Tourist information about Dalat (Vietnam)
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Da lat (Dalat, also Da Lat) is a city on the South Central highlands of Vietnam, the capital of Lam Dong province (Lam Dong). Dalat is situated on a plateau Gangbang at a height of 1475 metres above sea level at the distance of about 300 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh (Dalat map Vietnam). The city's population slightly more than 200,000 people (in 2009).
First, this place began to actively explore the French colonialists, who tried to hide from the relentless heat and humidity of Saigon in the highland region. They built here their villas. And, interestingly, the city of Dalat was formed later than the resort: in 1907 he built the first hotel of da latand the town was only formed in 1912.
Today Dalat is one of the most popular and visited tourist destinations of Vietnam. It is a special place. Not every tourist wants to get here, but those who seek, I can confidently call myself an experienced and curious travelers. Dalat attracts tourists who want to gain new experiences and see a different Vietnam away from the beaches and sea waves. The tourists, who keenly feel the situation, you may feel that they were in another country in another Vietnam. On the streets there are cleaner, taxi drivers and the spring and summer are not linked at each corner, and if you do this quite delicately. Foreign tourists are attitude anxious, if not to say delicate.
Dalat is a mountain resort, and no beaches here you will not find. Cultural and historical landmarks here are a few, as the city has its history and was originally founded as a resort place. But it has attractions of a different nature. This, above all, natural beauty and education. In the vicinity of Dalat picturesque valleys, evergreen forests, numerous waterfalls, lakes, mountains and natural parks. Here are the best routes for Hiking and mountain Biking. Thanks to the rise of the plateau above sea level at the altitude of 1500-2000 meters, there are ideal conditions for growing fruits and vegetables, tea and coffee, flowers that can't grow at sea level. Grown here, they are offered all over Vietnam under the special label "made in Dalat". This is the only place in Vietnam where they make wine. Dalat is still the most popular site for honeymoon the Vietnamese newlyweds, but also a city of artists. And this is one of the centers of the Vietnamese science.
Most tourists visit da lat as a one - or two-day tours that depart from Ho Chi Minh city, Phan Thiet, Nha Trang. The cost of these tours starts from $ 45. Of course, excursions of several days with accommodation in Dalat are more expensive. Day trips, certainly not enough to explore the city and its surroundings. During these tours tourist briefly show some of the most "hackneyed" places, which usually Krazy house, a couple of waterfalls and races for every factory. And all remote and most interesting places left behind. However, Dalat is a very pleasant town and you will definitely want to stay here longer. And nothing prevents to visit the city on your own for a few days. Tourism infrastructure is at a sufficient level, and no inconvenience will arise.
The question often arises, how many days to pay a visit this town. Of course, many people, so many opinions, but most still lean that two full days for sightseeing in Dalat and its surroundings enough. If you want a quick run through the sites, but also to feel the subtle atmosphere of this place, to enjoy the fresh mountain air, it is here to stay, and for three or more days.
If you are ready for an independent trip to Dalat, the following information will help you to organize such a trip:
- How to get to Dalat, transport
- Hotels in da lat where to stay
- Attractions In Dalat
- Attractions in the vicinity of Dalat
- Photos Of Da Lat
- The Map Of Da Lat
Weather, tourist seasons
The climate is sub-Equatorial lat. Due to the elevation above sea level the temperature here is below (and it is believed that more comfortable), than in other parts of southern and Central Vietnam, because of what it called the "city of eternal spring". Fluctuations in temperature during the year is insignificant. During the day it is always warm and comfortable, the average day temperature is 27 °C, but at nights even in summer can be quite cool, so no jackets or warm jackets can not do. In the cold winter months the night temperature can drop to + 10°C. But if the cool evening weather worsened the rain, the feelings becomes really cold.
Rainfall stands the dry season (high tourist season) is from November to April and the rainy season (low tourist season) - from may to October . In the dry season, rain almost never falls, and this period is the perfect time to visit. In the rainy season is warmer, and it rains mainly after lunch or in the evening. However, sometimes, the sky may be overcast for several days, and the rain continue all day, but it is rather rare.
Another manifestation of the climate in Dalat is often fog.
Seasons in the lat months*
*best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit
Weather in Dalat and the forecast for the near future:
Time in da lat
In summer and in winter time in Dalat, ahead of Moscow is +4 hours.
Tip. Don't be surprised if the lat staff refuse tip. It happens here, and even sometimes a taxi driver will round the amount down. Do not insist that those to whom the tip is intended, certainly they have not put in the pockets against their will. Just keep in mind that nowhere in Vietnam, except in the lat, such a miracle will not happen.
Wine. Dalat is the only place in Vietnam where wine is produced. Don't expect too much from the local wine, but be sure to try it. Buy the best export wine. It is a little more expensive than usual (the usual is 50 000 VND, export 70 000 Dong), but the quality is considered much better. To buy wine can be almost any local shop and not have to go on all sorts of factories, where the same wine costs several times more expensive.
What to buy? One of the pleasant gifts from the lat will be tea and Vietnamese coffee production. Here in the highlands they grow just great coffee and tea, which you will remember for a long time. To buy such gifts can be in the main city market.