 USD)

#8 - “Shaken” strawberry – Dau lac

The cool climate of Da Lat is perfect for growing strawberries. You can literally find strawberries everywhere in the world, but only in Da Lat can you find it being served in a unique way – seasoned and shaken. The seller will put a cup of strawberry in a jar. Next, they add shrimp salt, fish sauce, and sugar into the cup and shake it for about 1-2 minutes. Lastly, they put everything back to the cup and hand to you. Besides the sweet and sour signature savory flavor, the seasoned strawberry is also a bit salty, which makes this snack even more interesting. Don’t miss shaking strawberry when you are in Da Lat!

Where To Find the Best Shaken strawberry in Da Lat

People sell shaking strawberry everywhere in Da Lat. But from my own experiences, I recommend you to buy it in the night market. Depending on the season, a cup of strawberry can cost around 15,000 – 20,000 VND (0.6 – 1 USD).

#9 - Avocado Ice-cream

Congratulation to the avocado addicts Welcome to avocado paradise! Together with strawberries, Da Lat is where you can find the freshest avocado in Vietnam. Avocado ice-cream of Da Lat is seen as a legendary dessert. That’s why you shouldn’t miss it when you are visiting this city. The way to make avocado ice-cream is also simple. The server chooses the best avocado to blend, and then adds a scoop of coconut ice-cream into the glass and really, that’s all. The dish is a fantastic harmony of avocado and coconut swirled together in a glass of happiness. I’m sure you will love it!

Where To Find the Best Kem Bo in Da Lat

+ Kem Bo Thanh Thao

  • Address: 76 Nguyen Van Troi, Da Lat
  • Phone number: 098 491 91 10
  • Business hours: 7AM – 10PM
  • Price range: 15,000 VND (0.9 USD)

+ Che Thai Ba Trieu

  • Address: 4h Ba Trieu, Da Lat
  • Phone number: No information
  • Business hours: 8AM – 9:30PM
  • Price range: 15,000 VND (0.9 USD)

+ Kem Phung

  • Address: 97A Nguyen Van Troi, Da Lat
  • Phone number: 093 414 19 48
  • Business hours: 8AM – 9PM
  • Price range: 15,000 VND (0.9 USD)

#10 - Sweet soup – Che

This is a food gift for the sweet tooth who is looking for something sweet that is not a cake. On a cool evening, a bowl of hot sweet soup for dessert is super welcome. There are many flavors you can choose, such as beans, corn, pomelo, banana and many more. Sweet soup is also another popular Vietnamese dessert which you will miss after leaving Vietnam.

Where To Find the Best Che in Da Lat

+ Che He

  • Address: 11A, 3 Thang 2, Da Lat
  • Phone number: 098 491 91 10
  • Business hours: 5PM – 11PM
  • Price range: 6,000 – 12,000 VND (0.3 – 0.6 USD)

+ Che Nhu Y

  • Address: 102A, 3 Thang 2, Da Lat
  • Phone number: 098 491 91 10
  • Business hours: 3:30PM – 10:30PM
  • Price range: 6,000 – 12,000 VND (0.3 – 0.6 USD)

Our list of best things to do in Da Lat offers a mix of natural and manmade landmarks, all of which showcases the hill town’s rich history. Once a favourite retreat among French colonials, Da Lat’s expansive forests and waterfalls now attract nature lovers and thrill seekers from around the world.

1. Have fun at the Crazy House

A hotel turned a fantasy park for children and those who love architecture and design. Crazy House is actually Hang Nga Villa, constructed and designed by architect Dang Viet Nga with a striking appearance which can impress any passersby.
Inside the house, there’re 10 rooms named after an animal or plant. You will be staying in tiger room or ant room or kangaroo room, etc. Each room has to itself a distinctive look serving faithfully the purpose of bringing the guests into a whole new world.

Get on the top of the house where you can enjoy a splendid view of Dalat city from an unusual house setting. This house is also constantly listed as one of the most bizarre buildings in the world.

Opening houses: 8:30AM – 7:00PM

Admission: 40,000VND/person

2. Relax yourself at Tuyen Lam Lake and Truc Lam Zen Monastery

Looking for a place to refresh yourself and enjoy the beautiful nature in Da Lat? Tuyen Lam Lake is the place where you can do exactly that. Located on a height of 1000m above the sea, and only 5km south of the city’s center, right on the Prenn Pass.

