Hidden away in the Central Highlands, Da Lat plays the cooler cousin to Vietnam’s seaside destinations. Famous for its countryside charm, Da Lat draws couples, wellness seekers and outdoor enthusiasts. This mountain resort town was once a summer getaway for the French, who left their mark in the European-inspired architecture and countless lakes. Da Lat’s main lake is the centre of the action, but amazing natural wonders await in the hills all around.
Tour the city’s landmarks
Xuan Huong Lake is the focal point of Da Lat city. Nearby, the stalls of the central market are packed with fresh flowers and colourful produce. Colonial architecture abounds in churches, art-deco hotels, and the charming railway station.
Play a round of golf
At 5,000 feet above sea level, Da Lat’s golf clubs feature hilly terrains and pine forests. Da Lat is home to one of the country’s oldest courses, the Dalat Palace Golf Club. Opened in 1933, the 18-hole course remains an iconic experience.
Hike, bike, or find a waterfall
Da Lat is an adventure destination in its own right. The dramatic terrain lends itself well to hiking, mountain biking and canyoning. Follow local guides to explore Bidoup Nui Ba National Park, or blaze your own trails on Lang Biang mountain.
Sample local coffee culture
Coffee is an integral part of Da Lat’s heritage and some of Vietnam’s best coffee is grown on the slopes around the town and served in local cafes. Visit K’Ho Coffee for a full tour of their sustainable farm and roastery.
Ride the train
Though Da Lat’s tracks no longer link up with Vietnam’s north-south railway line, you can hop on a train out to Trai Mat for a visit to the spectacular, mosaic-covered Linh Phuoc Pagoda, taking in the scenery en route.
Often referred to as the city of eternal spring, Da Lat’s temperate climate is a highlight of every visit. Be sure to bring a jumper if you visit between November and January, and an umbrella for the rainfall from April to November. If you prefer a warmer stay, May offers the perfect window.