Da Lat, Vietnam Travel Guide

Dalat Travel Guide – Intro to Da Lat, Vietnam

Find out why the quaint mountain town of Dalat draws many types of visitors for many different reasons in our Dalat Travel Guide.

Dalat Travel Guide – Why Visit?

Dalat is one of the prettiest and most surprising regions of Vietnam. Dalat city is a former hill station from the days of French colonialism. The city and surrounding countryside resemble a French village in the Alps, but Dalat is also an authentic Vietnamese experience.

For example, you can spend your morning in a French colonial villa and your afternoon in a Zen monastery. And all around you will be the gorgeous, central highlands of Vietnam.

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Da Lat, Vietnam Travel Guide Waterfalls in the Countryside - Dalat Travel Guide

Enjoying the natural beauty of Dalat is the biggest reason to visit. Spend some time in the little city. It has some good food and interesting activities, but spend most of your time in the countryside.

Dalat is surrounded by scenic highlands filled with fragrant pine forests, vast lakes, picturesque waterfalls, and green rolling hills for as far as you can see. With an elevation of around 1500m, the climate is much cooler and more pleasant than most of Vietnam.

The temperate climate and natural beauty make it a perfect playground for relaxation or romance or adventure or mixture of these. Dalat is good for everything from sightseeing, romantic strolls, and family picnics to various adventure sports and natural thrills.

The Dalat area is great for singles, couples, and families. There is enough to see and do here to fill weeks, but a 3-day stay will let you sample the best of Dalat.

 

Dalat Travel Guide – Contents

Top Attractions and Activities in Dalat City

Top Attractions and Activities in Dalat’s Countryside

Top Places to Sleep in Dalat

Top Places to Eat in Dalat

Best Time to Visit Dalat

Getting In and Out of Dalat

Budgeting for Dalat

Recommendations

 

Top Attractions and Activities in Dalat City

  • Crazy House
The Crazy House in Da Lat, Vietnam - Dalat Travel Guide

The Crazy House

The Crazy House is the most unique and original building in Vietnam. It’s a wild on-going art project, a public exhibit, and a functioning hotel. This surreal place is a like a Dr. Seuss building come to life. You can explore every nook and cranny like the wacky animal-themed guestrooms. It’s a definite must-see for everyone. Entry is 40,000VND ($2USD).

  • Valley of Love
The Valley of Love in Da Lat, Vietnam - Dalat Travel Guide

The Valley of Love

Dalat is the honeymoon capital of Vietnam, and the Valley of Love is designed to appeal to lovers. It’s probably the most scenic spot in the city. It’s a huge, sprawling park that spans several square miles. The center of the park is a pretty lake surrounded by sloping hills covered in pine trees – perfect for long romantic strolls. There are also massive gardens with elaborate flower sculptures, numerous statues, and a tram ride that circles the whole area. Entry is 40,000VDN ($2USD).

  • Robin Hill / Cable Car Ride
 Robin Hill and the Dalat Cable Car in Da Lat, Vietnam - Dalat Travel Guide

Robin Hill and the Dalat Cable Car 

Robin Hill is the highest points in Dalat city and has some of the best views. A beautiful relief sculpture adorns the steps leading up the hill. It depicts idyllic scenes of the indigenous mountain tribes. At the top, there is cable car ride that stretches for 1.6 miles (2.6 km) over the gorgeous countryside and ends at the hilltop Zen Monastery of Truc Lam. The cable car ride is 50,000VND ($2.5USD) for a one-way ticket and 70,000VND ($3.5USD) for a round trip.

  • Truc Lam Zen Monastery

"Top Attractions and Activities in Dalat’s Countryside

Truc Lam Monastery is the largest Zen Monastery in all of Vietnam. Its hilltop location above Tuyen Lam Lake provides some amazing views. The many temples and other buildings have an elegant and refined beauty. The grounds also contain several beautiful gardens. And this is an active monastery where you can meet the hundreds of monks that live here. Free Entry.

  • Old Railway Station
Dalat’s Vintage Train Station in Da Lat, Vietnam

Dalat’s Vintage Train Station

Built in 1932, Dalat’s old train station is a top site of historical and architectural interest. There are some old steam trains on exhibit that visitors can climb into and explore. The best aspect of the station is a scenic 4.5 mile (7km) vintage train ride to nearby Trai Mat village, where you can visit Linh Phuoc Temple. This ride takes you through some beautiful landscapes. Free entry to the station. Round trip ticket to Trai Mat is 150,000VND ($6.5USD)

Attractions & Activities in the Countryside

Waterfalls

Datanla Falls and Elephant Falls in Da Lat, Vietnam Countryside - Dalat Travel Guide

Datanla Falls and Elephant Falls

 

Pongour Falls and Prenn Falls in Da Lat, Vietnam Countryside - Dalat Travel Guide

Pongour Falls and Prenn Falls

No visit to Dalat is complete without seeing at least one waterfall. Cam Ly falls is the only one is the city, but it should be avoided due to urban pollution. There are a dozen waterfalls near Dalat. We think the 4 best are Datanla, Elephant, Pongour, and Prenn. Each has special features that make it attractive.

