Da Lat offers promotions

With the National Tourism Year this year focusing on the Central Highlands – Da Lat, many travel firms, tourism sites, hotels, and restaurants in Da Lat have launched promotions with discounts of up to 40 per cent.

Da Lat offers promotionsThis is the first time that Da Lat is offering such large promotions in summer, the peak tourism season. Known as the “City of Flowers”, Da Lat is a popular tourism destination with many beautiful landscapes and historic sites such as Love Valley, King Bao Dai’s Palace, Prenn Waterfall, and Lake Xuan Huong.

Dalat’s wild sightseeing spots

Dalat’s wild sightseeing spotsFrom Dalat railway station, tourists can rent a motorbike to head to Cau Dat which is known for having the best Arabica coffee in Vietnam. Upon arrival, one can see a signboard instructing the way to Hang Cop. The cave was put into operation a long time ago but then fell into oblivion.

Local people said that the cave has a spectacular waterfall in the rainy season and its beauty can compete with other popular locations like Prenn, Cam Ly and Datanla waterfalls.

Tourists have to conquer 350 slippery steps to reach the waterfall which is ideal for overnight camping or just a short visit to take photos, breathe in the fresh air, or swim. People sometimes can see eagles flying across some huge pine trees.

Ankroet hydro-power plant which has been operated since 1945 is 20km from Dalat to the northwest. Tourists to the site can admire unique stone architecture in French style from the early 20th century. The plant is about 2km from the Dan Kia – Suoi Vang tourist site. There’s a narrow path with many sloping corners under pine shades leading to the beautiful lake. Those who wish to have private and relaxation time can choose these two places for their next exploration.

Lam Dong expands trade villages

The Central Highlands province of Lam Dong will develop 12 trade villages into tourist destinations in the period 2014-16. The villages are located in the districts of Lac Duong, Duc Trong, Lam Ha, Bao Lam, Dam Rong, Da Lat and Bao Loc cities, and along national highways 20, 27, and provincial highways 722, 725.

Lam Dong expands trade villagesThe programme is part of a project to preserve and develop trade villages in Lam Dong which has a total investment of VND8.2 billion, and has been approved by the province People’s Committee.

The project target is to increase the number of trade villages to 33 by 2016. The province will build showrooms for products of trade villages, including flowers, brocade, ruou can (wine drunk out of jar through pipes), and silk, to bring the products to tourists.

Dalat, place for couples on Valentine’s Day

Dalat, place for couples on Valentine’s DayThe Love Valley and Mong Mo (Dreamlike) Hill are two of the most attractive places for romantics. At Mong Mo Hill, couples are offered a chance to write notes of wishes and pin them to the “love tree”. Whilst the Love Valley offers a poetic beauty for them to capture the moments they are together.

Young couples can also enjoy the city at night by riding tandem bicycles or floating across Xuan Huong Lake in swan boats. Many resorts, hotels, restaurants and coffee shops in the city will offer special music performances to visitors on Valentine’s Day.

Tourists to Da Lat during the time will have a chance to take part in the Pongour waterfall festival held annually on the first full-moon of the Lunar Year. This year’s festival, which coincides with Valentine’s Day, will be held at the provincial level for the first time as part of the 2014 Central Highlands-Da Lat national tourism year.

Between February 13 and 14, programmes featuring the Thai ethnic group’s cultural identity, photo and calligraphy exhibitions, folk games, and a special event for lovers will take place, expecting to attract 200-300 couples.

Located in Duc Trong District, 50 km south of Da Lat, the Pongour is considered the wildest and most mighty waterfall in the southern Central Highlands.

Flower Festival Dalat 5th 2013

Dalat Flower Festival 5th is one of the traditional programs which create the brandname of Dalat – little Europe in Vietnam. This festival is promising in attracting visitors to Dalat.

Flower Festival Dalat 5th 2013

At the end of this Decemer, Lam Dong will be holding 3 big events: National Tourism Year of Central Highland – Dalat 2014, 120 years of forming and developing Dalat, Flower Festival Dalat 5th.

Among those, flower festival is a remark in the end of the year of this central highland area. Flower festival is the chance for exhibiting and showing the flowers of Dalat as well as of other areas in Vietnam and nearby countries. Apart from attracting visitors, the festival also aims to honor the values of the flower and flower planting service, so it broadcasts and attracts investment.

In this flower festival, Dalat will be decorated specially and sparklingly with the flowers of the central highland city. Some outstanding programs are festival night Da Lat and Flower 120 years, Flower market 2013, conference of Dalat flower and tourism, Carnaval Dalat flower 2013, etc.

