Da Lat: The City of Eternal Spring

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WARNING: A gazillion dog photos coming your way!!!

Story time! Just before the lockdowns happened in 2020 due to the pandemic, the husband and I were still able to travel out of the country, particularly to Malaysia and Vietnam. This blog post in particular will talk about the places we visited in Da Lat, Vietnam – known as the City of Eternal Spring.

When I found out about Da Lat, through an article I randomly came across sometime in 2019, I knew we had to go there. And I’m so glad we did!

Located in the south of Vietnam, the picturesque mountain town of Da Lat features French colonial-style architecture in many areas around town, as well as plenty of nature sites, flower gardens, and farmlands. The cool weather makes it perfect for spending a lot of time outdoors. There are so many places to see and things to do in this charming not-so-little town.

Here are some of the must-see attractions in Da Lat, Vietnam.

Crazy House

Also known as the Hang Nga guesthouse, this attraction is filled with art all over, from its eccentric-looking architecture down to the little details all around that make it what it is- a Crazy House. It’s one of the coolest places I’ve ever seen. Imagine being in a fantasy film where you go through a secret portal inside a magical tree and you’re suddenly transported into a new world. That’s what it felt like!

Dalat Old Railway Station

Although this place is no longer functioning as a means of transportation, the Old Railway Station still draws plenty of people in as it is one of the must-visit attractions in Vietnam. Not only does this place hold a rich history, but it is also one of the most beautiful original architecture in Vietnam. In fact, it was recognized as a National Architecture Relic in 2001.

Valley of Love

Da Lat is known as a popular destination for honeymooners in Vietnam, which was quite appropriate because the purpose of our trip was exactly that. Valley of Love is a well-loved attraction for couples because it’s such a perfect place to walk around, breathe in the fresh air and sweet floral scents, and just be surrounded by the beauty and colours of nature.

Strawberry Farms

There are several strawberry farms around Da Lat and I honestly forgot which particular one we went to. Haha. They eat strawberries there differently than we do here in the Philippines. It was the first time I ever tried pairing strawberries with spicy salt, kind of like how we eat green mangoes here. Their strawberries are not as sweet as Baguio strawberries, so the pairing wasn’t too weird at all. It was quite an experience.

Cable Car

I’m gonna go ahead and be honest with you. Because it took me soooo long to start writing this blog post, like two years, I have actually forgotten what the cable car route was. All I remember is that our hired driver dropped us off at the station and met us again where the cable car ride ended. Haha. The view from above was fantastic though. The cable car ride was also a first time for us!

Black Rock Garden

If you love dogs just as much as we do, you’ll definitely want to visit Black Rock Garden in Da Lat. You can play with the dogs all you want and enjoy a refreshing drink after. It felt like heaven! LOL

Puppy Farm Da Lat

Of course, we visited not one, but two, places where we could play with dogs during our vacation as if we didn’t have plenty of dogs to go home to. LOL. Also, what I like about these places in Da Lat is that I could see the dogs were well-nourished and well-maintained. Gosh, they were all so cute and I couldn’t stop smiling that my cheeks started to hurt.

Doi Mot Nguoi

I first saw a photo of Doi Mot Nguoi on Instagram. While we didn’t really create an itinerary for our trip because we wanted to just chill and be random, I did save a few social media posts for the places to visit in Da Lat. So, when we were trying to find it, we actually got lost and it took us a couple of hours to finally get to the right place. It’s a cafe and homestay at the same time. It’s a nice spot to just relax and enjoy some quiet time.

Hoa Son Dien Trang

With the combination of nature and man-made design, Hoa Son Dien Trang is a great place to go for photoshoots in Da Lat. As soon as you arrive, you will be greeted by this giant hand that’s overlooking the lush green forest.

After strolling around, we enjoyed a few cups of homemade yogurt near the entrance. Let me just say that the yogurt in Da Lat is really good, with the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. Even the ones we had at Da Lat Wonder Resort for breakfast!

Is Da Lat worth visiting?

YES. Definitely. Even to this day, I still think about Da Lat with a smile. There are still many other tourist attractions in Da Lat, Vietnam that we weren’t able to go to, so I still want to go back someday. I promise you won’t regret it!

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