Da Lat or Dalat, the capital of Lam Dong Province is located approximately 308km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. At an elevation of 1,500m, Dalat bears the look of an Old French city. It was founded in 1897 when Doctor Alexandre Yersin recommended that the area be developed as a resort town.
Da Lat map
Dalat has many natural and artificial lakes such as Ho Xuan Huong, Than Tho, Da Thien, and Tuyen Lam bordered by lines of pine trees, which are a well-known feature of Dalat Vietnam.
Dalat is one of Vietnam’s most popular places. Vietnamese come to Dalat for the cooler climate is stable all year round. The temperate climate of Dalat is suitable for flowers such as orchids, roses, lilies, and camellias. Foreigners travel to Dalat for the wide selection of adventure tours it offers. There are such activities as trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing, parachuting, canyoning…
Nowadays, tourists not only limit themselves to Dalat; they also visit the area of Langbian Highland and the ethnic minorities. Langbian Mountain’s highest peak at 2,165 m is very tempting for climbers. From Lom Bieng Klo peak, one can see endless green mountains reflecting the silver rays of the sun.
Da Lat’s year-round temperate weather, standing in contrast to central & southern Vietnam’s otherwise-tropical climate, has led it to be nicknamed the “City of eternal spring”. The average temperature is 14 °C (57 °F) – 23 °C (73 °F). The highest temperature ever in Da Lat was 31.5 °C (88.7 °F), and the lowest was −0.6 °C (30.9 °F). Mist covers the adjoining valleys almost year-round. Its temperate climate also makes it ideal for agriculture. Indeed, Da Lat is renowned for its orchids, roses, vegetables, and fruits. There are nascent wine-making and flower-growing industries in the region.
There are two separate seasons in Da Lat. The rainy season lasts from May to October, and the dry season is from November to April. The average annual precipitation is 1,770mm.
Da Lat bike tours
The former French colonial retreat of Dalat is a popular honeymoon destination, but it is also a haven for mountain bikers, offering up some great single track, technical sections, hill climbing and once on top, breathtaking views of fields, forests, and mountains.