The capital of Lam Dong Province, the town of Dalat is a five-hour private car journey from Ho Chi Minh City. Situated at 1500 meters above sea level, Dalat rests on the Laing Biang Plateau in the southern tip of Vietnam’s Central Highlands. The region has abundant agriculture, growing mushrooms, tomatoes, strawberries, coffee, tea and more recently wine grapes, with the arrival of the Dalat Vineyard in 2007. Needless to say travelers are treated to teeming local markets, bursting with the color and smells of the region’s fresh produce.
The town itself is a mix of shows and tourist haunts that really understate the natural splendor of its surroundings. Many who venture to Dalat do so for the nature trekking and adventure offerings that abound around it, though the town offers plenty of dining and nightlife choice.
Climate has always played a large role in Dalat’s appeal to visitors, including the town’s founders in 1897, when French explorers (including renowned bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin) decided Dalat would make an ideal tourist retreat.
With year-round temperatures averaging 17º Celsius, fertile soils, lush foliage and outstanding scenery, Dalat offers perfect conditions to sample some of the very best kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and all-terrain vehicle adventures in Vietnam.
Ho Xuan Hong Lake, in the center of Dalat, offers a great way to spend an afternoon leisurely paddling away in a hire –kayak after the hustle of the markets. iTrek has designed adventure offerings that take you through the varied ecosystem and terrain that make Dalat famous: pine-forested hills, jungle-blanketed valleys with beautiful waterfalls, spectacular lakes, and remote villages and farms.