Nature’s playground in the highlands, Dalat is home to many of Vietnam’s lesser-known attractions, situated within reach of the new Best Western Dalat Plaza Hotel (9 Le Dai Hanh St., Dalat, +84 63 625-0999). The appeal of this modern, no-frills hotel is further enhanced by the natural wonders surrounding it such as Xuan Huong Lake, Langbian Mountain, Dankia valley and the Camly and Prenn waterfalls. After a day of trekking, mountain-climbing or bike-riding, retreat with the hotel’s Summer Promotion which entitles you to a two-night stay with daily breakfast, a set dinner, cocktail vouchers, 10 percent discount on food and laundry, and complimentary usage of Internet and gym facilities (valid through Oct 30). Not that you’d bother with staying in when there’s so much to do outside. Prices start at US$88 ($108) for two. Head to www.dalatplazahotel.com.vn to find out more.