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Dalat Travel Guide – A City Where Time Slows Down

Different from many other cities in Southeast Asia where temperature is scorching, Dalat (ĐàLạt) is a rare exception located in southern Vietnam. Residing 1,500 m (Ft 4,900) above sea level on the Langbian Plateau in the southern parts of the Central Highlands region, Dalat is a beautiful city filled with flowers, pine trees and thousands of French colonial style villas. There are a lot of places to see in Dalat that you cannot miss. All these features make the city one of the most popular holiday destinations in Vietnam. Continue reading our Dalat travel guide and discover the best of Dalat!

How to Get There

You can easily get to Dalat by bus coaches from different cities such as Mei Nu, Nga Trang and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam. There are also domestic flights from major cities like Ho Chi Minh and Danang. I will recommend getting to Dalat by plane as the roads to Dalat are mainly zigzagging around mountains. The journey may be a bit rough and tortuous for some. Under the bad weather, taking a coach will be an ‘adventurous’ journey. Whereas, taking a flight from Danangwill only be a short hour travel time. The downside, however, is that the plane is often quite small.

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Dalat Attractions

Domaine de Marie: A pink church on top of a peaceful and lovely hill.
Expected Visiting Time: 20 mins

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Dalat Railway Station: Designed by two French architects named Moncet and Reveron, the Dalat Railway Station now becomes a tourist attraction whereby tourists can take a regular train to Linh Phuoc Pagoda. Dalat Railway Station is one of the must-go places among all Dalat attractions.

Ticket: 5k VND
Motorcycle Parking Fee: 3k VND
Expected Visiting Time: 40 mins

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Dalat Travel Guide - Where Time Slows Down | Malaysia travel | Travel141Photo Courtesy: ShinyVisa

Chicken Church: This is a good place to enjoy a full view of the colourful villages as it resides on a small hill.
Expected Visiting Time: 20 mins

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Crazy House: Crazy House is a fantasy house (actually a hotel) designed by the daughter of an independence war hero. There are only 10 rooms inside the hotel and it is ranked one of the top 10 strangest hotels in the world. The house is really ‘crazy’ in a sense that the stairs are not well protected with a good fence, so be careful when you climb up.

Admission Ticket: 50k VND
Expected Visiting Time: 60 mins

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Truc Lam Temple: We highly recommend taking a cable ride to Thien Vien Truc Lam Monastery.

From the cable car station, you can enjoy a good bird’s-eye view of Dalat. The temple is a good place for meditation.

Cable Car Ticket: 80k VND round trip
Expected Visiting Time: 60 mins

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Xuan Huong Lake: Xuan Hong Lake is an artificial lake at the centre of Dalat. From here, you can either walk through the beautiful garden or take a boat to tour the lake. There are many cafes and restaurants by the lake too.

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Cafe and Restaurants

Let’s check out what to eat in Dalat. Due to the colonial history, many houses and shops inherit the French style or western culture. There are a number of Dalat restaurants which serve a fusion of local and western food.

La Viet Cafe: An industrial style cafe that serves cakes and coffee, but no traditional brewed coffee.

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Le Chalet Bistro: A glasshouse full of warmth and lights, serving western and Dalat food.

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100 Roof Bar: 100 Roof Bar serves only drinks and has a similar style like the Crazy House.

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Kom Tam Kim: The Kom Tam Kim café is a real representation of what the local café scene is in Dalat. We stumbled upon this shop and found out they serve very tasty brewed coffee, noodles, and yogurt.

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Dalat Travel Guide - Where Time Slows Down | Malaysia travel | Travel141Photo Courtesy: ShinyVisa

Dalat Travel Guide - Where Time Slows Down | Malaysia travel | Travel141Photo Courtesy: ShinyVisa

Dalat Travel Guide - Where Time Slows Down | Malaysia travel | Travel141Photo Courtesy: ShinyVisa

Le Rabelais: Have a luxury dining experience at the only fine dining restaurant in Dalat – Le Rabelais which is located at the famous De Palace Hotel.

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Dalat Travel Guide - Where Time Slows Down | Malaysia travel | Travel141Photo Courtesy: ShinyVisa

One More Cafe: A very exquisite cafe owned by an elegant old Vietnamese lady who is extremely passionate about serving desserts, coffee, and food.

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Dalat Travel Tips

  • Bring clothes to keep you warm as Dalat’s temperature is comparatively lower than in other places
  • Most of the attractions are accessible by walking or by riding a motorcycle.
  • To protect your skin, even when the weather is cool, apply sunblock.
  • The months of January to April are extremely hot while August to October is the rainy season. The best time to visit Dalat is probably in November or December.

Dalat is a very unique and adorable city that is worth at least a 2-day stay for anyone to explore and experience the Asian and French fusion of culture. Here, people tend to forget about work, stress, and sorrows but only enjoy the slow-paced life care-freely.

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