Imagine a city with quaint French architecture, brightly colored homes and fresh, cool temps. There is lush greenery, colorful flowers on every corner and rolling mountains.
Would you ever imagine that city to be in… Vietnam?
We spent several days in Dalat, a city in Vietnam’s central highlands. Although it’s a popular tourist destination for locals, I didn’t see any foreigners while I was there, though I saw plenty in Ho Chi Minh City.
After arriving at the airport, we wound our way up a twisting road through beautiful country side to reach the city.
Dalat is called the city of flowers, and indeed, there are flowers everywhere.
Some of the medians are planted with literally thousands of roses.
While we didn’t find a ton to do there, we had fun exploring.
The cooler temperatures were a welcome relief from the heat and humidity in Ho Chi Minh, and I finally felt alive again after sweating my way through Laos and south Vietnam.
We explored the old train station, and I knew my little guy would have been going nuts over the trains.
These guys were trading soccer cards like American kids with baseball cards and couldn’t be bothered to let us take a picture of them.
I was supposed to take a photo of “motion” for my then in-progress photography class, and this main avenue along one of Dalat’s many lakes provided an opportunity.
The dinner right on the water was excellent, too.
And though at times it felt like we might be somewhere in Europe, there were reminders everywhere that we were still in Asia.
Next time you have a craving for European architecture with an Asian twist, try Dalat for an unexpected respite.