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Located in the south of Vietphái nam is charming Da Lat which is known as a top destination for domestic honeymooners. Da Lat is mostly comprised of a scenic mountain town that used to lớn be a hill station during the French colonial period when people came here on holiday in search of cooler weather.

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As a result, you will find scenic French colonial style architecture all over the town, và if you want khổng lồ explore a little further then you will find some of the best scenery in the country. As well as the đô thị proper, the environs of Da Lat are known for gorgeous lakes, flower gardens, lush forests & quaint hill towns, so if you like trekking then this is also a great choice.

Here are the 25 best things lớn vì in Da Lat

1. Bao Dai’s Summer Palace

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Source: YP_photographer / shutterstockBao Dai’s Summer Palace

Bao Dai was famous for being the last emperor of Vietnam giới and ascended to lớn the throne was he was just 12 years old.

He was also known for owning a summer palace in Da Lat which was built in 1933. Bao Dai used the palace as his summer retreat when temperatures got too hot in other parts of Vietnam giới và now you can visit in person & see how he would have sầu holidayed in the days of old.

The home page is still much as it would have been in the past & is filled with Bao Dai’s furniture as well as his personal possessions.


2. Walk lớn Datanla Waterfalls

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Source: Shevchenko Andrey / shutterstockDatanla Waterfalls

Datanla Waterfalls is one of the most famous set of falls in Da Lat and you can easily reach this gushing cataract from the center of town.

As well as trekking lớn the falls, you can even enjoy a series of adrenalin filled rides here such as a small roller coaster which will take you from the summit of the falls down to the limpid pools below.

If that sounds a little bit much, then you can simply walk along the trails next khổng lồ the waterfall và enjoy the cool mist and limpid pools at the base.


3. Admire the Lake of Sighs

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Source: / FlickrLake Of Sighs

The Lake of Sighs is steeped in local legend in Da Lat as it is actually the place where several star-crossed lovers met but were unable to lớn be together.

The legkết thúc is indeed a little sad, but the lake itself is beautiful and is actually paradoxically very popular with local couples.

Nowadays you can rent a paddle boat và go out on the water which allows you khổng lồ take in all the sights in Da Lat from a different vantage point.

As if that wasn’t romantic enough, you can also take a dreamy horse and carriage ride around the edges of the lake.


4. Enjoy Linch Phuoc Pagoda

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Source: Tonkinphotography / shutterstockLinc Phuoc Pagoda

Linch Phuoc Pagoda is one of the most famous temples in the country, in part thanks to its bell tower which stands at a height of 37 meters.

This makes it the tallest bell tower of its kind in all of Vietphái mạnh & there is also a colorful central hall here which has a series of murals that tell the story of the life of Buddha.

If you want lớn learn more about the history of Buddhism then this is a great spot to visit & the pagodomain authority is also phối in the middle of a series of lush grounds và lakes.


5. Visit Dalat Flower Gardens

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Source: Zhukov Oleg / shutterstockDalat Flower Gardens

Da Lat has made a name for itself in Vietphái nam thanks khổng lồ its pretty scenery and the flowers here are no exception.

If you want to lớn witness these firsth& then head to lớn the Dalat Flower Gardens which stretch for some 7,000 square meters và have sầu more than 300 kinds of flowers on display.

One of the best things about the gardens is that the flowers all bloom at different times of the year so whenever you choose to lớn visit, you are guaranteed to see something of interest.

If you want to lớn see the gardens at the height of their beauty however, then try khổng lồ visit in the summer months.

6. Admire the Crazy House

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Source: Zhukov Oleg / shutterstockCrazy House, Da Lat

One of the quirkiest attractions in Da Lat is known by its nickname Crazy House although its real name is the Hang Nga Guest House và Art Gallery.

The reason for its name is that the house is built to resemble a tree & was designed in 1990 by Dang Viet Nga who is a famous Vietnamese architect.

There are around a dozen rooms here which are all designed with a different theme in mind và you will find tunnels và ladders here as well as statues of bears, tigers và kangaroos.

If you don’t fancy staying here then it is still worth checking out from the outside, just khổng lồ see a different side of Vietnamese architecture in Da Lat.


7. Browse in Dalat Market

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Source: Akarat Phasura / shutterstockDalat Market

Dalat Market is a great place to visit if you want lớn see a more traditional side of the thành phố.

Here you will find some 1,000 shops which are located across several buildings and it appears as if there is nothing they don’t sell here.

You will find stalls piled high with colorful fresh produce, or there is also a rather gruesome fresh meat section.

As if that wasn’t enough, you can also find pretty flower shops as well as other stalls that sell bottles of the local wine.

This is also a good spot khổng lồ piông xã up some local handicrafts lượt thích textiles and other souvenirs.

