Da Lat is a city of Lam Dong province. With the average height about 1500 meters above the sea level, Da Lat has a cool atmosphere, a perfect place for a vacation. Once famous with lots of beautiful scenery: The Valley of Love, Than Tho Lake (The Lake of Lament), Doi Thong Hai Mo ( The Pine hill with 2 Graves), Thac Voi (Elephant Falls),…, Da Lat nowaday somehow has lost its natural beauty, but still one of the most famous tourists destinations in Vietnam. The main attractions that you can’t miss when visiting Da Lat are Xuan Huong lake, Lang Biang, Bao Dai Palace, Tran Le Xuan villas, Truc Lam Monastery, Tuyen Lam lake, Da Lat station,… Only 300 kilometers away from Sai Gon, Da Lat is a true paradise for tourist that wanted to escape from the heat of Southern Vietnam.
Here are some transportations to Da Lat:
- Airplane: From Ha Noi/ Ho Chi Minh City/ Da Nang to Lien Khuong Airport, Da Lat. Recommended airlines: Vietnam Airlines and Vietjetair. The ticket price ranging from 90,000 VND to 1.600.000 VND. Estimated travel time: 50 minutes – 1 hour 40 minutes.
- Notes: From Lien Khuong Airport, you can take a bus to the city center with only 50.000 VND, or you can travel by taxi but with a higher cost: 300.000 VND/ turn. The bus will operate 24/7 and the last stop in Da Lat is Le Thi Hong Gam Street, near Da Lat Market. You should consult with the driver about the address of your hotel so that you can drop off as near as possible.
- Bus: Phuong Trang and Thanh Buoi, both firms have many tours from Sai Gon to Da Lat, about 230.000 VND/ seat. This is the one-way ticket. All the buses will operate continuously (the estimated waiting time for each trip is 30 minutes- 1 hour).
When you’re already in Da Lat, here are some transportation means recommended:
- Motorbike: 80.000 – 120.000 VND/ day.
- Tandem bicycle: 20.000 VND/ hour. To rent a bike, you need your identity card.
- Car: Over 1.000.000 VND / day ( from 8:00 to 17:00). Overtime is 100.000 VND/ hour.
- Bus: There are many bus routes from the main bus station in the city center to any communes, provinces of Da Lat, Lam Dong. The bus fare is 4.000- 30.000 VND/ person, depends on the routes and where you get off.
Da Lat center- Xuan Huong Lake- Da Lat market
Da Lat market and Am Phu market
A must-visit destination. Both markets sell many beautiful second- hand warm clothes, along with many specialties such as mulberry juice, artichoke tea, dried fruit, jam and lima bean.
Xuan Huong Lake
The symbol of Da Lat tourism, the ideal time to visit the lake is in the early morning or dusk. There are many leisure activities for you to enjoy: pedalo, canoe or enjoying the lake on a rubble boat.
King Bao Dai Palace ( Palace III)
Elegance and beautiful, the palace is located on a hill over 1539 meters high.
Location: Trieu Viet Vuong street, 2,5 kilometers from Da Lat center.
Da Lat Train Station
Located at 1 Quang Trung Street, Da Lat. Da Lat train station is a popular place for tourists to take photos
Da Lat Flower Garden
Located at 2 Phu Dong Thien Vuong Street, 2 kilometers away from the city center. Tourist often visits the Flower Garden to admire and enjoy the beautiful flowers blooming year-round, as well as taking many lovely pictures.
Con Ga Cathedral
The magnificent cathedral of the city, also the biggest one in Da Lat. True to its name ( con ga- rooster), there is a statue of a rooster on top of the bell tower. The cathedral is one of the most ancient and architectural works of France people.
Domaine de Marie Cathedral
Also known as Mai Anh cathedral, located on Ngo Quyen Street, 1 kilometer to the south-west of the city center. The cathedral was designed in the style of Europe 17th century, with a harmonious combination of the Western architecture and the ethnic minorities of the Central Highlands.
Linh Phuoc Pagoda- Trai Mat
In Trai Mat, there are many interesting places to visit such as King Bao Dai villa, Trai Mat Market, especially Linh Phuoc Pagoda.
Aside from a unique terracotta mosaic architecture, the Pagoda has a dragon made from 12.000 bottles, thus granted it another name: Bottles Pagoda
The Northen Side of Da Lat center
Valley of Love
The most romantic and poetry destination you can’t miss when visited Da Lat. Located 6 kilometers to the North- East of Da Lat center, tourist can enjoy the full view of the valley while standing on top of Vong Canh hill.
