Dalat – The City Of Unique Names
Nestled in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, Dalat captivates visitors with its temperate climate, colorful flower gardens, and stunning natural landscapes. Whether travelers are looking for a romantic getaway or an adventurous escape, Dalat offers a unique blend of experiences that will leave them longing to return.
“City in the Fog”
With an altitude of 1500 m above sea level, Dalat is like a scene from a fairy tale, as it is usually covered by a thick layer of fog, especially in summer.
The fog floats in the air, spreading like a thin veil on the grass, the surface of the lakes, and covering the vast pine forests. When the dawn comes and the first rays of sunshine appear behind the thick clouds, tourists can see the magnificent city once the thick morning fog fades away.
|With an altitude of 1500 m above sea level, Da Lat is like a scene from a fairy tale, as it is usually covered by a thick layer of fog, especially in summer. Photo: Kinhtemoitruong|
One of the most beautiful scenes is the morning mist covering the pine trees around Xuan Huong Lake. The fresh atmosphere and tranquil space give tourists a feeling of deep relaxation as they immerse themselves in nature. Aside from Xuan Huong Lake, another amazing destination for an early morning trip is Cau Dat Tea Hill, which is just about 25km southeast of Dalat city center.
From July to the end of August, visitors can see the mist in the early morning and late afternoon. From the top of LangBiAng, travelers can enjoy the dreamy floating clouds made of mist covering the sky.
“City of Thousand Flowers”
When tourists come to Dalat, they will be amazed to see the natural scenery with the green pine forest, rushing waterfall, murmuring stream, and especially the flowers. No place in the country of Vietnam has many flowers in Dalat - from tropical flowers to Eastern and Western flowers.
Dalat Flower Gardens has been a familiar tourist destination. This is the place that has given Dalat the famous title "city of thousands of flowers". Flowers are everywhere in the city, from large fields in the valleys to small corners or on the sides of the streets.
|Flowers are in every corner of Dalat city. Photo: Kinhtemoitruong|
Rose is not a rare flower in Vietnam, but roses in Dalat are the most beautiful and preferable kind. The flower comes in all sorts of colors and shades, such as red, pink, velvet, and yellow. Dalat rose is grown as an agricultural product to export.
Mimosa is a trendy flower in Dalat not only because it is found everywhere in the city, but also because it has a special position in local people's hearts. It has bright yellow flowers and leaves that are green with a silvery luster. The tree blossoms two or three times each year and flourishes during the sunny seasons.
Orchid is another Dalat attraction. Named “queen of the world of flowers,” the orchid is a common sight for tourists coming to Dalat during this autumn season. Among the world's 100,000 species of orchids, Vietnam already has many of which grow in this place. Dalat grows all four types of orchids found worldwide.
“City of Love”
The Valley of Love, also known as “Thung Lung Tinh Yeu” in Vietnamese, had to overcome many challenges in history to gain its name today. Since French colonialism invaded Vietnam in 1858 and found a place to build a resort for the French, the Valley of Love had become a place of interest where couples met and dated. In the 1930s, the French named the valley “Vallée d'Amour” (the Valley of Love).
Under the feudal regime of King Bao Dai, it was called “the Peace Valley” due to the serene atmosphere there. Not until 1953 did the captivating valley be renamed “the Valley of Love” by Nguyen Vy – the Chairman of Dalat Council at that time.
|The Valley of Love, also known as “Thung Lung Tinh Yeu” in Vietnamese, had to overcome many challenges in history to gain its name today. Photo: Kinhtemoitruong|
This glamorous valley is named after the most wonderful thing in the world: Love, the boundless source of inspiration for many poets and musicians. Nowadays, the Valley of Love is an ideal place for lovers to say the marriage proposal and for newlyweds to enjoy their honeymoon in Vietnam.
Dalat is a little Paris, dotted with old-fashioned French structures that have survived over a century. The city was the first and most complete resort town of the French in Vietnam, as originally planned in the first half of the 19th century, and also the largest resort town in Indochina.
|Dalat is a little Paris, dotted with old-fashioned French structures that have survived over a century. Photo: Kinhtemoitruong|
A must-see in Dalat is the unique French architecture that came to define the cityscape. The Rooster Church, Dalat Pedagogical College, Dalat Train Station, and Bao Dai Mansion are all characterized by iconic architectural patterns and intriguing anecdotes.
At the heart of the city, looming under a leafy pine glade are thousands of old villas of the former resort town, which still preserve French essences through their tiles, brick walls, and window panels.
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