Preview of Dalat Vietnam Itinerary Day 1 for Central Vietnam. Da Lat

Dalat Vietnam – How to Spend 3 Glorious Days

We love Dalat Vietnam. We offer this itinerary to show how fun, interesting, and beautiful Dalat can be – if you have a good plan.

Our purpose for this itinerary is to balance out some misunderstandings (and bad reviews) we’ve found online and in travel literature. Type “is Dalat” in a search engine, and the auto-complete is “worth visiting?” Many say no, but we think it is.

Admittedly Dalat Vietnam is NOT the easiest place to visit. It requires more research and planning than normal and a combination of independent travel and tours.

If you try to do it all independently, it will be too hard, and you’ll miss some of the best things.

If you just take cookie-cutter tours, you’ll have to suffer through some mediocre tourist traps and be subjected to larger groups than necessary.

With a good itinerary, you can customize an experience that’s right for you. You’ll get the best of Dalat Vietnam and still have an affordable visit.

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Resources to Customize Your Itinerary for Dalat Vietnam

Below is only one suggested itinerary. You can find more information in our Dalat Travel Guide and in the embedded links below to customize for yourself.

Getting to Dalat (Day 1) – You’ll take an early flight and arrive in Dalat by 7:30 AM. In the past, a 4+ hour bus ride from Nha Trang city was the best way into Dalat. Today, there are several daily flights from major cities in Vietnam. These are fast flights and typically cost around $20USD.

The shuttle from the airport to city center is only 40,000VND ($2USD). Check in early at your hotel or just drop off your bags and check-in later. Then you’re ready to explore Dalat.

 

Day 1 – Sky Gondolas, Mountaintop Monastery, Vintage Train Ride and More

Preview of Dalat Vietnam Itinerary Day 1 for Central Vietnam. Da Lat

Preview of Dalat Vietnam Itinerary Day 1

Today you’ll amaze yourself with an independent tour of Dalat Vietnam. Since Day 1 is a DIY tour, we included more detailed instructions than for the other days.

The activities and attractions are accessible on foot or by a short (and cheap) taxi ride. The focus is “Only in Dalat.” Today’s plan includes unique experiences that combine scenic natural beauty with the history and culture of Dalat.

You’ll visit some great sites, AND you’ll get there in some fun, cool, and extraordinary ways.

 

Sky Gondola Ride From Robin Hill to Truc Lam Zen Monastery

Great Views from the Sky Gondola in Dalat Vietnam located in Central Vietnam

Great Views from the Sky Gondola

You’ll begin the day with an uber-cool, mountaintop experience at Vietnam’s largest Zen monastery. The trip there is one of the coolest parts. You’ll take a sky gondola from one mountaintop to another. The views are spectacular!

The cable car station is atop Robin Hill. A taxi ride from the city center to Robin Hill should be about $3USD. The Sky Gondola ride spans 1.6 miles (2.6km) from Robin Hill to Phoenix Mountain, the location of Truc Lam Zen Monastery.

A round-trip ticket costs 70,000VND ($3.5USD). The Sky Gondola ride lasts for about 20 minutes. You’ll see some beautiful highland landscapes and arrive at the front gate to Truc Lam Zen Monastery.

 

Truc Lam Zen Monastery – Scenic and Serene

Truc Lam Zen Monastery in Dalat Vietnam located in Central Vietnam Da Lat Vietnam

Truc Lam Zen Monastery

After arriving in style, spend the next hour or two exploring Truc Lam Zen monastery. Truc Lam is the largest Zen monastery in Vietnam and has one of the most scenic locations. This gorgeous monastery is home to several beautiful temples, gardens, and quarters for the hundreds of monks who live here.

Truc Lam also has sprawling grounds with paths through pine-covered forests. Visiting the Truc Lam monastery is an experience of cultural and natural serenity.

Lots of pathways to stroll around the monastery located in Da Lat Vietnam also known as Dalat Vietnam in central Vietnam.

Enjoy a DIY picnic lunch on the idyllic monastery grounds. There are a million spots with gorgeous surroundings, stunning views, and pine-scented air. As long as you clean up after yourself, the monks welcome this practice. Picnicking is actually very common for the local Vietnamese families who visit, so you’ll fit right in.

There are a number of food/drink vendors outside the main gate. We recommend getting the classic Vietnamese sandwich called the “Banh Mi.” It’s surprisingly delicious, cheap, and an easy picnic food.

