Forget the crowded and touristy Da Lat, the peaceful D'ran nearby should be your next destination
About 40 kilometers from Da Lat, D'ran is located at the other end of the D'ran Mountain Pass that connects it with the more popular resort town. Photos credit: Nghiem Phu Lam/VnExpress
If you start from Phan Rang in the central province of Ninh Thuan, you can head to D'ran through the Ngoan Muc Pass.
D'ran's climate is similar to that of Dalat with the year-round coolness, but it is even better thanks to its much slower and more peaceful life.
Although vegetable farms are popular in D'ran, it is better known as a sunflower homeland.
In November and December, tree marigolds, or Mexican sunflowers, are almost everywhere in the little town.
The animals seem to enjoy the fresh air and the peace.
Chau Son, a pine forest, where you can ride a bicycle around is one of a few attractions near D'ran.
Or, you can visit a sunflower field at a dairy farm, about 40 kilometers from the town.
Da Nhim, one of the country's oldest hydropower dams, can be seen from the D'ran Mountain Pass. Opened in 1964, the dam is 38 meters high and nearly 1.46 kilometers long. The reservoir can keep 165 million cubic meters of water.
About 27 kilometers from the town is Ka Don Church, the design of which won the European Prize of Sacred Architecture in 2011. The wooden church was opened in July last year.
Although D'ran has only one motel for tourists at the moment, you can find accommodation in nearby towns, about 12 kilometers away.
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