DaLat Travel Guide - Located on the highest West Highlands of the Central Vietnam and 70% is covered by mountain and forests, Da Lat is one of the youngest cities in the nation. It was founded by a French doctor, Alexander Yersin in 1893..
Da Lat is known as the City of Love and Le Petit Paris. Climatologists call Da Lat "The City of eternal spring" thanks to its average temperature that never falls under 10oC in winter and never exceeds 20oC in summer.
Many reminders of Dalat’s colonial past can be seen in the hundreds of European style villas, chalets and other buildings still standing around town.
Apart from its colonial heritage Dalat is known in Vietnam for its market gardens growing everything from carrots and cauliflowers to avocados and bananas as well as many varieties of flowers. For Vietnamese, Dalat means romance, and with attractions like the Valley of Love. It is the destination of choice for local honeymooners.
Places to visit
Da Lat Cathedral
It was built between 1931 and 1942 for use by French residents and holidaymakers. The cross on the spire is 47m above the ground. Inside, the stained-glass windows bring a hint medieval Europe to Da Lat.
Cat Tien National Park
240km from Saigon, it is a primitive forest with an area 36,000 ha. The forest has a diverse and rich ecosystem, it is home to valuable giant trees such as red wood tree and bang lang. It is also the habitat of some quiet large specimens of local fauna, including elephants, bisons, the Java rhinoceros, the gaur - recently discovered species of wild ox - bears and leopards.
Xuan Huong Lake
This beautiful lake is located in the centre of Da Lat. It is a poetic site, attracting visitors and lovers.
Plunges into a misty valley, the foot of the fall is a small valley covered with flowers and pine trees.
Bao Dai's Summer Palace
Built in the French colonial style for the last king of the Nguyen dynasty, it is 4km from the city centre. A display of photographs shows the royal family enjoying themselves at the palace.