Located in the South Central Highlands of Vietnam, the attractive city of Dalat was once the summer retreat for French colonists. European-style villas were built here as an escape from the summer heat and humidity that affects Saigon and the coast. Spread across a series of pine-covered hills, Dalat is quite unlike anywhere else in Vietnam and more closely resembles the French Alps. With its colonial architecture, natural beauty and pleasant year-round temperatures, Dalat is fast becoming one of Vietnam's most popular tourist destinations.Read More
The countryside around Dalat boats a number of scenic attractions including Lang Biang Mountain, a 1,900m tall peak that offers a pleasant 3hr hike through minority villages, and the Lake of Sorrow, located 5km northeast of town. There are also a number of falls close to town, including the pretty Prenn Falls and the mighty Pongour Falls. Dalat city itself also offers a number of worthy attractions, most notably the attractive Xuan Huong Lake. Reached by a cable car ride or an interesting walk, the Thien Vien Truc Lam Monastery affords magnificent views of the dams and manicured gardens below. Visitors will also find a colourful array of local Vietnamese produce including strawberry jam and other fruits, vegetables, coffee and tea.