Visit Dalat, Vietnam
Dalat is Vietnam’s premier hill station, which sprung up as a cool respite for the French from the stifling tropical heat of Saigon.
The area surrounding Dalat is extremely picturesque with many tiered plateaux whose perpetual spring-like climate is able to support a diversity of crops not generally associated with Vietnam.
French colonial influence
The French influence is evident in the hundreds of colonial villas dotted throughout the town in various states of repair. Aside from its colonial legacy, Dalat is considered by many Vietnamese to be the 'prettiest town in Vietnam'. It is a popular honeymoon spot due to its alpine landscape of pine forests, rolling hills and tranquil lakes.
After a morning of sightseeing or trekking you can enjoy afternoon tea and cakes on the impressive lawn of the Dalat Palace - once the center of colonial society, this recently refurbished property is a pleasant reminder of days gone by.
Suggested Dalat itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Dalat, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Dalat
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Dalat
- Nha Trang 56 miles away
- Central Highlands 58 miles away
- Buon Ma Thuot 59 miles away
- Mui Ne & Phen Thiet 74 miles away
- Cat Tien National Park 87 miles away
- Qui Nhon 138 miles away
- Saigon 143 miles away
- Kon Tum 170 miles away
- Cai Be 201 miles away
- Can Tho 224 miles away
- Mekong Delta 224 miles away
- Chau Doc 242 miles away
- Con Dao Islands 257 miles away
- Hoi An 273 miles away
- Bho Hoong 282 miles away
Photos of Dalat
Accommodation choices for Dalat
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Dalat. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Built in 1922, the Dalat Palace is synonymous with this most famous hill station in Indochina. Entirely renovated, the Palace has kept its original sophisticated and elegant French architectural style.
This 70 room resort, restaurant and spa is set on a wooded hillside above the town of Dalat, with accommodation in seventeen fully-restored French colonial villas that date back to the 1920s.
Ideas for experiencing Dalat
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Dalat, and which use the best local guides.
The first section of trail takes you along a gentle path through minority farms and pine forest, then continues through forest paths until you arrive the base of Pinhatt.
Your guide will take you to see the sites which make Dalat arguably the most kitsch town in Southeast Asia.
There are a variety of routes within 10 kilometers of Dalat that range from easy for total novices to extremely difficult.