"A Highland Paradise" Top 5 Page for this destination Da Lat by Mikebb

Da Lat Travel Guide: 225 reviews and 704 photos

After 4 days of traffic chaos in HCMC we were looking forward to our 3 day visit to the peaceful highlands and country setting of Da Lat. We were on a group holiday with 27 members of our local orchid society visiting HCMC, the Cat Tien National Park and Da Lat. We chose to miss the national park and take a tour to the Mekong Delta, and later make our own way to Da Lat.

Da Lat was discovered in 1893 by Dr Alexandre Yersin and the city was established in 1912. The city is built on a plateau 1,500 metres above sea level and enjoys a mild climate. It was a place which the French officials soon adopted and built villas for summer residence to enable them to escape the heat and humidity of the Vietnamese summer. With the rich soil of the plateau it was developed into a food and flower bowl and the local Lat people who own the farm land have become reasonably wealthy.

For those who enjoy nature there are many hiking trails, lakes, waterfalls , forests and gardens throughout the district. For golfers there are several nice courses. During our visit we enjoyed the fantastic local cuisine, everywhere we ate , whether it be in an upmarket hotel or local restaurant the food was omost enjoyable, particularly the locally grown vegetables.

I have written many tips of our visit to Da Lat, however the Travelogues below will also give you an appreciation of the location.

  • Last visit to Da Lat: Feb 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2009 at 7:07 AM

    Prenn Waterfall and the Crazy House looks splendid. Wonderful tips and photographs. Lovely page!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2009 at 10:16 PM

    G'day, Mike! It's great you've been there! Well done! ><><

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2009 at 8:17 AM

    Lots of incredible tourist attractions at Da Lat. The Crazy House, the Railway Station, the Radio Mast, Flower Gardens, Prenn Waterfall & Park and Lang Bian Mountains certainly look attractive to visit. Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2009 at 12:30 AM

    Nice page on DaLat. Didn't get here when I was in Vietnam, see I missed something good. Love the gardens and the Crazy House, would have enjoyed looking through both.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    Hi Mike! nice tips on Da Lat --- I like the Eiffel Tower look-alike! Greetings from Arizona, Norman :)

  • Jan 26, 2009 at 4:46 AM

    i like the Da Lat Flower Gardens

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2008 at 4:17 AM

    Very enjoyable tips and photos, this looks the sort of place we'd enjoy. We keep talking about visiting Vietnam, maybe one day ...

  • gregfranklin's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    I wasn't impressed with Crazy House. It wasnt clear which areas were not safe to explore. The style to me was like a poor man's Gaudi. And it was kind of cheesy, like a wannabe Disneyland. Still an interesting stop to make if you're in Dalat.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Nice photos on your tips and travelogues. I was the first one to look at your new travelogue on the Prenn Waterfall & Park, by the way.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2008 at 7:39 AM

    great page, great photos, scenic. If we ever get to VN, this will be a mandatory visit. Prenn is beautiful. Hope you all have been well.


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