Bao Dai Summer Palace or Bao Dai Palace 3 is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Dalat city. This is the mansion where Bao Dai – the last king of Vietnam, lived and worked. So what is Bao Dai summer palace? Where is it? And where are the other two? Let’s follow Hoa Dalat Travel to find out!
- 1 Introducing Bao Dai Summer Palace
- 1.1 Palace I
- 1.2 Palace II
- 1.3 Palace III
- 1.4 Address
- 1.5 Driving directions to the palaces
- 2 What to do at Bao Dai summer palace ?
- 3 Bao Dai summer palace review
- 4 Nearby tourist attractions
- 5 Bao Dai summer palace tours
Introducing Bao Dai Summer Palace
Dalat is a land favored by mother nature – a land with cool climate all year round along with gentle and poetic charm. For that reason, King Bao Dai – the last king of Nguyen dynasty decided to stay there. He built 3 different palaces here and named them Palace 1 (King Palace), Palace 2 and Palace 3 (Bao Dai summer palace).
So let’s follow me to discover the architecture of all three palaces. As well as the differences among the three and see which palace is the most beautiful!
Palace I located on the top of a mountain at the altitudes of 1.550m. It is about 4 km from the city center. This mansion was started construction in 1940, the owner at that time was a French millionaire – Mr. Robert Clément Bourgery. By 1949, King Bao Dai arrived and he bought the place. That time he renovated the palace and discovered a secret tunnel.
This 4km-long tunnel leads the way from palace I to palace II and several other mansions. And the special thing about this tunnel is it was digged by the Japanese, not the French. They created it to capture the leaders of the French in the Palace II and the nearby villas.
Palace II located on Tran Hung Dao street, about 2km to the Southeast. This was the living and working place of Governor – General of French Indochina, Mr. Jean Decoux. This mansion was built in 1933 with a super luxurious style – in total, there are 25 gorgeous and splendid rooms. To ensure the safety of the palace, Jean Decoux built a series of secret solid tunnels. And one of these tunnel was a precious wine cellar. This villa was also a fovorite palace for holidays of Vietnamese leaders during Ngo Dinh Diem time. Typically the family of Mr. Ngo Dinh Nhu and Mrs. Tran Le Xuan.
Palace III was built from 1933 to 1938, designed by 2 French architects and Huynh Tan Phat architect. Because this was a working place of the last king so it has another name: Biet Dien Quoc Truong (palace of head of state). Located on the top of a mountain, this palace is sorrounded by vast pine forest. Palace III is an ideal tourist attraction for family and nature – lover.
Ground floor: working and reception floor
This floor was used for working and the reception of foreign visitors as well as Vietnamese leaders. When enter the place, the first room you see is the reception, on the left is the meeting room. The office of the king and the library are on the right, going further, you will see the entertainment room of the king.
First floor: the floor for family
This is the living space of Bao Dai king, Nam Phuong queen, Bao Long prince and the princesses. Outside the bedroom of Bao Dai king is Lau Vong Nguyet – the moon watching space of the king and the queen.
Below are the addresses of the three palaces:
- Palace I located at no.01 Tran Quang Dieu street, ward 10, Dalat city.
- Palace II located at no.12 Tran Hung Dao, ward 10, Dalat city.
- Palace III or Bao Dai Summer Palace located at no.01 Trieu Viet Vuong, ward 4, Dalat city.
Driving directions to the palaces
Here are the driving directions from Dalat market to the three palaces. Please prefer to the maps below:
Driving direction from Dalat market to palace I
Here is the map showing directions from Dalat market to the King palace:
Driving direction from Dalat market to palace II
Here is the map showing directions from Dalat market to the second palace:
Driving direction from Dalat market to palace III (Bao Dai summer palace)
Here is the map showing directions from Dalat market to the summer palace:
What to do at Bao Dai summer palace ?
When coming here, tourists will have a chance to learn about the history of the last king of feudal dynasty of Vietnam. Besides, you can also dress up as a king, queen or even a prince or princess and photographing to save the best moments. Also, you can taking photos with the eagles and horses. If you hungry, you can just take a walk around the place and get some food.
Bao Dai summer palace review
Below are some reviews of tourists on google, you can prefer to other reviews on other travel forums as well.
Here are the entrance ticket of all three palaces:
Ticket price of Palace I
- Adults: 40.000 VND / person.
- Children: 20.000 VND / child.
Also, you can buy an all-inclusive ticket with the price of 150.000 VND / person. The ticket price including entrance ticket, taking photos with horses, dress up as soldier, etc.
Ticket price of Palace II
Ticket price: 30.000 VND / person.
Note: this place is not always opened for tourists. Most the time this palace is opened for conference, reception of VIP guests and so on. So if you want to visit this palace, please contact the palace management via hotline: 0263.3659.444
Ticket price of Palace III
- Entrance ticket for adults costs 30.000 VND / person.
- Entrance ticket for kids: free!
- If you want to hire the dresses to take pictures, it costs you just 20.000 VND / set.
Bao Dai palace phone number
If you have any questions, please contact the palace via hotline: 02633 831 581.
Nearby tourist attractions
Inside the city
On the way to Bao Dai palace, you can take time to stop by the following tourist attractions:
Truc Lam zen monastery direction
If you are heading to Truc Lam zen monastery, you can consider to visit these tourist attractions:
Photos of Bao Dai summer palace
Below are some photos taken by tourists at the summer palace:
Bao Dai summer palace tours
If you want to visit Bao Dai summer palace (Palace III). You can book the 1-day tour of Hoa Dalat Travel with just 160.000 VND / person. The ticket price including shuttle bus and entrance tickets. On the tour, you will visit the following tourist attractions:
- Chicken church
- Bao Dai summer palace
- Truc Lam zen monastery
- Tuyen Lam lake
- Datanla waterfall
- Van Hanh monastery
- Cable car
- Flower showroom
In addition, Hoa Dalat Travel also organizing other tours such as ZooDoo Zoo & Café tour. This tour cost 450.000 VND / tourist, you will travel to these tourist areas:
- Hydrangea flower field
- ZooDoo Zoo & Cafe
- Strawberry garden
- Black tomato garden
- Giant pumpkin garden
- King palace
There are also many other tours for tourists to pick. Please contact Hoa Dalat Travel via Hotline 079.215.8486 for the most detailed information.
Finally, Hoa Dalat Travel would like to wish you a most beautiful and joyful trip to Dalat city. Thank you for your interest in our article about Bao Dai Summer Palace.