8. Go out on Xuan Huong Lake

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Source: Phuong D. Nguyen / shutterstockXuan Huong Lake

Xuan Huong Lake is a manmade lake that is also one of the main landmarks of Da Lat.

The lake is surrounded by lush gardens that are filled with flowers & indigenous plants and you can go for a walk in the afternoon and take in all the sights.

Along the banks of the lake you will find graceful willow and peach trees và there are also some little cafes where you can have a drink and enjoy the calm atmosphere.

Other popular activities at the lake include horse & cart rides, and you can also take a pedal boat out on the lake itself if you are feeling active.


9. Visit Dalat Train Station

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Source: Thoai nghiêm / shutterstockDalat Train Station

Da Lat Train Station was built in 1943 & although it is small, it offers you a great glimpse of how people would have sầu traveled in the days of old.

The traditional ticket windows are still here & there is also a delightful steam train on show.

You can take the train, which is a wood burning locomotive, for around 5 kilometers up a mountain pass which ends in the idyllic village of Trai Mar.

One thing lớn note however is that you need four passengers in order for the train to lớn run so you may have to lớn hang around if no one else shows up.

10. Trek to lớn Elephant Falls

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Source: Dmitry Naumov / shutterstockElephant Falls

Like so many other attractions in Da Lat, Elephant Falls actually has another name which is Lieng Rewoa Waterfall, although the reason for this is that Lieng Rewoa actually means Elephant Falls in the local K’ho ethnic language.

This cataract is less visited than other falls in the region as it is more difficult khổng lồ get to lớn, but this means that you can skip the crowds on a trip here và just enjoy the peace và quiet of the lipid pools & gushing water.

The falls are also close lớn Linc An Tu Pagodomain authority so you can easily combine a visit to both in an afternoon.


11. Travel to lớn Lam Ty Ni Pagoda

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Source: Svetlana Eremina / shutterstockLam Ty Ni Pagoda

Lam Ty Ni Pagodomain authority is also known as Mad Monk Temple and is made up of a small monastery set inside a traditional garden.

There is also an art gallery on the grounds here which is run by resident Zen Buddhist monk Vien Thuc.

As such, you can tour the monastery and also check out his paintings at the same time & even piông xã up a piece of monastic art work lớn take home page with you.

If you opt lớn take a guided tour of Da Lat then you will almost certainly drop by here as this is one of the premium attractions in town.

12. Have a drink at 100 Roofs Cafe

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Source: unci_narynin / Flickr100 Roofs Cafe

The 100 Roofs Cafe is designed in much the same style as the Crazy House which is why it is one of the most unique watering holes in Da Lat.

One a visit here you will find a labyrinth of winding tunnels and rooms & you could be forgiven for thinking that you had wandered into Middle Earth & a scene from the Hobbit.

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They also have a picturesque roof garden which looks lượt thích something out of a fairytale & this is great place lớn watch the sunmix with a cold drink.


13. Visit Lat Village

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Source: dinosmichail / shutterstockLat Village

Lat Village, also known by its other moniker Chicken Village, is so named because of the huge chicken statue that stands at the entrance.

There are several legends that relate khổng lồ the chickens, but the main reason to lớn come here is khổng lồ get a glimpse of rural life in Vietphái nam & enjoy this bustling farming community.

You can also buy local handicrafts here lượt thích cotton textiles, local wine and traditional silk pieces which make good souvenirs.

14. Admire Linh Son Pagoda

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Source: Olesia Grachova / shutterstockLinh Son Pagoda

If you want khổng lồ visit one of the less well known pagodas in Da Lat then consider a trip to Linch Son Pagodomain authority.

This neighborhood pagoda is located on a hill that looks over Da Lat & lets you enjoy the pretty views over the city.

One of the most amazing things about the temple is that it also has its own tea và coffee plantations so you can also kiểm tra out the monks harvesting the crops when they are in season.


15. Walk to the Pongour Falls

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Source: Romas_Photo lớn / shutterstockPongour Falls

The Pongour Falls gush down from a height of đôi mươi meters và jut out of the side of scenic mountains on the edge of Da Lat.

The mountains are 100 meters wide in the height of the rainy season which means that they are also the largest falls in Vietnam.

As you trek up lớn the falls you will be able khổng lồ hear the sound of the water crashing onlớn the rocks below when you are still a long way off, & you can cool off in the mist from the cataract at the over of the hike.

16. Walk through the French Quarter

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Source: Loc Nguyen Phuoc / shutterstockFrench Quarter, Dalat

The French Quarter in Da Lat is the one of the prettiest parts of the thành phố.

Here you can see how the French colonialists would have sầu holidayed in the days of old & the quarter lies along the Tran Hung Dao Road.

Here you can take in the graceful French colonial villas, many of which date from the 1920s & 30s.

As you wander along the road, you can also kiểm tra out the schools & churches that are also built in the same style.


