Travel: Dalat, Vietnam

Talking about overseas pre-wedding photoshoots, we’re sure the first names that come to your mind are places like Taiwan, Japan, Korea, or even Europe. But, did you know that you don’t actually have to look too far from our own backyard to find a gorgeous city for your pre-wedding photos (and this’ll be gentler on your pursestrings too)?

Enter Dalat, Vietnam — previously a summer retreat for the French during the colonial era, Dalat is a breeze to get to at a mere 35-minute domestic flight away from Ho Chi Minh City. The French were apparently so enamoured with the city that they coined it ‘Little Paris’! (Look out for the replica of the Eiffel Tower in the city centre.) Dalat is situated 1,500m above sea level, giving it a pleasant springtime weather all year round. Though immensely popular with local Vietnamese couples as the choice destination for pre-wedding photoshoots and honeymoons, Dalat has been relatively under the radar for international visitors to date. But not for long, we say. Check out these scenic spots that we’ve sussed out and you’ll see what we mean!

1. Xuan Huong Lake

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Photo by phucthang

You would never miss Xuan Huong Lake, which is located right in the centre of town. The lake takes on various personalities throughout the day — at dawn, it is mysterious when enshrouded with the morning mist; at mid-day, it is piercing and clear as the tranquil waters reflect the colours of the sky; at dusk, it is slightly melancholic as the waters fade to deep navy blue, then velvet, and the lights start to come on nearby. Whichever your pick, we’re sure this is a surefire spot for great pictures.

2. Valley of Love

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Photo from Sinh Cafe Travel

From its namesake, we believe you don’t need further emphasis on how romantic this attraction is! Located about 3km away outside of Dalat, Valley of Love (or Vallée D’amour, as the French call it) features dramatic peaks and dips, French architecture from the late 19th century, vast expanses of pine trees, and also gorgeous views of the nearby Lang Bian Peak. We also recommend the Da Thein Lake as a photogenic spot for those pictures!

3. Dalat Flower Park

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Flower lovers listen up — the Dalat Flower Park will be your dream come true as it contains more than 300 species of flowers over its 7000m² grounds! They certainly don’t call Dalat as “the city with thousand flowers” for nothing! Make the most out of your visit by timing it with the annual Flower Festival, which usually takes place from the last week of December, and stretches over to the first week of January. While you should expect big crowds, you would also enjoy the added bonus of catching sight of imported species of flowers that are usually not featured in the park.

4. Prenn Fall

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Photo from Vietnam Tourism Group

There are no lack of waterfalls near Dalat, but it appears that Prenn Fall is by far the most popular and a must-go on any Dalat itinerary. Conveniently located just 10km away from the city centre, Prenn Fall is easily accessible through a short car ride. While you’re at it, be sure to try out the local fish soup, which we hear comes highly recommended among other travellers!

Which other scenic spots in Southeast Asia would you recommend for overseas pre-wedding shoots? Give us a shoutout anytime!