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You can read more about the 4 best Dalat waterfalls here. If you’re interested in adventure sports, Datanla falls offers canyoning and abseiling. Note these are very dangerous (3 people died in 2016), and should only be pursued with a licensed tour company. Currently, Phat Tire Ventures is the only licensed company, and they have a good safety record.

Buddhist Temples

The Dalat area has many beautiful temples and pagodas that highlight the diversity of Buddhist culture and temperament in Vietnam. The entry to all these are free, but they do accept donations. Be sure to check out:

  • Lihn Phuoc Temple and the Big Glass Dragon
Linh Phuoc Temple in Da Lat, Vietnam - Dalat Travel Guide

Linh Phuoc Temple

Linh Phuoc is famous for intricate and massive mosaics that cover the temples and pagoda.

  • Linh An Temple and the Huge Happy Buddha
Dalat’s Happy Buddha in Da Lat, Vietnam - Dalat Travel Guide

Dalat’s Happy Buddha

Lihn An has some gorgeous Buddhist art and Vietnamese wood carvings, but it’s 50 ft (15m) tall Happy Buddha is the cheerful star of the show.

  • Van Hanh Temple and the Giant Golden Buddha
Dalat’s Golden Buddha in Da Lat, Vietnam - Dalat Travel Guide

Dalat’s Golden Buddha

No to be outdone, Van Hanh has 80 ft (25m) tall golden Buddha that gleams in the warm sunlight of Dalat.

 

Nature Lovin’

Beautiful scenery is everywhere and is easy to enjoy on your own. Many tour companies also offer organized hikes and activities in different areas. 2 of the best locations are:

  • Tuyen Lam Lake

Tuyen Lam Lake in Da Lat, Vietnam - Dalat Travel Guide

Tuyen Lam is a picturesque and enormous lake that covers 800 acres (320ha). Activities here include walks around the lake, treks into the surrounding forests, paddle boat rides, and kayaking.  Full day tours including hotel pickup, trekking, lunch, kayaking, and drop off start around $40USD.

  • Lang Biang Mountain

 At 7117 ft. (2169m) tall, Lang Biang Mountain is the highest peak in the region and has the best panoramic views. You can climb this mountain on your own without need of guide. But it’s 12km from Dalat city, so you’ll need transportation to it. Often tours are the same price as a round trip taxi. There is a well-marked trail through the forest and up to the top. The hike is 3 hours for the person of average fitness. Entry is 20,000VND($1USD).

Adventure Sports – The countryside of Dalat is ripe for outdoorsy adventures including white water rafting, canyoning, mountain biking, jungle treks, and more. We love adventure sports, but advise caution here. The safety standards in Dalat are not the same as those in other places. You must take full responsibility for your own safety here, even if on a tour. In 2016, 3 tourists died at Datanla falls. Their adventure guide was not licensed. There are a few companies that offer “budget” adventure tours, but we only recommend Phat Tire Ventures. They are licensed and emphasize training and safety. Package prices for different activities range from $25-$80USD pax (often including lunch).

 

Coffee Plantations

Dalat Coffee Plantation in Da Lat, Vietnam Countryside

Dalat Coffee Plantation

Did you know that Vietnam is the second largest coffee producer in the world behind Brazil? It is, and the Dalat area is home to the biggest coffee plantations in Vietnam. You can enjoy some fresh and delicious Vietnamese coffee while you gaze at some stunning Vietnamese scenery. Free entry for viewing. A basic cup of coffee is less than $1. Specialty coffee can be $3-$4 per cup. And you can buy large bags to bring home.

 

Top Places to Sleep in Dalat

SwissBel Resort Dalat in Da Lat, Vietnam Countryside - Dalat Travel Guide

SwissBel Resort Dalat

SwissBel Resort – Dalat is a great place to splurge on a 5 star, mountain resort – at shockingly low prices. The SwissBel Resort is one of the newest and best resorts in Dalat’s countryside. It has all the luxurious amenities and spectacular views. For around $60-$70USD per night, you can indulge in lavish luxury that would be astronomically more expensive elsewhere.