When you’re ready to go, just hop back on the Sky Gondola back to Robin Hill for another fun, scenic ride. It runs constantly, almost like a ski lift.

 

Visit Crazy House – The Most Unique Building in Vietnam

Crazy House – A Wacky Art Exhibit and Hotel in Da Lat Vietnam located in Central Vietnam Dalat Vietnam

Crazy House – A Wacky Art Exhibit and Hotel

From Robin Hill, take another short taxi ride to the Crazy House ($3USD). Dalat is known as the most whimsical city in Vietnam. And the Crazy House is the most whimsical attraction in Dalat. It is also the most famous Vietnamese work of art in the world, and a must see when in Dalat.

It’s an actual building (and even a working hotel), but it looks like a Dr. Seuss story come to life. Entrance is 40,000VND ($2USD). Spend 30-60 minutes exploring the wacky themed rooms, rooftop walkways, and bizarre garden. Then grab a taxi to the Dalat Railway Station ($4USD).

 

 Dalat Train Station – More Than Sightseeing

 Dalat’s Old Train Station offers a Scenic Countryside Ride in Da Lat Vietnam

Dalat’s Old Train Station offers a Scenic Countryside Ride

The Old Train Station is a prime example of Dalat’s French architecture, but it’s more than a sightseeing attraction. You can ride a vintage train through Dalat’s beautiful countryside! The Old Train Station is cool to see but only requires a quick visit to appreciate.

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The real gem is the scenic train ride to Trai Mat village. Trai Mat village is home to Linh Phuoc Pagoda, one of the most unique in Vietnam. The leisurely ride covers 4.5 miles (7km) and takes about 25 minutes. There are 5 trips per day, but on this itinerary, arrive around 1:30 PM for the 2:00 PM train.

Get your round-trip ticket for 150,000VND ($7USD). You’ll usually have an hour or so, but it can change slightly from day to day. Be sure to check with the train staff for the return time.

 

Linh Phuoc Pagoda – Grandiose and Gaudy

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Linh Phuoc Pagoda is the wacky alter ego of Truc Lam Zen Monastery. The Pagoda is a short walk from the train station and easy to find. Truc Lam is beautiful in a serene and elegant way. Linh Phuoc is also beautiful but in a grandiose and eclectic way. It’s great to experience both sides of Vietnam’s Buddhist culture.

Linh Phuoc Pagoda blends wonderful and wacky elements into a truly Vietnamese, cultural experience. Some parts Linh Phuoc will amaze and inspire. Others will make you cringe or chuckle. Visiting Linh Phuoc is experiencing the “real Vietnam,” with its trademark contradictions.

They have a Glass Dragon made of 12,000 beer bottles. A lady Buddha made from 650,000 flowers. And the largest bell in Vietnam. Entry is free.

Then take the train back to Dalat’s Old Station.

 

Carriage Ride and Sunset Cocktails by the Lake

Sunset at Ho Xuan Huong Lake in Dalat Vietnam also known as Da Lat Vietnam

Sunset at Ho Xuan Huong Lake in Dalat Vietnam

You’ll spend the late afternoon and early evening by the lake. Enjoy the views, have a few cocktails, take a horse carriage, or hop on a paddleboat.

From the Old Train Station, take a short walk to Dalat Vietnam’s main lake, Ho Xuan Huong Lake. It’s only 820 yards (750m) west of the train station. If you prefer to take a taxi, it will be a very cheap ride.

Ask the driver to take you to “Cong Vien Yersen,” which means Yersen park.

Continue walking southwest along the lake, toward the city center. The lake is very pretty, and Dalat Vietnam’s cool climate makes for pleasurable walks. You’ll easily find everything you need for a fun sunset by the lake.

The bars and restaurants along the lake are overpriced for Vietnam, but still much cheaper than most Western countries. And the view is worth the surcharge.

 

Dalat Vietnam Food Tour

Fresh Spring Rolls are a Vietnamese Classic in Da Lat Vietnam

Fresh Spring Rolls are a Vietnamese Classic

Cap off the evening with a yummy food tour of Dalat. You’ll indulge in a mix of Vietnamese classics and local specialties. WsTF Dalat Street Food Tour is the best option.