Suoi Vang Valley
From the city center, travel north to Lac Duong, then take a left turn at the 7 kilometers milestone of Tung Lam, go for another 12 kilometers to reach Suoi Vang Valley. However, the true beauty lies along the road, that is why you should carry food and blankets with you to go on picnic wherever you like.
Lang Biang Moutain
Located 12 kilometers to the north of the city center. When you reached the mountains, there are 2 choices for you: hiking or go by jeep. 1 jeep cost 180.000 VND / 6 person (if you go separately, each person costs 50.000 VND and must wait for 5 other people). It took only 15 minutes for the jeep to reach the top, but up to 1 hour and 30 minutes if you choose to hike. The road to the top is filled with pines and wildflower, but the view is absolutely breathtaking. You can also enjoy many grilled food here.
Cu Lan Village
The newest tourist site in Da Lat: A small, beautiful and romantic village lying deep within a thousand hectares of primary forest, right under Lang Biang Moutain, 9 kilometers away from The Golden Valley tourist site
The Southern Side of Da Lat center
Tuyen Lam Lake
Located at the average height about 1500 meters above the sea level, 5 kilometers to the South of Da Lat center, on the road to Prenn pass. Here you can rent a boat to reach the small island in the lake. One round- trip cost 200.000 VND, so it is better to rent together with other tourists to save cost. However, you can still travel on foot to the island by yourself. When you reached the island, you can enjoy the bush meat ( remember to carry a blanket with you) and immerse in the peaceful atmosphere of the lake. You can even rent a hammock to rest at a cost of 7.000 VND/ hour.
Truc Lam Monastery
Located on top of Phung Hoang mountain, above Tuyen Lam Lake, Truc Lam is the biggest monastery, as well as one of the most attractive tourist point in Da Lat. There is cable car service just opposite the monastery gate, which is the best way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the city and many pine forests (50.000 VND/ round-trip).
Located at the beginning of Prenn pass, on route 20 from Sai Gon to Da Lat, 10 kilometers to the South of Da Lat center. Come to Prenn falls to admire the epicness but peaceful of the falls, as well as many vast pine hills. In here you can enjoy the local specialty: snakehead pottery ( 160.000 VND – 200.000 VND/ 4 people).
From Route 20, take a turn down to a 300 meters steep to reach a small valley, where you can see Datanla Falls stands pristinely. The Falls attracts tourist with its pure clean water that flows through 7 layers of stone into many giant rocks, altogether to create a majestic sight to behold.
Cau Dat Tea Plantation
Famous for its tea fields and vast area of wild sunflowers blooming every end of the year. From the city center, head straight toward Tran Hung Dao- Hung Vuong Street and follow the sign to Trai Mat, then ask the locals for the way to reach Xuan Truong village. Due to being located on the average height about 1650 meters above the sea level, the plantation has a cool atmosphere year- round, and is always open for free. So when you see the sign of Cau Dat factory, don’t hesitate to step in.
Voi Falls (Elephant Falls) – Linh An Pagoda
Located in Nam Ban town, Lam Ha province, 25 kilometers to the South- West of Da Lat city. Voi Falls ( Also known as Lieng Rowa Falls) is one of the most epic waterfalls in the Highlands: 30 meters high, about 15 meters wide. Behind the pristine white falls, lies many mystery deep caves like the Bat Cave, Wind Cave,…
Linh An pagoda located within Voi Falls, with many elaborately- carved Budha statues.
Located beneath D’Ran pass, Don Duong province. D’Ran town is famous for its bright yellow wild sunflower and gardens of persimmon, along with the local specialty: grilled sausage.
Located at Duc Trong province, 50 kilometers away from Da Lat. The falls is 40 meters high, stretches up to 7 levels and 100 meters wide, also it is the only falls in Lam Dong that organizes the Highlands festival in January yearly.
Located at Dambri ecotourism destinations, 18 kilometers to the North- East of Bao Loc city, 100 kilometers away from Da Lat and 200 away kilometers from Ho Chi Minh city, following route 20. Dambri is the highest falls in Lam Dong: more than 40 meters.
Linh Quy Phap An Pagoda
Located at Hill 45, 4 Village, Loc Thanh, 21 kilometers to the south of Bao Loc city. Linh Quy Phap An Pagoda is considered a paradise of Vietnam with many “sun gates”, where you can immerse in breathtaking views, and become one with nature.
Cuisine: Restaurants, snacks, and specialties
Visiting Da Lat is not just about sightseeing, but also about eating. Da Lat is also famous for its variety of cuisines and specialties, such as: red wine, stem wine, fruits (persimmon, avocado, peach, strawberry, mulberry,…), many types of jam, Bao Loc tea, artichoke tea, vegetables ( cabbage, spinach, broccoli, artichoke, carrot, potato, chayote,…)
Lau Ga La E (Chicken hotpot)
The price of a chicken hotpot is about 200.000 VND with half a chicken, 1 plate of noodle, 1 plate of mushroom, some bamboo shoots and a special leaf called “é”.
