Residing nearly a mile above the oceans, Da Lat rests between the mountains in the Lang Bian Plateau in Central Vietnam. A bounteous mix of picturesque churches, quaint winding streets, colourful vegetable gardens and sparkling waterfalls, this city is the perfect location to chill out during your Travel to Vietnam. This can be taken both metaphorically and literally; not only does Da Lat offer peace and tranquillity, but the cool mountain air will leave you feeling refreshed during every day of your stay here. This may also put you in the mood for some action too, with a splendid selection of mountain treks to ancient villages, off road cycling and rock climbing for you to indulge in.
This city is home to roughly 200,000 inhabitants and was one of the only cities in the country which didn’t get bombed during the Vietnam War. This area is rife with beautiful open spaces and combined with plenty of interesting examples of colonial architecture, it is one of the most visually enchanting cities in the country. During your Vietnam family holiday, you will have plenty of park spaces to visit while staying in Da Lat, perfect for a romantic stroll or even to let the children stretch their legs. As a prime Honeymoon Destination, the city of Da Lat is abundant with romantic eateries, not to mention it is the most preserved city in the country. A number of ethnic minorities can be seen commuting in quasi-traditional Vietnamese dress and if you wish to explore some of the city’s highlights, the ‘easy riders’ can easily be spotted. A day long excursion to the most frequented attractions will cost about $10.
During the Da Lat leg of your Vietnam family holiday, you will undoubtedly want to visit a few attractions. The Summer Palace of Bao Dai rests under the pine trees of Trieu Viet Vuong Street and was built in the 1930s for the last emperor of Vietnam. According to legend, this palace (known as Dinh III) is connected to two more by the same name via a series of underground tunnels. These were created so the emperor could secretly flutter between his mistresses who lived at each one. Dinh III is the only one of these palaces which is open to the public. The best time to visit is in the morning and this attraction will really compliment your Vietnam family holiday.
The Tiger Falls are the most stunning waterfalls in the area, yet are also some of the least visited due to being difficult to get to. This tends to deter many people, however a single glance at the Tiger Falls will make the trip worthwhile. After a walk down a steep hill, you will be able to view the stream which crashes into the boulders of the rainforest canyon. If you are travelling as a couple on your Vietnam family holiday, the Tiger Falls are a wonderful and romantic addition to your trip, an excellent attraction for adventure travellers.
Located just seven miles from the city, a trek up Langbiang mountain will see you passing through the quaint village of Lat which is inhabited by several minorities including the people of Ma, Lat and K’ho. This tour is a very humbling part of any Vietnam family holiday as you will learn about the meagre living the locals make from their naturally grown produce. Tea, coffee, tobacco, cotton and squash are grown on the hillsides and you will be able to see these allotments from the numerous hiking trails. Although you are permitted to explore the area on your own, it’s best to hire a guide.