Da Lat’s recommended activities (Part 1)

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Da Lat is a quiet city in Vietnam. It does not have a lot of motorbikes (no more crossing roads in fear!), not a lot of malls, theaters, nightclubs. It is a city thats favors tourism and sight-seeing places. It is the perfect city for travellers who wants to do more sight-seeing than just hanging out in malls and nightclubs. One of the top destinations in Vietnam, Da Lat will surely capture your hearts and leave unforgetable memories.

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1. Adventure Sports

One of many adventure sports via Da Lat Green Adventure 
If you are a fan of adventure activities, then you will love it. Da Lat as well as the nearby region is the destination where visitors could enjoy good outdoor sports like white-water rafting, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, paragliding, and canyoning. It is estimated that there are several enterprises in Da Lat supplying good tour packages including Phat Tire Ventures. This enterprise seems to have the most professional and experienced team in terms of guiding.
  • Opening hours: all year round
  • Location: Da Lat

2. Cable Car

Cable car in Da Lat via Wikimedia Commons
In regard to interesting Da Lat activities, the cable car is a great choice. The cable car riding from/to Truc Lam Monastery (Thiền Viện Trúc Lâm) is a common way to see the city of thousands of flowers from above. Along the 2.5 km ride, visitors could enjoy the attractive scenery like rivers, pine tree-covered hills, rice plantations, and the sea. Truc Lam Monastery is rather new and already well-known for its beautiful pagoda. You should avoid school or national holidays and weekends if you do not like the crowds. Also, it is a favorite place for picnicking.
  • Opening hours: 6:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Close to Da Lat center and above Tuyen Lam (Tuyền Lâm) Lake

3. Cooking Class

Cooking class via City pass guide

This sounds rather strange in regard to Da Lat activities, but Da Lat is the home of many talent chefs and a few of them do not mind sharing their own deep secrets with other people, including strangers.

  • Opening hours: all year round
  • Location: Cooking Class at Ana Mandara Villas Dalat

4. Easy Riders Motorbike Tour

Via Vietnam Motorcycle Easy Riders
When arriving in this town, the so-called Easy Riders might find you. This group includes local men who take tourists to sightsee around the countryside of Da Lat on vintage Russian motorbikes as well as newer Hondas. Besides, the Easy Riders smartly select many remarkable spots including local farms, pine forests, silk factories, minority villages, waterfalls, and some of the main landmarks of the city like the Crazy House.

Because Easy Riders is not a formal business company, so they do not have an official office. Yet, you could easily find them along Truong Cong Dinh (Trương Công Định) Street, often in front of the Hangout Café. Though they are not such professional tour guides, with their deep knowledge and enthusiasm of the area, you can discover a lot of interesting things about the real Vietnam, in general, and Da Lat, in particular.

  • Opening hours: every day
  • Location: around Da Lat

5. Ostriches And Elephant Ride

Ostriches  Riding via Viet Challenge Tours
One of the most relaxing Da Lat activities you can experience is riding elephants or ostriches. To do so, you can visit Prenn Waterfall, another beautiful site to visit in Dalat. It provides visitors with a lot of Da Lat activities such as ostrich and elephant rides. If you are among those people who want to try something new and different, here is your opportunity. Ostriches may not be a popular transport option yet here in Dalat, you can ride one. Climbing up the back of an ostrich could be rather challenging but when you can do that, you will have one of the most satisfying and interesting experiences because these well-trained animals are amazingly friendly. On the other hand, elephants will take you through the beautiful, unspoiled nature areas such as green forests, small creeks, and lakes.
  • Location: Prenn Waterfall, Ward 3, Da Lat City
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