At an elevation of almost 1500 meters, Dalat’s cool year round climate offers a refreshing reprise from the tropical heat throughout the rest of Vietnam. The city is situated on the side of the mountain and the rolling hills dominate the landscape. It is also the honeymoon capital of Vietnam for domestic tourists with lots of cheesy romantic activities throughout town from horse drawn carriage rides, to swan paddle boats to the heart shaped cut outs at the Valley of Love.
If romance isn’t what you’re looking for, you can check out the Hang Nga Crazy House. Built in 1990 the building consists of 10 rooms all outlandishly decorated after a different theme of nature and stairs and walkways that twist and turn in all directions so that entire structure resembles a tree unfurling itself. It’s worth the $2 entrance fee to get some interesting photos and great views of the city.
Outside the main city core Dalat is comprised of farms and greenhouses, but while the rest of the country is growing rice, Dalat is growing strawberries, grapes and flowers among other produce. This makes for a great culinary and market scene. There are also a number of nearby waterfalls in the area that can be reached on motorbike or by booking a tour. Unfortunately the rain got the best of us in Dalat, so we weren’t able to get out to visit any of them.
Jen’s Overall Rating: It’s a great place to breakout your sweaters and enjoy the cool mountain air for a few days before hitting your next beach destination.