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March 24, 2012

Dalat historical attractions

Once being recognised as “a Little Paris”, Dalat is a destination of great historical value. Visiting Dalat historical attractions, you will realise the profound influence of French culture here.

Sofitel Palace Dalat Hotel and Novotel Dalat Hotel are celebrated hallmarks of Dalat history. The former was built in 1922 and have been renovated several times, but its original French architecture almost stays the same. The hotel is tastefully decorated with thousand pieces of artwork and sculptures collected throughout the world. It boasts 43 rooms & suites with spectacular views over Xuan Huong Lake. Its Le Rabelais Restaurant and Larry Bar are two favorite hangouts in town.

The latter, Novotel Dalat Hotel, is also an ideal destination in itself. Built in 1932, Novotel Hotel has undergone painstaking renovations to restore its colonial charm. It enjoys prime location right next to Sofitel Palace Dalat Hotel.

Dalat Train Station is also well worth a visit. This was once the finest station in Indochina during 1930s and 1940s. About 105 kilometers of railways were built in early 20th century to connect Dalat and Cham Tower (Nha Trang). During the wars, the lines were ruined and get abandoned. In 1991, the station was restored and turned into a historical heritage site, catching the eyes of thousands of visitors every year. Its original French architecture has been well preserved and the old steam locomotive is still preserved.

You cannot leave Dalat without paying a visit to the Summer Palaces of Bao Dai, the last emperor of Vietnam. His magnificent villa includes three art-deco buildings set amidst gorgeous gardens on top of a hill. All are built by the French between 1933 and 1938. The rooms are not luxurious by modern standards but they used to be so in early 20th century.