Vietnam-bound romantics will love Love Valley

11th Jun 2013

Vietnam can boast one of the world's most romantic honeymoon spots as the wedding season gets into full swing.

Couples arriving at Love Valley soon catch a flavour of the place.

They are greeted by the image of two pairs of hands exchanging rings, a statue of lovers exchanging affection with each other and benches symbolising well-matched sweethearts.

The French named this green, flower-dotted romantic valley "Vallé d'Amour" ("Thung Lng Tình Yêu" or "Valley of Love") before it was recognised as a national landscape 15 years ago.

Even if romance isn't the purpose of your trip, holidaymakers on city breaks to Da Lat should pay Love Valley a visit.

The valley, about 5km (3.1 miles) north of the city centre, spans 242 hectares and is a perfect destination for those on specialist tours who crave picnicking and camping.

Poetic landscapes, melodious wind-swayed pine forests and the 13-hectare Da Thien Lake all add to the stunning mix.

The Valley of Love stages several intriguing, sometimes romance-themed festivals and events.

It held a kissing festival in 2008 and a dancing festival a year later and always suitably marks Valentine's Day.

Rose Park, which is a garden of rose flowers of different colours, was built on a romantic hill two years ago.

Couples can exchange love vows in a place where even the two iron-framed gates are heart-shaped. They can also add love padlocks and throw the keys into the lake in the park's centre near the statue of love.

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