Da Lat Travel Guide

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Dalat is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Vietnam with special architecture, unique climate features and wide range of beautiful places. Coming to Dalat, you will be impressed by fresh air, delicious food and beautiful flower gardens.

If you are planning a trip to Da Lat in the near future, let DichungTaxi provide you some travel information about Dalat including weather, transportation, food, tourist attractions in Dalat.

Dalat Travel Guide

Best Time To Come To Dalat

The duration from October to April is the dry season in Dalat so it is an ideal time to visit Dalat. In particular, many Vietnamese young people come to Dalat in October or November  because this is Mexican sunflower season (known as Da Quy Flower in Vietnam) in Dalat. Visting Dalat in this period, you can see many wild sunflower fields and take great pictures there. Besides this, in spring, this is a blossom flower festival in Dalat, remember to bring your camera with you, you will take many beautiful shoots. 

Sunflower in Dalat
Mexican Sunflower in Dalat (Source: instagram stellababby94)

How to get to Dalat

Long- distance Bus

 If you depart from Ho Chi Minh city, you can choose long- distance bus. Thanh Buoi, Phuong Trang or The Sinh Tourist are the reputable car companies that most tourists choose. The price is from 220,000VND to 260,000VND/ person. You can contact to book a ticket according to the phone number below:

– Phuong Trang : 1900 6067

– Thanh Buoi: 02838.308.090 – 0633.540.540

Besides this, for the route from Can Tho to Dalat, Thanh Buoi and Phuong Trang also have the buses, the price is around 330,000VND. 

Moreover, from May 2016, tourists can travel by taxi from Ho Chi Minh to Dalat with Dichungtaxi. It is faster and more convenient. 

By Air

You can travel by plane from Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang, Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Hai Phong, Vinh and Ha Noi to Dalat through Lien Khuong Airport. We highly recommend that you need to travel by plane from Hanoi because the distance between Dalat and Hanoi is so long (1,670km). 

When arriving at Lien Khuong airport, if you do not want to negotiate for a taxi, you can book in advance Dichungtaxi service. The price is only from 130,000VND. 

Lien Khuong airport taxi
(Source: instagram hoangjpa)

How to get arround Dalat

Renting motorbikes: Dalat motorbikes rent at a price of about 100,000VND per day. You need a proof of citizenship (passeport) and 50,000VND of gasoline to explore Da Lat. Note: As a foreigner if you left your passeport at the hotel or guesthouse, you can bring a copy and tell the renter the name and adress of the place you are staying.

Take the city tour: Travel companies in Dalat have very cheap city tour schedules that are full of attractions. You just need to book a tour and you will visit many beautiful places in Dalat. 

Car rental: If you come with your friends or your family and want to explore Dalat on your own, you can rent 4-7 seats or 16 seats car depending on the number of people and your budget. You can rent a car at home 4k, Bui Thi Xuan( phone No.0989008482 ) or 5 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai.

Tandem bikes: To enjoy the fresh air in Dalat, you can ride around the city in the early morning. The tandem bikes are readily available for rent in many places. The price is from 10,000VND per hour.

Beautiful Shooting Location

Youth Cultural Center is located at 13 Dinh Tien Hoang street. This is one of the most popular destinations among young people in Dalat, especially those who love taking beautiful pictures with strange and unique concept. 

Youth Cultural Center
Youth Cultural Center (Source: Internet) 

Homestay: Homestay in Dalat is quite different from the form of homestay that we know. This likes a small hotel that tourists can book a room and they may not stay with local people. To help visitors have a peaceful, convenient and beautiful place to relax as well as "check-in", many homestays are designed and arranged in creative and cool style. 

Some homestays for you to consider:
– La Nha homestay, 77 Hoang Dieu Street, Dalat.
– Tre's house: 149A Vo Truong Toan Street, Dalat.
– Le Bleu: Pho Ly Tu Trong, Dalat.

Homestay in Dalat
La Nha Homestay (Source: Internet)

Tuyen Lam Lake is located around 6km to the South of Dalat. The lake attracts many visitors each year because of its tranquil atmostphere, fresh air and beautiful landscape. 

Tuyen Lam Lake Tuyen Lam Lake (Source: instagram)

Lam Vien Square is located on Ho Tung Mau street, Ward 10, Dalat. From 2016, this place is quite famous among young people because of its unique architecture.  Lam Vien Square which was constructed in 2009 overlooks the Xuan Huong lake with a total area up to 72,000 m². The highlight of the square is the art blocks of a wild sunflower and bud, made by glass load-bearing structures in order to create unique art space of Da Lat.

Lam Vien Square
Lam Vien Square (Source: instagram wanderlusters_nuna)

Dalat Teachers College is located at 29 Yersin. The place is really popular and  are easily seen in the photos of the tourists coming to Dalat. The school was established in 1927, designed and directed by architect Moncet, completed after 8 years. This school was recognized as one of 1,000 unique constructions of the world in the 20th century by World Association of Architects.

Dalat Teachers College
Dalat Teacher College (Source: instagram vyvypipo)

Where To Eat in Dalat

Le Café de la Poste, located on 12 Tran Phu street, serves primarily Western food in an airy and cool buiding. The 3- course lunch menu is great value. The superb dinning room has the view down to Xuan Huong Lake

Dalat Train Cafe is located near Dalat Train Station (1 Quang Trung Street, Dalat). Housed in a railway carriage, this place is characterful spot for a cheap bite to eat.

V Cafe is located on 1 Bui Thi Xuan Street, Dalat. This place has hugely popular spot with live music every night and a menu with many kinds of food (including Western favorites and Vietnamese traditional food). The opening hour is from 7 a.m to 10.30 p.m. 

Tu Anh's Peace Cafe is located on 57 Truong Cong Dinh, Ward 1, Dalat city. It is a quiet and cosy place for tourists find a peace corner to enjoy hot coffee and soft music. The restaurant also serves great Western food. 

Da Quy Restaurant is located on 119 Phan Dinh Phung Street, Dalat. This is a delightful place to eat with maroon checked tablecloths and a tidy atmosphere. The menu is varied, try the sautéd beef and snow peas. 

Besides this, you can come to Dalat night market to enjoy many nice dishes there. In night market, tourists can explore local cuisine through street food stalls such as Banh Trang Nuong, Soy Milk and other specialities.
 

Specialities in Dalat
Banh Trang Nuong in Dalat Night Market (Source: instagram linhh.lily)

What To Do in Dalat

Shopping

Dalat produces some of the best handmade silk paintings in Vietnam. The original place to develop is XQ in Dalat (www.tranhtheuxq.com) in Dalat. It is possible to see how theses works of art are produced at the XQ Historical Village on the north side of town and the XQ showroom. 

Local products are plentiful and cheap can be purchased in Dalat night market on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street. You can buy many souvenirs there such as sweaters, sweet potatoes, potatoes, artichoke… 

Swimming: there is an open- air swimming pool on Phu Dong Thien Vuong Street, next to the Dalat Flower Garden.

Taking coffee: Taking a cup of hot coffee in cold weather in Dalat is one of the things you must to do when coming there. There are many nice coffee shop in Dalat including Windmill coffe, An Cafe, Bicycle Up Cafe… 

Taking a walk around Xuan Huong Lake: Xuan Huong Lake is the most famous lake in Dalat city and become a symbol whenever people mention Dalat city. The lake has 5 km of diameter and shape of Crescent Moon. To enjoy fresh air and the beauty of this lake, you should take a walk around Xuan Huong lake in the early morning or in the evening. 
 

Xuan Huong Lake
Xuan Huong Lake (Source: instagram sneha_gindi)

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