Da Lat Things to Do

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    Easy Rider tour

    by VietWind Written Nov 27, 2013
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    The tour of Original Vietnam Easy Rider is a private tour by motorbike. And Dalat is the homeland of Easy Rider.
    With that type of tour, your guide will help you to connect with the local people, show you the real culture, history, beautiful view ... of VIetnam.
    The tour is very flexible, you can do a daily tour around Dalat. Or you can do a long day tour explore Vietnam.
    And and more specifically, if you want to enjoy the feeling of riding a motorbike, Just joint a self riding tour

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    Truc Lam

    by akkipaa Updated Jan 1, 2013

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    Truc Lam Temple is a Zen Buddhist Pagoda outside of Da Lat in Phuong Hoang Hill some 1300 meters above sea level. The temple was built in 1993 (opened to public 1994) and it's located on the area of 24 hectares

    Two hectares of the area are occupied by buildings and it's divided into two areas, the domestic areas (closed from public) and public areas. In the domestic area there are quarters for monks and nuns respectively.

    Enjoy the gardens, take a while to calm down and just think about the world and your soul.

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    XQ Embroidery

    by akkipaa Written Dec 30, 2012

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    The XQ embroidery is definitely worth seeing. For some reason the atmosphere is calm and relaxing, you forget the rush and can fully concentrate to environment, workers and students studying embroidery. The art works are many, from tiny to large and it's easy to understand that it can take months to complete.

    Finally, you can buy from showroom and again, the service is extremely friendly and helpful. Prices are higher than I waited, but when you remember the time spend with the art.

    There are many places you can follow the work, take you up to upstairs and watch the skilled women.

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    The rooster on the roof

    by akkipaa Updated Dec 30, 2012

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    This massive rooster can be found from Darahoa. There is of course a reason, only some 300 inhabitants in the village. The reason is the old one: love and positive moral. The people in the village are from two minority groups: Chills and K'hos. Tradition tells that a Chill girl and a rich hunter K'Ho boy felt in love but the parents were against. The boy's father gave some tasks to the girl and the most difficult was to find a rooster with nine spurs and an elephant with nine tusks. The boy went to forests to help her and on the other day she found him dying and held him in her arms till his last breaths.

    Artist Lu Truc Phuong built this giant rooster to reflect the morals and the love of these young people.

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    Da Lat Cable Car

    by akkipaa Written Dec 30, 2012

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    One of the newest Dalat's attraction is the Cable Car which drives along more than 2 kilometers wire to Quang Trung Reservoir. The views are stunning and you can just relax and watch Vietnamese lifestyles with a lot of open fire and smoke and the views from the cable car station over town are just great.

    Hours: 07:00-11:30 and 13:30-17:00
    Price adult: 50,000, child return 25,000

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    The Eiffel Tower

    by akkipaa Written Dec 30, 2012

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    When HCMC's Post Office is by Eiffel here we have a replica of Eiffel's most famous "building". This is not as tall as the original, but definitely reminds us that this used to be French area.

    The main purpose is to serve telecommunication but why not to build the towers so that your eyes enjoy, most of these structures are awful and ugly. This is not! One can say that it's odd to find Eiffel here, so did I first, but the more you watch it the more you like. And the communications worked in every corner of the city!

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    The Eiffel tower of Dalat.

    by cachaseiro Written Nov 7, 2012
    The Eiffel tower of Dalat.

    Dalat has it's on little Eiffel tower.
    It's actually just a telecommunication tower that has a shape that resembles the famous Paris tower, but it stands in a very central location in town and is hard to miss and ads to Dalats reputation of being a town with quite a bit of kitch.
    It's not some huge structure like in Paris, but a small telecommunication tower and it's more of an oddity than an actual sight, but i like it.

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    PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE MARKET

    by davidjo Written Mar 25, 2012

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    MARKET SCENES

    The market provides an ideal opportunity for photography with the colourful fresh vegetables, the vegetarian stands and the friendly people. Just take a stroll round there in the afternoon when people are busy purchasing produce for their evening meal.

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    The night market in Dalat.

    by cachaseiro Written Mar 17, 2012

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    Dalat has a really good and lively night market that is very local and certainly not made for foreign tourists.
    It mostly has things that locals go shopping for and is a nice combination of a food and clothes market.
    There are also plenty of places to buy a bit of food and drink so you can go there for a light dinner too if you feel like.
    If you are in Dalat then you should certainly pop by the market in the evening if you have the time for it.