Xuan Huong Lake is lovely but Tuyen Lam is just divine, especially during October or November, when the lake’s surface turns all foggy and dreamy.

To enjoy the feeling of floating on the this beautiful lake, you can rent a boat with a fee of 200,000VND for a round trip. You can rent it with a group to make it cheaper.

Near Tuyen Lam is the Truc Lam Zen Monastery – a peaceful place to seek for spiritual inspiration. From the monastery, you’ll enjoy not only the breathtaking view of Tuyen Lam lake but also the unique Buddhist architecture.

3. Short visit to Bao Dai’s Palaces

Swing by the summer palace or the King Palace of the last emperor of Vietnam to enjoy beautiful pieces of French architecture.

The Summer Palace in Dalat was built in 1933 and used as a Bao Dai’s summer retreat to get away from the tropical heat. Inside the palace are the furniture and personal possessions of Bao Dai.

The King Palace's most highlighted feature is the lovely flower garden in the front courtyard of the palace. The garden is a wonderful spot for couple to take photos and spend time together with each other.

Location: 1 Trieu Viet Vuong, Dist. 1, Dalat, Lam Dong

4. Admire the architecture of Dalat Main Church

Come to Dalat Main Cathedral to admire the beautiful French architecture in Dalat. The cathedral was built in 1931 and completed in 1942 and served mainly as the worshiping place for French colonialists back in the days.

Location: 15 Tran Phu Street

5. Enjoy embroidery at XQ Historical Village

Even if you’re not a fan of embroidery, a visit to Dalat’s XQ Historical Village would be an interesting experience. You’ll be enjoying the paintings, hand embroidered works and delicately stitched on site.

You’ll have a feeling of entering an art gallery instead with all the colors and talents being showcased here. XQ is a brand focusing solely in high quality Vietnamese hand embroidery with products so perfect to be gifts and souvenirs.

XQ Historical Village also has a very unique and vintage assembly hall. Don’t miss this place.

Location: 80A Mai Anh Dao Street, Dist. 8, Dalat

6. Visit Van Thanh Flower Village

Only 3km away from the city center of Da Lat, Van Thanh Flower Village is a perfect place to chill out and enjoy the beautiful colors of nature. A fun fact for you: Van Thanh is the first place to grow lavender in Da Lat.

The village was founded by migrants from Ha Nam back in the 50s and from the 60s, people here focus mainly in growing flowers. Coming here, travelers can’t help to be infatuated with many different types of flowers such as pink lotus, roses, gerbera…. Van Thanh is the main supply of flowers for the city.

Location: 43 Van Hanh Street, Dist. 5, Da Lat

7. Soak up the culture in Cu Lan village

Cu Lan Village is a wonderful place in Dalat to enjoy the local culture and the pristine and beautiful landscape. The village is nested humbly at the foot of Langbiang Mountain and surrounded by hills of pine trees.

The thing you’ll love most about Cu Lan is its colorful thatched-roofed houses and hall houses which are inspired by the culture of local minorities. All these houses are lying by a small green lake.

There are quite a lot of things to do at this village: kite flying, hiking, boat rowing, fishing, picnicking, and enjoying folk games and gong performances.

8. Visit Linh Phuoc Pagoda

Linh Phuoc Pagoda is the finest piece of architecture to behold in Dalat. Located at 120 Tu Phuoc Street, Linh Phuoc boasts a grand, beautiful and eye-catching appearance. A dragon statue made of 12000 bottles of bear is the most unique feature of this pagoda, also the reason for its other name – Ve Chai Pagoda.

Once you come inside, you’ll be amazed by the huge golden Guanyin statue. The chedi inside the pagoda’s courtyard can be seen even from afar.

9. Have fun at Organic Rice Wine! Cricket Farm

This is one of the most unusual things to do in Dalat that you can enjoy. It might sounds weird but eating fried crickets might be one of the best food experience in Dalat. Come to a Cricket Farm in Dalat you’ll be introduced that crickets are good for health. During the growing process, no chemicals are involved and the crickets are fed with only corn powder, vegetables and banana leaf.

