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I hope my guide to the best things to see & do in Da Lat based off what we did and how we spent our time helps you to plan a visit you love!
Located just north of Ho Chi Minh the mountain city Da Lat is the perfect next stop for your travels through Vietnam.
Da Lat is located in the Lam Vien Plateau on a lake, at 4,920 feet above sea level & it can get rather chilly! But this city, surrounded by pine covered hills and beautiful waterfalls, is well worth wrapping up for.
How to get to Da Lat
Da Lat is located just north of Ho Chi Minh and can be reached by bus or plane.
There are plenty of daytime or sleeper buses departing from Ho Chi Minh everyday so either check out 12GoAsia or speak to your hostel or hotel.
Alternatively you can fly which is more expensive but you can find good prices when booking with VietJet or well in advance.
Where to stay in Da Lat
There is plenty of budget accommodation in Da Lat, due to it being a popular spot for backpackers you can find excellent hostels such as Tigon Da Lat Hostel.
For something a little more private check out May May Apartments, after Ho Chi Minh we fancied a bit of peace and quiet so booked May May apartments for our stay.
We booked a front facing studio apartment and it was a nice change to have some facilities to cook our own food and more space to move around in.
Here we rented a scooter, there are many rentals in the areas such as Da Lat Motorbike Rental but get chatting to your accommodation as most hotels or home-stays have some for guests to use.
Officially known as Hang Nga Guesthouse but referred to as Crazy House by locals and tourists it definitely lives up to its name!
Standing out massively while surrounded by Da Lats French colonials villas Crazy House is a guesthouse that allows in day visitors to wander round the madness and take a peek at the unoccupied rooms.
“Crazy House will never really be completed finished” says artist Dang Viet Nga “it is like a living thing, it is always changing”
Using mostly concrete in construction due to it being inexpensive and easy to play with Crazy House has no right angles. It is a place where there are no rules just sparks of imagination.
Thien vien Van Hanh Buddhist Temple
The Thien vien Van Hanh Buddhist temple is most famously known for its 79 foot golden buddha statue. The temple is located just north of Da Lat centre and can be reached easily by scooter.
I would recommend heading up even if you don’t wish to go inside just to catch a sight of the giant golden Buddha, located in a pretty garden with Bonsai trees it really is a stunning sight.
The temple itself is free to visit but they do have donation boxes for you to show your appreciation.
Located near the Centre of Da Lat Tokyo Sushi was some of the best food we ate while staying here.
If you haven’t guessed already we are massive Sushi lovers!
Downstairs was full so we were guided upstairs to our table which was a private room with the table built into the floor so you could either sit normally or cross legged.
We felt very special in this private room and it made our dining experience even better.
We ordered lots to try including some of our traditional favourites such as California roll, spicy tuna roll, seaweed salad, sashimi, maki rolls and so much more!
I recommend anything with tuna in it from here, it was so fresh and almost melted in your mouth.
Canyoning has to be the highlight of the best things to see & do in Da Lat and is not something to miss off your itinerary.
Starting early get ready for a morning filled with blood pumping activities to get your appetite up before a big lunch to share with your group.
We went with Highland Sport Travel and I cannot recommend them enough, the guides went above and beyond to ensure we all had the best day possible.
Check out ‘Why Canyoning in Da Lat is a must’ here for more information about what we got up to.
Anna’s Coffee House
Our last stop in Da Lat was Anna’s Coffee house, located near the cable car the cafe is perched up high with a beautiful view out the back of the dense covered hills.
This cute little cafe is filled to the brim with plants, from all kinds, big and small they make the perfect backdrop for a quick Instagram pic or a perfect calming environment to enjoy a drink and some lunch.
Serving up freshly ground coffee, yummy smoothies, local cuisine, western and Mexican what more could you want!
This bar is not your ordinary experience! Also known as the 100 Roofs Bar you’ll want to make sure you visit! Grab yourself a drink from the bar downstairs and get exploring.
Throughout the bar you can find small doorways leading to know where or through passages, random staircases that lead you off to somewhere completely new and so many different rooms and seating options!
Make sure to head up to the rooftop bar though for a stunning view over Da Lat as well as down to the basement for an underwater experience.
How many days should you spend in Da Lat? While we really enjoyed our time here we definitely stayed for too long, I would recommend staying for 2 or maximum 3 nights to get a feel for the area and do some Canyoning before moving onto your next location. This will give you plenty of time to complete my best things to see & do in Da Lat.
Have you already been to Da Lat? What did you think? What was your favourite part? Let me know in the comments below!
With Love, Izzy ✨💛
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