The atmosphere in Dalat is different than in other major cities in Vietnam. The French built here villas and other wonderful summer stay to escape the heat of Ho Chi Minh City, then called Saigon, during their domination. The town mostly situated at 1500 meters altitude, making it feel a lot cooler. In the afternoon, the weather is perfect to practice different outdoor sports. When the sun goes down it can be a bit colder and you need a jacket. Besides the beautiful colonial buildings you see in and around the city there is also a lot of fruit plantations you can visit. There are a lot of strawberry fields. The many lakes and waterfalls next to the city ensure that the city is a popular destination among tourists, as also among newlywed Vietnamese.