The French call it “un coup de foudre” which literally translates to “a bolt of lightning,” but the term is also used to describe love at first sight. When it comes to travel, I’d only experienced that feeling twice before: Lausanne in Switzerland, truly one of the beautiful cities in Europe, and San Francisco, California, which is right near the top of any list of gorgeous destinations.As of now it’s three times – it took me only a couple of hours to see that Da Lat (also spelled “Dalat” in one single word like many other cities in Vietnam) is a city unlike any I’ve seen in Asia. Perched up in the hills about 200 miles north of Ho Chi Minh City (commonly abbreviated to HCMC, and often referred to by its former name Saigon), Da Lat is at 1,500 meters or 5,000 feet above sea level, so the first thing you’ll notice is the temperate climate.That’s why the French conceived the city – a cool retreat from the searing heat of Saigon. Da Lat is only just over 100 years old, built in the early 1900s during the French colonial era, but you’d never know it. The old city… Read full this story
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