The Travel Ninjas enjoying some drinks and a great view at the Swiss Belresort in Dalat, Vietnam

Our 8 Favorite Things about Dalat Vietnam – Part 1

Dalat, Vietnam is a magical place. Dalat’s only drawback is having too many great attractions and activities. We spent a week there, and we still didn’t get to do and see everything. If you have less time to spend in Dalat, you will have to make a lot of hard choices, but that’s a very cool problem to have. So here are our favorite things about Dalat, Vietnam – grouped by category. We’ll also discuss some things that we’d do differently.

Dalat’s only drawback is having too many great attractions and activities. Click To TweetThe Travel Ninjas visiting 4 of the most beautiful waterfalls in Dalat, Vietnam

1.Waterfalls Around Dalat

There are a dozen waterfalls around Dalat. None of them are Niagra-esque, but they are quaint, pretty, and quite fun. Most have gardens, parks, and a number of unexpected amusements. The waterfalls top everyone’s ‘to do’ list, and we really enjoyed the ones we saw.

  • Pongour Falls are the most tranquil and the biggest.
  • Prenn Falls are the most fun and romantic.
  • Datanla Falls are the most fun and adventurous.
  • Elephant Falls are the most powerful and immersive.

You can read more about the 4 best Dalat waterfalls here.

What we’d do differently – well, we really wouldn’t do it differently, but next time we want to see the waterfalls in the rainy season. Timing is a big trade off in Dalat. The waterfalls are best from June – August during the heavy rains. Not coincidentally – this is also the time when hordes of Vietnamese tourists visit the waterfalls. So the falls are better to see then, but not as great to visit with the dense crowds. Also, some other great sites and experiences around Dalat are better in the dry season, so we’re happy with our choice overall. If you’re absolute, top priority is seeing the waterfalls, come from June – August. They will be in full force then.

The Travel Ninjas Enjoying the gorgeous scenery of Dalat, Vietnam2. Scenery

Whoa. The scenery of Dalat is beautiful. In addition to the streams and waterfalls, there are lush, green, rolling highlands for as far as you can see. And you can really get out there to enjoy it. The weather is always cooler and less humid than the rest of Vietnam. Some of the best places to view the scenery are atop Robin Hill, from Truc Lam Zen Monastery, and from the cable car that connects those 2 sites. 

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What we’d do differently – We’d climb Lang Biang Mountain. At 7117 feet tall, this is the highest peak in the region and has the best panoramic views. It supposed to be a relatively easy 2-3 hour hike.

The Travel Ninjas meditating in Dalat, Vietnam

3. Temples, Pagodas, and Big Buddhas

We’ve seen so many gorgeous temples in even more gorgeous natural settings. We’re not experts on Buddhist philosophy, but in our experience, Buddhists really love a great view.

The Travel Ninjas Bowing in a Pagoda in Dalat, Vietnam

Truc Lam Zen Monastery is a prime example. Truc Lam is a big complex of lovely buildings and gardens. We spent hours walking around and enjoying the view of Tuyen Lam Lake and the hilly countryside.

The Travel Ninjas visiting the Golden Budda in Dalat, Vietnam

Van Hanh Pagoda also has a good view pretty gardens, but the star of this pagoda is a 79 feet tall Golden Buddha. What a sight! We visited on a bright sunny day. The Golden Buddha was absolutely radiant and visible for miles.

The Travel Ninjas visiting Linh Phuoc Pagoda

Linh Phuoc Pagoda. The location of Linh Phuoc Pagoda is less scenic, but the building themselves are the most elaborate and unique. The façade and walls are decorated with plates, bowls, and … 12,000 broken beer bottles. There are several weird and wonderful edifices right next door, including a 161 feet long Dragon and a 67 feet tall Lady Buddha made of 2 tons of fresh Dalat flowers.

The Travel Ninjas smiling big in the presence of Happy Buddah

Linh An Temple is the happy home of the Happy Buddha. This Buddha is 50 feet tall, but the biggest thing about him is his personality. You’ve got to see this statue and rub his belly.

What we’d do differently – We would visit all these places again, but we would also visit Lam Ty Ni Pagoda. The special attraction of this pagoda is the monk, Vien Thuc, affectionately known as the “Crazy Monk.” He is by all accounts a truly special person. He is an accomplished craftsman, builder, gardener, and artist. His paintings are world famous. He is fluent in several languages, AND he loves to engage visitors in mundane, humorous, or philosophical conversations (remember he is a highly educated monk). We would have loved meeting and talking with Vien Thuc. Hopefully, we can do so in the future. Maybe you’ll get a chance when you visit?

4. Romance

Romance comes easy in Dalat. Great weather. Picturesque scenery. Dramatic architecture. An abundance of lakes. And an infinity of flowers. Here are a couple romantic nature spots we enjoyed.

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The Travel Ninjas in the Valley of Love

The Valley of Love is a huge property that combines the natural landscape, a large lake, a sprawling botanical garden, and lots of whimsy. We spent hours at the Valley of Love and found it to be as amusing as it was romantic. The gardens seem to go on forever are perfectly manicured. Quirky and beautiful flower sculptures and displays extend from the main entrance, deep into the park, then down the steep hill the lake. There have to be billions of flowers. We strolled around the lake through more pretty flower displays and sitting areas. The benches around the lake are made for lovers. They are spaced out so each couple has a bit of privacy. Even though it was the dry season, we got a light rain shower that made our time even more romantic of we huddled together in a gazebo.

