Teetering on the brink of kitsch…for some, Dalat can either charm or repulse with its penchant for ‘Disneylandesque’ attractions that can leave you quite flustered! Built originally by French colonialists, Dalat bears a fleeting resemblance to a French town; and also has a stunning rural scenery and cool climate.
French Colonial Charm
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Places: Hanoi (3 days) → Halong Bay (1) → Hué (2) → Hoi An (4) → Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon (3)
Tour Highlights: Colonial Buildings, Water Puppet Show, Cyclo Ride, Hanoian Culture, Ancient Architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Site...
Located on a verdant plateau of pine forests and lakes, coupled with an amiable climate, explore this French developed ‘summer retreat’. Visit the1938 Domain de Marie Church atop a hill; drive to Bao Dai Summer Palace..the last Emperor’s vacation retreat; visit the XQ embroidery workshop set amid hills, streams and gardens…notice how this special Dalat handicraft has been kept alive through generations here.
Half Day City Highlights Tour of Van Thanh from Dalat
See flower/vegetable gardens in the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ with its salubrious climate; drive to Van Thanh hamlet, stroll its garden, learn traditional gardening techniques; on the rural outskirts see a family-run Silk factory, learn its processing from cocoon to garment! Drive to Elephant Waterfalls, walk 145 steep steps downhill. Lunch in town at Nam Phan restaurant..a lovely colonial villa overlooking Xuan Huong Lake. Ride a 1-way open-air train to Trai Mat hamlet via views of Dalat Plateau, multi-colored houses, valleys and farms. Drive to Domain de Marie Church with scenic hill views; stroll the colorful Dalat market.