Da Lat

Dalat, (pop. 1,264,000 as of 2014) is the capital of Lam Dong Province in Vietnam. The city is located 1,500 m (4,900 ft) above sea level on the Langbian Plateau in the southern parts of the Central Highlands region. In Vietnam, Dalat is a popular tourist destination.

Dalat is a young city compared to other cities in the south of Vietnam such as Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Nha Trang as it was founded only in the late 1890s. Once serving as the capital of the Federation of Indochina, Dalat’s permanent image nevertheless is as a holiday resort in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, the reason for which it was originally established.

Dalat is the City of Flowers and honeymooners with lovely French villas, the fresh air, the beautiful waterfalls and gorgeous lakes sits in a lush and green valley of postcard beauty. Dalat’s specific sights are pine forest (forming the name: “City of thousands of pine trees”) with twisting roads and tree marigold, cherry blossom in the winter. The city’s temperate weather stands in contrast to Vietnam’s otherwise tropical climate. Mist covering the valleys almost year-round leads to its name “City of eternal spring”, Spring is eternal and “unique season” in Dalat.

Da Lat Cathedral (St Nicholas of Bari Cathedral)

 Da Lat golf resort

A corner of Da Lat

The Love Valley in Da Lat

The Pongua Waterfall in Da Lat

Froggy Da Lat in the early morning

Da Lat pine trees

The Truc Lam Monastery 

Dreaming Hill in Da Lat ( Mong Mo Hill) 

 Xuan Huong Park 

It’s also called “Little Paris” due to its French architecture villas and its replica of the Eiffel Tower built by the VNPT Lam Dong that looks like it fell into a pool of red and white colour.

The minority villages located nearby Dalat are a must for those wanting to see the ‘real’ Vietnam as the villagers are pretty much keeping their traditional ways of life extant.