Da Lat

Dalat is located on a verdant plateau containing pine forests and lakes 300 kilometres northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. At 1,500 meters above sea level, Dalat's cool climate provides a pleasant respite from the heat and humidity of the lowlands and for this reason the French developed it into a summer retreat in the early 1900's. Dalat's colonial influences can still be seen in its cathedral and some of the 2,000 French villas which dot the town. The town has a relaxed atmosphere and is very popular with Vietnamese holiday makers, especially honeymooners.

Places of interest

DALAT CATHEDRAL
The gingerbread-style Dalat Cathedral was built between 1931 and 1942 for use by French residents and holiday-makers. The cross on the spire is topped by a weathercock, 47m above the ground. The church itself is rarely open outside of mass times.

DALAT MARKET
Dalat's temperate climate makes it ideal for vegetable and flower cultivation. The centrally located 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.

XUAN HUONG LAKE
This man-made lake dominates the town – Dalat is built on the slopes rising from its shores. Although you can take a paddle boat on its calm waters, the best way to see it is to stroll along the 7km sealed path that encircles it.

PRENN WATERFALL
This 10 meter high waterfall roars through the forest 13 km south of Dalat. Bridges near the falls allow for close up views and the chance to feel the mist spraying up from the falls. It’s even possible to walk underneath them.

BAO DAI'S SUMMER VILLA
Built in 1933, the 25-room villa was Emperor Bao Dai’s midsummer retreat and hunting lodge. The art-deco interior still looks much as it did early in the 1930s and provides an interesting insight in to Vietnam’s last royal family.

TRUC LAM BUDDHIST MONASTERY
This tranquil and newly-built monastery is located in a forest above serene Tuyen Lam Lake. The monastery has a landscaped garden and small museum of Buddhist artifacts.

CREMAILLERE RAILWAY
The railway is a reminiscent property of Dalat which is located 500m on the east side of Huong Lake.  Old local locomotives including a Japanese steam train are displayed for tourists and railway enthusiasts.

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