General Information About Da Lat City
Dalat looks like a cross between Vietnam and the French Alps. Many of its hotels and houses were built in a French style during the French colonization. There are many places for tourists interested in architecture to visit, such as Dalat Railway Station, designed by French architects Moncet and Reveron, or Hang Nga guest house, a.k.a ‘Crazy house’ which is also an interesting place to stay.
The climate in Dalat is often called ‘Eternal Spring’ for its pleasantly warm temperatures during the day and quite cool at night, down to perhaps 10oC. Due to its favorable weather, Dalat is a supplier of temperate produce for all over Vietnam, for example, cabbage and cauliflower. Also, it has a nickname ‘City of Flowers’. Its flower industry is highly developed and famous for two typical flowers: hydrangea and golden everlasting.
Apart from architectural places of interest, Dalat also has lots of beautiful sites such as Xuan Huong Lake - center of town, Lake of Sorrow (Lake of Sighs) - 5km Northeast of town on Ho Xuan Huong Road, Valley of Love - Phu Dong Thien Vuong Street, Lang Biang Mountain - has a 1900m peak, ideal for a 3-hour hike, Prenn Falls - 10km outside the town, Pongour Falls - one of the largest and widest waterfalls in Vietnam, 30km south of town on highway 20, etc.
Tourists arriving in Dalat can enjoy the atmosphere of Vietnamese markets by visiting Dalat market, which is full of local specialties such as strawberry jam, dried fruits, avocado, artichoke.?
Best sports activities in Da Lat
Dalat offers many activities to appeal to outdoorsy types, including the novelty swan-shape paddleboats that are available to rent on Xuan Huong Lake. Bicycles, including tandem "love bicycles" and mountain bikes, can be rented along the main street, but do check the size of the bikes before you commit to hiring one, as some of them are very small. A number of adventure tour operators cover trekking, cycling, canyoning, and more.
About Dalat Golf Club
Dalat Palace Golf Club boasts a colourful history that can be seen and felt throughout each of its 18 inventive holes.
Designed initially by a French Architect, but brought to life by Vietnam’s last Emperor Bao Dai throughout the 1920’s, the course opened and closed throughout the next 70 years in concert with ensuing political events.
In 1994, a multi-million dollar restoration project was set upon. Since that time the course has gone from strength to strength cementing its place officially as Vietnam’s leading course, but also as one of the leading courses in the whole of Asia.
The Championship 18 hole, 7,009 yard, par 72, bent- grass green, fairways and tees are enhanced by a full bent-grass practice facility with driving range and putting green. The course has been expertly crafted into Dalat’s mountainous setting through stately pine trees creating a naturaly challenging golfing environment.
Overlooking famous Xuan Huong Lake, Dalat Palace Golf Course offers an optimal golfing environment, with access to a range of trained professionals amongst the inspiring and nostalgic history of the charming country of Vietnam.
The History of Da Lat
Da Lat is located in the central highland of Vietnam at Lam Dong province, and about 200km far from the northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. It was founded in 1897 when Doctor Alexandre Yersin recommended that this area could be developed as a resort town.
Then French started to invest in the town as the playground with a lot of hotels and villas in the clear mountain air to escape from the heat and humidity of the coast and Saigon at that time.Da Lat became different from anywhere else in Vietnam, and it looks like a cross between Vietnam and France. There are many buildings built base on the French architecture such as Da Lat train station, the Crazy House, Hang Nga guest house, the three palaces and summer home of the last emperor of Vietnam Bao Dai,...
The city spreads across a series of pine-covered hills, with a small lake in the center and surrounded by a lake and higher peaks, making for some lovely scenery. All the lakes in Da Lat become famous because of its romantic name and charming sightseeing as Ho Xuan Huong, Than Tho, Da Thien, and Tuyen Lam. In addition, the city is surrounded with LangBian highland, one of the attractive spot at Da Lat with the height 1900m, also the living area of some ethnic minority villages.
Thanks to its pleasant weather, Da Lat is also called “Eternal Spring” city, warm during the day and pretty cool at night. Sometimes, it could be down to 10 degree. That weather is quite good condition to grow plenty kinds of plant, so Da Lat is the supplier of vegetable and fruit all over Vietnam. Moreover, the city also has another name of “City of flowers” with 2 famous typical flowers: hydrangea and golden everlasting. The flowers growing industry is highly developed so the city organizes the Flowers festival every year to attract more tourists.