Recommended place: Tao Ngo restaurant, 3/4 Street ( 2kilometers away from Xuan Huong lake).
Lau Bo Ba Toa (Ba Toa Beef hotpot)
The beef hotpot here is famous for its large, thick beef, not to mention the delicious tendon, tail, and the brisket point that make your stomach hunger for more. The price is very reasonable: 250.000 VND/ 4 person.
Recommended place: Ba Toan zone: A Ba Toa, Thanh Tam restaurant, also on Hoang Dieu Street.
Com Lam (Bamboo-tube sticky rice)
Recommended place: Ayun- Tam Nguyen restaurant, located on Ankroet Street, Cu Lan village. The owner is a J’rai married couple. Howeber, there is one rule: always pre-order before going to the restaurant, and show the owner the last 3 digits of your phone number (since the process of making bamboo-tube rice is long and complex). The restaurant can be pinpointed easily by Google Maps
Banh Uot Long Ga (Steam thin rice pancake with chicken organs)
A perfect combination of steam thin rice pancake and chicken organs, attracting many tourists that come to Da Lat. With a unique but delicious taste, this dish has pleased many customers over time.
Recommended place: Many restaurants, especially the one at 47 Tang Bac Ho Street, near Da Lat Market.
Banh Trang Nuong (Grilled Ricepaper)
A mixed grilled ricepaper cost is about 21.000 VND, filled with egg, cheese, pate, beef jerky (or sausage), mayonnaise sauce. Grill rice paper has a wonderful smell, while still engulfing in smoke, that make you want to enjoy it as soon as possible.
Recommend place: Many small restaurants and pedlers along Bui Thi Xuan Street.
Nem Nuong (Grilled Sausage)
Grilled pork, served with fried rice paper, pickle and herbs. This dish has became popular in Da Lat. The main highlight is the special sauce made from liver, shrimp, and groundnut, which make the grilled sausage taste even more delicious.
Recommended place: Ba Hung restaurant, at 254 Phan Dinh Phung Street.
Bun Bo (Beef Noodle)
The best dish for breakfast, each bowl cost only 35.000 VND. Imagine starting a day with a delicious noodle bowl along with a cup of hot soy milk, you are fully prepared for a journey to Lang Biang.
Recommended place: Cong restaurant, at 1 Phu Dong Thien Vuong street.
Oc Buou Nhoi Thit (Stuffed Snail)
True to its name, this dish is all about snail stuffed with finely chopped pork, added with some salad, and served with a special sauce. Each plate cost 50.000 VND.
Recommended place: A small restaurant at 33 Hai Ba Trung Street ( sometimes you have to wait for about 2-3 minutes ).
Banh Canh Gio Cha (Cake Soup with Vietnamese Pork Sausage)
A bowl of cake soup, filled with grilled chicken, grilled fish, pork sausage, and meat. The thick noodle in the soup is made from traditional rice, making it tough but clear. This is suitable for Da Lat chill atmosphere due to its warmness and deliciousness.
Recommended place: Xuan An restaurant, at 15 Nha Chung Street.
Hot Soy Milk
Popular drinks of many locals here. Best served with other dishes. There are many more types of milk too, such as green bean milk, hot cocoa,… along with many sweet cakes and pastries.
Recommended place: Da Lat night market.
Popular with the youth, made from normal yogurt but with a little twist: cheese, making it has many tastes: sweet, savory, and a bit sour.
Recommended place: 48 Khe Sanh Street, 7.000 VND/ jar.
Nothing can warm your stomach after a long walk on Da lat street better than a bowl of chicken porridge.
Recommended place: Phan Boi Chau Street, Nguyen Cong Tru Street,… with the average price about 25.000 – 30.000 VND/ bowl.
Banh Mi Xiu Mai ( Vietnamese Meatball Bread)
Bread served with a bowl of Vietnamese meatball plus some onion. However, the taste isn’t greasy at all, but very delicious.
Recommended place: Tran Nhat Duat – Hoang Dieu crossroad or near any school, market.
Best Places To Take A Picture In Da Lat
Ma Rung Lu Quan
To reach this place, you must travel through many rocky roads, 25 kilometers away from Da Lat center, to the direction of Suoi Vang tourist site. Despite the difficultness , once you reach Ma Rung Lu Quan, you will be amazed by its beauty: lakes and trees, along with some wooden cottage, all fuse together into a mystical view, fascinate any tourist.
