What is Dalat Vietnam known for?

The hill town of Da Lat has long been the most popular location in the region for getaways since French colonial times. Many people call it ‘Le Petit Paris’ and the town even features a mini-replica Eiffel Tower in its centre! Situated on a plateau 1,500 metres above sea level, this retreat town offers a welcomed change of atmosphere with a refreshingly cool climate – other cities in Vietnam can be very hot and humid, especially during summer. Trousers and jumpers are needed if visiting Dalat from November to around March as temperatures hover at about 10°C (50°F).

Da Lat is famous for its wide variety of flowers, vegetables and fruit harvested from its surrounding farmlands. The town also features countless nature sites with beautiful landscapes, evergreen forests and minority villages. The area’s main sources of income are from agriculture and tourism but the city is also very proud of being an education centre that produces multi-field professionals each year, including doctors and architects (Dalat University alone has more than 13,000 students). Therefore, there’s a good chance that you’ll meet young, enthusiastic and friendly Vietnamese from every corner of the country during your visit here.

What to see & do in Da Lat

1. Elephant Falls

Elephant Falls
Elephant Falls

Elephant Falls was so named after locals spotted a large rock formation resembling the head of an elephant. Located near Nam Ban Village, the multi-tiered waterfalls are relatively quiet on most days because of their remote location. You can get there on local buses that depart from Da Lat City Centre between 6 am and 6 pm.

It takes about 45 minutes to reach the falls, but make sure you ask the driver to stop at That Voi (Elephant Falls) instead of Nam Ban. From there, it’s a 5-minute walk to the main entrance. You have to pay a small fee to enter the falls, and prices tend to double during annual festivities, such as Tet or Lunar New Year.

Địa điểm: Gia Lâm, Lâm Hà District, Lâm Đồng, Vietnam

Valley Of Love

Valley Of Love
Valley Of Love

The Valley of Love in Da Lat features rolling green hills, beautiful gardens and picnic spaces. Located 5 km north of Da Lat City Centre, local youths often visit the park during weekends to enjoy jogging, cycling and paddle-boating.

There’s also a walking path leading to Von Canh Hill, which overlooks Da Thien Lake and Valley of Love’s colourful landscape. Due to its popularity, we highly recommend avoiding major holidays and long weekends in Da Lat if you’re not a fan of crowds.