Beautiful Dalat

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

For travelers with enough time, I highly recommend a visit to Dalat in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

Dalat is an extremely popular vacation town for the Vietnamese, but is not on the tourist trail followed by many international visitors, which is their loss really!

I found the temperature in Dalat similar to home (Sydney), it was sunny and warm but with a chill in the air and jumpers were required at night. It was a nice change from the humidity of Saigon (HCMC) and made seeing the town on foot a real joy.

Dalat was popular with the French during their time of rule, and the town does have a European feel – delicious pastries can be eyed from shop fronts, manicured gardens are plentiful, and even a miniature Eiffel tower!

The town is about 7 hours on a bus from Saigon (beware the tourist cafes that say only 4) and 5 from Nha Trang.

If you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle, then Dalat is for you. The people are friendly and the children scream ‘hello…HELLO’ desperate for your attention. At the end of the day my mouth was sore from so much smiling!

The roads are much easier to cross in Dalat!

Some on the 'cheesy' local sites