Dalat is known as a touristy city in Vietnam, which is often compared to a miniature Paris. Finding the best area to stay in Dalat can be confusing for a first-timer as there are all kinds of accommodations for you to choose according to your preferences and the purpose of the trip.
We would recommend doing a research and booking your hotel in advance, especially when traveling during peak season to save time and nerves during your trip. The best websites to book hotels in Dalat are Booking.com and Agoda.com that always offer great deals.
Here's a guide to Dalat best areas that should be chosen based on your travel style. Those who like the bustle and convenience should stay in the city center. If you want to escape from the haze of Dalat city, you can choose the hotel located far from the center but close to tourist areas to really immerse yourself in peaceful surroundings of this dream city.
1. Dalat Market Area
There are a number of hotels in Dalat that can suit your needs but the most popular area for tourists is around Dalat Market. The market is located in the heart of Dalat city - on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street. The roads like Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Phan Boi Chau or Nguyen Chi Thanh are also known as the hotel roads. This is the area where most of domestic and foreign tourists choose to stay when coming to Dalat.
Dalat Market is the central area of Dalat city. This area is a good base for exploring the city as it’s very convenient for traveling between areas from there. Wide range of tourist services such as international restaurants, chic cafes, motorbike rentals, tour service, laundry service, luggage storage, taxi or sightseeing ticket bookings are available in the area. Therefore, when choosing the hotel near Dalat Market, you will enjoy the convenience.
Some of the hotels are offering rooms overlooking the city. Prices of hotel rooms in the area are relatively cheap if compared to other locations. However, during holidays or on weekends, the rooms are often fully booked so you should book the hotel in advance if you want to stay near Dalat Market.
There are also various tourist attractions nearby Dalat Market such as:
- Xuan Huong Lake: the scenic lake surrounded by forests and parks creating a perfect escape from the city.
- Domaine de Marie: the landmark pink church in a serene setting featuring landscaped gardens.
- An Cafe: a nice Dalat cafe with a rooftop garden vibe in the center of town.
- Linh Son Pagoda: Buddhist temple on the scenic hilltop surrounded by a serene vibe, garden and large statue of Buddha.
Suggested well-rated hotels in the area close to Dalat Market:
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2. Xuan Huong Lake Area
If you want to stay close to the central area of the city, which is convenient for traveling around, Xuan Huong Lake area is one of the best choices.
Xuan Huong Lake is situated in a prime location of the center. This place is considered to be the heart of Dalat. The area around the lake is offering beautiful scenery, as it’s surrounded by pine forests and flower gardens. It can be said that Xuan Huong Lake is the place where all the poetic and romantic features of Dalat are located so it is an ideal place to stay for couples.
In the area around Xuan Huong Lake, many interesting places can be found such as:
- Bao Dai Summer Palace: the palace of King Bao Dai located on a high hill and surrounded by lush pine forests.
- Lam Vien Square: the beautiful central square of the city with two huge works of art designed with fancy stained glass.
- Still Cafe: a lovely coffee shop with a yard and some flowers inside.
- Dalat Railway Station: the most ancient and unique railway station of Vietnam as well as Indochina, designed by the French.
Some of the best rated Dalat hotels near Xuan Huong Lake:
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3. Tuyen Lam Lake Area
Tuyen Lam Lake is known as the most famous tourist area in Dalat. The lake, spreading over 350 hectares, is located about 7 km from the city center. Dalat is a magnificent and peaceful city in the middle of highlands. The area around the lake makes you feel like you are lost in a fairy-tale because of Tuyen Lam Lake’s magnificent landscapes surrounded by pine forests looking both majestic and poetic.
If you want to find a place to relax and enjoy the soothing atmosphere in Dalat, Tuyen Lam Lake area with the peaceful lake, green forests and mountains can be an ideal choice for you.
There are several tourist attractions nearby Tuyen Lam Lake such as:
- Truc Lam Zen Monastery: Zen Buddhist temple with scenic grounds.
- Datanla Waterfall: a large waterfall area with adventure games.
- Clay Tunnel: the park with diverse clay sculptures.
Some of the best rated hotels around Tuyen Lam Lake Area in Dalat:
4. Accommodations on the outskirts of Dalat
An accommodation out of town is a great choice if you like mountain views, large spaces and peaceful atmosphere, away from the noisy city. The fresh air mixed with the nature makes the outskirts of Dalat so charming. Those who love the peace and dreaming can have a truly wonderful experience when staying here.
If you do not like the hustle and bustle of the downtown area, you can look to the communes like Da Nhim and Long Lanh in Lac Duong district (Lam Dong), located only 40 km from Dalat. Although away from the city center, staying out of town provides a great relaxation.
In general, prices of hotels far from the city center are not significantly different from the hotels in downtown Dalat but you need to pay more for transportation when staying at the outskirts of Dalat.
Some of the best rated accommodations on Dalat outskirts:
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