Lang Hoa Van Thanh ( Van Thanh Flower Village)
Located 3 kilometers away from the city center. To get there, follow 3/2 street to Sai Gon – Da Lat hotel, then take a left turn toward Cam Ly, lies before your very eyes are the most famous and ancient flower village in Da Lat. There are many vast flower fields, with different colors: from white, pink to red, guaranteed to make your picture look like a scene from a fairy tale.
Doi Co Tranh Lac Duong ( Lac Duong hill of cogon grass)
Having an area of about 10 hectares full of cogon grass, Lac Duong hill, which is located in Da Sar commune, Lac Duong province, has become a popular tourist site and a perfect place for a photo, especially to people that have a passion for both photography and nature.
Vuon Hoa Tam Giac Mach Ta Nung ( Ta Nung buckwheat flower garden)
Located at Ta Nung commune, Lam Ha province (on the way from Da Lat to Voi Falls). Even though the garden is not as big as the one in Tay Bac, it can still makes any tourists who have seen it immediately fall in love with the buckwheat flower here, due to its white-pink color.
Lam Vien Square
Became popular in 2016, Lam Vien Square fascinates tourists with its unique architecture, guarantee for many awesome freestyle pictures.
Homestay service in Da Lat
Many motel owners have designed and transformed their place into a unique homestay so that tourists can find a beautiful and unique place to rest and check-in.
Updated services price in 2018
With this updated list of service prices, 9vietnam.com hopes you will have more useful information to prepare for a wonderful vacation in Da Lat.
There are 2 types of ticket: 30.000 VND and 150.000 VND (the latter includes all services: take pictures with the horses, dressed up as a king,…).
Valley of Love:
100.000 VND/ adult- 40.000 VND/ children ( This included entrance ticket, enjoy all the views of the valley on a tram and discover natural beauty with pedalo).
Cu Lan village:
- Entrance tickets: 40.000 VND/ adult. Children under 1 meter accompanied by adults: free, above 1 meters: same as the adult ticket.
- Teambuilding ticket: 90.000 VND/ person, from 8:00 to 17:00 ( allow to use the grass field, lake surface, river, forest that has been equipped with teambuilding game). Note: Only accept tourist group of at least 30 people.
- Campfire ticket: 90.000 VND/ person, from 17:00 to 21:00. Note: Only accept tourist group of at least 30 people.
- Discover Cu Lan with terrain vehicles: crossing rivers, forests, and explore the village! : !50.000 VND/ person (Minimum: 4 people. Maximum: 5 people)
- Disguised as ethnic people: 40.000 VND/ costume
- Catching fish in the river: 240.000 VND/ kilogram ( Cooked afterward)
- Bathing in natural springs: 30.000 VND/ person
Ma Rung Lu Quan:
Entrance ticket 10.000 VND/ person. Students, Elderly: free. Staying in a wooden house: 100.000 VND/ person/ day. If you travel with your family and want some privacy, better rent a whole house with 1.000.000 VND/ day ( for 6 people)
Lang Biang Moutain:
30.000 VND/ adult and 20.000 VND/ children. Jeep: 60.000 VND/ person and 400.000 VND/ jeep.
Duong Ham Dieu Khac Da Lat (Da Lat Tunnel of Sculpture):
40.000 VND/ adult and 20.000 VND/ children.
Doi Mong Mo tourist site:
50.000 VND/ adult and 30.000 VND/ children.
Da Lat Flower Garden:
30.000 VND/ Adult and 15.000 VND/ children.
Cable car service in Truc Lam Monastery (round-trip):
80.000 VND/ adult.
Hang Nga villa ( Crazy House):
40.000 VND/ adult and 20.000 VND/ children.
Bao Dai Palace:
20.000 VND/ person.
Biduop- Nui Ba National Park:
40.000 VND/ adult and 20.000 VND/ children.
The Golden Valley:
- Entrance ticket: 40.000 VND/ adult and 20.000 VND/ children
- Pedalo: 60.000 VND/ hour/ pedalo
- Costume: 20.000 VND/ costume (The Highlands) and 22.000 VND/ costume (India, Japan)
20.000 VND/ person ( sometimes free).
Ho Than Tho ( The Lake of Lament):
20.000 VND/ person.
100.000 VND/ adult, 50.000 VND/ children under 1,2 meter, Free for children under 90 centimeters.
Dambri Falls tourist site:
150.000 VND/ adult and 100.000 VND/ children. This includes entrance ticket, elevator ticket, Alpine Coaster ticket, all the remaining games in the Dambri tourist site.
20.000 VND/ person.
10.000 VND/ person.