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Attractions In Dalat

Alternately dubbed the City of Love and Le Petit Paris, Dalat has a distinctly French influence, from the strong cafe culture to the approximation of the Eiffel Tower perched over the main square. It is a town perfect for strolling, small and condensed with enough streets and scenery to keep your eyes occupied.
Local life in Dalatrevolves around the central market, a hub of activity from the early morning rush all the way through dinner. Famous for its fresh produce, be sure to investigate some of Dalat’s signature crops.
Lush conditions echo throughout the area, resulting in a dizzying collection of manicured gardens, wild woods, sweeping plantations and hidden mountain retreats. Many attractions such as Datlana Waterfall are nestled into pine forests, within a day hike’s reach.
For the religiously minded, there is a selection of stunning pagodas to choose from and a few leftover French churches. Not ones to skimp on decoration, the French touch is evident, present also in the two towering palaces, Bao Dai Summer Palace and Dalat Palace. Classical reminders of the city’s initial status as a getaway for Vietnam’s upper crust, pay a visit to the glory of the past.

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Bao Dai Summer Palace
Dalat | Architecture
Otherwise known as Palace Number 3, Bao Dai’s Summer Palace was used as a retreat by the family of King Bao Dai, the last king of Vietnam. Built from 1933 to 1938, the cube-like art deco exterior angled away from the entrance point, disguises the true size of the palace, which contains 25...
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Cable car
Dalat | Nature
The cable car runs from Robin Hill to the Truc Lam Monastery and was built by an Austrian company. The ride covers 2.4 km, with 50 brightly painted cabins spanning the distance. The panoramic views of Dalat are worth the effort.
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Langbiang Mountain
Dalat | Nature
Named after a Romeo and Juliet style tragic love story between a couple from opposing ethnic minorities it is located 12km north of Dalat, there are actually two peaks under this name. At its highest point Langbiang reaches 2,167 metres. The hike up to the top of Langbiang Mountain, from where the...
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The Dalat Market
Dalat | Markets
The Dalat Market represents the heart of Dalat, sitting in the city centre. Local fresh produce such as artichokes, dried fruits, vegetables and lots more are available here throughout the day, and in the evening the roads around the market are closed to traffic and the market spills on to the...
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Truc Lam Monastery
Dalat | Churches
Located on Phung Hoang Mountain, Truc Lam Monastery sits 5km out of Dalat, near Tuyen Lam Lake. It is best accessed by cable car. As a functioning Zen centre, the inner part of the monastery is closed to the public, so that the monastic practitioners can practice without distraction. The monastery...
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Tuyen Lam Lake
Dalat | Nature
5km south of Dalat, Tuyen Lam Lake rates as the biggest lake in the area, covering 320 hectares. Because of its various sources, Tuyen Lam is known as the lake where rivers, springs and forests meet. Kayaking tours of the lake are available, but need to be booked prior. Elephant rides through the...
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Van Hanh Pagoda
Dalat | Pagodas
Most famous for their 79 foot-high golden Buddha statue, Van Hanh's property is a great place to walk around during the day with its surrounding green gardens and lush palm trees.
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Da Phuoc Temple
Dalat | Temples
This stunning temple is one of the only that practices Cao Dai syncretism-combining different religious beliefs that would otherwise be considered contradictory. Catholicism, Buddhism and Hinduism are all incorporated, honouring the principle of a singular God. The name Cao Dai translates to 'a...
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Silk Weaving
Dalat | Nature
The silk weaving factory in Dalat is an interesting place to visit, to see the entire process, from cocoon to fabric. The cocoons are soaked in hot water, and the delicate thread is wound onto a machine that unravels the cocoon. The thread is then wound onto a reel, which is used on a large loom,...
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Tea Plantations
Dalat | Nature
Most tours of Dalat will take in a tea plantation, as one of Dalat’s staple products. Cau Dat, around 20km from Dalat and 1,650 metres above sea level, is where the Vietnamese tea industry originated, with the Dalat Cau Dat Tea Company. Tea plantations from Holland and France were planted in...
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