All the program will be organized from 26 Dec 2013 to 1 Jan 2014.

Vietnam tourism development destruct the nature

Located in the famous tourist city of Da Lat, the Cam Ly Waterfall, a dreamlike beautiful landscape is getting polluted more seriously.

Vietnam tourism development destruct the nature
According to Ta Hoang Giang, Director of the Da Lat Tourism Service JSC, the developer of the Cam Ly waterfall, the stream goes through many residential quarters in the central area of the city and receives the rubbish from the people living there.

Garbage, waste water has been discharged to the stream uncontrollably, which has made the stream pitch-dark. The company’s workers have to clear the rubbish every day, dredge the stream, and install plastics pipes to prevent rubbish. However, Giang admitted that these are just temporary measures which cannot help settle the problem to the every root.

“The big sum of money spent to deal with the pollution has come to nothing because it’s not enough to treat the seriously polluted water source,” he complained.

The Xuan Huong Lake, a wonderful landscape, has reportedly been “poisoned” with algae, which gives bad odor. The water from the lake has made the Cam Ly waterfall fall sick.

The Than Tho Lake has also suffered the same problem. The serious pollution has made the romantic landscape less valuable in the eyes of tourists. The lake now looks like a fish pond with wild grass, duckweed and rubbish around.

Experts said the lake has been poisoned by the agriculture production area nearby, where there are vegetable gardens and grass houses. The cultivation here has discharged the plant protection chemicals and the agriculture refuses which then absorb into the earth, the underground water sources, or go together with the rainwater to go to the lake.

Mui Ne beach in Phan Thiet province is also facing the big problems caused by the pollution. The “culprits” here are the mini resorts and accommodation systems which do not care about the measures to protect the environment. The waste water from the resorts has been discharging directly to the sea without any treatment. Meanwhile, no one takes the responsibility of controlling the resorts.

An officer of the Binh Thuan province Environment Police Station said that in general, resort developers don’t want to spend money on the waste water treatment systems. Many resorts don’t have such systems; others have tiny ones which never operate unless the resorts receive inspectors.

Tran Van Binh, Deputy Chair of the Binh Thuan Tourism Association, said travel firms have to spend their own money to collect many tons of rubbish in the coastal areas.

“We do this for the sake of the national tourism brand of Mui Ne. The tourism paradise must not be full of rubbish,” he said.

A report of the Quang Ninh provincial tourism department showed that every 40 out of the 100 European tourists to Vietnam visited the Ha Long Bay in 2012. Since there are not many original tourism activities ashore, travelers spent most of their time on the bay surface and the limestone caves on the sea.

The pollution has also been caused by the ships which carry coal to the bigger ships. The cement plants nearby have also discharges smoke and dust.

Source: Nguoi Dua Tin

Japanese paintings exhibited in Da Lat

A painting exhibition was held in the Central Highland city of Da Lat on February 28 to showcase works created by Japanese politicians, artists and economists.

Japanese paintings exhibited in Da LatThe event, jointly held by the Japanese Akita Club of America (JACA) and the Japan-Vietnam Cooperation Club, was part of activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties.

On display were special art works created by former Japanese Prime Ministers Kaifu Toshiki and Asho Taro, congressman Tsuruho Yosuke, and Japan’s goodwill ambassador to Vietnam, singer Sugi Ryotaro.

The exhibited works featured the beauty of the people and landscapes of Japan, as well as Japanese traditional festivals.

The exhibition is expected to strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation in the future, said Noro Akihiko, former governor of Mie prefecture and member of JACA.

Crazy House Hotels in Dalat

Dalat city of Lam Dong highland province is not only famous for hills, pine trees, waterfalls, it is also famous for the villas and other unique stuffs.

Crazy House Hotels in DalatThe official name of the house hotel inside the city of Dalat is Hang Nga Guesthouse and gallery, but all locals refer to it as the crazy house. And when you stand in front of its entrance it is easy to see why: this house is indeed strange. It does not comply with any convention about house building, has unexpected twists and turns, roofs and rooms. It looks like a fairy tale castle, it has enormous “animals” like a giraffe and a spider, no window is rectangular or round, and it can be visited like a museum.

In general, the base of the building is a tree, which can be seen especially from the outside. Huge tree trunks and branches try to make you believe that this is a tree-house instead of a house-tree. One thing is sure: this is something you would perhaps not expect to find in Vietnam. It would seem much more into place in Barcelona, amidst the Gaudí fantasies and exuberant architecture. It is hard to imagine that the designer of the house was not influenced by his controversial and unconventional buildings.