A plate of fried crickets with lemongrass or onions will be served to you with chili sauce. The taste is crispy and you expected it to be delicious.

You can also try out the Cricket Wine which has the taste quite like vodka and it’s believed to be healthy and good for bones, muscles and back pain.

10. Dalat Railway Station

A legendary spot for photography in Dalat. The station was built in 1943 and still remains many features of a Vietnamese train station in the old days. You can see also a delightful steam train on display.

There are 5 old, vintage trains from Dalat railway station to Trai Mat – the suburb of Da Lat where you can find Linh Ung pagoda, the cloudy hills in early morning, pet farm, fireflies farm…. You can easily catch these trains and enjoy the ride on the most beautifully decorated train in Vietnam. A round-trip train ticket to Trai Mat only costs 70,000VND.

Location: Quang Trung Street, Dist. 10, Dalat

11. Challenge yourself at Dalanta Waterfall

Dalanta Waterfall is where your wildest adventure dream will come true. Dalanta is one of the must things to do in Dalat and it rightfully is so. There are seven layers of rock setting reaching a highest drop of 20m.

Come to Dalanta, you can’t help to be bewildered by grandeur of a nature artwork – a white stream of water cascading on a 2-tier waterfall, creating such a wonderful scene.

If you don’t want just to have your eyes pleased, Dalanta is also a place of challenging activities like 15 meter descent, Tyrolean Traverse, Water Sliding, 25 meter Big Waterfall, Free jumping and Washing Machine. Don’t miss this out if you’re an active traveler.

The best hotels in Da Lat are set within a tranquil landscape of flowers, waterfalls, farmlands, lakes, springs, and colonial French structures, making them ideal retreats for travelers looking to escape Vietnam’s busy cityscape.

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Là Nhà Homestay, Da Lat

Nowhere does this idea of a well-designed homestay manifest itself then at Là Nhà (At Home) Homestay, considered the place that made homestays trendy again with Vietnamese youth. Originally an old villa, like the other houses on Hoang Dieu Street, well-known photographer Dinh Ngu took it upon himself to transform it into this highly Instagrammable travelers’ retreat.

Offering both private rooms and dorms, a shared living room and communal kitchen, this will be a comfortable stay in beautiful surroundings that you or your followers won’t soon forget.

Add: 77 Hoang Dieu Street, Ward 5, Da Lat

Prices start at 150,000 VND or about 6.5 USD

YOLO Camping House, Da Lat

“You Only Live Once”, isn’t that why you’re traveling far from home? Why you embraced this crazy adventure and found yourself prepping for one or more weeks in this country? Well, the people behind Yolo Camping House in Da Lat certainly understand the need to explore. Originally founding the YOLO Hostel N Bar that packs a number of dorm rooms right in the city center, these “lovers of life” launched a whole new initiative called the YOLO Camping House, now about two years ago.

As the name suggests, YOLO Camping House is a hostel and house in one. Yes, you heard that right – this house really does offer the best of both worlds, with fully set-up campsites inside the rooms. And, in line with the camping spirit, you won’t find a TV or other electronics in your room, or should we say tent? You will find the essentials: a comfy bed, a few decorative elements and of course, the tent itself, which you can close like a curtain, in case you want to sleep in a bit after long nightly conversations “under” the starry skies.

With views of the mountains to boot, this place truly is a unique way of spending one or multiple nights in Da Lat. It may be a bit unusual, but then again… you only live once!

Add: 27B Ba Thang Tu, Ward 3, Da Lat City

Tents with rooms for 1-5 people start at 300,000 VND or about 13 USD

Dalat Lacasa Homestay II, Da Lat

Just looking for a good price and a central location? Dalat Lacasa Homestay II will certainly fit your needs. This hostel is well-designed and has everything you could wish for in a stay at this price. Well-done dorms pack several beds in one room but still provide privacy. The solo rooms offer bright, clean and sunny designs, comfy beds, and a sink right in the room. Besides the great layouts, the main draw here really is the location.

Situated on the Thu Khoa Huan Street, all of Da Lat’s main city attractions are within walking distance. Whether you want to pick up some fresh food at the old market or take a stroll alongside the lake, it’s right out your door.

