Andre Akito

Dalat is a mountain city located in the Central Highlands of Vietnam at approximately 1,500 meters above sea level. Its history dates back to the late 19th century. By that time, Vietnam was  still under French colonial rule and the area where Dalat is situated was inhabited by the ethnic minority groups such as the Lat and the Ma. However French officials were immensely captivated by the cool climate and natural beauty of the region, which led them to use Dalat as a hill station to escape from the heat of the lowlands.

Under the guidance of French architects and urban planners, Dalat was designed and developed as a European-inspired city, reflecting its colonial heritage. The French sought to recreate a “little Paris” in the heart of Vietnam’s Central Highlands, with wide boulevards, villas, gardens, and educational institutions. Dalat’s development progressed rapidly, and by the 1930s, it had become a popular retreat for the French and Vietnamese elite. 

During the Vietnam War, Dalat served as a retreat for both American and South Vietnamese military personnel. After the war and the reunification of Vietnam in 1975, Dalat gradually opened its doors to international tourism and since then, the city’s tourism industry began to flourish. The city has undergone further development and modernization, with the preservation of its colonial architecture and cultural heritage. Dalat continues to be known for its temperate climate, stunning landscapes, vibrant flower industry, and its role as a hub for agricultural production in Vietnam. The city’s fertile soil and favorable climate make it an ideal location for cultivating high-quality fruits, vegetables, and flowers

The city of Dalat

Dalat's Countryside

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