The tour is amazingly affordable for all you get. It’s $20USD for singles or $15USD per person for a group of 2. It’s run by Binh. He’s a Dalat native, foodie, and all around good guy.

It’s a small operation. The best way to book is through the “Dalat Food Tour” facebook page. Arranging a meeting point is easy. You’ll be very close to the city center. Tours typically begin around 7:00 PM and last about 3 hours, or so.

After the Food Tour, grab a few drinks or head back to your hotel. Tomorrow, you’ll be chasing Dalat’s famous waterfalls.

 

Day 2 – Chasing Waterfalls in the Countryside

Preview of Dalat Vietnam Itinerary Day 2 in Da Lat Vietnam located in central Vietnam

Preview of Dalat Vietnam Itinerary Day 2

We recommend hiring a private driver to explore Dalat’s countryside. Many will approach you while you’re in Dalat city, or you can book one online. They’re several group tours available that will visit some of the same sites included in our itinerary, but you’ll probably want to avoid these.

Hiring a driver lets you make up your own tour and go at your own pace. 2 great options are Easy Riders and Dalat Trip, but there are other very good options if you find a deal.

Easy Riders is a back-of-a-motorcycle tour and often costs around $20USD pax. Dalat Trip is car or SUV tour and often costs around $30 pax. These prices include a driver (who is also a guide), fuel, and all entrance fees.

We designed this itinerary to diverge from the typical group tour schedule. It’s not perfect, but you’ll have to share the experiences with the least people possible. You can direct your driver to follow this itinerary or work out one yourself.

The important thing is to let the driver know that you want to avoid crowds. Otherwise, they will usually fall into the same pattern as a bus tour. If that happens, why even bother with a private tour?

 

Dalat Coffee Plantation – The Caffeinated Countryside

Enjoying the view and brew at a Dalat Coffee Plantation in Da Lat Vietnam located in Central Vietnma

Enjoying the view and brew at a Dalat Coffee Plantation

Visiting a Dalat coffee plantation is a great combination of natural beauty, agro-tourism, and delicious cups of the freshest coffee possible. Vietnam is the second largest coffee producer in the world. Brazil is number 1, but Vietnam grows more coffee than Columbia!

And “coffee culture” has been a huge part Vietnamese culture for a long time. Enjoy walking through the gorgeous fields of the Dalat Coffee Plantation. Then go up to Me Linh Coffee Garden for some special Vietnamese coffee and fantastic views.

 

Elephant Waterfall – Feel the Rush

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Elephant Waterfall is the most powerful around Dalat Vietnam. The roar of the falls is both thunderous and soothing. Elephant Waterfall is also interactive.

To reach ground level, you must take a fun, winding path down a cliff. You can even follow this path all the way down to the Wind Cave and get right under the falls.

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Huge Happy Buddha – The Biggest Smile in Dalat

Happy Buddha and Linh An Pagoda in Da Lat Vietnam located in Central Vietnam

Happy Buddha and Linh An Pagoda

Almost 50 feet tall, the giant Happy Buddha is one of the most iconic landmarks of Dalat. This towering Happy Buddha is sure to lift your spirits and put a smile your face. He lives at Linh An Pagoda, a beautiful temple to explore.

Silk Factory – From Wiggly Worm to Sensuous Silk

How Silk Goes From Ugly to Beautiful in Da Lat Vietnam located in Central Vietnam

How Silk Goes From Ugly to Beautiful

The Cuong Hoan Traditional Silk Factory is only 450 yards away. You can see some of Vietnam’s world-famous silk being made, from worms to finished product. To be honest, this one wouldn’t be worth visiting on its own, but since you’ll be next door, it’s worth a quick visit.

During your trip through Vietnam, you’ll definitely appreciate the traditional Vietnamese clothes and other fine silk products. This silk factory visit will add some context.

And seeing the actual worms get unraveled into fine silk threads is pretty cool and interesting. Silk starts out as an ugly worm and gets transformed into elegant beauty.

 

Datanla Waterfall – The Funnest Waterfall

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Datanla Waterfall is the funnest waterfall around. It’s beautiful and powerful, but it is not serene like Elephant Waterfall. And that’s the charm of Datanla. It’s home to many of adventure sports tours, that have you rappel down the falls or jump off boulders.

Datanla Falls also has a small cable car ride, an archery range, many kitschy statues, and a manual roller coaster. This visit combines natural beauty and touristy fun. It’s a nice way to end a Dalat countryside tour before returning to the city center for dinner.

