What to see in Dalat – the main attractions
Dalat attracts travelers who intend to get new impressions and see a different, unfamiliar Vietnam. This charming city reveals the French part of the state’s history, it is often referred to as “little Paris” and the surrounding area as “the Alps in Vietnam”. So what are some of the attractions in Dalat City that make it so unfamiliar to Vietnam?
The French built Dalat in the early twentieth century, and the French influence is evident in the layout of the city streets, in the presence of some symbolic objects. For example, on the central square is set an exact, although reduced in size, a copy of the Eiffel Tower – it is visible from almost anywhere in the city. Not far from the tower – the restaurant “Moulin Rouge”. There is in Dalat and the Catholic Cathedral of the Virgin Mary, built by the French, and the Park of Flowers. All these objects create a French atmosphere, they also explain why the Vietnamese city of Dalat is called the Vietnamese Paris.
What is worth seeing in the “little Paris”? The most interesting sights of Dalat are located outside the city, but there are many interesting objects, which you can fit into the route of one day.
Xuan Huong Lake
Xuan Huong Lake, located in the city center, is an artificial lake, it appeared in 1919 as a result of the construction of the dam.
Xuan Huong Lake
It takes hours to walk around the lake and on the tour you can see exhibitions of unworked and partially worked mineral sculptures, a collection of bonsai trees and visit a restaurant or cafe – there are plenty of them.
A walk to Xuan Huong Lake will appeal to children because you can take a ride on a swan catamaran and look at Dalat from the water. Renting such a catamaran will cost VND 60,000 for 1 hour for two people or VND 120,000 for a “swan” for 5 people.
In the summer, the lake water can have a somewhat unpleasant stale smell. But this is unlikely to spoil the overall experience of walking around Dalat Lake.
Dalat Flower Park
Finding the Flower Park in Dalat is not difficult: it is located near Xuan Huong Lake and its entrance is marked by huge green arches.
On the territory of Flower Park is equipped with several ponds, lots of beds with beautiful flowers, there is an installation of bonsai, greenhouses with roses and orchids.
When you want to relax, you can sit on a comfortable bench or sit in a cozy gazebo – the park has a lot of them. There is also a playground for children with a variety of swings. In the park complex you can always buy ice cream, tea and coffee.
Park of Flowers in Dalat got its present appearance in 1985 – then it was successfully reconstructed. And it was laid by French colonists in 1966.
Amateur gardeners, pay attention! Here you can buy seeds of different exotic plants. And remember: it is obligatory to haggle!
- The Flower Park in Dalat is open daily from 7:30 to 16:00.
- Admission for adults costs 40,000 VND, for children 20,000 VND. But you can also enter for free – you just have to go not through the main entrance, but a little to the left, through the parking lot.
- Address: 02 Tran Nhan Tong | Ward 8, Dalat 670000, Vietnam.
For an overview of the city of Dalat, its history, transportation and weather, see this page.
There is another unique attraction in Dalat: Crazy House. You can walk to it from the city lake in just half an hour, and you can take a cab from downtown, which will cost up to VND 30,000.
Crazy House Hotel
Biet thự Hang Nga, Crazy House or Crazy House in Dalat was conceived by Mrs. Nga as a hotel for lovers.
Mrs. Dang Viet Nga is such an extraordinary person that it is necessary to tell about her separately. She is the daughter of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and lived in Russia for 14 years where she studied and successfully graduated from MARCHI. When she returned to Vietnam, she worked for a long time in a government position and designed the most ordinary buildings. But one day Dang Viet Nga left that job and began to be creative – that is how the construction of Crazy House began in the early 1990s.
This building of Dalat is truly unique, with a completely unconventional architectural solution. The bizarre structure looks like a huge tree with intertwined roots and branches, covered with mushrooms and wrapped in cobwebs. There are many mazes and stairs, and some passages are dangerous because they are up to 15 meters above the ground and don’t even have handrails. The views of Dalat from the open top platforms – great!
- There are now 9 rooms at Crazy House Hotel in Dalat, and Honey Moon, which stands alone in the courtyard, has a room for the honeymoon. Rooms at Madame Nga Hotel range from $40 to $115 with breakfast included. There is a completely tiny room “Termite #6” on the first floor (its area is only 10 square meters, but it has everything you need to stay). The cost of the room is $40 per night (price may vary depending on the season). The hotel has free wi-fi, but works intermittently.
- The guests of Crazy House experience inconvenience from 8:30 to 19:00 – tourists, who come to the hotel from 8:30 to 19:00 and try to see absolutely everything, knocking on all the rooms. An admission ticket to see the structure costs VND 60,000 ($3).
