Dalat (Lam Dong)

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.

PRENN FALLS

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 visitors.

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.

DANKIA LAKE

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.

DAMBRI WATERFALLS

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.

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