Da lat

Da lat

 Area:                 72

 Population:     211,696 million

 Language:       Vietnamese

 Currency:         VND

Dat Lat is la lovely city which is called by many beautiful names, such as "A little Paris" and "Flower City". It stays inside a valley with a lot of wonderful rivers and trees; as a result, Da Lat become the most romantic city in Vietnam
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Da Lat, the capital of Lam Dong Province, displays its own poetic and romantic charm. It is situated at 1,500m above sea level, so Da Lat has a cool climate. This city is famous for its wide variety of flowers, vegetables and fruits from its surrounding farmlands as well as countless nature sites; its beautiful landscape, evergreen forests and minority villages. Da Lat offers a harmonious combination of natural scenery and historical sites, as a result, it is must see destination in Vietnam packages tour.
Da Lat History
At the end of the nineteenth-century, Da Lat was still a deserted place without a single Vietnamese person. The founding of  Da Lat owed itself to the initiative of the French, and they established the city of Da Lat at an altitude of 1,500m, chiefly so that colonial administrative official could go up there for rest and recreation rather than take leave back in their motherland.
Da Lat can be seen as having had gone through the following stages.
The first stage, it was discovered by the French (1893-1899).  This was from the time that Da Lat was discovered by doctor Yersin until Governor-General P. Dormer decided to establish a rest and recreation site for the French in Indochina on the Langbian Plateau.
Second, during its founding from 1900, to1914 P. Dormer decided to select Da Lat rather than
Dankia in the Ankroet area and on through the successive years, in which Da Lat was neglected once P. Doumer left Indochina.
Third, from 1915 to1922 the first World War erupted and Da Lat suddenly awoke after a period of dormancy and continued up to the time when it officially became a city with the outline and organization of a city.
Fourth, it is from 1923 to1939 when Da Lat had a construction design by the architect Hébrard that was ratified for implementation by the Governor-General of Indochina and continued until Dalat saw other transformations.

Fifth, Dalat is under French colonialism (1940-1954) and become the summer capital of Indochina
Da Lat climate and best time to visit
Lam Dong province has a monsoon tropical climate with monsoon; however, due to a complex topography, there is a difference in elevation and degree of vegetation covering. However, the weather of Lam Dong is temperate and mild all the year round, notable changes are rare in the annual cycle.

Da Lat has two distinctive seasons each year.The dry season takes place between November and March, while rainy weather lasts from April to October. On average, temperatures are highest in May (28°C - 30°C) and lowest in January (16°C - 23°C). Ideal weather to take a Da Lat tour is from November to March when the air is fresh, cool and you can see its famous flower gardens in full bloom. 
Da Lat Transportation

Da Lat is 110 km from Phan Rang (Ninh Thuan), 200km from Buon Ma Thuot (Dak Lak), 205 km from Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa), 293 km from Ho Chi Minh City, and 1,481km from Hanoi.

Lien Khuong Airport is 30km south of Da Lat. You can fly from 11 destinations with 8 airlines in scheduled passenger traffic.

International flight:
- Seoul (ICN) operated by Vietjet Air
- Kuala Lumpur (KUL) operated by AirAsia
- Bangkok (BKK) operated by Thai Vietjet Air

Domestic flights: from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Vinh, Hue...

Things to do and see in Da Lat
Dambri Waterfall
Dambri Waterfall is located 18km from the center of Bao Loc Town, Lam Dong Province; it is a mighty waterfall in Lam Dong Province.
On the way to Ho Chi Minh City, visitors can stop by Bao Loc, the land of tea, coffee and mulberry. Dambri Waterfall is surrounded by hills of mulberry, tea, and palm trees.
Lake of Sighs:
This natural lake situated on top of a hill covered with pine trees, 6km east of Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province.
The sounds from the forest resemble the signing of an invisible man. The lake has been surrounded by many stories and legends with sorrowful endings in which the heroine drowns in the lake to keep her true love forever.
The lake has a vast and calm surface, and it stands on the edge of the lake, a small path running towards the forest can be seen.
Lang Bian Mountains
Lang Bian Mountains is located in Lac Duong District, 12km north of center Da Lat. It is an ideal place for mountain climbing, paragliding, trekking or studying flora and rare bird species.
Pongour Waterfall
The waterfall is located in Tan Hoi Commune, Duc Trong District, Lam Dong Province; more than 45km away from Da Lat City. It is the most magnificent and powerful waterfall in the vicinity of Da Lat.
Prenn Falls
Prenn Falls is located at the foot of the Prenn Pass, 10km from the center of Da Lat City. As you approach the falls, you will be able to notice the subtle change in temperature brought by the mist from the water falling from a height of 10m. The foot of the falls is a small valley covered with flowers and pine trees. The cascading water falls down over a small bridge that crosses the small lake.
Love Valley
About 5km north of the center of Da Lat City. The beauty of the valley has become more poetic and seductive for travelers and lovers.
Valley of Love ringed by hilly slopes covered with pine forest. Under King Bao Dai, the valley was called Hoa Binh (Peace) and then its name was changed to the Valley of Love. In 1972, Da Thien Lake was created in the valley and thanks to this enhancement, the beauty of the valley has become more poetic and seductive for travelers and lovers.
Xuan Huong Lake.
Located in the center of Dalat, Xuan Huong lake is one of the most beautiful tourist sites you must see in Dalat. The lake has an area of 32 ha and average deep of 1.5m. Visiting this lake, tourist can use the elegant swan boat ride to discover the beauty of the lake. Besides, tourists also enjoy strolling along the lakeside or resting under the conifers.
Dalat flower gardens
Dalat flower park, located at the end of Xuan Huong lake and just 2 km from city center, is the top must-see in Dalat city tour where travelers can enjoy hundreds of kinds of flowers.
Bao Dai’s summer palace
Located only 2,5 km from city center, Bao Dai’s summer palace is the most attractive tourist sites when traveling to Dalat. The palace was built under the dynasty of King Bao Dai from 1933 to 1937.
When visiting this palace, tourist will have a chance to explore the living of royal family through 25 rooms and its amenities. You will see the working place of the king, living place of his family, besides you also can see a lot of valuable items still preserved in good condition.
Domaine de Marie Church
Located on the nice hill with an area of 12 ha, only 1 km from city center, this is the special church because it has no bell tower and its roofs are similar to the roofs of communal houses of an Ethnic minority in Central highland.
Da Lat Travel Tips
Vietnamese Coffee
Thanks to the local coffee plantations there are cute little coffee shops everywhere in Da Lat selling all types of coffee, so it is a nice idea to try a cup of Vietnamese coffee with ice cream for a real treat!

Get your hands on some locally grown fresh strawberries. You'll find street hawkers selling them or get some from the market.  

Da Lat Red Wine
The French introduced wine to the Vietnamese who are now doing a fine job at producing it. Vang Dalat is the most popular table wine and widely available by the glass at bars and cafes in Da Lat. 
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