Top 5 Things to do in DaLat

DaLat is a charming hilltop town in South Vietnam. In this article, I’ll give you a brief rundown of all the things to do in DaLat.

DaLat is an extremely charming mountain town. Coming into the city, you can’t help but be blown away by the beautiful French architecture and botanical gardens.

However, most people come to DaLat out of a spirit of adventure. This is the prime backpacker stop for canyoning, trekking, etc. There are a lot of other things to do in DaLat as well. However, the prime attractions here are related to adventure in the woods and mountains.

In this article, I’ll give you a complete rundown of all the things to do in DaLat.

Side note: You can read more about traveling through Vietnam in my blog Comprehensive Vietnam Travel Guide for First Timers.

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1. Go Canyoning

Canyoning is one of the most popular things to do in DaLat. In fact, Canyoning is perhaps the primary reason most backpackers go to DaLat at all.

Even if you’re not much into adventure sports, it’s still something you should try out. For the sake of experience if nothing else.

Canyoning in DaLat usually includes a series of activities such as hiking, abseiling, rappelling, water sliding, and river crossing. One of the most challenging tasks is abseiling. It involves climbing down a cliff as the waterfall beats down on you. ‘Nuff said.

It can get pretty slippery out there so you should be really careful, even though you’re given all necessary safety gear.

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Abseiling in Dalat… don’t zoom in, I look constipated in terror.

I quite enjoyed Canyoning, even though I’m not keen on repeating it. It goes without saying I pretty much sucked at it. It seems my limbs are incommunicado with my mind and they played the truant when I needed them most. I did get to confirm my worst suspicion though, that I have no business engaging in physical activities, like, ever.

Anyway, barring my ego, I came out of the experience relatively unscathed.

If you’re interested, you can book a DaLat Canyoning Group Tour for $70.

Read: The Thrill (and Terror) of Canyoning in DaLat

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With my Canyoning group in Dalat. That’s me on the right!

2. Wander amongst the Crazy House

Crazy House is a surrealist house in DaLat. As you step through the gates you feel like you’ve stepped into Tim Burton’s fantasy.

The walls sometimes seem to be melting and sometimes look like barks of trees. There are giant mushrooms that make you feel like you’ve slipped down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland. The labyrinths and corridors are designed like caves. Basically, everything here feels like a twisted interpretation of nature.

It’s definitely not Salvador Dali surrealist, but it’s still interesting. Wandering amidst the labyrinths of the Crazy House is one of the most fun things to do in DaLat.

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The Tim Burton-esque Crazy House.

They even have surrealist guest rooms here. If you want to explore this property after-hours, when tourists aren’t swarming, you can check in.

The rates start at ₫ 750,000 (approx. $35 | ₹2,200).

You can book yourself into it from the Crazy House Agoda page.

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One of the guest rooms in Crazy House.

3. Explore Pongour Waterfall

Pongour Waterfall is one of the most stunning sights to see on the outskirts of DaLat. It’s located about 40 kilometers outside the city so it’s quite a long ride. You can either rent a bike or go with a tour.

You can climb down the waterfall for a great view. However, the climb down is extremely slippery, like, obviously. So be careful and it would be best not to go in flip-flops!

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Pongour Waterfall | Image Source: The Kitchen Paper

4. Get Lost in Maze Bar

Maze Bar is the talk of the town amongst all backpackers. It’s a cool conceptual bar that’s designed like a dark labyrinthine maze.

You can get yourself a drink at the entrance. And then, you can use any of the tunnels to try and make your way up to the rooftop lounge.

A lot of people get lost here quite often. You have to find your way through a series of narrow tunnel-like structures. Luckily, there are plenty of rock tables along the way so that you can take a break and drink a bit.

Just one word of advice. Before you start going through the maze, you should hit the toilet and relieve yourself. They do have toilet cubicles within the maze as well. But when you’re full to bursting, the search will seem like a nightmare.

Trust me, I speak from experience.

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Taking selfies while navigating the creepy labyrinths of Maze Bar… one of my favorite things to do in DaLat.

5. Take a Cable Car to Truc Lam Temple

If you enjoy exploring temples and pagodas, you can check out the Truc Lam Temple.

The monastery itself is quite stunning and beautiful, like most temples in Southeast Asia. It’s located on top of a hill, overlooking the Tuyền Lăm Lake and surrounded by woods.

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Truc Lam Temple.

However, the real scene stealer here is the ride over to the Truc Lam Temple. Sure, you can take an Uber as well. However, it’s better to take the cable cars from the DaLat city center.

It will carry you up to the mountain and give you a cool bird’s eye view of the whole town along the way.

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Truc Lam Temple is located on a hilltop, surrounded by dense forests on all sides.

Where to Stay in DaLat

Best Backpacker Hostel in DaLat — Mooka’s Home

My favorite backpacker hostel in DaLat was Mooka’s Home. It’s located about one kilometer from the city center. As such, if you want to be in the thick of the action, this is perhaps not ideal. However, if you want a cheap hostel that’s run by an incredibly friendly family, this is perfect.

The dorms in this hostel are some of the cleanest and best I’ve ever seen. So are the bathrooms.

For breakfast, they give you a nice variety of options to choose from. I always asked for their scrambled eggs, baguettes, and strawberry smoothie.

During dinner, they have a barbecue every alternate night. They set out a long dining table and all the hostel guests are invited to sit together and enjoy a home-cooked meal. It’s an amazing way to get to know other backpackers as well.

You can also make any activity or bus bookings through them.

Before coming to DaLat, I’d lost my shoes in Ho Chi Minh’s Bui Vien backpacker street. Long story. Anyway, they were nice enough that they gave me spare shoes to use for canyoning!

A bed in a dorm room for a night costs approx. ₫ 100,000 ($4.50 | ₹280). However, you can check out the latest rates at the Mooka’s Home Agoda page.

Best Luxury Hotel in DaLat — Terracotta Hotel and Resort

Terracotta Hotel and Resort is located in the most attractive spot in DaLat — in Tuyen Lam Lake. It’s conveniently located so you can explore all of the city on foot.

Furthermore, it’s equipped with a spa, indoor pool, fitness center, golf course, and a bunch of other luxury amenities. Also, it looks plain stunning.

You can check out the latest rates at the Terracotta Hotel and Resort Agoda page.

You can also find other suitable DaLat hotels and accommodations using Agoda.

Well, that’s it for my rundown of things to do in DaLat. I hope you enjoyed it and that it proved helpful to you.

Feel free to comment down below and let me know what you thought of DaLat. Are there some other things to do in DaLat that I’m missing out on? I’d love to hear from you!

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