Check out our review of the SwissBel Resort for one amazing example.

Crazy House Hotel in Da Lat, Vietnam - Dalat Travel Guide

Crazy House Hotel

Crazy House Hotel – Dalat also has one of the most unique hotels in the world, The Crazy House mentioned above. The stay would be more for the novelty of the experience than for comfort or luxury, but what an experience. One night is enough. Then switch to a more comfortable hotel. Prices range from $20-$40USD.

Du Parc Hotel Dalat in Da Lat, Vietnam - Dalat Travel Guide

Du Parc Hotel Dalat

Du Parc Hotel – The Du Parc Hotel Dalat is another great choice for high-end experiences at affordable prices. Du Parc was built in 1932 and has a classic art-deco style. Prices range from $40-$50USD.

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Top Places to Eat in Dalat

Ba Hung Restaurant and Nem Nuong in Da Lat, Vietnam - Dalat Travel Guide

Ba Hung Restaurant and Nem Nuong

Ba Hung – This restaurant serves a Dalat specialty called Nem Nuong. The dish is a fresh spring roll that you assemble yourself at the table. The restaurant is a local legend. Vietnamese visitors from other parts of the country flock to Ba Hung for this regional specialty. A big serving is only 40,000VND ($2USD). The address is: D51-D52 Khu Quy Hoach – Hoang Van Thu, Dalat

 

Nhat Ly Restaurant in Da Lat, Vietnam - Dalat Travel Guide

Nhat Ly Restaurant

Nhat Ly – This is a good restaurant on Phan Dinh Phung street, but there are many restaurants on this street that have similar menus, quality, and prices. At Nhat Ly and the other restaurants nearby, a nice, typical meal will range from $5-$8USD. The address is: 88 Phan Dinh Phung, Dalat

 

Pho Hoa Café in Da Lat, Vietnam - Dalat Travel Guide

Pho Hoa Café

Pho Hoa – Pho Hoa is another representative recommendation for a street with several nice and similar cafes. Le Dai Hanh Street is full of cafes with elevated terraces and nice city views. We like Pho Hoa, but most places on this street are similarly rewarding. An average meal is $5-$10 with drinks. The address is:  10 Le Dai Hanh Street, Dalat

 

Best Time to Visit Dalat

For most visitors, November – March is the best season to visit. It’s the dry season and you’ll be able to experience more of Dalat’s natural beauty. Early November is the prime time to visit. The rains are over, so you will stay dry. But the rains have just ended so the waterfalls, rivers, and lakes have plenty of water and the highlands are at their greenest and lushest. Avoid June – August, this is the rainiest time of year and you’ll miss out on much of Dalat’s magic. What good is the beautiful scenery if it’s covered in soggy, gray weather?

 

Getting In and Out of Dalat

The fastest and easiest way to get in or out of Dalat is via the new international airport. Domestic flights to and from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City are very cheap, often around $20-$25 USD. There are many ways to get from the airport to Dalat city.

Most hotels offer airport pickup and drop-off, although some charge a fee. There is also a regular shuttle bus service from the airport to the city center that is only 40,000VND ($2USD).

Buses are the most common way to get in or out of Dalat from other cities. These are nice, tourist buses with AC, sleeper chairs, and sometimes WIFI.

There are direct routes to and from Ho Chi Minh City (8hrs), Hue (15hrs), Nha Trang (4hrs), and other Vietnamese cities. The route from the beach city of Nha Trang is the most popular. This route costs around $12-$15USD. The three best companies are Mai Linh, Phuong Trang, and Sinh Café.

 

Budgeting for Dalat

This is a realistic, mid-range to high-end budget for people who flew across the world for a fun holiday. It’s NOT a rock bottom, spare-every-penny budget. You could visit Dalat for less, but you could also spend a lot more. This budget will let you experience the best of Dalat without scrimping too much or overspending.

Food and Drinks – $15-20 pax/day. Great food is very cheap in Vietnam. This is actually a high estimate for food and drinks. It includes indulgent meals, snacks, coffees, and cocktails. You could spend as little as $6 pax/day, if you stick to street food and cut out coffees and cocktails.

Accommodation – $20-$70/day for your group. Vietnam also has cheap hotels. For about $20, you could get a modest, but very nice, clean, and comfy hotel. For about $70, you could stay in a 4 or 5-star resort. There are also many great options in between.

Activities and Tours – $10-$80 pax/day. This one is tough to calculate on a daily basis. A day touring the city on your own can cost around $10 pax. A group tour of the countryside costs around $15 pax. A private tour of the countryside costs around $25-$30 pax. A day of adventure sports can cost $25-$80 pax.

