Architecture, waterfalls, culture, nature: Dalat is a fantasy land...
We absolutely loved Dalat! It was so chill, romantic, interesting, with clean air and lovely scenery and people. We stayed at My Dream Hotel which was acceptable, although a little tired. They were friendly, provided a good breakfast and you could rent a motorbike there too. It was also in a good location. We had a good vegetarian meal near there (check out the photos), and a lovely meal in the "walking street" area, behind the market, at Goc Ha Thanh; there's also lots of cool things and places in that area.
A walk round the market is a must do (try some good street food there too) as is checking out 100 Roofs bar, which is more crazy than the Crazy House and a good place to make friends. After doing the same, we all went and had a cheesy disco night at Rain Bar/Club which was also a giggle (80,000 VND entrance which includes a drink). We also recommend Bar 13, it had great music, lovely staff and a good drinks menu (more detail in the photos).
There's lots of cool cafes for breakfast and coffee too, and Dalat could be a good place to unwind, with an almost alpine feel. Before you relax too much, we suggest getting a scooter, at least for one day, and driving around, checking out the Crazy House (40,000 VND), the Valley of Love (where you can do some horse riding or just enjoy the cheesy & tranquil park and lake) and the other sites to see. We went to Linh Phuoc Pagoda which was fantastic, a coffee plantation to try some weasel or luwak coffee and failed to make it in time to the Elephant waterfalls (which we were told were the best).
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The next day we took a taxi to the cable car, took that down to Truc Lam Pagoda (the most peaceful place we've ever been!), checked out Tuyen Lake and then walked to Datanla Falls (40,000 VND); all of which were awesome! The walk was actually a highlight, and there's a hidden river where you could have a picnic, check out the photos for where.
There's lots to do at Datanla, including another cable car and a tobogan, but just checking out the falls and having a walk around was great. That night we went to Dalat Palace Hotel to check out Larry's Bar, but this has now closed and it was just a nice hotel bar, with no one there, so we went back to 100 Roofs, which was as fun as ever!
On our last day, we walked around a bit, but we also got an amazing treatment, including detoxification and accupuncture, at Powerpoint Reflexology with Bobby Davis and his lovely wife which we highly recommend. To be honest, we didn't want to leave Dalat and we highly recommend the trip!
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