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Dalat
Vietnamese love the cool climes of this town 5,000 feet above sea level in the highlands of southern Central Vietnam. Dalat was founded in 1893 by French bacteriologist Alexander Yersin and before long it was established as a refuge where French Indochina colonial administrators living in Saigon could cool off during their down time. French villas—many still standing today—and summer palaces of Vietnam’s last emperor, Bao Dai, soon followed. Today many visitors come to escape the tropical heat of much of the country, wander round the manmade lake in the heart of town, and enjoy the locally grown fruits and vegetables sold at the morning market— strawberries, peaches, avocados, artichokes, and more. The Hang Nga Guesthouse is a small hotel with an unusual surrealist design. Dalat is also a great destination for adventure travel, with outfitters offering mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, and canyoning excursions; Phat Tire Ventures is the best operation in town.
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Dalat, Lâm Đồng, Vietnam