 

Avoid Time Wasters

  Avoid “Flower Village” It’s Just a Bunch of Greenhouses in Da Lat Vietnam located in Central Vietnam

Avoid “Flower Village” It’s Just a Bunch of Greenhouses

There are a few other typical stops that even your private driver may recommend. For us, these were just time wasters. Spend more time enjoying the main attractions like the waterfalls and skip the mediocre stuff.

One example was a visit to various farms, especially “Flower Village.” The name sounds fantastic, but the reality is just meh. Yes, there is a whole village that grows millions of gorgeous flowers. But all of these are in greenhouses.

We pictured vast fields of flowers, covering the rolling hills for stunning views. Nope. Pretty flowers, but no views. For us, a greenhouse is a greenhouse. Same thing is true of most of the farms around except the coffee plantation.

 

Dinner in Dalat Vietnam

Choosing a spot for dinner will be easy after your food tour last night. No doubt, you’ll have some dishes or restaurants that you’ll want to try again. Or you’ll have recommendations from the tour about new places to try.

In our opinion, a sure bet is Le Chalet Dalat restaurant. They are one of the most loved eateries in Dalat. Surprisingly (based on the name), they serve Vietnamese classics and not French cuisine. The food is authentic, delicious, and reasonably priced.

It’s across from the Crazy House, so the location should be familiar.

 

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Dalat Vietnam

 

Day 3 – Outdoorsy Fun on Tuyen Lam Lake

Aerial View of Tuyen Lam Lake in Da Lat Vietnam located in Central Vietnam

Aerial View of Tuyen Lam Lake

Today’s focus is sporty fun in Dalat’s beautiful surroundings. Tuyen Lam Lake is sprawling, picturesque, and very entertaining.

Hiking Around The Lake in Da Lat Vietnam located in Central Vietnam

Hiking Around The Lake

Begin the day hiking the trails surrounding the lake. There are a number of trails for different fitness levels.

Kayaking on the Lake in Da Lat Vietnam located in Central Vietnam

Kayaking on the Lake

Then spend a couple hours kayaking through the winding waterways of Tuyen Lam Lake. This lake is not circular at all. Its shape resembles a craggy, bird claw from an aerial view. This makes the lake all the more interesting to explore.

On one hand, it’s a lake, so you can’t get lost. On the other, the radical contours of the lake seem like exploring many different hidden waterways.

A DIY visit to Tuyen Lam Lake is very possible. The lake is a short taxi ride from the city center. Nice hikes and gorgeous scenery are everywhere you go. And there are various boat rental places along the lake. But booking a tour is probably the best option.

 

Hiking and Kayaking Tours

Hiking and kayaking tours are inexpensive and include transportation, lunch, and guides to show you all the best hiking and kayaking spots. Many reputable companies offer these tours, so shop around.

Phat Tire Ventures is Dalat’s leading company for these kinds of tours. They are a bit more expensive but they have a strong safety record and highly trained guides. Their tour is about $40USD pax.

It includes all things stated above as well as drinking water and snacks. The tour begins at 9:00 AM and drops you off at your hotel around 3:00 PM.

This is just one example of the outdoor adventures available around Dalat. Other great ones are climbing Langbiang mountain, jungle trekking, white water rafting, or canyoning.

 

Goodbye Dalat Vietnam

Take an evening flight to your next destination in Vietnam. There are daily flights to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City around 7:30 PM. You would have had to make some arrangements with your hotel for this to work. Check out in the morning and leave your bags at the hotel.

Just about any hotel will secure your bags when you have a late departure. And many will let you shower in an empty room (or the gym) – even after you’ve checked out. Pick a hotel that allows this. You’ll need it after a day of hiking and kayaking. Then grab a shuttle to the airport and you’re off. Goodbye Dalat.

 

This is just a suggested itinerary. It hits some of Dalat’s best experiences and attractions (and fits them into a schedule that works). But many options and combinations are possible.

For more information and tips, check out our Dalat Travel Guide and other posts about Dalat Vietnam.

How do you like to travel? Are you a detailed planner or a spontaneous pantser?

