Dalat, Vietnam, is located in the South Central Highlands in the cooler climate of Vietnam’s highland areas in the hill country surrounding Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). With its graceful mountains, lake scenery, and charming French architecture, built during the Indochinese era, Dalat is a wonderful vacation destination for those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of Vietnam’s urban cities.
Dalat is also an ideal destination for adventure travelers, with excellent mountain biking, hiking and canyoning excursions available. Visitors will enjoy tours of Vietnamese coffee and tea plantations, which produce unique varieties of “made in Dalat” fruits, vegetables, tea, coffee and flowers.
Interesting sites in Dalat include Palace I, II and III, the three summer homes of the last emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai, as well as the Dalat Palace Hotel and Dalat Du Park Hotel and Golf Course, built in the Twenties. Other highlights include the Crazy House, the Flower Garden on Xuan Huong Lake, and Langian Mountain with terrific views of Dalat and the neighboring mountains. Thien Vien Truc Lam Monastery, at the top of the mountain, where the cable car drops you off, is also worth a visit, as are the Lake of Sorrow and the Valley of Love, well known for canyoning adventures. Tuyen Lam Lake, Prenn Falls and Pongour Falls are other natural attractions near Dalat.