Truc Lam Pagoda and Tuyen Lam Lake

Truc Lam Pagoda and Tuyen Lam Lake

Take a meditative stroll or paddle

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Truc Lam Pagoda is a Zen Buddhist monastery six kilometres south of Da Lat city centre. Set on top of a hill shrouded in pine forest, it is a pleasure to take a quiet stroll through the grounds which are full of exceptionally pretty gardens.

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Ah, the scent of pines. Follow the stairs down to the lake. Photo by: Cindy Fan.
Ah, the scent of pines. Follow the stairs down to the lake. Photo: Cindy Fan

The monastery is located at the southern terminus of the city’s scenic cable car ride, so it’s best to combine these two experiences before walking down the steps to tranquil Tuyen Lam Lake (Ho Tuyen Lam), also known as Paradise Lake.

Tuyen Lam is actually an artificial reservoir but it still feels like a slice of wilderness. In fact, “tuyen” means stream, “lam” means forest, and you will see this name is apt as this is where the two meet. The lake is surrounded by green hills that seem to intensify the vibrancy of the waters.

In Da Lat, a natural paradise wouldn’t be complete without swan boats. Photo by: Cindy Fan.
In Da Lat, a natural paradise wouldn’t be complete without swan boats. Photo: Cindy Fan

If you want to get out onto those waters, you can hire a touring motorboat (300,000 VND) or a gaudy swan paddleboat (60,000 VND). Kayaking is a great eco-friendly way to explore all 350 hectares of the placid waters. Arrange a kayaking trip with Phat Tire Ventures. A daytrip including lunch and an optional 10 kilometre hike is US$43 per person. Their office is at 109 Nguyen Van Troi Street; T: (063) 3829 422; ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 100 words.)

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Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.

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