Head into the cool highlands of Dalat, summer retreat of the colonial French, travelling through great plantations of coffee and tea up to the pine forests of the Central Highlands. Admire the fading architecture of another era, then get stuck into the outdoor activities Dalat now offers visitors.
“Cool air, pine forests and European architecture make Dalat feel like a different country. Get up early and visit the market at first light and you soon remember you're in Vietnam, not the Alps!”
Tom Weston, Director
For those wishing to explore more of Vietnam's colonial heritage we recommend following the lead of the French, and heading upcountry from the hot and humid lowlands to the cool of the colonial summer retreat at Dalat, in the heart of the Central Highlands. Located at 1,500m above sea level on the Langbiang Plateau, Dalat was selected by the Indochine administration as a resort for relaxation and recuperation, with the first hotel opening its doors in 1907. Over the following years substantial numbers of colonial villas were built, many remaining today dotted throughout the pine forests.
The heart of Dalat is the Central Market, which adopts a new persona at different times of day. At night traffic is restricted around both lower and upper market squares, and the town throngs with vendors of street-food (barbecued meats are particularly popular here), clothes and toys. From the early morning the lower market transforms into an enormous bustling fresh food market, with all kinds of fruit and vegetables on sale, including those that only grow around the high-altitude Dalat area.
The countryside surrounding Dalat is a combination of attractive forested hills that hide impressive waterfalls, and the agriculture that makes the most of the unique climate. At night the hills are aglow with the warming lamps of the flower growers, who provide flowers for the markets all over Vietnam.
Weather in Dalat
The Climate Guide for Dalat is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.
|Max Daytime Temperature (°C)||22||23||24||26||26||25||25||25||24||24||23||23|
|Min Night-time Temperature (°C)||13||14||15||17||17||17||17||16||16||15||15||14|
|Hours of Sunshine (Daily)||6||6||6||6||5||4||4||4||5||4||5||5|
|Hours of Daylight (Daily)||12||12||12||12||13||13||13||12||12||12||12||11|
|Heat and Humidity Discomfort||None||None||None||Low||Low||Low||Low||None||None||None||None||None|
|Days with some Rainfall||8||6||7||10||17||21||22||24||22||20||13||10|
|Monthly Rainfall (mm)||36||24||42||87||183||191||208||243||241||248||181||91|
|UV Index (Maximum)||11||11+||11+||11+||11+||11+||11+||11+||11+||11+||11||10|
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This itinerary provides an introduction to Vietnam's French colonial heritage, from beautiful Victorian-era hotels to lush, green hill stations.
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