Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are the two places that will appear in the mind of most travellers heading to Vietnam, but there is a hidden gem in Vietnam’s Lam Dong province that has scenic views on a new level of breathtaking. Da Lat, the capital of the Lam Dong in Vietnam, is a whole new floral wonderland for you to explore.
Da Lat is a former French colony and some still call it ‘Le Petit Paris’.
There’s even a mini Eiffel Tower in the city! Much of its villas and boulevards were endowed during this colony era — the architecture and food have an endearing Gallic stamp.
This lesser-known destination has so much to offer that you will not want to leave here. Da Lat is actually a popular honeymoon spot for Vietnamese locals as the province has pleasant temperate weather (in contrast to the tropical Vietnam heat). Temperatures can go as low as 10 °C from November to March!
The area also features wide varieties of beautiful flowers, from yellow sunflowers to cherry blossom which can be seen depending on the season. The Da Lat Flower Park has the biggest selection of flowers with more than a hundred types.
Other than the beautiful sights of floral and fauna in Da Lat, there are other awe-inspiring nature highlights for you to look out for. Take a look at the majestic Pongour Waterfall and Elephant Waterfall located just within 20km of each other and admire the streaming water down natural rock formations.
Take a visit to Liang Biang Mountain where panoramic views of the city can be seen and it is an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the urban district.
There multiple famous landmarks around with great cultural history such as the Linh Phuoc Pagoda, which is known for its encrusted walls of painted potter, and home to a 49-meter long dragon statue made out of 12,000 beer bottles. The design details truly incredible.
Visit the local hipster cafes that are as gorgeous as they are famous for good coffee and treats. You can indulge in them after a whole day full of exploring Da Lat.
Da Lat certainly offers a lot of magnificent sights in nature settings and away from the commercialised areas where tourists often flock to. If you are seeking tranquillity and a place where you do not have to jostle with the crowd, Da Lat is one for you to take note of if you are visiting Vietnam. The city is well connected to Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi via a short flight or shuttle bus.
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