Nowaday Da Lat is one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam. About 800,000 domestic tourists and 80,000 foreign tourists visit every year, and it becomes the country’s favorite honeymoon spot thanks to its romantic scenery.
Ho Chi Minh City Nightlife
Dalat is famous for its rich colonial atmosphere as well as for having many great natural sites. It might, however, be lacking slightly in its nightlife but if visitors really want to enjoy themselves they can definitely find quite a few interesting establishments at the more up-market venues. Among them are Larry's Bar and Le Rabelais Bar, both are located in the Dalat Palace Hotel.
For a choice of drinks here, there are imported beers, whiskies, cocktails and wine. Many new arrivals in Vietnam are surprised to discover locally produced wine. Thanks to the French, who introduced this beverage to the country, there is a young but growing wine industry in and around Dalat with Vang Dalat (aka Wine Dalat) and Dalat Beco the two main producers. Customers can find interesting local-made drinks on Dalat’s restaurant menus including Bordeaux-style wines, sparkling white wines, peach coolers and wine coolers. Give them a try!
Top 6 Nightlife Experiences in Da Lat
100 Roofs Café
100 Roofs is located in an unusual place for such a popular café and it also has quite an amazing design. Situated amongst small shop-houses and just about 100 metres from the town market, regulars usually go to the rooftop where they can appreciate the views. A must try for all new comers is the locally brewed beer.
Opening Hours: All year
Location: 57 Phan Boi Chau, not far from the town market
Tel: +84 (0) 63 383 7518
Café de la Poste
Café de la Poste lies across the road from Dalat’s main post office and is adjacent to (and owned by) the Sofitel. If you want to try out fairly expensive French cuisine without breaking the bank, this is the place to go. The building and its setup are very typical French, meaning it is charming and has a lovely ambience with a good selection of French wine. Café de la Poste is popular for its breakfast and lunch set menus. If you happen to be in Dalat on a Sunday, check out its famous Sunday brunch.
Opening Hours: All year round
Location: Across the street from the main post office
This legendary bar is part of the vintage Hotel Dalat Palace Hotel and was named after Larry Hillblom, the American billionaire businessman who was a key person in turning Dalat into the up-market resort that it is. Hillblom is also known as a co-founder of DHL Worldwide Express. The cosy bar features pool tables, games, widescreen TVs and private corners, with a menu covering western pub food including pizza, burgers and more.
Opening Hours: 16:00-24:00
Location: Basement floor of the Hotel Sofitel Dalat Palace on 12 Tran Phu Street
Tel: +84 (0) 63 3825444
Le Rabelais Bar
A smaller setup, Le Rabelais is located on the lobby floor of Dalat Palace Hotel. It has a maximum capacity of 20pax allowing customers intimacy with comfortable seating and a fireplace. Sometimes there is live music with a violinist and pianist.
Opening Hours: Nightly
Location: Lobby floor of The Hotel Sofitel Dalat Palace
Tel: +84 (0) 63 3825444
Saigon Nite Bar
Saigon Nite is a friendly and cosy little bar located downtown and has been around longer than many of its competitors. It has pool tables, games, and serves inexpensive drinks and cocktails.
Opening Hours: All year round from 16:00 onward
Location: 11 Hai Ba Trung Street
Tel: +84 (0) 63 820 007
It is true that live music is very limited in Dalat but what V Café has to offer is just right for this small resort town. This popular all-day dining café is run by an American-Vietnamese couple. Their regular live music makes them a popular hangout for many expats and quite a few visitors. The kitchen offers homemade Vietnamese dishes and good choices of Western food such as steaks, pizza, burgers, roast pork, tacos, soups and lemon meringue. Vegetarian dishes are also available. V Café has free WiFi as well as a pool table.
Opening Hours: All year
Location: About 200m from Xuan Huong Lake up Bui Thi Xuan Street (across the road from the Trung Can Hotel and Sinh Café Travel Company)
Tel: +84 (0) 63 352 0215