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  • Da Lat – A natural beauty

    by loanntt Updated Mar 14, 2012
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    Da lat is one of the most famous tourist destination in Vietnam. It is a nice highland city with lovely and cool climate, and Da Lat is called “the city of eternal spring”.
    If you go to Da Lat, you will see and experience beautiful landcapes and natural scenery. On the way to Da Lat, tourist can see the Prenn Falls where water falls from a height of ten meters. The foot of the falls is a small valley covered with lovely flowers and green pine trees.
    Xuan Huong lake is very beautiful. It’s located at the centre of Da Lat. It is poetic site attracting visitors and lovers. The lake’s surface is as smooth as glass reflecting the shadows of pine trees.
    The Valley of Love where has a quiet and romantic atmosphere is a wonderful dating place for lover. It’s marvellous with flower gardens fog and cloud floating on the top of pine tree hills, a clean blue lake…
    The Lake of Sighs is anatural on the top a hill. The wind whispering through the pines trees makes visitor think of sighs from an invisible man – maybe one who has lost the love of his life.
    Visiting Da Lat, tourist will have chance to see and enjoy many different kinds of flowers: orchids, roses, camellias, mimosa, cheery blossom and narcissus. Each flower has their unique beauty.

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    Prenn Falls

    by SurfaceTravel Updated Aug 21, 2011
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    We stopped at these falls as we were leaving Dalat on our road trip down to HCMC. The falls are nice to see and walk under, but the place is all touristed up with gates and admission prices, concrete elephants, etc. The falls were flowing heavily as this was the rainy season, but they did tend to smell of sewage.

    I guess it's worth seeing, but it would be good to psych up against disappointment of the whole experience.

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    The Truc Lam temple.

    by cachaseiro Updated Apr 27, 2011

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    The Truc Lam temple is a buddhist temple a little outside Da Lat that was build recently and it´s a center of Zen buddhism which is not that common in Vietnam, but the place has quite a few munks and gets Zen buddhist visitors from all over the world.
    The temple has a really nice setting and is very well kept and anyone can visit the place and go for a stroll in the nice garden.

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    Bao Dais summer palace.

    by cachaseiro Written Apr 27, 2011

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    The summer palace of Bao Dai.
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    The last king of Vietnam, Bao Dai, had a summer palace in Da Lat where he spend most of his last years as a king when he had no power anyway and he spend most of his time there playing golf and trying to seduce women.
    The palace is open for the public and a very nice excample of 1930´s architecture and the interior is very well kept and gives an insight to the last king of Vietnam who was in the end exciled to France where he lived until he died in the 1990´s.

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    Da Lat flowerpark.

    by cachaseiro Updated Apr 27, 2011

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    Da Lat has a flowerpark where you have a broad variety of the flowers found in the region and the place is very popular with vietnamese tourists.
    It´s quite colorful and worth a visit.
    I have come there with tour groups a couple of times and my guests, who are mostly senior citizens have really enjoyed the visit.
    The entry is less than a dollar, so it´s not the financial aspect that should keep you away from Visiting Da Lat Flowerpark.

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    Visit Hang Hga Gallery and Guesthouse

    by kelnsha Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hang Hga Gallery and Guesthouse or 'Crazy House'
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    It is nicknamed the 'Crazy House' by locals, this guesthouse, cafe and art gallery is about 1 km southwest of Xuan Huong Lake. The architecture is something straight out of Alice in Wonderland and cannot easily be described: there are caves, giant spider webs made of wire, concrete 'tree trunks', a nude female statue (a rarity in Vietnam), a concrete giraffe (with a tearoom built inside) and caged turkeys providing the surreal soundtrack. Yes, it's tacky and exceedingly commercialised but many are astounded to find such a counter-cultural construction in Dalat.

    The gallery's designer, Mrs Dang Viet Nga, is from Hanoi and lived in Moscow for 14 years, where she earned a PhD in architectuere. She dresses in pure 1960s hippie garb, burns incense and has something of an air of mystery about her. Hang Nga, as she's known locally, has designed a number of other buildings, which dot the landscape around Dalat, including the Children's Cultural Palace and the Catholic church in Lien Khuong.

    The Dalat People's Committee has not always appreciated such innovative designs. An earlier Dalat architectural masterpiece, the 'House with 100 Roofs', was torn down as a 'fire hazard' because the People's Committee thought it looked 'anti-socialist'. However, there is little chance that Hang Nga will have such trouble with the authorities (her father, Truong Chinh, was Ho Chi Minh's successor). He served as Vietnam's second president from 1981 until his death in 1988.

    If you'd like to stay in one of the cavelike, quirky rooms, booking in advance is recommended.

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