Da Lat – Lâm Đồng Province
Everything You Need To Know About Dalat
Dalat is the capital of Lâm Đồng Province in Vietnam and is often called “A Little Paris”. During the colonization times, it was a location where the high French society used to build their residences and villas to escape from the hot climate to the place with the fresh mountain air that looks pretty much similar to the French Alps. Dalat is absolutely beautiful with its mountains, lakes, waterfalls and untouched sceneries and is a great destination for a family vacation, honeymoon and at the the time for the extreme trips and backpacking.
How to Get There
Cam Ranh International Airport is the nearest airport located 30 km far from Nha Trang city. Nowadays the airport serves domestic flights from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, seasonal flights from South Korea, charter flights from Russia and Ukraine and international flights from Russia and China.
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Since there is a train station in Dalat is small and poorly connected with the big cities, most of the travellers arrive to Dalat by bus. Such bus services as Mai Linh Express and Phuong Trang run several times per day from Nha Trang, Mui Ne and Ho Chi Minh City.
From Nha Trang Phuong Trang Bus Station, the bus ride lasts approximately 4 hours and costs nearly $7 (145,000 VND), including hotel pick-up. From Ho Chi Minh City, the bus ride is about 7 hours, and costs about $11 (240,000 VND). The duration of your trip will also depend on how heavy the traffic is, especially if you are leaving from Ho Chi Minh City.
You can hire a car with a private driver (because according to the laws in Vietnam, visitors can’t rent a car and drive here) for $50 – 60 per day to go around or move inside the country.
Things To Do At Dalat
Visit Hang Nga Crazy House
Hang Nga Crazy House, also known as the Fantasy House or Fairy Tale House, was designed by the architect Đặng Việt Nga, the daughter of an independence war hero. It is built in the magnificent natural shapes of animals, mushrooms, spider webs and caves. In the building design the architect has acknowledged the inspiration of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, so not by accident many visitors compare it with the views of Barcelona. By some guides, it was listed as one on the 10 the most bizarre buildings in the world.
The Crazy House in one of the biggest attractions in Dalat Image source: urbancapture.com
See the Linh Phuoc Pagoda
Linh Phuoc pagoda is mentioned in the Vietnam Record Book as the pagoda with the highest bell tower in Vietnam, which is 38 m high and houses a 8,5 tonne bell. To reach the pagoda, you will need to take a cable car ride over the pine forest, during which you will see all the beauties of Dalat from above. The pagoda was built by monks, nuns and followers between 1949 and 1952. All the decoration inside it is made of broken glass, porcelain, terracotta and beer bottles. The pagoda is also known as Ve Chai, which literally means “pieces of broken glass bottles”.
Inside of the Linh Puoc Pagoda Image source: citypassguide.com
Go To Valley of Love
Thung Lung Tinh Yeu, more known as the Valley of Love, is located few kilometers from Dalat and is a popular destination for couples honeymooners. This is a beautiful park around the lake and lots of romantic statues, sculptures and flower gardens. Open daily till 5pm. Entrance fee is about $1 (20,000 VND).
A perfect place for honeymooners! Image source: panoramio.com
For those who prefer active vacations, Dalat has many things to offer, such as mountain biking, water rafting, hiking, rope course, etc. But one of the most popular activities here is canyoning. The tour in Dantala canyon includes 2 rappels of dry abseiling (18m and 16m) 2 rappels of water abseiling (25m and 16m) 1 jump into water (7m or 11m) and 2 water slidings (including a lunch). The price for the tour is from $30 to $45.
Canyoning in Dalat is popular Image source: exsus.com
Be Amazed by Pongour Falls
If you are in Dalat, you can’t miss a chance to see the breathtaking Pongour Falls, which are located 50 km south of Dalat. It’s one of the largest and the most beautiful waterfalls in Vietnam. the festival takes place annually. The Pongour Falls are about 40m high, almost 100m in width and surrounded by 25 ha of the unspoiled forest. Each year, in January, young people gather here to play different kinds of folk games and participate in local traditional rituals.
Meditating monks at Pongour Falls Image source: twistedsifter.com