3-day Expenses for a Couple – $250-$300 for 2 people over 3 days for an indulgent time including a nice hotel, big meals, cocktails, and few extras here and there. This couple’s budget also includes a DIY city tour, a full day private countryside tour, and one day of adventure sports.

 

Recommendations

Please note that we recommend a minimum of 2 full days in the Dalat area, with an emphasis on the countryside. It’s hard to enjoy in less time than this. Otherwise, skip Dalat and focus more time on other areas of Vietnam.

What interests you about the Dalat area? What would you like to see and do around Dalat?

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138 Comments
  • Stacey
    Posted at 04:45h, 30 January

    Saving for later. I plan on going to Dalat, Danang and Hoi An soon.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 04:55h, 30 January

    Hello Stacey. That’s good to hear. Enjoy Danang and Hoi An. Those places are great.

  • Sarah
    Posted at 05:25h, 30 January

    That’s truly an extensive post! It’s going to be useful for a future trip over there! Too bad I missed it when I was in Vietnam twice! Lately I’ve been seeing lots of reviews and photos of Dalat and its surrounding areas — now I don’t wonder why! It’s gorgeous!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 05:33h, 30 January

    Hello Sarah. Thanks. Great to hear you liked it. Maybe you’ll visit again and make it to Dalat.

  • Sarah | I Heart Frugal
    Posted at 07:26h, 30 January

    It looks beautiful! I would love to go some day! I love traveling. Thanks for giving hotel links too!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:33h, 30 January

    Hey Sarah. Dalat is beautiful. Hope you can make it one day.

  • Maria
    Posted at 07:53h, 30 January

    Great guide! Thanks for listing the prices too – really useful. I’d like to stay at crazy house, it looks awesome!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:00h, 30 January

    Hi Maria. Thanks. Great to hear that the guide is useful.

  • Donna
    Posted at 08:23h, 30 January

    What a fascinating and indepth article! My husband loves Vietnam but I’ve never been. Really want to go will save this advice

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:34h, 30 January

    Hi Donna. We love Vietnam too. Thanks for the kind words. Were so glad to be helpful.

  • Amber Myers
    Posted at 08:58h, 30 January

    So lovely! I’d really like to see those waterfalls. Maybe one day my husband and I will get there.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:00h, 30 January

    Hi Amber. Dalat is really lovely and the waterfalls are a big hit. Hope you guys make it one day. Its a great romantic spot.

  • Ana De- Jesus
    Posted at 09:47h, 30 January

    Oh my god I love the sound of the crazy house especially since you compared it to DR Seuss which I love. It looks incredible!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:55h, 30 January

    Hi Ana. We loved the Crazy House too. It was a surreal trip place.

  • Jessica
    Posted at 10:46h, 30 January

    I never thought to visit Vietnam. I love the variety of things to do!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:55h, 30 January

    Hi Jessica. Vietnam is a great place to visit. It really deserves to be on your travel bucket list.

  • shreya
    Posted at 12:15h, 30 January

    This is such a detailed post! Looking at all the activities,this surely is going to destinations to visit book.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:22h, 30 January

    Hi Shreya. Thanks. Glad to know you found it useful.

  • LaDonna Dennis
    Posted at 14:52h, 30 January

    You got some incredible shots. I can only imagine what it felt like to experience all of them. Bet you had an incredible time!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:00h, 30 January

    Hello LaDonna. We did have an incredible time. Thanks for the kind words and encouragement.

  • tara pittman
    Posted at 15:16h, 30 January

    So much to see. The crazy house sounds so awesome and the happy buda made me smile

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:22h, 30 January

    Hello Tara. Dalat is very whimsical. The Crazy House and the Happy Buddha are surely two of the most cheerful.

  • Emma
    Posted at 16:18h, 30 January

    Dalat looks like it has a lot to offer – I’m torn between Vietnam and Cambodia at the moment so your post came just at the right time! The waterfalls look amazing and the colour of the flowers just scream paradise to me! And then there’s the juxtaposition of the crazy house – it definitely has everything there!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:22h, 30 January

    Hello Emma. Vietnam and Cambodia both have lots of great sites. It’s a tough choice. If you have the time, you can easily visit both.

  • Kimberly Hsieh
    Posted at 16:27h, 30 January

    What a beautiful place! I definitely want to visit sometime : )

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:33h, 30 January

    Hi Kimberly. Dalat is a beautiful place. Hope you can visit some time.

