Another long day with several long passes through pretty valleys, countryside, and grueling passes. (Remember there is a support vehicle if you need a break)After breakfast, transfer up the road for about an hour and a half to beautiful Lak Lake. From here, we ride to Dalat over several passes, through forests and past hill tribe long houses. Late afternoon arrive in the Dalat known as the jewel of the highlands. This city was established as a hill resort at the beginning of the last century by homesick French colonials who were attracted to its cool, spring-like weather, pine forests, waterfalls and lakes. Many reminders of Dalat’s colonial past can be seen in the hundreds of European style villas, chalets and other buildings still standing around town. One fine example is the cream-colored art deco villa that was once the summer home of Vietnam’s last emperor, Bao Dai. Another slightly grander example of Dalat’s colonial architecture is the superbly restored Dalat Palace Hotel overlooking the central Xuan Huong Lake. On the opposite side of Xuan Huong Lake is Vietnam’s first golf course, originally built for Emperor Bao Dai and recently restored, it is now one of the top courses in the region.
Apart from its colonial heritage Dalat is known in Vietnam for its market gardens which grow `everything from carrots and cauliflowers to avocados and bananas as well as many varieties of flowers. For the Vietnamese, Dalat means romance, and with attractions like the Valley of Love it is the destination of choice for local honeymooners. A few kilometers from Dalat, at the base of Mount Langbian is the village of the Lat ethnic minority from whom Dalat takes part of its name. Overnight in Dalat.