Let your mind drift to the most beautiful and interesting places when you have a day out free after your game? Do you want to pick some of the best attractions, major places of interests worth visiting in coming months? Check them out the list below, fill them in your bucket and take your time and explore in your next trip to this destination. You must not miss it on the itinerary!
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1 – Dalat Palace Heritage Hotel
The Dalat Palace was built between 1916 and 1922, although the architecture, concept and design were determined before the start of WW1. Originally called Langbiang Palace, the hotel faces the mountain of the same name and looks down on Xuan Huong Lake. Restoration work has retained the French-colonial style, with 1920’s desk lamps, authentic claw foot tubs and period furnishings. For a taste of the Indochine of old, sip an iced tea in the hotel lobby and soak up the atmosphere or enjoy a fancy meal at Le Rabelais restaurant, the city’s most upmarket venues.
2 – Crazy House
The Crazy House in Dalat is a project like no other. Ms. Dang Viet Nga, owner, architect and designer of the Crazy House follows a philosophy that could be best described as “back to the roots.” This bizarre guesthouse is one of the landmarks of the city of Da Lat, a mountain resort popular with local honeymooners. In the Crazy House, Antoni Gaudi meets Alice in Wonderland in a fantastic folly of twisting, tree-trunk-like concrete and artificial caverns, winding flights of stairs and irregular windows, stalactites and stalagmites, flowering purple vines, and an over-sized sculpture of a giraffe.
3 – Thien Vien Truc Lam Monastery
Visitors take the cable car to the peaceful peak, where the monastery overlooks the city and the surrounding countryside. Set in beautiful gardens full of wildlife both real and in topiary form, the monastery is the perfect place for a long walk or relaxing afternoon.
4 – Dalat Railway Station
The Da Lat Railway Station was built in 1938, and it’s the most important station along the 84 kilometer Phan Rang – Da Lat Railway. It has a unique design, resembling the shape of the Lang Biang Peaks and the stilt houses of the Central Highlands. The station’s interiors are similar to a typical 40s train station in Southern France and the front grand clock is engraved with the date in which Dr. Alexandre Yersin founded Da Lat City. There are only seven kilometers of operational track right now, from Da Lat to Trai Mat, a small suburban town where Linh Phuoc Pagoda is located.
5 – Palace No.3 – Bao Dai Emperor’s Palace
Palace No.3 also dates back to 1938, when it served the last Emperor of Vietnam – Bao Dai, as his home and his office in Da Lat. It is located within the Ai An Forest (Love-Making Forest), on top of a hill. The whole building is heavily influenced by European architecture and design, with flower gardens at the front and backyard. It contains many valuable royal items and a hidden wine cellar for you to explore.
6 – Xuan Huong Lake
Located in the heart of Da Lat, Xuan Huong Lake is considered the most beautiful and romantic lake of this cloudy land. Many tourist attractions surround this crescent-shaped lake, along with its five-kilometer perimeter. The clean surface of the lake gorgeously reflects the charming scenery of Da Lat with its green pine forests, flowers, gardens, and artistic buildings. From the banks of the lake, Da Lat looks like a summer city located in the Alps. This surely gives it the title – the Rendezvous of Lovers. I recommend walking along the banks or taking a tandem bicycle to fully experience this romantic lake!
7 – XQ Xu Quan
XQ Su Quan – Silk Hand Embroidery Handicraft Village is located just opposite of the Dreamy Hill and serves as an introductory facility to Da Lat’s traditional silk hand embroidery. The complex consists of many unique traditional Vietnamese buildings, namely from Hue and other central coastal cities. Moreover, it also operates as a museum of embroidery with many gorgeous artworks.
8 – Dalat Market
Dalat Market represents the very heart of Dalat City, a shopping opportunity right in the center. Local produce such as fresh artichokes, dried fruits, vegetables and a lot more are available here throughout the day, and in the evening the roads around the market are closed to traffic and the night market of Dalat spills onto the surrounding streets.
9 – Lang Biang Peak
With three peaks, Lang Biang Mountain offers a fantastic vista of the surrounding hills and lakes. Its top two peaks are Lang Biang – 2,167 meters – and the 2,287-meter high Bidoup Ban, which are often regarded as the roofs of Da Lat. The mountain is famous for its spectacular nature, as well as its marvelous view of the whole wide area of Da Lat City, the forest, the rivers, and the houses. Visitors will have the option of venturing to the peak by an old Russian jeep or taking the challenge of their own endurance from the pine forest up to the Lang Biang Peak (2,167 meters).