 

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94 Comments
  • Lori
    Posted at 04:30h, 06 March

    I would love to visit Dalat Vietnam. It’s on my travel list for a while now – but I didn’t manage to plan a trip. Really helpful post – and so many wonderful recommendations!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 04:33h, 06 March

    Hi Lori. Thanks for the feedback. Glad to hear the post was helpful.

  • Leah
    Posted at 05:31h, 06 March

    I have always been so interested in visiting Vietnam because of the rich history and for a spiritual journey. The Truc Lam Zen monastery looks amazing and I would love to visit one day. I had never heard of Dalat but I will be adding it to the itinerary when we get to Vietnam one day. Your pictures are amazing!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 05:34h, 06 March

    Hey Leah. Sounds like you would really love a visit to Vietnam and Dalat would be a great addition for sure.

  • Jeff & Crystal Bryant
    Posted at 08:17h, 06 March

    Wow! We never realized how affordable it was to visit Vietnam. The sky-cars looked like a wonderful way to get a complete overview of the surroundings. We love train rides, and the walk behind waterfall would be super romantic. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us, and it may have just sparked an upcoming trip.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:23h, 06 March

    Hi Jeff & Crystal. Thanks so much for your kind words. Its great to hear. The affordability of Vietnam is definitely a big plus.

  • Amber Myers
    Posted at 08:40h, 06 March

    This place looks so amazing! I’d love to check out that waterfall. How pretty!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:45h, 06 March

    HI Amber. Dalat, Vietnam is pretty amazing in our book too.

  • Sridhar @InterludJourney
    Posted at 09:28h, 06 March

    Vietnam is in my todo list. This was a most enjoyable read. Best of all, Fantastic post loaded with really useful, and very timely info…Great photos.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:32h, 06 March

    Hello Sridhar. Dalat Vietnam is a great visit and deserves to be on your todo list we think. We really appreciate your kind words.

  • Joi
    Posted at 12:24h, 06 March

    Thanks for sharing all this information, I’d like to visit Vietnam, one of the places in my list that as I photographer I wish I could go…

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:29h, 06 March

    Hey Joi. You’re so right. Vietnam and Dalat are super photogenic with endless possibilities.

  • ADAM DOOLITTLE
    Posted at 14:55h, 06 March

    Dalat looks incredibly beautiful. The landscape is sooo tropical looking. Almost like heaven. I love chasing waterfalls when I travel and loved your pics that you were able to get on your travels. The Crazy House truly does look like the most unique building in Dalat, too. 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:00h, 06 March

    Hi Adam. Dalat is jam packed with lots of great stuff for sure.

  • Author Brandi Kennedy
    Posted at 15:33h, 06 March

    This post makes Dalat look like a great place to visit! I think I’d love the waterfalls especially – and the sky gondola.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:34h, 06 March

    Hi Brandi. They are lovely and the sky gondola really impressed.

  • Gabor
    Posted at 15:38h, 06 March

    Thanks for this detailed post. This place looks very nice. When we visited Thailand 2 years ago we were planning to go there but we run out of time, but when we go next time we will definitely visit Vietnam and use your guide to plan a few days in Dalat.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:44h, 06 March

    Hi Gabor. That sounds like a good plan. It would work nicely to contrast with Thailand.

  • Sondra Barker
    Posted at 18:09h, 06 March

    Dalat, Vietnam looks beautiful! The waterfall and the green surroundings are amazing, this is a destination I am definitely interested in going to.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:10h, 06 March

    Hi Sondra. Dalat Vietnam does have an irresistible beauty. Hope you can make it.

  • Nay
    Posted at 18:11h, 06 March

    Such a detailed post with lots of information about traveling to and around Dalat. Love the pictures too. This post really makes me want to visit.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:13h, 06 March

    Hi Nay. Thanks so much, that’s nice to hear.

  • Ana De- Jesus
    Posted at 18:51h, 06 March

    I think my favourite thing to do would be to visit the monastery as it is beautiful and full of culture. Watching the sunset would be super romantic as well xx

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:55h, 06 March

    Hi Ana. It is very romantic. We loved it.

  • Richard Bivins
    Posted at 19:53h, 06 March

    This looks like an epic vaycay for hardcore travelers. I’m not there yet. I’m taking my very first European trip this summer and hope to get to more exotic locations at some point.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:55h, 06 March

    Hi Richard. That’s good thinking. Europe is wonderful. Have a blast there.