Add: 59 Thu Khoa Huan Street, Ward 1, Da Lat City

Rooms start at 180,000 VND or about 8 USD

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Misty Hill, Da Lat

Besides its reputation of being the “Paris of Vietnam”, Da Lat is also known as the land of mist, with low-hanging clouds covering the valleys almost year-round. Nowhere is that on display more than at the aptly-called Misty Hill. This is a small family-run hotel in the mountains, only five minutes by motorbike or taxi from the city center.

From the early morning, when misty mountains are overwhelmed by golden sunlight, to the gorgeous cooler afternoons and even during a rain shower (don’t forget that Da Lat will be in rainy season from about May to November), the views from your room at Misty Hill never disappoint.

And even if the views outside tire you, there’s enough to see inside. The interior has been handpicked by the owner and features many little trinkets, pieces of ceramics and locally-made fabrics.

If it’s peacefulness and nature that you’re looking for without spending a lot, Misty Hill will be your top choice.

Add: 31/5C 3/4 street, Ward 3, Da Lat City

Rooms start at 500,000 VND or about 23 USD

Émai, Da Lat

A (slopey) few minutes’ walks from the little town center, Émai Homestay is nothing but enchanting. From the moment you approach the place, you will feel like you’re leaving all that you know behind. Everything brings you good vibes, from the romantic font on the name sign outside the gate, to the lovely flower garden you pass on your way in, to the simple and rustic setup of the small art cafe and the Italian-inspired rustic restaurant space. Here, you can find local writers and travelers from afar all at the same time. Everything at Émai feels elegantly put together and charms you at each step of the way.

The menu at this homestay is not at all what you may expect here in the highlands of Vietnam, with Italian-inspired salads, pasta, and pizzas leading the charge. But it’s no surprise when you know that its owner (famed writer and poet Đoàn Minh Phượng) spent over 20 years in Europe, learning the flavors preferred on this of the world. Prepared by a local chef, the vegetable-led cuisine feels truly foreign in the best way possible, while local and fresh ingredients still remind you of where you are.

Run by Ms. Doan’s children and nephew alongside a team of talented locals, Émai feels as breezy and romantic as the city it’s in. Rooms vary both in size and layout to fit every need. The first-floor rooms for example, all have bright windows with beautiful garden views. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique and playful, you’ll enjoy Emai’s attic rooms. These rooms were inspired by Japanese architecture with comfortable mattresses on the floor, that look towards a skylight for nightly stargazing. All rooms have private bathrooms with Japanese wooden bathtubs.

Add: 1 Thi Sach, Ward 6, Da Lat City

Rooms from 900,000 VND or about 40 USD, including breakfast and coffee or tea

The Seen House, Da Lat

The Seen House simply needs to be … seen. This stunning “country inn” is situated right on Da Lat’s Tuyền Lâm Lake and offers sweeping views of the water and the mountains behind it. Even if you don’t end up staying here, the place welcomes all for a cup of lakeside coffee in the sun or an intimate lunch. Only a 15-minute car ride from the town’s center, you will be arriving at something that almost seems otherworldly.

The rooms’ interior design is simple but of high quality. The large glass panel that fronts the rooms and the fact that they’re right on the lake, means you’ll be waking up to incredible sunrises over the water. Besides the five private rooms and two family rooms that The Seen House packs, there is the cafe, the restaurant, a library, and a workshop
While the prices are absolutely modest and the overall approach minimalist, there is an undeniable resort feel to the place, stemming from the level of detail. Thoughtfulness appears to be a unifying factor between the hotel, restaurant, and bar, especially when it comes to the service. And, of note is the strong Wifi, for those digital nomads that want to combine sunsets with a bit of work.

Add: Vuon Thuong, Ho Tuyen Lam Ward, Da Lat City

Rooms start at 1,500,000 VND or about 67 USD

Deluxe options

Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa, Da Lat

Ana Mandara is famous in Da Lat and far beyond for offering a chance to stay in one of the villas that make up this little village in French colonial style. And when we say village, we mean it. The seventeen villas are built around a network of near cobblestoned roads and lush gardens built in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Waking up in Ana Mandara means opening your eyes (and ears) to nothing but peacefulness, fresh mountain air, and the upbeat chirping of birds that call the trees surrounding you their home. A world on its own, you slowly stretch, slowly get out of bed, perhaps take a shower and walk to the quaint little restaurant, while passing flowers on your one hand and pine trees on the other.

