Xuan Huong Lake in Da Lat City

Located right in the city center of Da Lat, Xuan Huong Lake has become a prominent destination that almost every tourist wants to visit.

The beautiful lake surrounded by green pine trees, cool, gentle breeze, is very interesting for you to sip a cup of coffee while watching the view here.

xuan huong lake da lat
Beautiful view at Xuan Huong Lake in Da Lat City

This post will include an explanation of the name Ho Xuan Huong Lake, address and location information, activities to experience, and concluding with suggestions for accommodation and nearby visiting attractions.

Let’s explore this place together!

Xuan Huong Lake

  • Address: Da Lat City Center, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam
  • Entrance fee: Free to visit, but a few activities can be charged
  • Highlights: Beautiful views, good site for relaxing and enjoying coffee
  • Area: the circumference of about 5 km and a width of 25 hectares
  • Google map of this lake: https://goo.gl/maps/ywmekNMtvtGFnUqP9

The name Ho Xuan Huong Lake

xuan huong lake sunset
Romantic sunset at the lake. @duongochuyen

There are two ideas to explain the name of this famous lake:

  • Comment 1: Around this lake, many flowers and beautiful scenery like spring are always present. Therefore, people call it Hồ Xuân Hương and in English is Xuan Huong Lake, which means the lake of beautiful fragrant spring.
  • Comment 2: The lake is named after the famous female poet of the same name, Hồ Xuân Hương; but we don’t have much to explain correctly why the people chose the name from the poet’s name, maybe it is because of this romantic place attracting a lot of poets.

Therefore, we are very interested in the interpretation of the name in the first hypothesis. It is both beautiful and close to the nature and life of this city of flowers.

Interesting activities when visiting Xuan Huong Lake

1. Drink coffee and enjoy the peaceful beauty

It is interesting to sit in a cafe by the lake and relax in the peaceful scenery here. Sometimes in the evening when it is cold, you can see small shops around the lake that both sell drinks and grilled rice paper (Vietnamese pizza). Choosing a place to enjoy rice paper with friends will be a great time to share warm feelings.

drink coffee in xuan huong lake
So lovely to taste a cup of coffee by the lake. @vivianna_leah

2. Use a pedal duck on the lake

Many young couples choose this activity when they want to spend time together. Despite that, you can still participate in it at any age, as long as your soul is young.

Go to the boat dock at Dinh Tien Hoang and Tran Quoc Toan streets to rent a duck boat. Boat rental is only about 50,000VND for an hour (prices may change depending on the time). You also pay attention to safety when playing in the dark or rain.

riding a duck boat
It’s fun when riding a duck boat together. @vantan180194

3. Ride a horse-drawn carriage to enjoy the lake view

Carriage service for 2 to 4 seats, costs about 100,000 VND for a trip from the marina to the city flower garden.

Riding on a horse-drawn carriage and looking at the natural scenery and dreamy city can be a gentle but enjoyable experience.

horse carriage dalat
It’s fun to experience horse carriage here. From clip @tom.eyewear

4. Take pictures for memory

Surely you will want to have beautiful photos to save your Dalat travel moments. And, Ho Xuan Huong will contribute to the photo series about the trip to this dream city more memorable things.

Occasionally, you will encounter many couples coming here to take wedding photos. It’s quite interesting to see couples who want to capture the best moments in their lives. Then what are you waiting for? Remember to bring your phone or camera with a full battery to take beautiful photos at this lake.

ho xuan huong dalat city
Never miss taking pictures for your trip to Dalat. @_myhoang

5. Rent a bicycle to walk around the lake

You can easily find a bicycle rental service around Xuan Huong Lake at an affordable price. Getting together on a bicycle amidst the inherently romantic scene here will be an unforgettable mark for your trip.

Of course, no matter how poetic the scenery around you is, you still have to remember that you are on the right side of the road. That is to keep safety for yourself and other people who are participating in cycling or walking around the lake like you.

ride a bike around xuan huong lake
Exciting to ride a bike around Xuan Huong Lake. @thienpham_1107

Conclusion

Considered the “heart of Dalat city”, the Lake of Xuan Huong deserves to be the starting place for your journey to discover this dream city.

Whether starting a new day or ending a late night, this place always gives you advantages for traveling to other attractions of Da Lat, such as Da Lat Market, City Flower Garden, and Crazy House.

This is also the reason, around Xuan Huong Lake, there are many good quality restaurants and hotels for tourists to choose from and stay in. Typical suggestions are Xuan Huong Garden Café, Thanh Thuy Café, Doha Café, Coi Xay Gio Restaurant, Com Nieu Vietnam Restaurant; featured hotels Dalat Palace Hotel, Nhat Nguyen Hotel, Thanh Do Hotel Dalat, TTC Hotel – Ngoc Lan, and Khai Ngoc Hotel.

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