Located on the highest
West Highlands of the Central Vietnam and 70% is covered by mountain
and forests, Dalat is one of the youngest cities in the nation. It was
founded by a French doctor, Alexander Yersen in 1893. Today it is the
main city of Lam Dong province. Da Lat is known as the City of Love
and Le Petit Paris. Climatologists call Dalat "The City of eternal
spring" thanks to its average temperature that never falls under 10oC
in winter and never exceeds 20oC in summer. Because of this favourable
climate, Dalat is a flower garden all year. With beautiful views,
waterfalls, lakes, pine forests, flower gardens and French-built
villas. Its economy is based primarily on tourism.
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.
Plunges in to a misty valley, the foot of the fall is a small valley
covered with flowers and pine trees.
XUAN HUONG LAKE
Is a beautiful lake located in the centre of Da Lat. It is a poetic
site, attracting visitors and lovers.
VALLEY OF LOVE
So named by King Bao Dai, it is covered by towering pine trees. In
1972, Da Thien Lake was added in the valley and thanks to this
enhancement, the valley has become more poetic and more seductive for
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.
Situated at the foot of Lang Biang Mountain. Lak village, with its
ethnic minorities of the West Highlands, kept its traditional customs.
It is an ideal site for ethnological tourism.
DA NHIM LAKE - NGOAN MUC PASS
40 km to the east of Da Lat, it will make the visitors feel small in
the splendid nature and it is an area of stunning natural beauty
despite the presence of Phan Rang - Da Nhim hydro - electric plant.
PONG GUA WATERFALLS
50km from Da Lat City, argued to be one of the most beautiful
waterfalls in the whole of Indochina.
In Bao Loc District, the highest waterfall in the region.
LINH SON PAGODA
Situated on a hill 700m from the centre of Da Lat, it was built in
1938. In the middle altar, there is a 1250kg Sakyamuni Buddha bronze
statue moulded in 1952.
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.