  • Mihaela Echols
    Posted at 17:28h, 30 January

    Those water falls looks so pretty!!! I love the pictures. It looks like you had so much fun!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:33h, 30 January

    Hi Mihaela. Dalat is beautiful place with lots of fun stuff, like the waterfalls.

  • Claire
    Posted at 17:34h, 30 January

    Aw, I had to skip Dalat when I did Vietnam! But now I see what I missed 🙁 The Crazy House looks especially cool! Looks like you had a brilliant time though!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:44h, 30 January

    Hi Claire. We loved Dalat. Hope you can make it some day.

  • Melanie Smith
    Posted at 18:02h, 30 January

    Amazing place! I wish I could go there at least once in my life. There is so much to see.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:04h, 30 January

    Hey Melanie. Dalat is great to visit. It would be great if you do visit.

  • Joely Smith
    Posted at 18:05h, 30 January

    Thanks for all the great info! I would skip the cable car ride since I am scared of heights but I would love to visit Truc Lam Zen Monastery and all the great places to eat and try new foods!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:11h, 30 January

    Hey Joely. Truc Lam is great to visit. Yeah the cable car might be tough if your scared of heights but the view is great.

  • Aish Das-Padihari
    Posted at 19:38h, 30 January

    Really a great post. I will look this place up. Thanks for sharing.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:44h, 30 January

    Hello Aish. Thanks so much. Good to hear it was helpful.

  • Sarah-Louise Bailey
    Posted at 21:16h, 30 January

    There was a lot to see in here. Maybe exploring that Crazy House was a great thing to experience. I love the sunflower and the Elephant falls and everything in here.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:22h, 30 January

    Hey Sarah. Dalat does have a lot to offer. The sunflower fields were everywhere and they were gorgeous.

  • Anne Yedlin
    Posted at 21:58h, 30 January

    Everything looks so beautiful! Love the views… I think the waterfalls would be my absolute favorite part of the visit!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:00h, 30 January

    Hello Anne. Dalat is well beloved for its waterfalls. Hope you enjoy them.

  • Steven Goodwin @ MyFamilyOnABudget
    Posted at 22:30h, 30 January

    Very well done! Love the pictures you guys took! It truly is an amazing place to visit it sounds. Thanks for taking the time to really lay it out for us.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:33h, 30 January

    Hi Steven. It’s our pleasure. Great to hear that it was helpful.

  • Author Brandi Kennedy
    Posted at 23:04h, 30 January

    So many wonderful places and things to see! I personally would love to see the falls – I have a particular fascination with falls. And temples as well – but I will say the most interesting place on your list for me was the Crazy House. It looks like it would be really fun to walk through.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:11h, 30 January

    Hi Brandi. The Crazy House is a really unique place thats only in Dalat so that would be a smart preference.

  • NISHCHAL DUA
    Posted at 01:37h, 31 January

    Wow! It’s amazing that you have included all the budget and expense details, thanks for that!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:44h, 31 January

    Hi Nishchal. Thanks for the encouragement. We try to be helpful.

  • Neha Gupta
    Posted at 01:48h, 31 January

    Beautiful pictures of great place!! I’d love to visit one day.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:55h, 31 January

    Hey Neha. Thanks very much. Glad you liked the post.

  • Brittany
    Posted at 02:17h, 31 January

    Buddhist temples and the waterfall pictures look incredible! This makes me want to go to Vietnam! Your blog is really informative! Thanks for sharing!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:22h, 31 January

    Hi Brittany. Your encouragement is really appreciated. Thanks for the support. Hope you do make it to Vietnam.

  • Ticking the Bucketlist
    Posted at 02:39h, 31 January

    Such a comprehensive guide … thanks! I loved the happy Buddha pic .. made me smile! The place will surely be on my itinerary when I visit Vietnam!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:44h, 31 January

    Hi Ticking the Bucketlist. Thanks. Happy to know you liked the post.

  • Elizabeth O.
    Posted at 02:48h, 31 January

    The waterfalls are simply breathtaking. It would be nice to go here if you’re looking for adventure and some peace and quiet as well. I wouldn’t mind hiking just to see those lovely sights!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:55h, 31 January

    Hey Elizabeth. You’re right. Hiking around in the natural beauty is fantastic experience.

  • Hra
    Posted at 03:24h, 31 January

    What a beautiful guide!! This place seems amazing !! I love your shots, they make me wanna travel there !

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 04:11h, 31 January

    Hi Hra. Dalat is amazing. Its great to have your encouragement and feedback. Thanks so much.