The Travel Ninjas enjoying the beautiful Tuyen Lam Lake in Dalat, Vietnam

Tuyen Lam Lake is the largest lake in the region and is a few miles outside of Dalat city. Tuyen Lam Lake is a great spot for couples looking to spend some alone time in some gorgeous natural scenery. Firstly, its more remote location keeps most other tourists away. We only saw a few other people in our many visits to the lake. Secondly, the lake is seriously huge of with lots of room for everyone. There are a few walking piers and paddle boat rental places around the lake. Just about any random spot is great for a nice stroll. And we had a lovely time riding an elephant along the lake.

The Travel Ninjas enjoying the cable car in Dalat, Vietnam

Cable Cars are at several locations around Dalat. You can find them at some waterfalls like Datanla and Prenn. The most romantic cable car ride is the one we mentioned above for scenic views. This cable car connects the peak of Robin Hill to the main entrance of Truc Lam Zen Monastery. It’s a long ride that affords lots of time to steal a kiss as you enjoy the beautiful view from above.

You can read Part 2 of Our 8 favorites things about Dalat here.

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32 Comments
  • Imaobong
    Posted at 04:11h, 02 December

    I really like waterfalls!
    I unfortunately have never seen one up close but I hope to soon 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 04:15h, 02 December

    Hello Imaobong. Waterfalls seem simple but they can be mesmerising and fun. We hope you get to see some soon.

  • Briana Marie
    Posted at 08:04h, 02 December

    *Adds to Bucket List* This looks like An amazing trip!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:21h, 02 December

    Hello Briana Marie. Thank you we enjoyed Dalat very much.

  • jadoreledecor
    Posted at 09:20h, 02 December

    That opening photo is magnificent, and the scenery is amazing. I’d love to see the waterfalls.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:32h, 02 December

    Hello Jadoreledecore. Thank you. There are so many beautiful sights around Dalat.

  • Amber
    Posted at 15:40h, 02 December

    What a beautiful area! I love all your photos. I’ve never been but I wouldn’t mind visiting some day.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:43h, 02 December

    Hello Amber. Dalat has the best weather in Vietnam and lots to offer. Its especially great for romantic getaways.

  • Tasheena@SimplyTasheena.com
    Posted at 16:05h, 02 December

    This looks like such a wonderful experience. Your pictures are so beautiful.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:14h, 02 December

    Hello Tasheena. Thank you. The awesome scenery makes photography easy.

  • Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    Posted at 23:40h, 02 December

    Oh my! It’s not often that I think architecture (pagodas and statues) are as beautiful as natural scenery! What lovely photos and an experience for you!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:45h, 02 December

    Hello Patricia. Thanks. Dalat was a wonderful experience.

  • Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.
    Posted at 08:12h, 03 December

    I can see how it’d be difficult to see everything and do everything! There’s so much to do! I would love to see all those waterfalls!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:15h, 03 December

    Hi Divya. Yes, it is certainly a great place to visit. With so many options you will definitely always have something to see and do. 🙂 The waterfalls are a must see!

  • jesusglitter
    Posted at 09:22h, 03 December

    Your pictures are beautiful! I love waterfalls too they are mesmerizing!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:30h, 03 December

    Hi Sheila. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, the waterfalls are gorgeous!

  • Anosa
    Posted at 15:14h, 04 December

    It would be awesome to visit one day and seem atleast one of these places.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:31h, 04 December

    Hi Anosa. Seeing even just one of these places would make the trip worth it. Hope that you get the chance to visit someday soon. 🙂

  • Ana Ojha
    Posted at 22:57h, 04 December

    I didn’t know that Dalat is such a surreal destination. Now adding it on my bucket list! Your pictures are gorgeous!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:00h, 04 December

    Hi Ana. Dalat is absolutely gorgeous and is the #1 honeymoon destination for many Vietnamese people throughout Vietnam. Hope you will get a chance to visit someday soon. 🙂

  • Kusum
    Posted at 00:40h, 05 December

    Beautiful photos! Vietnam has always been on my list and I cannot wait to go there myself and check out all your recommendations

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:50h, 05 December

    Hi Kusum. Vietnam has SO much to offer. I hope you will get the chance to visit sometime in the near future. 🙂

  • Roxy
    Posted at 12:05h, 05 December

    Your pictures are so beautiful. I hope to visit there some day!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:19h, 05 December

    Hello Roxy. Thank you. Dallas has some gorgeous sights. We hope you can make it some day.

  • Valerie
    Posted at 19:57h, 06 December

    This trip looks incredible. I love the views and the waterfalls. The Buddhas are so cute. They look so very happy.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:05h, 06 December

    Hello Valerie. We think Dalat is incredible. It’s so different from the rest of Vietnam.

  • CourtneyLynne
    Posted at 23:34h, 07 December

    Omg so jealous of this trip!!! You must of had one amazing time!!!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:40h, 07 December

    Hi Courtney. It was definitely a great time!

  • neha
    Posted at 23:29h, 21 February

    Dalat is such a beautiful place with waterfalls and temples and it is romantic too. I loved the way you have called out what you would like to do separately. It always happens with us all. We do leave many destinations feeling there are things we could have done differently. And listing that out helps others.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:33h, 21 February

    Hi Neha. Thanks we always learn something and like to pass it on.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 01:22h, 22 March

    Dalat is a treasure house of attractions. You are indeed right when you say the its drawback is that it has too many attractions! The place seems to have something for every human emotion and urge. Be it the romance of nature, the spirituality of the temples or the gastronomic delights of the food.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:23h, 22 March

    Hi Sandy N Vyjay. Dalat Vietnam is a treasure house. Great expression.