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What to do in Dalat

Dalat Travel Tips

Da Lat, Vietnam’s highland paradise has been a popular mountain escape for Vietnamese, colonials and now tourist for quite some time. Established in 1890 as the capital of the IndoChina Federation, Da Lat was always seen as a place to play rather then work.

Dalat Countryside

Waterfalls, lakes, pagodas summer palaces and French Villas are some of the many landmarks to be seen around this area. Da Lat is also the flower capital of Vietnam with over 300 different types of flowers growing in the area. Every December the Flower Festival takes over the city with Vietnamese from all over the country flocking to Da Lat to take part.

Flower Festival in Dalat

With the high altitutde Da Lat is much cooler then surrounding cities, and as people tend to come here directly from Saigon ( 6 hour bus ride away) it serves as a welcome escape from the blistering heat of the megatropolisis and an oppertunity to breath fresh mountain air after spending a couple of soggy days in Saigon.

When you come to Da Lat, you will want to chose the outdoor activity of your choice. Canyoning, hiking, biking, kayaking, river rafting are some of the options to name a few.

There are of course a wide selection of tours to chose from and it is definitely recommended to book a day tour here to get the most out of your experience.

Elephant Waterfalls is one of Vietnam’s more stunning waterfalls so if possible book a tour with a stop there included. Named Elephant Waterfall due to the large rock resembling an Elephants head, this waterfall offers a great oppertunity to get up close to the waterfall and even swim in the pool infront.

Dalat is famous for Coffee and Dairy

Dalat is a major producer of coffee and especially dairy for Vietnam. The infamous Dalat Weasle Coffee is a coffee that is produced by weasles via digestion, AKA “shit coffee”. Dalat is also the major producer of all Vietnamese dairy products and even produce their own local cheese.