Dalat’s charming city center is mix of France and Vietnam. Visitors who book accommodation in Dalat enjoy views of the surrounding mountains as well as leafy plazas and a radio beacon that looks like the Eiffel Tower. Most of the tourists here are Vietnamese, but international tourists are also drawn to the clear mountain air and the chance to escape the typical tourist scene in the lowlands.
The central attraction in Dalat is Xuan Huong Lake. The product of a dam built in 1923, the lake is a fantastic place to spend the day. Visitors can rent paddle boats or full windsurfing gear, or stroll five kilometers of walking paths that follow the lakeshore. It’s also possible to charter a horse and carriage to tour the lake area.
Domestic tourists champion Dalat for its comfortable year 'round temperatures, and it has become a popular place to honeymoon or get married. The laid-back local atmosphere is a major relief to tourists, who can stroll through the central market without being pressured by touts or pushy merchants. This also translates into affordable prices, whether purchasing locally made wine, French cuisine or handicrafts.
These competitive prices also apply to local hotels. This city has been a popular mountain resort since French colonial days, and there are many comfortable hotels in Dalat. A recent trend in development is to refurbish decades-old French villas and turn them into guesthouses.