Destination Vietnam

Dalat Excursions

Half day Da Lat Orientation tour

Much delight will be taken in an exploration of Dalat ’s architecture – from the villas of the ‘French Quarter ’ to the unusual guesthouse shaped with each annex shaped like a different animal, known as the ‘Crazy House ’!

Visit the town ’s bustling central market, renowned for its fresh vegetables and fruit that is rarely found in a tropical country; they even grow strawberries here! Visit the former Railway Station (in use only for an optional steam train ride) and Dalat Cathedral.

Bao Dai ’s Summer Palace sits on a hill just outside the main centre. Bao Dai was the Last Emperor of Vietnam and the Palace has been preserved exactly as he left it in 1954. It is a classic example of art deco that is a tourist attraction in itself.

Subject to opening times, also visit the Ethnic Museum, which houses a fascinating display of artefacts and traditional costumes.

Half day Lat village

Located 12 km north of Dalat, Lat village is where the ethnic groups habit. The site is suitable for studying the culture of the southwestern Highland ethnic minorities.

Standing at the foot of Langbian Mountain, from the village visitors can climb to the top of the mountain or ride a motorbike to a slightly lesser peak. There are nine hamlets in Lat Village. The inhabitants of five of the hamlets are of the Lat ethnic group and the other four are members of the Chil, Ma, and Koho tribes. They speak different dialects. Traditionally, Lat houses are built on piles with rough plank walls and a thatch roof. There are now 7 groups of ethnic music that perform traditional shows. Visitors can enjoy some of them here.

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