- The address of the Crazy House is 03 Huynh Thuk Khang st., ward 4, Dalat, Vietnam.
- The official website of the attraction hotel is: http://crazyhouse.vn/.
Church and Monastery of the Virgin Mary (Domaine de Marie Church)
There is one quite unusual for Vietnam sights in Dalat: the functioning Catholic Monastery of the Virgin Mary. It is located on the outskirts of the city, on Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street.
The monastery complex includes a church, 2 cell blocks and several outbuildings. The building is interesting in that it seamlessly combined elements of traditional Vietnamese architecture and French architecture of the XVII century. The roof soaring to the sky and the lancet windows give the monastery a special elegance. The walls are ornate – they are painted bright pink. In the evening the building is illuminated, so it looks even more attractive.
A special decoration of the Sight is its well-groomed courtyard, which is full of flowers.
- On weekdays services are held at 5:15 and 17:15 and on Sundays at 5:15, 7:00, 8:30, 16:00, 18:00.
- The church is quite crowded on Sundays as many people attend services.
- Address: 1, Ngo Quyen, Phuong 6, Dalat, Vietnam.
Da Lat market
At the market
The Central City Market is a must on the list of things to see in Dalat! Vietnamese markets best show the culture and life of the locals, and Dalat market is one of the most colorful. And even if shopping is not planned, it makes sense to stop by its territory to fully take in the atmosphere of Dalat. Many sellers speak Russian, and with them you can, and even need to bargain, though you can just chat.
By the way, it is better to visit the market by yourself, without a tour. As a rule, with a tour you can not see anything “live”, “real”, because tourists are usually led just to store.
At the market in Dalat, you can buy a lot of interesting things, such as macadam nuts – here it is probably the cheapest in Vietnam – only 350,000 VND per 1 kg. A variety of fresh exotic fruits and vegetables for sale. And Dalat is also famous for strawberries, greenhouses with which occupy a huge area on the outskirts of the city. The opportunity to enjoy ripe juicy berries in the middle of winter is quite a good reason to come to Dalat.
There is a huge variety of seafood, with a completely uniform price of 70-80 thousand VND. Here you can also enjoy fresh baked goods, Vietnamese delicacies: boiled snails and mussels.
In the evening, Dalat’s central market is transformed beyond recognition. Several neighboring streets are closed to cars, and food and souvenir vendors line them. Walking through Dalat Market Square in the evening, you will have to try to abstract yourself from the noise, the scents emanating from the street cafes, the rather obtrusive vendors. But if you treat such a pastime as just another entertainment, you can have a pretty interesting time.
Chuk Lam Monastery (Thien Vien Truc Lam)
At a distance of 5 km from Dalat is Thien Vien Truc Lam Monastery. It can be reached by cable car or cab.
The starting point of the cable car is located near the central bus station. It is 2.3 km long and is one of the longest cable cars in Asia.
The road works from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm (lunch time from 11:30 to 13:30), the cost of travel in one direction (in dong) – 60 000 ($ 3), in 2 sides – 80 000 ($ 4), for children – 40 and 60 thousand respectively. The cabin is designed for 4 people. The way to the monastery takes up to 20 minutes, and during this time from the height you can admire the “Vietnamese Paris”, pine forests, numerous flower greenhouses in Dalat, and just cultivate the land. And you can also take colorful photos of Dalat (Vietnam) attractions.
If you take a cab to Chuk Lam from the center, it will take about 5 minutes. It’s best to take small yellow cars, as they are the cheapest – only 5,000 Vietnamese money for boarding, and then the prices are on the meter and they are the most affordable.
Chuc Lam Monastery
Thien Vien Truc Lam was built in Dalat in 1994. The entire area of 24 hectares is divided into 2 parts: open to the public and closed, where the monks live. The complex includes a functioning Buddhist monastery, bell tower, several pagodas, a library, a school of Buddhism, in the pagoda is a statue of Buddha holding a lotus flower in his hand. Go inside the temple should not wear shoes, so it is advisable to bring socks. You can take a walk around the complex, which is drowned in beautiful flowers garden.
To enter the territory of the monastery, there is no need to pay.
The path from the monastery down the opposite side of the mountain from the cable car leads down to a large lake, Tuyen Lam Lake, surrounded by mountains and coniferous forests. The lake is artificial, quite deep, the water in it is very clean and cold. The lake has a small cafe, and a station where you can rent a catamaran or a boat (1 hour of catamaran ride for two people costs 60,000 VND ($ 3)). By the way, the path to the monastery is closed by the gate at 16:00, so you need to be back in time!
Good to know! If you go inside the monastery, you must dress appropriately – shoulders and knees must be covered, and shoes must be removed.
