Da Lat is located on a verdant plateau containing pine forests and lakes, located 300 km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. At an elevation of 1,500 meters, Da Lat’s cool climate provides a pleasant respite from the heat and humidity of the lowlands and it was for this reason that the French developed it in the early 1900′s as a summer retreat. Da Lat’s colonial influences can still be seen in its cathedral and some of the 2,000 villas that dot the town. The town has a relaxed atmosphere and is very popular with Vietnamese holiday makers, primarily honeymooners. In recent years, enormous amounts of money have been spent to restore the city to its former glory. Lakes have been dredged and cleaned, old buildings have been restored, and new hotels have been built.
Bao Dai’s Summer Villa
Constructed between 1933-1938, the 25-room villa was Emperor Bao Dais midsummer retreat.
The art-deco interior still looks much as it did early in the 1930s.
Lat Village (Chicken Village)
The village is clean and well-maintained and the locals are very hospitable to visitors.
This village, inhabited by the Kho people is located outside Da Lat.
With its distinctive red brick, stained glass windows, and soaring 47-metre high spire, Da Lat Cathedral is the city’s most distinctive landmark.
A French Romanesque-style cathedral set in the middle of Vietnam’s central highlands.
The morning market is the perfect place to view some of the exotic species of orchids, fruits and vegetables grown in the region. Ethnic minorities from the surrounding villages also attend the market to sell handicrafts and textiles.
Da Lat’s temperate climate makes it ideal for vegetable and flower cultivation.
Bridges near the falls allow for close-up views and the chance to feel the mist spraying up from the falls. It is even possible to walk underneath them.
This 10 meter high waterfall roars through the forest 13 km south of Da Lat.
Truc Lam Buddhist Monastery
The monastery has a landscaped garden and small museum of Buddhist artifacts.
This tranquil and newly-built monastery is located in a forest above serene Tuyen Lam Lake.