Dalat – Vietnam
An Eternal Honeymoon in le Petit Paris
A cool retreat from the sweltering heat of Vietnam’s coastal plains, Dalat became the hill station of choice for the French, who created here their own Petit Paris on a plateau close to 5,000 feet above sea level.
Enjoying mild, springlike weather year-round, Dalat is called the City of Love because of its longtime popularity with Vietnamese honeymooners, who come for the high-country magic and a landscape dotted with clear lakes, waterfalls, evergreen forests, and flower gardens. Traditional French elegance blends with Vietnamese graciousness in the loveliest hotel in town, the Sofitel Dalat Palace.
Overlooking Xuan Huong Lake, it was built in 1922, when Dalat was still Indochina’s premier mountain resort. The hotel’s world-class 18-hole golf course is a rarity in Vietnam, for the moment the only one of its kind.