Discover the dreamy and peaceful Tuyen Lam Lake in Da Lat
Tuyen Lam Lake in Da Lat city is an ideal place for those who want to sightsee and relax with family and friends after a hard day's work. Considered a "paradise", the place has attracted a number of domestic and foreign tourists thanks to its pristine natural scenery.
Tuyen Lam Lake - the largest freshwater lake in Da Lat
Tuyen Lam Lake is located in Da Lat city, Lam Dong province. Situated on Phung Hoang mountain, which is 7km south of the city center, this largest freshwater lake in Da Lat covers an area of about 320 hectares. The area around Tuyen Lam Lake has fresh weather conditions, together with a quiet space and diverse natural landscapes of forests, mountains, lakes, streams and waterfalls. Notably, the deepest point of the lake is over 30m. The lake water flows through a 6-step spillway and provides irrigation for the area at the foot of the Prenn waterfall tourist area in the dry season.
The poetic and romantic natural scenery of the lake. Photo: @jjakin
No one knows exactly when Tuyen Lam lake came into existence, but it is true that the lake originated from the Tia stream and the person who discovered the lake was Mr. Farraut - a French farmer. In the 1930s, he found the lake and decided to renovate it into his own resort. In 1987, Lam Dong Irrigation Company built a dam to block Tia stream and renamed it “Tuyen Lam” ("Tuyen" means “stream” while "Lam" means “forest”) with the meaning of “charming scenery”.
A corner of Tuyen Lam lake by the pine forest. Photo: @hhhhhai1
In 1998, Tuyen Lam Lake was recognised as a National Historical - Cultural Relic.
The dreamy beauty of Tuyen Lam Lake
Tuyen Lam lake is surrounded by a green pine forest, giving visitors a feeling of peace. Photo: @jjakin
Tuyen Lam lake is surrounded by a green pine forest, giving visitors a feeling of peace. In 2019, a photo of the lake in the middle of the floating mist by Mr. Nguyen Tan Tuan (who lives in Ho Chi Minh City) was in the top best photos of the week in the “Your Shot” section of the magazine “National Geographic”.
Mr. Nguyen Tan Tuan's photo of Tuyen Lam Lake in the mist was listed in the top best photos of the week by National Geographic. Photo: Vnexpress
Tuyen Lam Lake is most beautiful in the early morning when the fog still covers the lake and the pine forest on the lakeside. At dawn, each ray of sunlight “penetrates” the mist into the lake, creating a fanciful picture that surprises visitors. This is the time when the pure and pristine beauty of the lake is most evident.
Tuyen Lam Lake is most beautiful in the early morning. Photo: Zingnews
The pine forest by the lake is hidden in the morning mist. Photo: Zingnews
In addition, the lake also has a flooded forest that attracts the attention of many visitors. This special forest has become the destination for many photographers, who wish to capture the moment when tree buds sprout as they loom over the lake surface.
The flooded forest at the lake attracts many photographers. Photo: Zingnews
Tuyen Lam Lake also has cherry blossoms that bloom gorgeously in spring. Photo: @niz.ng
To enjoy the beautiful nature here, you can go sightseeing, breathe in the fresh air or relax on the grass around the lake while forgetting all about the bustling city life.
Sitting on the grass while watching the peaceful natural picture at the lake. Photo: @maikyhan
Five interesting activities in Tuyen Lam
You do not need to buy an entrance ticket to Tuyen Lam Lake, but some services and entertainment activities inside may charge you some money.
Boat ride around the lake
This is the most suitable activity for large groups (from 6 to 15 people), especially when you want to explore the entire lake together quickly and conveniently. To rent a boat, you have to go to Tuyen Lam marina.
Rental price: VND 300,000 - 500,000/boat for 6 - 15 people.
The marina in Tuyen Lam Lake. Photo: @khoingn
You can rent a self-pedaling boat to sightsee the lake. Photo: @whereizhanhan
Camping by the lake
Camping is a very popular activity in Tuyen Lam Lake as you can fully enjoy the fresh and unspoiled air of the Central Highlands. With a total cost of about VND 1.2 million for a group of 5-7 people, you can set up camp overnight with activities such as lighting a campfire, enjoying hot grilled corn in the cold air and watching the sunrise in the early morning.
Camping is a very popular activity in Tuyen Lam Lake. Photo: @hbdinh
The vast Tuyen Lam Lake is also a suitable place for those who have a passion for fishing. Notably, this activity is free of charge with a lot of available fishing huts, so you can fully enjoy your time.
This activity is free of charge with a lot of available fishing huts, so you can fully enjoy your time. Photo: gody.vn
Riding an elephant
Visitors who choose to ride elephants can experience the feeling of “swaying” on the elephant's back along the basalt red dirt roads to the poetic Tuyen Lam lake. It is noted that two adults and a small child can ride on an elephant.
Elephant ride price: VND 300,000/15 minutes.
Riding an elephant to visit Tuyen Lam lake. Photo: dichungtravel.co
Enjoying grilled meat specialties
When coming to Tuyen Lam lake, you should try grilled meat specialties. In the midst of the cold air, this hot dish with tough and firm wild meat is so fragrant that it will definitely win your heart. A special feature is that the meat is grilled on the tiles, so the meat is cooked evenly without being scorched.
Grilled meat on a tile is a specialty of Da Lat. Photo: place
In addition to watching the lake and participating in different activities, you can also visit a series of famous tourist areas and attractions around Tuyen Lam Lake such as Truc Lam Zen Monastery, Rung La tourist area, Da Tien tourist area, Sculpture Tunnel tourist area, Datanla waterfall, and Tuyen Lam wooden bridge.
The way to Tuyen Lam Lake
To get to Tuyen Lam Lake, you can travel by motorbike or taxi to Da Lat market and then you can choose between these following two options:
Option 1: From Hoa Binh, follow the 3/2 Street to Pasteur and then turn to Trieu Viet Vuong Street. Next, follow Tran Thanh Tong Street to Truc Lam Zen Monastery, then travel a short distance and you will arrive at Tuyen Lam Lake.
Option 2: From Hoa Binh, you can follow the route: Le Dai Hanh street - Tran Quoc Toan - Ho Tung Mau. Next, follow the 3/4 Road - Prenn Pass - Truc Lam Zen Monastery, then travel a short distance and you will arrive at Tuyen Lam Lake.
Directions from Da Lat market to Tuyen Lam Lake. Photo: Google Maps
Some notes when traveling to Tuyen Lam Lake
- You should visit the lake in the dry season (from November to July) as in the rainy season, the lake water rises rapidly and the slippery roads are quite dangerous. In addition, you should depart early in the morning or late afternoon; otherwise, you will have to suffer from the heat from the sun.
- Be careful when going through Prenn pass due to sharp turns.
- Regarding accommodation and food, there are many homestays, hotels and resorts near the lake for you to choose from such as Resort Ben, Dalat Wonder Resort and Terracotta hotel & resort Dalat. In terms of food, some restaurants around Tuyen Lam Lake tourist area offer dishes with high prices, so you should inquire about the price carefully before eating.
Tuyen Lam Lake is a great destination that you should explore when you have the opportunity to visit Da Lat. The peaceful and pristine setting of this place will surely give you memorable experiences.