For Le Ngoc Khanh Tam, golf has a lot to do with why there is no place she would rather live than Dalat.
From Kapalua in Hawaii to Cape Kidnappers
in New Zealand, Le Ngoc Khanh Tam has played golf all around the world.
But ask La Vallee de Dalat's developer where she most enjoys playing and she doesn't have to look far.
"For me, it's Dalat Palace Golf Club," she recently told Vietnam Golf magazine. "I like to tell people that once you tee off there, you will forever think about it when you play elsewhere."
The full interview with the avid golfer — she plays almost every day! — will appear in the August 2013 issue. In the meantime, here's a glimpse of what else Tam had to say …
Q: You were born in Dalat. Why do you still love it so much?
A: Growing up in Dalat, I’ve always loved the cool, fresh air, the pine trees, the flowers everywhere, the lakes, the views, and the fresh food. I’ve especially loved the changes in climate, with it often being sunny in the morning and then rainy later in the day, leaving a delightfully fresh smell in the air. Read more…
Aline Ho (left) and Nguyen Dinh Quan studied Dalat's architecture before developing La Vallee de Dalat's masterplan.
What do you get when you combine interior design specialist Aline Ho and entrepreneurial architect Nguyen Dinh Quan?
The answer is Asiatique, a Saigon-based design firm that conceived the look and feel of some of Vietnam's most attractive properties, including La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc, Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang and, of course, La Vallee de Dalat.
Earlier this month, I sat down with the dynamic duo and gathered their thoughts about houses in Vietnam, what drew them to La Vallee de Dalat, who has inspired them over the years, what impression they'd like for potential buyers to leave with, and more. The transcript of that interview follows …
Before we truly get started, tell us about your backgrounds.
Aline: I was born in Vietnam but lived in France for 12 years. I got my start in the business in 1993, with a restaurant project in Hong Kong, under the tutelage of a designer in New York. Subconsciously, I was always inspired by French design and culture. But I always wanted to come back here, to Vietnam, and do what I could to promote Vietnam as a country. People come to me because I have that mix. It helps lot — spending time abroad, and then coming here. You see things in a different way. Our firm specializes in interior design, but obviously, with Quan, we do architecture as well.