We had one tour-less day in Dalat that we mostly spent walking around the lake. It took us a few hours because we stopped in the glass flower-shaped cafe, took a look at the underground shopping mall, checked out the music note decorations above the parallel road, spent an hour drinking Dalat wine on the chicken-shaped paddle boats, and bought some Vietnamese burritos on the lake-side.
On the side furthest away from the lake there's a popular dragon garden. We didn't have the energy to explore it, but we took some photos in the dragon-shape bushes by the entrance. There is also a small park right by the lake with perfectly-trimmed bushes that are constantly being pruned by a shear-wielding gardener.
If you're tight on time, I wouldn't recommend walking all the way around like we did, but it's a romantic way to spend an extra day. Walking here doesn't feel like you're in Asia anymore. Because of the French influence in the past, the entire city and especially this area has a strong European vibe to it.
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