Dalat, capital of Lam Dong Province, is located approximately 308km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. At an elevation of 1,500m, Dalat bears the look of an Old French city. It was founded in 1897 when Doctor Alexandre Yersin recommended that the area be developed as a resort town. Dalat has many natural and artificial lakes such as Ho Xuan Huong, Than Tho, Da Thien, and Tuyen Lam bordered by lines of pine trees, which are a well-known feature of Dalat. A trip to Dalat is not complete until one goes to the Dalat Flower Gardens.
The temperate climate of Dalat is suitable for flowers such as orchids, roses, lilies, and camellias. Nowadays, visitors not only limit themselves to Dalat; they also visit the area of Langbian Highland and the ethnic minorities. Langbian Mountain’s highest peak at 2,165m is very tempting for climbers. From Lom Bieng Klo peak, one can see endless green mountains reflecting the silver rays of the sun.
Dalat City is chosen as the charming destination for SEA Life Matters Course 2013 as it embraces a beautiful reflective space to connect with the nature on our own inner and outer journey.
HO CHI MINH CITY
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is located in the heart of southern Viet Nam between the northern edge of the Mekong Delta and the southeastern region of volcanic red soil. Ho Chi Minh City is intertwined with natural forests and vast plains with hundreds of rivers and canals coming together in the Saigon River.
Over the past three centuries, Saigon was praised as the, “Pearl of the Orient” and the “Paris of Asia” for its wide boulevards lined with stately trees and magnificent French villas. Its strategic location was an important trade center for Chinese, Japanese and Western merchants. Currently, Ho Chi Minh City, with a total population of over seven million, is the largest city in Viet Nam and a major hub for commercial, tourism and cultural activities.
Today, Ho Chi Minh City is a big tourism center in Vietnam, attracting large numbers of visitors to Viet nam. Various attractions include museums, theatres, cultural houses, the Cu Chi Tunnels, and more. Despite its past turbulent history, Ho Chi Minh City nevertheless possesses various beautiful buildings displaying a mixture of Vietnamese, Chinese and European cultures. This historical landscape includes Nha Rong (Dragon House Wharf), Quoc To Temple (National Ancestors Temple), Xa Tay (Municipal Office), Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre as well as many pagodas and churches (Vinh Nghiem, Giac Vien, Giac Lam, Phung Son pagodas). Ho Chi Minh City displays many ancient architectural constructions, famous vestiges and renowned sights. It has still retained traditional values with northern and western cultural influences.
Visitors can find easy access to the Mekong Delta while staying just a day or two. The Mekong Delta is a wonderful and unforgettable experience. A tour by boat along the river, passing paddy fields, water buffaloes, tangled fruit orchards and excited waving children.
You can contact the SEA LMC 2013 Secretariat for tour booking information or recommendations.