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Things To Do In Dalat
Dalat is popularly known as the City of Flowers for its stunning variety of geographically unique flowers that bloom here seasonally. Additionally, this hill-station used to be the summer getaway for the rich and famous of Vietnam, especially during the French colonization period. Today it serves as a popular tourist destinations, offering visitors a rich and varied list of outdoor activities like hiking, camping and nature walks. The historic architecture is complemented by the surrounding natural beauty, which is some of the best on offer in Vietnam. Dalat’s popularity only continues to grow.
Hike up Lang Biang Mountain
Lang Biang Mountain is approximately a 17 km drive from the heart of Dalat, through rows of rice paddy fields and lush countryside. It is elevated to a height of 2,167 meters (7,110 feet) above sea level and offers visitors stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. If visitors are not up to hike to the top, there are alternative shuttle cars available, which is a major time and energy saver. Nevertheless, this is one of the best and most enjoyable things to do for visitors.
Check out Hang Nga Guest House
Also known as Crazy House, it is the creation of Vietnamese designer Đặng Việt Nga. After completing her education in Moscow followed by work experience in Hanoi, she shifted to Dalat and created this wacky cement-based construction, drawing inspiration from the surrounding natural highlands. It is a unique piece of architecture that has drawn widespread acclaim and praise from experts and design enthusiasts alike. There are also guest rooms here which are enjoyed by both local and international tourists.
Cable Car to Truc Lam Pagoda
Another one of the most enjoyable things to do here is to take cable car ride to the Truc Lam Pagoda, a compound of structures including old-fashioned Asian design. Visitors can observe the local monks going about their daily routines and can sit down to meditate and take in the surrounding beauty of the area. The entire pagoda has a peaceful atmosphere, one that is highly popular amongst tourists.
Visit Elephant Waterfalls
Although a long drive from Dalat, these waterfalls are some of the visually stunning natural landmarks in the world. Visitors can opt to rent motorbikes or cars to drive down. Alternatively there are multiple taxi and bus options available to choose from. The drive promises to be rewarding as well, taking visitors down a long and winding path through the gorgeous Vietnamese countryside. This is an activity especially suited for nature lovers.
Dalat Flower Gardens
Dalat is famously called the City of Flowers. This is primarily due to the moderate weather and abundant showers that make the region ideal for growing particular crops and flora that is unique to the town. Exploring the Dalat Flower Gardens is an ideal activity for families and young couples who are passionate about nature. There are literally thousands of flower species on offer here, creating a stunning atmosphere that is not to be missed.
Check out Bao Dai’s Summer Palace
Historically, Bao Dai was Vietnam’s last emperor, building this summer getaway way back in 1933. The house has now become one of the most popular places to visit in the town, encapsulating visitors by its charming décor and surrounding natural gardens, which are a big hit with visitors. The palace is full of artefacts and spectacular furniture as well as some memorabilia of the late emperor. It is a fun way to spend the day, especially for history buffs.
Visit Dalat Train Station
Constructed way back in 1943, this station is a famous example of the influence of the French colonial architecture that Vietnam is so famous for. The station is still intact, complete with a gorgeous steam engine on offer which takes visitors nearly 5 km upwards to the peaceful community of Trai Mar. This is one of the best and most popular things to do due to the charm of the train ride and station. However, the waiting list to ride the train can get very long during peak tourist season.
Walk to Pongour Falls
Located a mere 20 meters outside of Dalat, these gorgeous falls can be seen flowing down the side of the surrounding mountain area. The waterfall is nearly a 100 meters wide, making them the largest falls in the country. A trek up to the base of the falls or up to the top is equally captivating owning to the sheer natural beauty and scale of the waterfalls. This is one of the best things to do here.