There are waterfalls in Dalat that are worth seeing! One of them is Datanla Falls, located 5.5 km from the city center. The falls can be reached from Tuyen Lam Lake, but you have to walk almost 3 km through the mountains. If you want to get from the center of Dalat, there are several ways to get there:
- walking along the same road (5.5 km);
- by cab – pay according to the meter, you can get from 60 to 80 thousand dong;
- by bicycle (bikes for rent for about 140 thousand VND per day).
Then, from the parking lot of tourist buses and bikes, directly to the waterfall Datanla Falls can be accessed on foot or on a civilized and comfortable. Datanla Falls – a three-cascade, and, accordingly, the path will be a three-stage:
- To the observation deck of the first cascade you can ride in small cars (electric sleds) on a rail road, laid through the forest – it reminds fun “roller coaster”. It is desirable that the passengers in the previous car were younger, they will go faster. For adults, a two-way ride will cost 170,000 VND. The ticket office is located to the right of the entrance, near the souvenir shops.
- There is a ropeway to the second site of the waterfall, and it is from there that you can see the most powerful cascade, which is not visible from the hiking route. Ticket to the ropeway is sold in both directions at once. The ticket office is located at the first platform of the waterfall, on the left.
- There is an elevator to the third waterfall, which is built right in the rocks. It is free.
- Yes, you will also need to pay to enter the park, but it is not much: 20,000 VND for adults and 10,000 for children. The park is open from 7:00 to 17:00.
It is interesting to see Datanla Falls after the rain. The water will be colored red-brown – this is due to the peculiarity of the soil of the highlands of Vietnam, but the effect of the spectacle of this fact does not detract from it at all!
About 40 km away from Dalat, close to the airport and Nam Ha village, is another waterfall – Elephant Atterfalls. You can go to it by bike or you can take a cab – it will cost about 330,000 VND. To enter the waterfall you will need to pay 20,000 VND.
Elephant Falls is the strongest waterfall in the area of Vietnam and can be viewed from below and from above. But the way to the foot is quite difficult, especially in rainy weather: it is not very well equipped and runs over boulders, which can be quite slippery. In any case, you will have to jump over the stones, so you need to take comfortable shoes!
To the right of the observation deck are stairs that lead to the Chua Linh An Pagoda. You can go up there, walk around the beautiful and cozy area of the pagoda and see the statues of Goddess Skanda and a huge sculpture of the blue Buddha.
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
There is a very unique place in Vietnam – Linh Phuoc Pagoda.
The construction of the Lin Phuoc Pagoda lasted from 1949 to 1952, and construction work is still going on in the complex. This building is not only a religious shrine, but also an amazing architectural experiment. The uniqueness of this construction is that it is completely lined with shards of broken glass bottles and ceramic dishes – that is why the shrine was called the “Temple of broken dishes”.
All areas of the complex are open to the public. At the entrance to the temple shoes should be removed, and you should also make sure that your knees and shoulders are closed. The prayer hall (size 33 m x 22 m) looks luxurious: its ceiling is supported by 12 dragons. In the vestibule that precedes this hall is a 5-meter statue of Buddha sitting on a lotus flower.
Lin Phuoc Bell Tower
The central structure of the complex is a bell tower that rises to a height of 27 meters (7 floors) into the sky. On each floor of the bell tower are statues of different deities, and all the stairs are decorated with a beautiful mosaic of the same glass and ceramic shards. In 1999 a bell was installed on the second floor of the landmark: its height is 4.3 m, diameter is 2.2 m, and it weighs more than 10 tons. One can glue notes with wishes written on it, and then strike it three times – since it is rather difficult to strike the 10-ton bell, everyone is sure that the wish will surely come true.
The monks who live here make their own living. They make furniture, a variety of crafts made of stone, ebony and mahogany. Selling these products here, and quite successfully: many tourists buy them as a souvenir that reminds of the city of Dalat and the sights seen on its territory.
- Pagoda is located 8 km from the center of Dalat, at the end of Trai Mat Street. The best way to get to this attraction is to take the old and very slow wooden train that leaves from Dalat railway station – the Ga Trai Mat stop, following from Dalat.
- Admission is free, the complex is open daily from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and you need at least 2 hours to see it.
The prices on the page are for February 2020 .
Dalat attractions are marked on the map (in Russian).
The road to the city of Dalat and its main attractions – waterfalls and downhill electric sled, Crazy House and others – in this video.
