SIGHTSEEING AROUND DALAT: SPEND A FEW EXTRA DAYS HERE
Xuan Huong lake, center of town. Open daily, all hours. No admission fee but rental fees vary if you want to boat. Approximately 5km in diameter, this lake was made after two dams on the Camly river were destroyed during a storm in the 1930s. Now, Xuan Huong lake is one of the main draws of Da Lat, and you can see honeymooners and locals strolling its banks. Many nice hotels have a view of the lake.
Valley of Love, Phu Duong Thien Vong street. Open daily until 5PM. Admission fee under USD1. About 5km outside of town, the Valley of Love is common stop on Dalat tours and is very popular with honeymooners. The Valley of Love is also a great spot for canyoning. See contact info below for canyoning operators.
Lake of Sighs, 5km northeast of town on Ho Xuan Huong road. Admission fee under USD1. The Lake of Sorrow is another common destination in Dalat. The Lake of Sorrow is so-named because of a tale of two lovers, one who committed suicide after the other was called up to serve in the army. The exact tale changes depending on the age and gender of the storyteller!
Tuyen Lam Lake, 5km south of town on highway 20. Its clean green waters flow from the beautiful Tia Spring and from the Da Tam River, which flows down from Voi mountain. Its waters stretch over an immense 350 hectares and because of its various sources, Tuyen Lam is known as the lake where rivers, springs and forests meet. The lake was built in the 80s. It is one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in town. The other side of the lake is the Voi mountain which is a good place for hiking.
Prenn Falls, At the foot of Prenn Pass, about 10km outside of town. Open daily until 5PM. Admission fee under USD1. A very common stop on a typical Dalat tour, Prenn Falls is quite beautiful but is a lot more fun when you're hiking it than just taking pictures of it.
Pongour Falls, 30km south of town on highway 20.
Crazy House defies all architectural norms. An eclectic home designed by the daughter of the former president of Vietnam Even though she studied architecture in the Soviet Union, the house does not have any communist design features.
Coffee, Tea, Flowers and Silk Heaven: Once outside of town, you can discover the coffee country and silk plantations. Being big fans of coffee, wandering through the vast jungles of coffee trees brought a perspective to the tasty bean you might previously lack.
The area between Dalat and Lak Lake is full of coffee. They grow three varieties, mocha (highest quality), robusta, and arabica. There were hundreds of yellow butterflies in this area, probably attracted by the coffee. It was like a dream, riding on the back of a bike, through amazing countryside, surrounded by butterflies.
Also many unique pagodas, churches, convents and giant Happy Buddhas surround Dalat.