Da Lat in Vietnam is a city that can ignite and keep the spark of love for a long run so that more and more couples prefer traveling there. Provided that you might hear the names of “City of Love,” “City of Flowers,” “Le Petit Paris,” and “City of Eternal Spring,” then they refer to the fascinatingly flowery Da Lat.
Talk about Dalat City in Vietnam
Da Lat is a provincial capital of Lam Dong Province. The city has an elevation of 1500 meters on the Lang Biang Highlands, the inseparable sections of the Vietnam Central Highlands. Besides, the city is around 310km from Ho Chi Minh Cityto the northwest, which urges the easy and quick access. The outstanding tourist attractions in Da Lat mainly lie on captivating nature of the pine forest, romantic lake, wonderful waterfall, and flowery garden. The city itself also owns the historical monuments for tourism, such as Bao Dai Palace, Truc Lam Pagoda, Domain de Marie Church, etc. The weather in this region is cool all year round, with the intense mist resulting in the name of “City of Eternal Spring.” Thanks to the propitious weather, Da Lat becomes the big supplier of agriculture products like cabbage and cauliflower for Vietnam. More interestingly, the flowers here are fresh and colorful indeed. The city today becomes well-equipped for tourism with numerous hotels and resorts, which all change the face of Da Lat to be more charming and loving. For all good reasons, Da Lat is a must to see in Vietnam tours.
Quick History of Da Lat
Da Lat used to be the residence of Lat, Chil, and K’Hor ethnic people. In the 1890s, a French Doctor named Alexandre Yersin had a survey trip from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City today) to the residential land of the ethnic people in the Central Highlands, and then, he reached Lam Vien Highland. In 1897, Mr. Paul Doumer, a French Governor would like to find a location for a French-style resort, and he selected Lam Vien Highland as suggested from Doctor Alexandre Yersin. That event resulted in lots of French-style villas, boulevards, hotels, and schools in this area. When it came to the World War II, the Federation of Indochina took Da Lat as the capital (from 1939 to 1945). Later, this brave city went through the intense battles during Vietnam Wars. Da Lat today grows to be one of the most admirable destinations that Vietnam has for vacation. Hundreds of constructions dedicated to hospitality services have been built up.
What to See in Dalat City of flower
Xuan Huong Lake
The first attraction that mesmerizes the tourists is Xuan Huong Lake right in the heart of the city. Note that it is not a natural lake, but the beauty is guaranteed to be charming and fresh enough to calm every soul. People do love to enjoy walking or biking around the Lake. Another great choice is to have a coffee in Thuy Ta Coffee Bar (nearby the bank of Xuan Huong Lake) and do sightseeing the Lake as well as the mountains and pine forest from afar.
Bao Dai Palace III
Know that Bao Dai was the last King of Vietnam, and he built this Westen-style Palace III in 1933-1938 on the hilltop and was surrounded by flower gardens. The Palace today is a historical place to see the residential conditions of the last King of Vietnam with Bao Dai office, entertaining room, meeting room, bedrooms of Bao Dai King, Nam Phuong Queen, Princes, and Princesses.
Domaine de Marie Church
This old Western-style church was erected in 1930-1943 on Mai Anh Hill, around 1km from the center of Da Lat. In the first visit, you’ll be impressed by the elegant architecture, the 3m-high statue, and then listen to a story of Mrs. Suzanne Humbert, a wife of Mr. Decoux who was the Indochina Governor; she made lots of contributions to the church and was buried here. Together with religion merits, Domain de Marie Church also do charity works for the orphanages.
Truc Lam Pagoda
This sacred, long-lasting, and renowned pagoda was built in 1993-1994 on the top of Phoenix Mountain. Truc Lam Pagoda has long been the iconic religious attraction in Da Lat, and people are always advised to dress properly when they get there for either worshipping or sightseeing. While the Pagoda itself is impressive, it offers the mesmerizing view of the Tuyen Lam Lake and the forested mountains from afar.
Dalanta is around 6km from Da Lat City. This is a favorite address for adventurers to challenge the 20m-high Fairy Stream, and explore the cool, transparent water. Surrounding the Waterfall is the lush pine forest that gives it a green look. Nowadays, people can enjoy the chutes’ system for pulling up for sliding down to the waterfall area.
Lang Biang (Lam Vien Highland)
This impressive Highland is around 11km from Da Lat City to the west. Lang Biang is home to Lat ethnic people who worship the God of mountain and water. As the highest mountain in Lam Vien Highland (with the elevation of 2,169m), Lang Biang offers the convenient road for people to walk up to the hill through the pine forest. Undoubtedly, the top of Lang Biang Mountain provides the panoramic view of the whole flowery and loving Da Lat.
The Pine Hill with two tombs
For a sense of eternal and faithful love in Da Nang, it’s highly suggested to see The Pine Hill with two tombs. Here, you listen to a story of the true and sad love of a young couple who died with the deep fidelity to each other. Nearby the two tombs are the Whispering Lake that makes the whole scenery compassionate and calming. If you want a feel of loyalty and calmness, just go there.
How to Get to Da Lat in Vietnam
Check out Vietnam Airlines for the daily flights from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat, namely at Lien Khuong Airport. From the airport, just drive around 30km to reach the city center. There are numerous taxis and shuttle bus to use.
It’s easy to book the bus tickets (advised companies are Mai Linh and Phuong Trang) from Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne (Phan Thiet), or Nha Trang to Da Lat. You can buy the bus tickets on your own, or get them via the trusted travel agents. Note that in the peak season (June to August), you might need to get the ticket at least 1 day beforehand to have the good seating.
When to Visit Da Lat
- April to October: This is the wet and rainy season. Some rains might occur, but it is okay to see the best of Da Lat when it is not raining outside. In fact, the months of June to August are the peak tourism season in Da Lat, when the domestic travelers gather in this flowery and loving paradise.
- November to March: This is the dry and pleasant season. People find it free and easy to enjoy the outdoor activities, the fresh atmosphere, and fascinating nature in Da Lat. More attractively, this period is when flowers blossom every corner of Da Lat. January witnesses the local annual flower festival in which you see hundreds of brilliant flowers.