Located in the Central Highlands, Dalat has a cool environment throughout the year. However the most suitable time to come here is July-August.
The best ways to arrive
By air: There are many flights from Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City to Lien Khuong Airport in Dalat. From here, you catch a bus to the city center for VND80,000 ($4) or a cab for VND250,000-VND300,000/ person.
High-quality coach service: There are many luxury coach services provided by Phuong Trang or Thanh Buoi companies. You can purchase tickets at De Tham and Pham Ngu Lao streets in District 1 or Le Hong Phong in District 5 for VND240,000 ($12)/ individual. The travel time is 8 to nine hours. The fare may change throughout holidays.
Da Lat has lots of motels and hotels to serve tourists, but if you come here on holidays you should book.
Upcoming interesting events in Dalat
As part of the "National Tourism Year in the Central Highlands - Dalat 2014", the city will host numerous exciting and special events. You can arrange your time to take part in the following activities:
- Central Region-- Central Highlands Food Festival in July.
- Dalat Mountain Rain Festival: August 7-10.
- Automobile race tournament in September.
- National eSport Games in October.
- The First Celebration of Culture, Sports and Tourist of Ethnic Groups in the Central Highlands in December.
- Exhibition of Central Highlands wood statues in December.
- The Second International Gong Celebration in December.
- Central Highland Brocade and Costume Festival in December.
Sights that should not be missed
Da Lat market.
The art tunnel in the Tuyen Lam lake tourist website: This is an underground sculptural work of 1.2 km long, explaining Dalat from the early days through a special sculpture on basaltic soil. This tunnel is the current tourist site in Dalat and has actually become preferred.
Xuan Huong Lake: Found in the heart of the charming city, the crescent shaped lake is surrounded by pine trees. It is an ideal place for couples. The fare for a horse buggy trip around the lake is VND300,000 ($15) for 4 individuals.
Tuyen Lam Lake is the biggest freshwater lake in Da Lat, which is home to a complex of unique landscapes and traveler services like elephant riding, canoeing or cable car. The cable car fare is VND70,000-VND100,000/ individual. The lake is situated near Phoenix Mountain, 7 km to the south of Da Lat.
Dalat Train Station, called the 'princess of the mountain city', has lots of distinct records as Vietnam's greatest train station at an altitude of 1,500 m above sea level, the most beautiful railway station in Indochina, and the earliest in Vietnam. The station is located at No. 1 Quang Trung, Ward 10. You can take a trip tour from Da Lat to Trai Mat for VND80,000/ person ($4).
Mount Langbiang: Climbing to the top of the mountain, you will be shocked by the charm of the mountains, and the villages of K'Ho and Chu Ru people far away. Langbiang Mountain is located in Lac Duong District, 14 km from Da Lat city. The entryway fee is VND10,000 and the lease for a jeep approximately the mountain peak is VND40,000 ($2) per person, VND240,000 ($12) for 6 individuals.
Dalat has much more websites for your exploration, such as the Love Valley, Mong Mo Hill, Than Tho Lake, Da Lat Cathedral, Bao Dai Palace, Elephant Falls, and Pedagogical College of Da Lat.
- Motorbike Rental in Dalat is VND80,000-VND150,000/ typical motorbike and VND100,000-VND300,000/ scooter.
- Summer is the rainy season of Da Lat so you must take an umbrella and a headscarf with you.