About Dalat: The capital of the Lam Dong province in south central Vietnam, Da Lat is a hilltop village of meandering streets, lush vegetation, and waterfalls. Also referred to as the “City of Eternal Spring. ” the city is known for producing flowers and fruit confections. Da Lat doesn't feel like anywhere else in Vietnam. You'd be to think you were in the foothills of the French Alps. During the colonial era, the French used Da Lat as an escape from the heat of what was then Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City, building villas and relaxing in the cool, clear mountain air.