A forgotten paradise in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

A forgotten paradise in Vietnam’s Central Highlands
Layers of mountains are seen from atop the Dai Binh Mountain in Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong

As tourists flock to Da Lat in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam to enjoy the city’s most beautiful time of the year, they tend to overlook its twin sister Bao Loc, a forgotten paradise that’s on par with Da Lat in terms of beauty, but without the hassle.

Located around 1,000 meters above sea level in the Lang Biang Plateau, Bao Loc City in Lam Dong Province is 500 meters lower than Da Lat.

It is 190 kilometers north of Ho Chi Minh City, or 120 kilometers closer to the southern metropolis than Da Lat.

The relatively close distance of Da Lat from Ho Chi Minh City, and most importantly its established reputation as a perfect summer hideout, made it a more preferable choice for holiday seekers over Bao Loc.

However, those who take a chance on Bao Loc rarely regret their decision.

A tea farm in Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong
A tea farm in Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong

The city welcomes its visitors with untouched beauty and heavenly landscapes that are rarely seen even in Da Lat, where urbanization are slowly take its toll on the city’s beauty.

Bao Loc’s beauty if for the soul rather than the eyes, as it has no more tourist attractions than can be counted on one hand.

Its hillsides are not littered with flower-growing greenhouses, and vast swaths of green forest, soaked in creamy clouds, bring calmness to even the most adventurous souls.

Vantage points in Bao Loc are popular spots for professional and amateur photographers looking for a brilliant shot.

It is said that those who spend a night in Bao Loc often find themselves waking up in a paradise on Earth.

Red algae blossoms on a lake in Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong
Red algae blossoms on a lake in Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong
Dong Nai Lake in downtown Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong
Dong Nai Lake in downtown Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong
The Dai Binh Mountain in Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong
The Dai Binh Mountain in Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong
A part of Bao Loc City is bathed in sunlight and fog. Photo: Le Van Cuong
A part of Bao Loc City is bathed in sunlight and fog. Photo: Le Van Cuong
Linh Quy Phap An Pagoda, nicknamed ‘Gate of Heaven’, in Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong
Linh Quy Phap An Pagoda, nicknamed ‘Gate of Heaven’, in Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong
Rolling clouds are seen above mountain ranges in Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong
Rolling clouds are seen above mountain ranges in Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong
A church rises above the clouds in Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong
A church rises above the clouds in Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong
Downtown Bao Loc City in the early morning. Photo: Le Van Cuong
Downtown Bao Loc City in the early morning. Photo: Le Van Cuong
The Dai Binh Mountain in Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong
The Dai Binh Mountain in Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong
A motorcyclist on his way to the top of Dai Binh Mountain in Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong
A motorcyclist on his way to the top of Dai Binh Mountain in Bao Loc City. Photo: Le Van Cuong

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