French colonial hill stations 1: Da Lat

French colonial hill stations 1: Da Lat

French colonial hill stations 1: Da Lat

Da Lat
Da Lat is certainly the most famous hill station. Now a city of 350.000 inhabitants located at an altitude of 1,500 m in the Central Highlands, you are bound to find it in many classic tours of the country. Its main sights comprise the Art Deco Railway Station, the Gaudi-inspired Crazy House (Hằng Nga Guesthouse) designed by architect Dang Viet Nga, Domaine de Marie (Anh mai) Catholic church and convent and the Three Mansions used by the last emperor of Vietnam Bao Dai as summer houses.

But there’s more to see outside the city.

The cool climate make Da Lat an ideal area for agriculture, which is plentiful there: the city is renown for its vegetable and especially flower cultivations: many of the flowers you find in markets in Ho Chi Minh City come in fact from Da Lat.  Moreover Da Lat is also known for another product which is not very typically Vietnamese: wine.  
In Dalat you may find some of the main wineries of the countries s such as Vang Dalat, Vinh Tien, Dalat Beco. However, oddly enough, most of the grapes they use are not grown in Dalat but in the neighbouring province of Ninh Thuan, where the soil is more suitable for this type of cultivation!

Da Lat is definitely worth a visit in your next Vietnam trip. And from there, the whole Central Highlands open up to you! Or, you could descend to Ninh Thuan for some beach time…

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