Gay and Lesbian Travel in Vietnam

Da Lat Delights Visitors with Charm, Culture and Flowers

Da Lat city is in Lam Dong province in the central highland, about 350km from Ho Chi Minh city and 1,500km from Hanoi. Da Lat was founded in 1897 when developers realised the area could become a favorable resort town; it still bears a look of an Old French city.

Da Lat is often referred to as the French Alps – especially in springtime. While small, it is big on charm, and the surrounding countryside is magnificent with numerous lakes, waterfalls, evergreen forests and flower gardens. Tourists must visit Da Lat flower gardens for a smell and visual treat of orchids, roses, lilies and camellias.

Not only flowers are diverse and plentiful; so are other products like silk and vegetables.  The region is an important supply source for the whole country.

However, the most significant contribution to the economy is tourism. Every year, more than a million domestic and foreign tourists travel here. Among them, it is a favorite destination for couples on their honeymoon or celebrating romantic occasions. To that end, everyone calls Da Lat “The city of flowers and love.”

The population in the city composes about 5000 hill tribes, which make up 33 distinct communities in Lam Dong province. Traditional dress can occasionally be spotted in the markets. Hill-tribe women in the region carry their infants on their backs by a long piece of cloth worn over one shoulder and tied in the front.

Nowadays, tourists not only discover Da Lat alone, but they also visit Langbian Highland and can experience myraid ethnic minorities in the surrounding area.

With the highest peak at 2,165 m, Langbian Mountain is very tempting for climbers. From Lom Bieng Klo peak, tourists can see endless green mountain ranges reflecting the silver rays of the sun. They can also do some activities such as parachuting and trekking.

The Da Lat area used to be a famous area for hunting and a 1950s brochure boasted that ‘a two-hour drive from the town leads to several game-rich areas abundant in deer, roe, peacocks, pheasants, wild boar, black bear, wild cats, panthers, tigers, gaurs and elephants. So successful were the hunters that all of the big game is now extinct.

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