Da Lat Holidays: Getting romantic in Vietnam's Central Highlands

Da Lat with the elevation of 1475m above sea level is perched on the Lang Biang Plateau, south of the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The whole region was well hidden from the outside world until the late 19th century when it was discovered by by a Swiss French bacteriologist named Alexandre John Emile Yersin.

The Lang Biang Mountain, Dalat, Vietnam
The Lang Biang Mountain, Dalat, Vietnam

After the discovery of Da Lat, the French built the area into a hill station for officials of the colonial government to have holidays from the heat of Saigon. In fact, the French government in Indochina had a plan to built Da Lat into the capital city of French Indochina; the plan was not carried out because of successive political events which drove the French out of Indochina. Still, the French legacy left at Da Lat is the thousands of colonial-styled villas nestled in pine forests and waterfalls that easily take your breath away if you have a chance to travel through this romantic city.

Xuan Huong Lake, Da Lat, Vietnam
Xuan Huong Lake, Da Lat, Vietnam

 

Dalat Vietnam
Dalat Vietnam

 

The Pongour Waterfall in Lam Dong - Vietnam
The Pongour Waterfall in Lam Dong - Vietnam