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Being the capital city of Lam Dong Province, Dalat has its own poetic and romantic charm at 1,500 meters above sea level and 18ºC everage temperature. Many of most famous and beautiful lakes and waterfalls in Vietnam can be found here together with hills, pine-tree forests, vegetable gardens and flowers. Dalat has more than 300 French villas scattered on the hills giving it the beauty you can find nowhere.
Unfortunately, Dalat's central feature, the Xuan Huong lake, has been completely drained by the authorities for maintenance. From early 2010 until mid to late 2011, the jewel in the crown of Dalat is now just an empty dust bowl, with trucks full of dirt running through the roads of the city taking the fertile soil out to the countryside.
Located in the Central Highlands region, Lam Dong is a mountainous province, and 70% of its area is covered in forest.
North: Dak Lak and Dak Nong provinces
South-East: Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan provinces
West: Binh Phuoc and Dong Nai provinces
The North of Lam Dong is high mountains, the Lang Biang plateau, with summits of altitudes between 1,300m – above 2,000m such as Bidoup (2,287m), Lang Biang (2,167m). The East and the West are mountains with modest altitudes (500m – 1,000m). The South is the transition from the Di Linh – Bao Loc plateau to the semi-flat country.