Reaching a height of 1,500m above sea level amid the plunging hills of the Lang Bian Plateau, the city of Dalat was known as Vietnam's principal hill station escape during the French colonial period. Remnants of their presence are still evident around the town and in the charming colonial architecture, hotels, gardens and churches.
Popular amongst domestic tourists, Dalat is known as the ‘honeymoon capital’ and because of this, it caters to the honeymooners with its quirky kitsch style. For the westerner travellers, it offers not only a cool respite from the tropical heat but beautiful countryside, waterfalls and adventure sports. Here you can get an adrenaline rush canyoning, white-water rafting, mountain biking and hiking around the hills.
Dalat is particularly well-known for its flowers, fruit, vegetables, rice and coffee grown in the farmlands. You can pay a visit to the plantations where they are produced, or in the town itself, wander around the central market to see locals selling their fresh produce.
Being a hill town, the climate can be surprisingly cool for typically tropical Vietnam, particularly from November through until March, so it’s best to be prepared with layers and warmer clothing.
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