  • mohit
    Posted at 06:43h, 31 January

    Wow….that’s an amazing gateway…i loved those falls and the house obviously.. can’t imagine how would be made to real…
    Natural places always ponder me to visit them….and dalat seems to be full of beauty

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:46h, 31 January

    Hi Mohit. Dalat is a great place to visit in person. Hope you can make it some day.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc
    Posted at 08:05h, 31 January

    We have never traveled to any country in Asia but planning is in the pipeline. Thanks for this post. Now I have an idea of places to see in Vietnam!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:11h, 31 January

    Hello Annemarie. I think you’ll enjoy Vietnam. Its great to hear our Dalat travel guide was helpful.

  • Ticker Eats The World
    Posted at 12:06h, 31 January

    WOW! didn’t even know of Dalat’s existence and now I can’t believe I didn’t know. I love multi-cultural places and in addition to the French colonial aspect and the Monestary there is so much more in terms of the nature and waterfalls and the crazy house to see. Plus the food, which I always enjoy. Thank you for all the information.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:11h, 31 January

    Hi Ticker. Thanks so much for your encouragement. It great to hear that you liked the guide.

  • James Smith
    Posted at 12:21h, 31 January

    Wow, that’s a great in depth guide! I didn’t know the French were out there, I thought they only got as far as Laos. The cable car looks great, I love views. It’s useful that you listed the prices so it’s easy to see how much to budget

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:22h, 31 January

    Hi James. Thanks. Yes the French has had a lot of influence in Vietnam. And yes the cable car is a big highlight for us too.

  • Danijela WorldGlimpses
    Posted at 12:23h, 31 January

    If you didn’t say this was Vietnam, judging by your photos of mountains etc, I would have mistaken it for some place in Europe for sure! Great pics, thanks, guys! 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:25h, 31 January

    Hi Danijela. We thought so too. Especially our resort which was made to resemble a swiss chalet.

  • Sara Essop
    Posted at 12:58h, 31 January

    I’ve never heard of Dalat before but it looks absolutely beautiful. I love being in scenic natural surroundings. My kids will enjoy The Crazy House and I want to go the Valley of Love. This is a great guide.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:59h, 31 January

    Hello Sara. Thanks very much. Yes the natural beauty of Dalat is amazing and its great for singles, couples, and families too.

  • MishyV
    Posted at 13:05h, 31 January

    Oh this is so cool! My sister is half Vietnamese and she didn’t know about this place and all of these things to see! She’s going to Vietnam soon again so she’ll def visit it! Thank you!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:06h, 31 January

    Hey Mishy. Great to hear. Hope your sister has a great time and that our Dalat ravel guide helps.

  • Marissa Zurfluh
    Posted at 13:08h, 31 January

    I would love to travel to Vietnam! The History would be amazing.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:11h, 31 January

    Hello Marissa. You’ll love it! It does have an amazing history that goes back thousands of years!

  • Robin Rue
    Posted at 14:50h, 31 January

    This looks like it would be such a beautiful place to visit! I have never thought to travel to Dalat.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:55h, 31 January

    Hi Robin. Dalat is more popular with Vietnamese people than foreigners, but us international travelers are coming in larger numbers now. It’s both beautiful and a nice change of pace to Vietnam.

  • Polly
    Posted at 15:11h, 31 January

    This is so thorough – bookmarking in for when I hopefully go to Vietnam next year!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:12h, 31 January

    Hey Polly. Its great to hear you liked the post. Have a blast in Vietnam.

  • Maxime
    Posted at 15:30h, 31 January

    Thank’s guys for all the tips!
    There are a lot of details in your post, that’s really useful 🙂

    Seem’s like you had a lot of fun there!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:33h, 31 January

    Hello Maxime. You’re very welcome. We’re happy you found it useful.

  • Bethany Stout
    Posted at 16:25h, 31 January

    This looks amazing. I will have to find time to visit here in the future. Thanks for sharing.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:33h, 31 January

    Hi Bethany. Thanks so much. Dalat is great to visit. Hope you can make it one day.

  • Lena from fouronaworldtrip
    Posted at 16:46h, 31 January

    Thank you for sharing your experience ! We are planning to include Vietnam to our world trip next year and I pinned it for later 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:55h, 31 January

    Hi Lena. Enjoy your visit to Vietnam. It’s a fantastic destination.

  • aziel morte
    Posted at 21:02h, 31 January

    Looks so lovely and the place was looks relaxing. I want to go there on summer. Glad you share all the info

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:11h, 31 January

    Hey Aziel. Dalat is a lovely place indeed. And it is so relaxing too.

