Dalat is the city locals from Ho Chi Minh City go to escape the summer heat. About 300 km north of the mega city and almost 5000 feet above sea level, Dalat can be a breath of fresh air for the weekend.
While it was nice to get out of the heat, and I did love the change in elevation, the weather in Dalat isn’t particularly my idea of a summer weekend get away. When I visited in August, it was down right chilly most of the time. I always kept my compact-able puffer jacket close by and definitely had my rain jacket with me, as it rained every day.
Accommodations and restaurants can be found within the city, while all the attractions such as waterfalls, lakes, coffee and tea plantations, valleys and mountain hikes are in the surrounding areas.
Since I had access to my own mode of transportation, I spent a day biking to the surrounding lakes and forests of Dalat. It’s a lovely and peaceful drive, and the endless rows of trees were soothing.
I also visited a tea plantation. I was expecting it to be a big tourist attraction, where I can join a tour and they explain briefly how they plant and grow tea leaves, with a souvenir shop at the end of the tour. But there was nothing like that, there was only one tea plantation I could find online, which is located in Cau Dat (about an hours drive from Dalat).It literally is just an operating tea plantation with tea plants. There were one or two couples of tourists around taking pictures, but that’s it. So if you decide to visit, maybe look into joining a tour from Dalat.
Other sights I visited were
Linh Phuoc Pagoda
A maze of a hotel!