Dalat is quite different from anywhere else in Vietnam. You would almost be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into the French Alps in springtime.
The French feel is compounded by a radio mast shaped like the Eiffel Tower and the local bohemian artists’ predilection for swanning around in berets. Dalat is small enough to remain charming, and the surrounding countryside is blessed with lakes, waterfalls, evergreen forests and gardens.
Da Lat’s population includes about 5000 members of hill tribes, which make up 33 distinct communities in Lam Dong province. Traditional dress can occasionally be spotted in the market places. Hill-tribe women of this area carry their infants on their backs in a long piece of cloth worn over one shoulder and tied in the front.
Dalat’s temperature hovers between a pleasant 15°C to 24°C. Effectively Dalat has two seasons – dry (December to March) and wet (April to November). Even in the wet season, mornings normally remain dry – allowing time for sightseeing.