  • Abigail
    Posted at 00:25h, 01 February

    Anywhere with waterfalls and gorgeous coastal views, I’m in! I am missing out on so much beauty – I should visit this spot!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:33h, 01 February

    Hello Abigail. We feel the same way about waterfalls and Dalat has lots of them.

  • Ling Ge
    Posted at 04:26h, 01 February

    Wow, this is a really detailed post about Dalat. What I like about what you’ve shown is it looks very diverse here. There’s natural beauty, cultural sites, “crazy” stuff, and resorts for luxury and relaxation. Just another amazing part of Vietnam that I hope to visit one day.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 04:33h, 01 February

    Hello Ling. Thank you vey much for your kind feedback. Its great to hear that our guide was helpful.

  • davide utravelshare
    Posted at 08:09h, 01 February

    Wowwww so many things to do and see in Dalat, something I really did not at the time of my visit there!! I love this piece of Vietnamese land, especially all the coffee plantations that everyone can see from the road! I rented a scooter to go around the city, great experience! You guys have got an amazing experience and your posts are always full of tips and helpful information! Congrats, 😀

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:11h, 01 February

    Hi Davide. We did have an amazing time in Dalat. Sounds like you did too.

  • Heidi
    Posted at 11:43h, 01 February

    Wow! Dalat has such beautiful variety. What an incredible place to visit. You get to take the coolest trips!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:44h, 01 February

    Hello Heidi. Oh thanks. We feel very fortunate for all our travels, like to Dalat.

  • Swati
    Posted at 12:31h, 01 February

    Crazy house hotel looks beautiful and quite an exhaustive guide I must say. You have covered everything possible 🙂 Van Hanh Temple, the Giant Golden Buddha and Happy budha are so cute .. would love to visit Dalat some day

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:33h, 01 February

    Hi Swati. Thanks for the support. We hope the guide can help other travelers.

  • Stacey Stegg
    Posted at 20:38h, 01 February

    wow! What a list, there is so much to do in Vietnam! I literally had no clue.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:40h, 01 February

    Hi Stacey. Yes there’s so much to do in Vietnam, and this was just for one small city that’s off the normal trail.

  • Mike
    Posted at 20:41h, 01 February

    Great guide to Dalat! I absolutely love Pongour Falls and hope to see it one day. The temples and giant buddha would be amazing to see too. Thanks for sharing all this comprehensive info.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:44h, 01 February

    Hi Mike. Great to hear that you liked our guide to Dalat, thanks.

  • Aduke Schulist
    Posted at 00:04h, 02 February

    That Crazy House definitely looked crazy. Looks like a great place.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:11h, 02 February

    Hi Aduke. Yeah we really enjoyed the Crazy House. It’s really fun and really artistic and really interesting.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 00:18h, 02 February

    Dalat looks like quite a happening place. There are so many things to do and see. Your guide is really exhaustive and packs in great detail. A valuable resource for planning a trip to Dalat.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:22h, 02 February

    Hi Sandy N Vyjay. Thanks so much. Dalat is a great place to visit. We enjoyed it and hope our guide can help others enjoy it too.

  • Lisa Rios
    Posted at 00:34h, 02 February

    I love traveling a lot and Dalat sounds like a wonderful place with the gifted beauty of nature at its best all around. Both the waterfalls looks amazing and I am in love with that smiling Huge Happy Buddha as well!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:44h, 02 February

    Hi Lisa. We think most people would enjoy Dalat too. It’s not the hottest place for foreign visitors, but it’s worth a couple days if you have enough time on your holiday.

  • tasha
    Posted at 01:25h, 02 February

    Oh my! Dalat looks absolutely beautiful! So many beautiful unique places to visit. I can only hope that I can visit one day.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:33h, 02 February

    Hello Tasha. You should totally visit. Its so pretty and fun and romantic and relaxing all in one.

  • neha
    Posted at 06:43h, 02 February

    Thanks for the detailed guide as well as the cost estimates. This place definitely looks very beautiful, totally worth a visit. I see the diversity – french villa, buddha temple, waterfalls, beautiful landscape. Seems to have everything that we look for

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:44h, 02 February

    Hello Neha. You’re very kind. Dalat is a great visit with so much to enjoy.

  • GiGi Eats
    Posted at 22:47h, 02 February

    I was in Vietnam a month ago and it was sooooo interesting! Such a culture shock! I won’t lie, even though at some points it was stunning, it did really make me appreciate living in the states! 😉

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:36h, 03 February

    Hi GiGi. Great to hear that you enjoyed Vietnam too.

  • Jean
    Posted at 06:08h, 04 February

    Oh Dalat looks gorgeous!! I never considered going here until reading this post. Thanks for the great guide

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:11h, 04 February

    Hi Jean. That’s so nice of you to say. Glad you found our guide helpful. Dalat is a great place to visit in Vietnam.

