Datanla Falls


This is the closest waterfall to Dalat, so expect crowds. You can reach the cascade (which is pretty but quite modest) either by walking down or taking a short bobsled on rails ride (adult/child 80,000/40,000d). A longer, new alpine rollercoaster (adult/child return 150,000/80,000d) also runs from a few hundred metres away.

Datanla is 7km south of Dalat. Take Hwy 20 and turn right about 200m past the turn-off to Truc Lam Pagoda and Tuyen Lam Lake.

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1. Truc Lam Pagoda


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2. Dalat Cathedral

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3. Hang Nga Crazy House

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4. Xuan Huong Lake

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Created by a dam in 1919, this banana-shaped lake was named after an anti-authoritarian 17th-century Vietnamese poet. It has become a popular icon of…

5. Crémaillère Railway Station

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6. Lam Dong Museum

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This hillside museum is a stampede through Dalat's history, with a side trip into natural history, complete with outrageously bad taxidermy, and plenty of…

7. King Palace

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8. Dalat Flower Gardens

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