  • Andi
    Posted at 20:39h, 06 March

    Wow very detailed post! And the photos are stunning too! I have lots of friends who have been recently in Vietnam and they took pictures of the places very nice too. I would love to visit Vietnam one day, and will take note of some of this stuff for my itinerary.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:44h, 06 March

    Hi Andi. Glad to know the info and suggestions were helpful.

  • Kassie
    Posted at 22:01h, 06 March

    Gosh, I loved Dalat so much when I visited so it makes me sad that someone might read that it wasn’t worth visiting when google searching! I’m glad you wrote this article so they can see the many things there are to do in Dalat.

    This itinerary is amazing and it definitely checks off all the best sites in the area but man you guys must have been tired after you finished!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:11h, 06 March

    Hi Kassie. We totally agree. Theres so much to enjoy.

  • Alice Chen
    Posted at 22:13h, 06 March

    Wow! I love this! The itinerary is fantastic and that hotel looks like such an interesting place to stay. I’ve been meaning to go to Vietnam and will definitely stop by Dalat on your recommendation!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:15h, 06 March

    Hey Alice. Thanks we hope this itinerary gives an idea of how nice Dalat Vietnam could be.

  • Jenn and Ed Coleman
    Posted at 23:23h, 06 March

    Wow, Love your post. Dalat seems like an amazing place that has an organic tourism base which is both good and bad. It seems like if we followed your tour, we could maximize the good. I imagine that there are a lot of big, flashy advertisements that funnel people onto bus tours in oversized groups. You custom DIY or small guided tours sounds like a great way to see Dalat

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:33h, 06 March

    Hi Jenn and Ed. Wow thanks that was totally our idea behind this post. Hopefully it helps those planning a visit to Dalat Vietnam.

  • Riely
    Posted at 01:16h, 07 March

    I would be interested in the scenic train tour for sure as well as the coffee plantation. I could just imagine the smell of the aroma of fresh coffee. Tuyen Lam Lake reminds me of a lake back here in Canada. It looks wonderful to Kayak in. Thanks for the post.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:22h, 07 March

    Hey Riley. Sure thing. Your picks are all great.

  • Sourav Aggarwal
    Posted at 01:55h, 07 March

    You introduced me to a Vietnam which i never know. I want to travel to vietnam. Thanks for sharing your tips.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:59h, 07 March

    Hey Sourav. It our pleasure. Hope you make it to Vietnam and have a wonderful visit.

  • Chris
    Posted at 02:23h, 07 March

    I’m flabbergasted that some people don’t like visiting Dalat!

    It’s wonderful if for no other reason than to escape the humidity that being in the hills allows.

    Early morning or as you’ve said sunset is definitely the best time of day to view the lake.

    It helps to hide the horrible amount of waste floating in the water! lol

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:25h, 07 March

    Hi Chris. Totally agree. When we talk with folks in person or online that had a bad experience in Dalat, we’re amazed too. We even met one guy who said the food sucked. Really? It’s possible and tastes vary but the food is what Vietnam does best and does consistently well all over. When we hear this kinda thing we think the person missed out and chose all the wrong sites and restaurants.

  • Grace
    Posted at 02:29h, 07 March

    What a wonderful place to visit! The itinerary looks so well thought through. I would love to do the food tour. Sounds so good. You guys really sound like experts in the area so will remember that when I plan my trip to Vietnam!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:33h, 07 March

    Hi Grace. You are so kind. Thanks thats great to hear.

  • stacey
    Posted at 03:23h, 07 March

    These are all great things to see in Dalat.I hope to visit soon and will keep these things in mind.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 03:33h, 07 March

    Hey Stacey. Dalat Vietnam does offer lots of cool stuff.

  • Sara Essop
    Posted at 04:07h, 07 March

    I haven’t been to Vietnam yet but if I do go, I will definitely want to visit Dalat. After reading your post, I can’t imagine why anyone would think it’s not visiting. It look so beautiful and it seems as though there’s so much to do there.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 04:11h, 07 March

    Hey Sara. That’s how we think to, Dalat Vietnam is beautiful and fun.

  • RaNesha
    Posted at 06:52h, 07 March

    I love to travel after reading your post I am interested in Dalat thanks for sharing your experience

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:55h, 07 March

    Hey Ranesha. It’s our pleasure. Glad you liked our post on Dalat Vietnam.

