air, pine trees, brilliant flowers and murmuring brooks –
a picturesque landscape that leaves tourists with a breath-taking
first impression upon visiting the Thung Lung Vang (Golden
Valley) in Da Lat.
pine tree-clad hills surround the 10-hectare tourist park
near the Dankia-Suoi Vang Water Plant, located some 12 kilometers
from the heart of the capital of Lam Dong Province in Vietnam's
Lanh, director of Lam Dong Water Supply Co., says he initially
wanted to develop the area near the water plant so that his
employees could relax there during their spare time.
and officials enjoyed the area so much they decided to join
forces to turn the area into a tourist park, boasting many
specialized trees and precious stones.
In the middle
of the Golden Valley, orchards and flower gardens bloom with
life while man-made streams, lakes and waterfalls create a
tranquil harmony – an Asian philosophy of balance with the
To add to
the naturally-occurring flora, the park brought in other plants
from various international regions.
with the immense ever-green pine forests are not only typical
highlands plants, such as peach, cherry, mimosa, red pine
and p'mu, but also maple trees from Canada – some as old as
80 to 100 years.
Near the kingdom
of plants lies a rock garden with several types of precious
stones, such as chalcedony and agate, from different parts
of the Central Highlands.
From a distance,
the valley looks like a beautiful Chinese ink painting.
the park, many visitors enjoy lying on the soft grass slopes
of the hills under the pine trees.
There is also
ample space for those inclined to camp out.
also fish at uniquely designed lakes, enjoying the tranquil
atmosphere, fresh climate and scenic landscape that rivals
Da Lat’s Doi Cu (Golf Hills).
“I have visited
many sites in Vietnam, but still felt surprised when I arrived
here. This site is quite peaceful, romantic and fresh,” says
Sato Kohara, a Japanese fine arts student, while preparing
to take photographs of wild flowers besides a lawn on a sloping
“If I have
a chance to visit Vietnam again, I will return to this site
together with my friends,” she adds.
park management is currently considering building a restaurant
that will serve Da Lat specialties and offer bungalows for
those wanting to spend the night.
is a garden that will feature rockworks, sculptures and art.
Valley Tourist Park opens daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission
is VND10,000 per person.
two ways to get to the Golden Valley.
You can travel
along Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street to Tung Lam crossroad (near
the Biology Institute), turn left and go another five kilometers
on the way to the Dankia-Suoi Vang area to reach the park.
you can go along Hoang Van Thu Street to pass through Cam
Ly Waterfall and then travel another five kilometres down
the road leading to Suoi Vang.
Nhat Hung - Thanh
Nien News 30 Oct 2007