Hidden away in the Central Highlands, Da Lat plays the cooler cousin to Vietnam’s seaside destinations. Famous for its countryside charm, Da Lat draws couples, wellness seekers and outdoor enthusiasts. This mountain resort town was once a summer getaway for the French, who left their mark in the European-inspired architecture and countless lakes. Da Lat’s main lake is the centre of the action, but amazing natural wonders await in the hills all around.
Often referred to as the city of eternal spring, Da Lat’s temperate climate is a highlight of every visit. Be sure to bring a jumper if you visit between November and January, and an umbrella for the rainfall from April to November. If you prefer a warmer stay, May offers the perfect window.
Da Lat’s airport is located just 30km south of town, and connects to major hubs from north to south. Sleeper buses will shuttle you from Ho Chi Minh City, while neighbouring Mui Ne and Nha Trang are just a few hours away by car or shuttle van. Adventurous travellers will enjoy touring by motorbike. Popular routes go to Elephant Falls, neighbouring K’ho villages, or Tuyen Lam Lake. The town itself is easy to navigate on foot or by taxi.