  • Danijela WorldGlimpses
    Posted at 08:57h, 07 March

    That Zen monastery looks amazing. In such great place, surrounded by woods. Love waterfalls as well, I would probably spend couple of hours just sitting there, watching the water! Great pics, thanks!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:00h, 07 March

    Hey Danijela. We feel the same. Dalat is a relaxing and refreshing spot.

  • Ruth I.
    Posted at 10:23h, 07 March

    There are many beautiful places to visit in Dalat alone. Your itinerary is really great, I came up with ideas for next year 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:33h, 07 March

    Hey Ruth. Vietnam has lots of beautiful places and Dalat really stands out. Hope you enjoy it when you visit.

  • Megan S
    Posted at 13:08h, 07 March

    The pictures are absolutely stunning and I’m sure that they are even more beautiful in person! The waterfalls would be my favorite!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:11h, 07 March

    Hey Megan. Yup the waterfalls are lovely in person.

  • Louiela
    Posted at 14:18h, 07 March

    Wooowww. Dalat Vietnam is so beautiful. You’re right. I have read a lot about Vietnam and being scammed is always associated with it. However, this post is so tempting to visit if not the whole Vietnam, then at least explore Dalat.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:22h, 07 March

    Hey Louiela. We are always impressed by Dalat’s beauty thats for sure.

  • Hey Sharonoox
    Posted at 16:52h, 07 March

    These looks like such an interesting place to visit. I’ve always wanted to visit Vietnam one day. Just pinned!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:55h, 07 March

    Hey Sharonoox. Thanks for pinning. Hope you do make it here.

  • Wanderlust Vegans
    Posted at 21:28h, 07 March

    Looks like you guys had a wonderful 3 days. I especially liked the mountain top monastery. Very cool experience.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:33h, 07 March

    Hey Wanderlust Vegans. Dalat does have lots of cool experiences on offer.

  • Ticking the Bucketlist
    Posted at 21:37h, 07 March

    I am off to Dalat on 20 March … such a perfectly times post. I think I want to do a good tour and am hoping that I get good vegetarian food. Also, the lake looks stunning … I guess that is the first place that I want to visit!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:44h, 07 March

    Hey Ticking the Bucketlist. We’re so happy that the timing worked out so well. Have a wonderful visit.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 23:40h, 07 March

    This is a detailed and very helpful itinerary that will be of tremendous use to anyone heading out to Vietnam. The sights that you have included are all really very interesting. The experiences also hold the promise of some great times. I found the old Railway station endearing and would love to take a sky gondola ride.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:44h, 07 March

    Hey Sandy N Vyjay. Thanks so much. Its great to hear that the post is useful. Yes the train ride and sky gondola are real highlights.

  • neha
    Posted at 23:49h, 07 March

    Dalat seems to have all kind of attractions for all kind of visitors. I particularly like the architecture of LINH PHUOC PAGODA. I will definitely visit here when I come to this part of the world. 3 days seem just perfect to visit here.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:55h, 07 March

    Hi Neha. Linh Phuoc Pagoda is really interesting. It mixes masterful artwork and a wacky sense of humor.

  • Anna nuttall
    Posted at 08:25h, 08 March

    Beautiful photos and I would love to visit one day. xx

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:33h, 08 March

    Hey Anna. Thanks, we hope you do get to visit one day.

  • Adrenaline Romance
    Posted at 11:53h, 08 March

    This is a day well spent! Bookmarking this because Vietnam is in our bucket-list of places to visit.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:55h, 08 March

    Hi Adrenaline Romance. Thanks for bookmarking. Glad it was useful.

  • Elisa
    Posted at 14:21h, 08 March

    Dalat looks very cool. Why some people think it is not worth it? I would like to know what the street food tour includes. It looks like a good idea but 20$ for Vietnamese street food looks like too much (or maybe I did not understand the concept). Thanks for the tips!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:22h, 08 March

    Hi Elisa. $20 for the street food tour is pretty fair. It includes all you can eat at 4 or 5 stops and soft drinks too. And a local will show you the best spots in Dalat.

  • Paula - Gone with the Wine
    Posted at 17:48h, 08 March

    This place looks amazing! I love the pictures. And the flight to get there costs almost nothing. I also love that pagoda, it´s so decorative. This must of been a great adventure for you guys.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:55h, 08 March

    Hi Paula. Thats right cheap flights have changed travel in Vietnam.

