Da Lat - a dreamlike highland city, is an attractive destination of many tourists, especially in the coming time of spring and Tet holiday, the time when hundred of flowers blooming brilliantly makes this city become more and more attractive. Following are some places that you certainly have to see when visiting this beautiful city.
Truc Lam Monastery
Truc Lam Monastery is located on Phung Hoang Mountain, far about 5km away from Da Lat city (the turning road into Tuyen Lam Lake). Monastery was finished in 1994, currently, Truc Lam Monastery and center of Da Lat city (Robin hill) are linked together by a sling cable which has length ranking 3rd in Viet Nam.
Truc Lam Monastery is considered as the Vietnamese biggest monastery both dimension and the gathering scale. In the central presbitery, they only worship the Buddha Shakyamuni carrying a sprig of lotus. Outside of the solemn tower is a big bell with about 1.98m height and 1.1 ton weight, having surface engraved a poem of Truc Lam Ðau Ða. Apart from central presbitery, there are consultation hall, Bell house, and displaying house on the right, empty storey, guest house, library, abbot's house and meditation hall on the left as well. The beauty of Monastery is light and flowing natural landscape with the immense sky and fatherland, the cheering pine forest and an ancient architechture.
The Palace of Bao Dai King
Bao Dai Palace was built in 1933 and finished in 1938, located in Trieu Viet Vuong street, near Da Lat Institute of Vaccine and biological products. From 1949, Da Lat was capital city of Reigning's king court territory, Bao Dai King lived with His family and worked here. When he moved to France and lived in exile, Palace became a high-quality resort of Ngo Dinh Diem Government and was palace of Nguyen Van Thieu later. After War in Viet Nam was over, Palace belonged to Lam Dong Finance and provincial management Agency in many years and has been handed over for Xuan Huong Service and Tourism Company since 2000. Nowadays, Palace still maintains status quo of 25 rooms and some objects of the last Nguyen's King, Nam Phuong Queen, prince and princess. Apart from being an unique european architechture, Palace has many antiques of Hue Imperial palace and specialities which were hunted by Bao Dai such as: 3 sets of tiger's hide, elephent's tusk...
Ho Xuan Huong
Ho Xuan Huong was previously a valley having a stream rooted from Camly waterfall passing through. In 1919, a civil engineering Labbe implemented to stop the stream and turn it into a lake based on an initiative of partner Counhac. In 1923, they built one more dam below to form two lakes. In 1932, a big storm destroyed both dams, until 1934, engineer named Tran Dang Khoa designed a new dam system with stone, forming a big crescent moon-shaped lake having perimeter of 5.000m, 25 ha width and called Grand Lac at that time. From 1923, the lake was named Xuan Huong to memorize famous Queen of Nom poem. The lake's surface is quiet and clean as a mirror reflecting fir-trees, willow trees around the lake creating a beautiful painting, especially when spring comes.
Dreamlike Hill (Mong Mo Hill)
Mong mo Hill is place which attracts the most tourists in the city. Hill was born in 2003, with the occasion celebrating Da Lat 100 years old. With area of nearly 12 ha, only 4 km far from Da Lat center in the northen. Coming to Mong mo hill, you do not only have chance to enjoy many poetic natural landscapes with thousand kinds of blooming flowers, a gorgeous and romantic space, but you also can relax, entertain and have a lot of interesting experience with the art of interspersion between stones and flowers, gold waterfall, lakes, restaurants, sport playing, entertainment and souvenirs...
Langbiang with the height of 2.147m is recognized as national vestige with a wild and imposing beauty. There are 2 ways to approach to the Langbiang peak. You can go around mountain up to the peak by car or you can walk on forest path to explore yourselves for people who love discovering and adventuring, by this way, you will be able to enjoy feeling through the immense pine-tree forest, and find out many valuable and rear plants and animals such as five-leaf pine, two-leaf pine, southern ginseng, kinds of orchids, flying squirrel, motley squirrel, black gibbon,.... Reaching to the peak in early morning, you will see with your own eyes sight of fog covering mountain peak, and when the sun shines, sight of colorful Da Lat seen downward from high is incredbly beautiful.
Prenn Waterfall is located in the foot of Prenn mountain pass, 10km far from the center of Da Lat city in southern. It is a beautiful waterfall with the height of peak is 10m, the road to go down lying hidden behind a green pine-tree forest is very meandering and sinuous. Tourists can go through to the backside of waterfall and enjoy the feeling when water splashing on bodies. Currently, Prenn waterfall is downgraded seriously, if it is not repaired early, it will likely become a second Camly waterfall and there will be a loss that we can not compensate.