  • Sarah Inkson
    Posted at 16:21h, 04 February

    I love how much information you have in this post. I have been to Vietnam before but I never made it ti Dalat. It is definitely on my list of places to see if we go back to Vietnam.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:33h, 04 February

    Hey Sarah. Enjoy your next visit to Vietnam. Hope you make it to Dalat.

  • Anosa
    Posted at 22:38h, 04 February

    Never heard of Dalat before after seeing this post. Would definitely save this for my future reference. Thanks for the very informative post! Cheers to more travel!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:44h, 04 February

    Hello Anosa. Dalat is a lesser known area of Vietnam, but worth a visit if you have enough time in country. Thanks for the kind words.

  • Only By Land
    Posted at 12:25h, 05 February

    I’ve pinned this as I may visit Nam this Spring. Great in depth info on Dalat. The crazy house does look crazy!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:33h, 05 February

    Hi OnlybyLand. Thanks for pinning our travel guide. Good to know it was useful.

  • mira pstr
    Posted at 14:08h, 06 February

    all those places are interesting to visit, the combination between the nature and the city is incredible I would like to visit this place .
    thank for sharing

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:44h, 06 February

    Hi Mira. Hope you do visit Dalat soon. It’s fun and beautiful.

  • Valerie Dawson
    Posted at 20:38h, 22 February

    I only made it to Saigon, but this makes me want to go back. It looks so much more tranquil.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:44h, 22 February

    Hi Valerie. That’s true Dalat is so different than Saigon.

  • Ally Emm
    Posted at 21:30h, 22 February

    Wow, looks like you saw a little bit of everything! The more I see of Vietnam, the more I want to visit!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:33h, 22 February

    Hey Ally. Yes we live in Vietnam and have spent considerable time in Dalat. Hope you do make it and enjoy it as much as we do.

  • Clare
    Posted at 22:25h, 22 February

    I never made it to Dalat when I was in Vietnam, but its a place on my list for next time. I want to do the cable car, see the monasterys and also go to the waterfalls as I love them. Not sure I would want to stay in the Crazy House Hotel as I might have nightmares, it does look totally crazy!!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:33h, 22 February

    Hey Clare. Haha, yeah that might happen. It is pretty crazy but in a cool way.

  • Christopher James
    Posted at 00:38h, 23 February

    Wow, I’m certainly not going to be the only one to comment on this! Great pictures and practical info! Thanks!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:44h, 23 February

    Hi Christopher. Sure thing. Thank you for your encouragement.

  • The Adventure Ahead
    Posted at 10:28h, 23 February

    Some real diversity so many vastly different areas to visit. It is great to hear that it is family friendly. I think our kids would love the Crazy House Hotel! Great photos that really capture the spirit of the area.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:33h, 23 February

    Hi Adventure Ahead. Your encouragement is great to hear. Happy you liked it.

  • Tonya
    Posted at 11:10h, 23 February

    I’m a fan of roadside attractions so that Crazy House would definitely be on my list of places to visit and stay! I don’t think lodging gets more unique than that.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:11h, 23 February

    Hey Tonya. We agree. It is a unique hotel and rare experience.

  • Erin Klema | The Epicurean Traveler
    Posted at 12:41h, 23 February

    I think I’d like that mix of French colonialism and authentic Vietnamese culture. The Valley of Love looks beautiful, and the cable car ride to the temple seems like an activity I’d enjoy, especially with that view! Good food, luxurious hotels, and plenty of cultural sites to visit? I’m so down to visit Dalat.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:44h, 23 February

    Hey Erin. Well said and we agree. Dalat is a great place to visit.

  • Eric || The Bucket List Project
    Posted at 12:47h, 23 February

    where do I begin? I had never even heard of Dalat before but this just made my Vietnam Bucket List for sure. The crazy house, robin hill cable car, or those monastaries alone would be enough to make me want to visit but then to take a side trip into the beautiful outdoors and make it a week long adventure should be destination location for everyone!!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:55h, 23 February

    Hey Eric. Dalat does offer lots to experience.

  • Sheena
    Posted at 19:36h, 23 February

    It’s fantastic to see such a well put together post on Dalat, as few people have heard about the place but I agree with you that’s it’s definitely worth a stop. I only stayed a night to visit The Crazy House, next time I want to rent a motorbike & get out to more of the countryside. Thanks for sharing

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:44h, 23 February

    Hello Sheena. Thanks. We’re glad it’s a useful post.