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Top 8 sights to visit in Dalat, Vietnam
[dropcap]Д[/dropcap]алат на карте Вьетнама находится совсем недалеко от Нячанга. На самом деле путь туда на автобусе займет около 4 часов. И так как в Далате много интересного, туристические фирмы рекомендуют экскурсии на 2 дня, чтобы успеть посмотреть все! А если вы захотите поехать в этот городок самостоятельно, можете запланировать и большее количество времени. По достопримечательностям Далата и его окрестностям можно ходить несколько дней. В этой статье мы расскажем о самых интересных местах.
Among the attractions of Dalat (Vietnam) is one of the most visited architectural structures. It was built by Dang Viet Nga, daughter of the Secretary of State, an architect, who, incidentally, was educated in Moscow. Crazy House was conceived as a symbol of union with nature and a protest against standards.
That’s why Crazy House consists of:
- irregularly shaped buildings,
- mazes and staircases,
- benches in the shape of stumps,
- animal figurines everywhere,
- a green area all around, with flower beds and trees.
Dalat 1 Day Excursion The city of Dalat stands apart from other places in Vietnam, impressing visitors with its location, architecture and special atmosphere.
Dalat for 2 days (lunch, breakfast, dinner), hotel 4 or 5* If you have plans to see all the interesting sites and spend the night in Dalat, we recommend going for 2 days.
There is also a mini-hotel here with irregularly shaped rooms and original decoration in bright colors. A visit to the Krazy House grounds will cost about $2, but you have to pay much more for a night in the hotel.
Of the natural attractions of Dalat, the main ones will be, of course, waterfalls. There are several of them and they are located in the parks, at different distances from the city. All waterfalls in Dalat are worthy of attention, as each has interesting features:
- Datanla. Located near the city, is distinguished by the height and speed of the water flow. You can move through the park, where Datanla is located, by wagon.
- Prenn. Not very high, but there is an equipped path that allows you to walk under the waterfall. There is a lake in the park and you can take a boat ride.
- Pongur. Located quite far away, 45 km from the city. But it impresses with a beautiful descent of water, on stone steps in seven cascades.
- Kamli. Not too remarkable waterfall, but the park where it is located is interesting. It offers photography and horseback riding.
- Elephant. A powerful three-level waterfall. Each level has an observation deck.
Visiting the nature parks is a fee, but inexpensive, you will have to pay $1 to $2.
The lake with the “Eiffel Tower”.
Coming to Dalat, what to see in the city center? Of course, the lake! It was formed artificially, after the construction of the dam. And now it has become a place of rest not only for tourists, but also for locals. Nearby there is a structure resembling the Eiffel Tower. You can walk along the embankment, in the evening it is colored by the lights of advertising and illumination. And you can ride on boats and catamarans.
Garden of flowers
Only $1.50 and tourists are taken on a fascinating journey through the Dalat Botanical Park! In the Garden of Flowers you can see a variety of plants and read about them on the signs. In addition to beautiful lawns, small flower beds and huge flower beds, there are fountains, sculptures, benches and even swings. In the large greenhouses, you can admire roses and cacti. The park has access to a lake, and there is a cafe on its shore. The Garden of Flowers hosts themed festivals in season.
Valley of Love Park.
Another natural park in Dalat. It too has a lot of flowers and greenery, though there are no signs with the names of plants. But the Valley of Love Park was not conceived as a botanical garden, but as a comfortable place to rest. There are many well-groomed alleys with paths, various sculptures and installations, gazebos and benches, on which it is convenient to rest between routes. In the park runs a tourist streetcar, and you can also take a boat ride on the lake. Admission to the Valley of Love costs approximately $2.
This train station is built in the French style, as it was built by French colonizers 80 years ago. Now it is not working and regular trains do not go here. But for tourists there is a special train! The trip in the old style coach lasts half an hour and will cost tourists 7 dollars. Also at the railway station you can see the building itself, the platform and the old steam engine (not working).
Another legacy of the French colonizers is the Catholic Cathedral of Dalat. It is a beautiful and rather tall building, visible from many parts of the city. This cathedral is active, so there is no entrance fee, like in a museum. But tourists can come in here, even if they are not Catholic. The building was built in the colonial style, and the interior is clean and well maintained, although the interior is not particularly luxurious.
Bao Dai Emperor’s Palace
Despite the loud name, the residence of the last emperor of Vietnam does not look too much like a palace. Rather, it is a comfortable sanatorium of the last century. Now the buildings are a museum complex, in which the furnishings and even the original decoration have been preserved. Here you can learn about the life of Bao Dai and his family. The area around you can walk around, it is not particularly graceful, but it is landscaped and well-groomed.
If you come to Dalat with an organized tour, you will be taken on a given (hopefully interesting) route. And if you decide to go here on your own, we think this article will help you plan your trip. Dalat is a beautiful and green city, you will love it! Let your trip here be exciting and enjoyable!