After breakfast, it’s up to you whether you want to retreat to your villa and sit on the front porch, or maybe take a walk around and later outside the village walls, into the mountains of Da Lat. Regardless of what you do, you will truly be transported back to a different time, and it wouldn’t take much more than a few days to leave all your “real world” thoughts and memories behind and truly feel at home.

Add: Le Lai, Ward 5, Da Lat City

Rooms start at 2,800,000 VND or about 128 USD.

Dalat Palace Heritage Hotel, Da Lat

While we honestly don’t think this will be the very best experience Da Lat has to offer, if you’re in the market for some “old-world luxury,” the Dalat Palace Heritage Hotel will have you covered. The area where this hotel is located was originally a popular hunting grounds but has since evolved into a spa and golfing destination.

The rooms offer views of either the neighboring lake or Da Lat’s cathedral, come with a chandelier, have a minibar and a TV. Some of the more premium rooms and suites will give you access to your very own private fireplaces and a balcony. The room rate is inclusive of breakfast, and there’s a fine-dining French restaurant on site, as well as a pizzeria and an outside terrace. As you can imagine, there will be nothing you will be lacking during your stay here.

Add: 2 Tran Phu, Ward 3, Da Lat City

Prices start at 3,200,000 or about 142 USD

Bich Dao Villas, Christina’s Da Lat

Surely, after seeing all these beautiful villas on the lush hills of Dalat would make you dream about staying in one, right? The good news is, the people’s beloved Christina’s has arrived in Dalat, and we have those villas at your disposal. If you have not happened to know, Christina’s is the #1 ranked hospitality in Vietnam, appreciated by travelers for the cozy and classy atmosphere with the focus on delicate details. In addition, the Bich Dao Villas are conveniently located near Bao Dai’s Palace, hidden in a beautiful garden and just about 10-minutes of walking to the city center. Which is more perfect for a sweet escape in this capital of romance?

Being newly renovated, those french colonial-styled villas ensure your lovely stay comes with everything that you need for a pleasant vacation. Super comfy beds with fluffy duvets are going to keep you warm during the night, and a LCD TV with good selections of channels to keep you entertained before bedtime. En-suite bathrooms will take care of you after a long day out exploring the charm of the city. Feeling lazy for some time? Just spend a day reading books in your suite with natural sunlight coming from the big windows, or relax in the sun in the hydrangea and lavender garden with a nice warm cup of tea or coffee in proximity.

Adding to the package, the breakfast is included at the Bistro Restaurant from 6.30 am to 9.30 am with fresh localized ingredients. After that, the restaurant serves à la carte fusion cuisine until 10 pm for your hearty lunch and dinner. You can also notice the kitchen in advance for a warm BBQ evening by the campfire!

Add: 8 Trieu Viet Vuong, Ward 4, Da Lat City

Rooms start at 1,170,000 VND or about 50 USD


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Well, Vietnam and Thailand are the most popular holiday destinations in Southeast Asia. They are similar in climate and food, though obviously different in culture, lifestyle and travel experience.

Below we list 13 major differences between the two countries, to give you a quick overview and help you decide which to visit first. These are based on our own travel experiences, investigations, and partnerships with local operators.


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In a document issued Friday, the Prime Minister requested the Ministry of Health to closely follow the coronavirus situation and provide proper guidance. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs should direct Vietnamese authorities outside the country to inform people who wish to enter Vietnam to follow appropriate disease prevention measures, he said.

The latest decision has been made as the number of Covid-19 infections and deaths drops both in Vietnam and around the world. Several countries have been taking steps to relax coronavirus restrictions, including scrapping testing before entry.

Current policies issued by the health ministry require entrants to have negative results from PCR tests done within the previous 72 hours, or a negative result from a rapid test done within the last 24 hours.

Those who don’t have a negative test result must refrain from making contact with others during the first 24 hours after entry. They will be able to move freely once they test negative after arrival.

Children under two don’t need to be tested.

Vietnam stopped requiring medical declarations from those arriving from abroad starting April 27, and for domestic travel starting April 30.


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