Dalat, built on a plateau 1,500 metres above sea level, became such a favourite retreat of the colonial French that it became known as ‘Le Petit Paris’. Dalat still bears a passing resemblance to a French town, an impression that is diminishing as Vietnamese-style buildings proliferate. A cooling escape from the heat of the coastal plains and the Mekong ... More>Delta, Dalat has a refreshingly mild climate with attractive waterfalls, lakes, springs, pine-covered hills and French-built villas. It’s also a good base for visiting local tribal villages outside the town. Some villages, like Lat Village and the Chicken Village (with a huge statue of a chicken), are close to Dalat itself. Highlights of Dalat include Emperor Bao Dai's Summer Palace, the Linh Phuoc Pagoda and Dalat railway station. The majority of the visitors who come here are Vietnamese, but you will see a lot of westerners here too, because although the roads leading into town are bumpy it’s a stop on many of the bus tours that run up and down Vietnam. We do recommend spending a few days here and enjoying some of the great one day tours that you can book, either online or via most hotels in Dalat. They will take you to the summer palaces, flower gardens and a cable car ride to Thien Vien Truc Lam Monastery.