Flower festival to captivate in cultural Vietnam

31st Oct 2013

Flower-loving tourists on city breaks to Da Lat can enjoy one of Vietnam's most colourful festivals and events before 2013 is out.

Da Lat is known as the land of the flowers.

But it really cements its reputation between December 27 and 31 with its much-anticipated annual Da Lat Flower Festival.

It is one of four major events underpinning the city's Cultural Tourism Week 2013.

The other three, held simultaneously, are the inaugural Asean-Vietnam UNESCO Heritage Festival, the announcement ceremony of the Central Highlands-Da Lat National Tourism Year 2014, and the celebration of 120 years of Da Lat's establishment and development.

But green-fingered tourists will prioritise the floral festival in Da Lat, home of the famous flower garden.

The exotic, vibrant destination has already welcomed 667,000 tourists so far this year, according to the garden's managers.

Da Lat is investing heavily in this attraction.

At the Van Thanh rose village, the locals are constructing the 120-metre-long 'rose road' to serve the flower festival.

Da Lat is one of Vietnam's leading tourism centres.

It features a fascinating array of old mansions and distinctive architecture and culture, attracting domestic and foreign visitors alike with its poetic beauty and friendly, hospitable people.

The area offers more than 60 free attractions, including natural landscapes, ancient architectural works, religious establishments, craft villages, indigenous villages and archaeological and cultural sites.

The local authorities have recently taken many steps to add extra cultural activities to the tourism trade and to renovate many several monuments.

Visitors who have marvelled at the area's lakes, streams, waterfalls, the Provincial Museum and Da Lat Railway Station can now also enjoy new attractions, such as the Madagui forest village, Dambri waterfall and Love Valley.

Da Lat's temperate climate contrasts to Vietnam's otherwise tropical weather, with intriguing mists blanketing the valleys almost all year round.

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