Crazy House Hotels in Dalat

In fact, the architect of this little wonder in Dalat is a woman named Hang Nga (hence the name of the guesthouse). One earlier of her design buildings was torn down because it was considered to be anti-socialist. There must still be party people who do not approve of the lavish style of this house. The one advantage of the architect, though, is a very strong one: her father was formerly president of Vietnam in the 1980s

Dalat flower franchise

Da Lat is not only famous for the beautiful plateau landscape, but also for the beautiful flowers industry which is the main supplier for Vietnam and regional countries. Permission to use the “Dalat Flower” brand was granted to 14 orchid growers in the Central Highland city of Dalat on June 8 2012.

Dalat flower franchiseThe “Dalat Flower” brand was registered with the National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) in December 2011. Flower producers awarded the three-year franchise is entitled to label their home-grown flowers with the “Dalat Flower” brand when they come on the market.

So far, 16 flower producers have been granted permission to use the “Dalat Flower” brand.

Source: Nhan Dan online

Inside Valley of Love in Dalat

The plateau on which Dalat city is located was discovered by French bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin and was mapped in 1893. In the middle of the 1910s, the urban area of Dalat was formed and gradually became a resort center for French governmental officials and rich French people in Indochina. Of all well-known tourist attractions in Dalat city in the Central Highlands, Thung Lung Tinh Yeu (The Valley of Love) appeals to many travelers thanks to its romantic landscape.

Inside Valley of Love in DalatIn 1930, the French named the green and romantic valley “Vallé d’Amour” (“Thung Lung Tinh Yeu” – “Valley of Love”). During the reign of King Bao Dai, the region was called the Valley of Peace. Since 1953, it has again been known as the Valley of Love. In 1972, a dam was built and Da Thien Lake formed. In 1998, the Da Thien Lake – Valley of Love was recognized as a national landscape. The landmark’s attraction is based on the natural, romantic features of its green and charming space. Reclamation and investment projects have also added more fascinating features for guests enjoy, from a hill of flowers and green trees to tiny paths which draw many love-struck couples. Arriving at the valley, travelers will see the image of two pairs of hands exchanging rings, statues of affectionate couples, and benches symbolizing well-matched couples.

The Valley of Love covers 242 hectares, which is an ideal venue for those who love picnicking and camping. Poetic landscapes plus the melodious sounds of the pine forest in the wind, and the 13-hectare Da Thien Lake make the scene there more stunning. At the foot of the hill is Da Thien Lake whose water is clear amidst the beautiful greenery. Many couples hire boats to explore the lake, and then sit in the shade of the immense pine forest to speak softly love to each other.

The Valley of Love has been chosen to host many special events such as Valentine’s Day (February 14) celebrations, the Kissing Festival in 2008 attracting the participation of 500 couples, and the Dancing Festival in 2009. In 2011, the Rose Park, a garden of rose flowers in various colors, was built on a romantic hill.

There are iron frames designed into two hearts as a place for couples to make vows, as well as fasten their symbolic love locks, the keys for which are thrown into the lake in the center of the park near the statue of love. The hill in the valley is covered by green grass and pine trees where guests can enjoy their private dreamland. Another path leads tourists to Mimosa Stream flowing from Da Thien Dam and surrounded by mimosa flowers. It is a heaven on earth as visitors can listen to the singing of the stream while smelling the scent of flowers.

The Valley of Love well deserves its reputation as a place imbued with love, thanks to its natural beauty. The road around Da Thien Lake is lined by shade trees and leads to Eden Hill, where there is a small garden, tiny tents, and tables and chairs made from stumps. Sitting on this hill, visitors can view the entire lake sparkling below.

While being in Valley of Love, tourists can indulge themselves in nature and let their minds drift away with the pine trees’ songs. Those who want to discover and conquer the heights can trek, or hire a car, up Vong Canh Hill. From the zigzagging paths climbing Vong Canh Hill, tourists will contemplate a panoramic view of the Valley of Love full of pine trees, flowers and lawns. Coming to Vong Canh Hill, guests can witness the perfume production process of Miss Dalat Company and visit its perfume showroom. Travelers can buy original souvenirs and over 100 types of perfume there. Leaving Vong Canh Hill, tourists can take a walk around the valley and visit souvenir shops to select their favorite gifts.

In here, you can witness many couples, even those who have already spent most of their lives together, often go hand in hand through the Valley of Love as though this were an exclusive venue for them only. Many love promises made in this valley have turned out to be beautiful love stories.

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