17. Trek to lớn the Prenn Falls

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Source: Pavel Sapozhnikov / shutterstockPrenn Falls

Prenn Falls is one of the premium attractions in Da Lat và soars lớn a height of 10 meters.

The falls are particularly busy at the weekends và around major holidays so you may want to plan accordingly.

It is around a 10 kilometer walk from Da Lat khổng lồ the falls and you can also take cable car here, or use a path behind the falls, although bear in mind that you will get very wet if you take this option.

The falls are also cđại bại to lớn Au Lac Temple so you can also visit both at the same time.

18. Visit Truc Lam Pagoda

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Source: VLADYSLAV DANILIN / shutterstockTruc Lam Pagoda

Truc Lam Pagodomain authority is one of the newest temples in Da Lat but this also means that it is one of the prettiest.

The pagoda sits on the Phuong Hoang Mountain which is cthất bại khổng lồ the scenic Tuyen Lam Lake và there is a large cast bronze bell here as well as carved images of the Buddha.

One of the great things about the temple is that you can travel here by cable oto and take in the views from the top.


19. Spend the day at the Valley of Love

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Source: Tonkinphotography / shutterstockValley Of Love

The Valley is Love sầu is not a valley at all but actually a theme park that is often visited by Vietnamese couples.

The park is set amidst lush green hills & backs on lớn lakes and gardens which are the perfect spot khổng lồ have sầu a picnic.

There is an amusement park here as well that is staffed by locals dressed up as cowboys and you can even take horse or pony rides or take a swan shaped pedal boat out on one of the lakes.

trăng tròn. Eat at the Central Market

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Source: Martin Lakostik / shutterstockCentral Market

If you are looking for some cheap & cheerful local bites during the day then head to the Central Market in Da Lat.

Here you will find a huge number of street food stall selling simple noodle dishes as well as fried snacks and barbecued meats.

This is also a good place to come for breakfast when the market is bustling although you won’t have sầu much luchồng in the evening as everything closes down so make sure to come early.


21. Walk to the Thien Vuong Pagoda

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Source: Frank Fischbach / shutterstockThien Vuong Pagoda

One of the nicest pagodas in Da Lat is the Thien Vuong Pagodomain authority which is sometimes called the Chinese Pagodomain authority as it was built by the Chinese local community.

The pagodomain authority is also part of a monastery that features three important Buddhist statues that date baông chồng to the 16th century and as the pagoda is located in the hills behind Da Lat, you can come here and drink in the crisp air & relaxed setting.

22. Da Lat Cathedral

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Source: officetanigawa / shutterstockDa Lat Cathedral

If you want lớn get a look at some of the local architecture in Da Lat then head for the Da Lat Cathedral which looks more like a gingerbread house than anything else.

The cathedral was built n 1931 & completed in 1942 and would have been the place of worship for the French colonialists on the days of old.

The building is topped with a pretty spire and weathervane in the shape of a cockerel although you may have to lớn stick khổng lồ admiring it from the outside as it is closed except for services at the weekends.


23. Explore Lam Dong Museum

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Source: Diane Selwyn (talk) / WikimediaLam Dong Museum

If you want khổng lồ learn a little bit about the history of Da Lat then head lớn the Lam Dong Museum.

Here you will find a splendid natural history gallery which has a range of taxidermy animals lượt thích wildcats as well as photographs of the indigenous people from the area.

You will find galleries dedicated khổng lồ the Ma, Churu and K’Ho people và can enjoy collections of traditional costumes, musical instruments and ceremonial pieces.

They also have signature antiques such as a xylophone made of stone that is said to lớn be 3,000 years old.

24. Dine at Dalat Train Cafe

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Source: www.dalattrainvilla.comDalat Train Cafe

If you are an avid trainspotter then you can’t miss this glorious & quirky cà phê in Da Lat.

The coffe is set up in a railway carriage which dates from the French colonial period and you can order food and drinks and enjoy the pictures of famous trains from all over the world which adorn the walls.

Handily, the Dalat Train Cafe is located just up the hill from the Dalat Train Station so you can spover a day checking out all things locomotive sầu in the city.

25. Explore Bidoup Niu Ba National Park

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Source: Joel Whalton / shutterstockBidoup Nui Ba National Park

Bidoup Niu Ba National Park is part of a huge area of forest that sits high on a plateau above sầu Da Lat.

The park is filled with graceful bamboo groves as well as waving grass lands and the altitude here ranges from 650 lớn 2,288 meters.

You will also find coniferous woodlands and members of the local indigenous community here are on h& to lớn take you along the trails & show you all the flora và faumãng cầu.

There is also a visitor center here where you can learn about the history and culture of the K’Ho hill tribes.

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The park is around 32 kilometers away from Da Lat so you can visit this as park of day trip from the city.