  • Carol Cassara
    Posted at 05:05h, 09 March

    It’s hard not to have fun in a place like Dalat! There’s just so much that you can do in 3 days and even then it doesn’t seem like it’s enough time to see the what the place has to offer. Thanks for this guide!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 05:11h, 09 March

    Hi Carol. You’re right. You can spend lots of time in Dalat, but there are many other worthy destinations in Vietnam too. So 3 days is a reasonably time for many.

  • Indrani
    Posted at 09:53h, 09 March

    You are right, there are so many mixed opinions on Vietnam tours. I guess one needs to study well the possibilities before a visit. Thanks for the useful pointers to this place. Not sure if I could visit the silk factory though.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:00h, 09 March

    Hi Indrani. We are big researchers ourselves before we visit a place.

  • ERICA
    Posted at 10:23h, 09 March

    Dalat’s really known for awesome natural attractions! Thank you for sharing the detailed 3 day itinerary! Now I have something to share to my friend who is going there next month. The price listing is quite helpful!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:33h, 09 March

    Hey Erica. That’s cool. Thanks for sharing it with your friend.

  • FS Page
    Posted at 11:24h, 09 March

    That is such a wonderfully detailed account on Dalat. I really appreciate the amount of little yet useful things you have explained from things like each and every cost to time it would take and time wasters which should be avoided. Dalat does look beautiful and a must visit when on vietnam trip. I was curious about what kind of weather can one expect and what would be the best time of the year to visit.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:25h, 09 March

    Hey FS Page. Your good words are really encouraging. It was great to hear that the post was useful.

  • Carola Bieniek
    Posted at 23:06h, 10 March

    Thank you for this detailed guide!
    I always think when people say something wasn’t worth a visit they didn’t look at the place hard enough. And it looks like Dalat has such a variety of sights that I cannot imagine anyone leaving there unsatisfied 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:11h, 10 March

    Hi Carola. We agree with that whole heartedly. Dalat Vietnam is really wonderful.

  • Nastja Novak
    Posted at 13:10h, 11 March

    I haven’t heard about Dalat before. But when i’m gonna travel to Vietnam i’m gonna make sure i go there. I love all your suggestions! Good job and thank you!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:12h, 11 March

    Hey Nastja. Our pleasure to share. Glad you liked it and found it helpful.

  • Rhiannon
    Posted at 20:10h, 11 March

    Wow what an action-packed itinerary!! The sunset at Ho Xuan Huong Lake looks absolutely beautiful, I’d love to experience it in real life. I couldn’t help but smile at the giant happy Buddha!! I have a friend from Vietnam who I will be visiting maybe next year or in 2019. She’ll be in charge of the itinerary but I may have to make a few suggestions to her based on this post.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:11h, 11 March

    Hi Rhiannon. Oh Yeah, you should definitely add the things that are important to you. It’s your trip too.

  • Harsh Gupta
    Posted at 23:54h, 11 March

    I would love to visit Truc Lam Zen monastery one day. And Sky gondolas and vintage train rides would definitely be on my list. Loved your itinerary – sought after!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:55h, 11 March

    Hey Harsh. Thanks. We sure hope that the itinerary help others plan great trips to Dalat.

  • Ariane
    Posted at 07:00h, 12 March

    I really loved everything you put into your post, it makes beautiful memories of Dalat come to life again. One thing I didn’t feel the same way though, is that it requires more research and planning to go there and see all the things in Dalat. We did everything on the spot and got a lot out of it, It was really easy to access with public transports and we did everything either by ourselves or with a private guide on eco tours on a very affordable budget. I thought it really was a fun adventure, Dalat is really beautiful and was one of our favourite locations in Vietnam.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:09h, 12 March

    Hey Ariane. We’re so glad you said that. We like Dalat so much and have had wonderful visits with little trouble. But if visitors just stay in Dalat city itself without seeing the surrounding area they might not be as satisfied.

  • Global Girl Travels
    Posted at 02:30h, 16 March

    Your posts about the various tourist attractions in Vietnam has been an eye opener! Dalat, for instance, was relatively unknown to me before. But you have introduced me to such great locations that I cannot wait to explore myself!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:33h, 16 March

    Hey Global Girl. You’re kind words are really encouraging. Thanks so much. We hope you can visit Vietnam and have a wonderful time.

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