|10,137 sq km
Di Linh, Lac Duong, Da Huoai, Cat Tien, Lam Ha, Bao Lam, Dong Duong
Lam Dong is located in
the Tay Nguyen region, 300 km from Ho Chi Minh City and 200 km from Nha
Trang. Situated at 1,500 m above sea level, Dalat has a cool climate. The
annual average temperature is 18oC. The population is mainly
composed of Kinh people, along with Kho Mu, Ma, Hoa, Nung, Tay, and Chu Ru
The city is decorated
with a vast variety of flowers. Beautiful flowers such as rhododendron,
cherry, mimosa, hydrangea, rose, daisy, and dahlia are all grown here.
Dalat offers an harmonious combination of natural scenery and historical
Lam Dong is the third and the largest
plateau province on the Central Highlands. It is also the highest province
lying on a plain the average height of which is about 1,500 meters above
sea level. Lam Dong is a forest province with forest coverage accounting
for 70 per cent of the total area.
The mountain resort town of Dalat is the
capital of Lam Dong. The climate Dalat boasts is that of a temperate zone.
Few places in the tropical Vietnam have been offered that gift by nature.
More than 50 years ago Dalat has
become famous for its favorable climatic conditions which are very useful
for rehabilitation purpose. Perches on a plain 1,500 meters above sea
level, Dalat offers an average temperature of about 10oC in
winter time and 20oC in summer. Meteorologists have rated Dalat
the city of ever lasting spring due to its favorable climatic conditions.
to the warm weather the whole city of Dalat is a great garden of flower in
blossom the year round. Dalat is also famous for its expanse of pine
forests and many beautiful water falls and lakes.
Lake of Sighs:
This is a natural lake and enlarged by a
French - built dam. The lake is six kilometers to the north east of the
city. It is situated on top of a high hill covered with pine forests. The
lake-scape looks very poetic with the vast and tranquil water surface
being compared to a human being in meditation. Standing on the edge of the
lake visitors can see a small earth path running towards the forests. The
only sound that can be heard comes from the pine forests where the path
disappears. The continuous sound from the forests make ones think of
repeated sighs from an invisible human being. The existence of the lake
has been surrounded with many love stories and legends with sorrowful
endings when the heroines always drowned themselves in the lake to keep
for ever their true love they had once enjoyed.
One legend has it that Mai Nuong and Hoang
Tung met here in 1788 while he was hunting and she picking mushrooms. They
fell in love and sought their parents' permission to mrry. But at that
time Vietnam was threatened by a Chinese invasion and Hoang Tung, heeding
Emperor Quang Trung's call-to-arms, joined the army without waiting to
tell Mai Nuong. Unaware that he had gone to war and afraid that his
absence meant that he was no longer in love with her, Mai Nuong sent words
to Hoang Tung to meet her at the lakeside. When he did not turn up she was
overcome with sorrow and, to prove her love to him, threw herself into the
conveniently located lake and drowned. Thereafter, the lake has been known
as the Lake of
The golf course is located in the centre of
the city. The 18-hole golf course meeting international technical
standards become operational in early 1994. The golf course runs pass
several low hills which are close to the famous Ho Xuan Huong (Xuan Huong
Lake). the unique design of the course combined with picturesque natural
landscape has made the course in Dalat very attractive to golf players.
Dalat has three magnificent and big palaces
which are always referred to as Palace 1, Palace 2 and Palace 3. The
architectural designs for the three places are made to French design. They
were built on top of the hills which are located in beautiful natural
surroundings. The places are accessible through long flights of brick
steps for walk and gently descending paths for cars. The path is
completely covered with broad canopy of pine trees.
Palace 1 and Palace 2 were owned by French
high ranking officials during the French domination of Vietnam more than
40 years ago.
The third and last palace was owned by the
last king of the Nguyen Dynasty, Bao Dai. Interior arrangement of the
palace is open to public viewing. There remain some pictures and
photographs of the king, the queen and their princes and princesses.