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What to See 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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  • 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 surrounding streets.

  • Even if embroidery is not your thing, the artworks at XQ Village will impress. What appear to be detailed paintings are actually hand embroidered works, delicately stitched on site. Laid out like an art gallery, XQ offers the finest examples of Vietnamese embroidery. 

    XQ branches are present all over Vietnam, from Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Danang, Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Truc Lam Monastery

    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, ...

  • The Cathedral

    It is Vietnam’s Central Highlands most interesting and well-known Christian centre. Built in 1931 in the style of the Roman Church, with the bell tower reaching 47 metres, it is the highest in south Vietnam providing a city centre landmark. ...

  • The Domaine de Marie

    It is also known as the Cherry Church as it was formerly surrounded by cherry trees and home to 50 Roman Catholic nuns of the Mission of Charity. The complex consists of the main church and two convents. Built from ...

  • Linh Phuoc Pagoda

    Also called Ve Chai Pagoda, it was built mosaic style from glass, pottery and porcelain shards between 1949 and 1952 in a residential area south east of Dalat. The front of the pagoda is lined with ornate pillars in the ...

  • Linh An Pagoda

    Linh An Pagoda is located in Nam Ban hamlet around 30km southwest of Dalat. At first glance this pagoda seems quite plain, apart from the two side Buddhas with many arms in the main hall. The true treasure though is ...

  • Van Hanh Pagoda

    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.

  • Bao Dai Summer Palace

    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 Railway Station

    Built in 1943, the recently renovated Dalat Railway Station has a quaint art deco style, with Vietnamese architectural elements. The interior features the original ticket windows. There is an original wood-burning steamer train on the tracks at the rear of ...

  • The Dalat Palace

    The Dalat Palace was built between 1916 and 1922, although the architecture, concept and design were determined before the start of WW1. Originally called Langbiang Palace, the hotel faces the mountain of the same name and looks down on Xuan ...

  • 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 high place', which accurately describes the architecture, high ceilings that combine elements of pagodas and churches.

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