Ngoan Muc Pass

If you arrive in Dalat fron Nha Trang, you will have to cross Ngoan Muc Pass to enter the town. Ngoan Muc is a Vietnamese translation of the French name “Belle Vue” which was given to the pass after Dr.A.Yersin firdt discovered Lang Bian  Highlands.

Ngoan Muc Pass

On a clear day you can see all the way across the coastal plain to the Pacific Ocean (an aerial distance of 55km)! As the highway winds down the mountain in a series of switchbacks, it passes under two gargantuan water pipes – still guarded by armed troops in concrete fortifications – that link Dan Nhim Lake with the hydroelectric power station.

Ngoan Muc Pass

Ngoan Muc Pass

To the south of the road (to the right as you face the ocean) you can see the steep tracks of the crémallère linking Thap Cham with Dalat. If you’re leaving Dalat for Phan Rang, sites of interest at the top of Ngoan Muc Pass include a waterfall next to the highway, pine forests and the old Bellevue train station.

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