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About Dalat

Just two hours' flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Dalat feels like an entirely different world. Cool and green, this lovely lakeside resort town is surrounded by verdant hills, farmland and pine forests — perfect for relaxed rambles and romantic weekend breaks. Hugely popular with HCMC residents seeking a tranquil escape or a memorable honeymoon, Dalat offers a good range of accommodation options to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. Our Gurus’ choice of the best places to stay in Dalat are both historic and characterful; one small and intimate, the other a seriously imposing show-stopper.

Originally intended to be the capital of French Indochina, Dalat boasts a fascinating history. Expect to see charming French colonial-era villas and public buildings — including the Art Deco Crémaillère Railway Station — rather than more typical socialist style architecture as you stroll or cycle around. Take a guided tour of the city centre for an insight into Dalat’s past. The fabulous surrealist Hang Nga Crazy House should be at the top of any architecture buff’s list. The Lat and Koho, two ethnic minorities who have long been based in the area, invite travellers to visit their villages for a sense of Vietnamese culture and traditions — do this with an expert guide if you can.

To absorb the area’s natural beauty, kayak around Xuan Huong Lake, amble around the Dalat Flower Gardens or enjoy hiking and mountain biking excursions in the surrounding countryside. Keen golfers will be thrilled to play a round at one of the area's three courses. Return to one of the best places to stay in Dalat for mouth-watering French cuisine in superb surroundings.

The Best Places to Stay in Dalat

For a Romantic Hideaway

  • Ana Mandara Villas offers a gorgeous collection of 17 ochre-painted French villas set in the wooded Dalat hills. Rooms with wooden beamed ceilings and big bathtubs are very inviting. The pampering spa, refreshing swimming pool and superb French restaurant make this a romantic gem. A perfect hideaway in the hills.

For a Heritage Landmark

  • Dalat Palace Heritage Hotel has been an imposing city landmark since 1922. Overlooking Xuan Huong Lake, this opulent hotel boasts sumptuous interiors done in white and gold, with glittering chandeliers and lavish events spaces. Also offering tennis courts and a top-notch French restaurant. Brilliant for weddings, food-focused holidays or fun family trips.


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  • Fly to Dalat's Lien Khuong Airport, and take a taxi to your destination. Alternatively, speak to your hotel in advance about organising an airport pick-up.
  • If you're comfortable driving in Asia and intend to venture into the surrounding countryside, contact our partner Rentalcars to hire a car.
  • Temperatures range between 20–27°C throughout the year in Dalat. December to April are the driest months. Expect more rain between May and October, when it also tends to be slightly cooler.



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Best Hotels in Dalat

  • Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Dalat (Vietnam) 72 rooms from CA$157

    Spa breaks  -  Enjoy restorative treatments at the gorgeous La Cochinchine Spa, with its five treatment rooms & vast array of natural therapies
    Romantic Break  -  Sumptuous four poster beds, huge bathrooms with rolltop baths and gourmet cuisine make this a magical romantic retreat
    Great walks  -  Dubbed 'The City of Flowers', Dalat is a gorgeous setting for a stroll, with parks, pine forests and organic farms
    Other Activities  -  Hop in the hotel's vintage Citroen and head down to the shores of Tuyen Lam Lake for a relaxing picnic
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenDisabled accessParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Frommers

    A collection of villas dotted amidst the surrounding Da Lat hills, boasting stunning views. Decorated in a French colonial style rooms feature capacious four posters, antique furnishings and roll-top tubs with open fire places. Gourmet and private dining, plus a spa, completes the package. See More

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  • Dalat Palace Heritage Hotel Dalat (Vietnam) 43 rooms from CA$187

    Weddings  -  A gorgeous 1920s French-era hotel, perfect for lavish weddings in splendid settings - from the ballroom to the intimate gardens
    Foodies  -  Le Rabelais has an impressive reputation as one of the city's top French restaurants, perfect for keen foodies
    Golf  -  Guests are granted full access to the Dalat Palace Golf Club, perfect for a scenic round or two
    Tennis  -  Challenge friends and family to a game of tennis on one of the hotel's courts
    Air conditioningTennisSpaRestaurantGardenViewsParkingNo pets

    A unique 1920s landmark hotel set in five acres of manicured gardens overlooking Xuan Huong Lake. Opulent traditional rooms have fireplaces, large beds, glittering chandeliers and fine artwork. Le Rabelalis is one of the city's top French restaurants, perfect for keen foodies and epic weddings. See More

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