Most visitors to Dalat are Vietnamese, and most of them leave loaded with stuff. What they like to take home is dried and candied fruits, strawberry preserves, coffee, green and artichoke tea, local wine, dried venison, orchids, strawberries, avocados, and other fresh produce. Dalat night market offers all these items plus much more. It is one of the best night markets I have come across. It’s worth a visit, better still, stop for a coffee in one of the sidewalk cafes and watch all the people and hundreds of motorbikes!
Dalat looks like a cross between Vietnam and the French Alps. For me, it was reminiscent of Mussoorie – the hillstation in northern India where I went to boarding school. Many of Dalat’s hotels and houses are built in a European/ French style and the city itself boasts of more than 2000 French colonial houses and villas. The city spreads across a series of pine-covered hills, with a small lake in the centre and surrounded by a man made lake and higher peaks, making for some lovely scenery quite different from the rest of Vietnam. Temperatures are pleasantly warm by day, and quite cool at night, down to 10 degrees Celsius.