Vietnam Real Estate: Why an Old Dalat Villa Development Intrigues

Posted by Le Ngoc Khanh Tam | in Old Dalat | on 03-27-2013

A brochure from the 1940s illustrated a Dalat development that would include villas "evoking Alps mountain chalets."
A brochure from the 1940s illustrated a Dalat development that would include villas "evoking Alps mountain chalets."
As the first of the villas at La Vallee de Dalat nears its debut, we're reminded of another day in Dalat when a developer unveiled plans for an upscale villa community over these piney hills.

It was during World War II, and the project was known as Cite Decoux (Decoux City), in honor of the Vichy Governor-General, Jean Decoux.

Back then, Dalat was the summer capital of French Indochina, a federation of three Vietnamese regions, as well as Cambodia, Laos and a small portion of China.

The colons came to Dalat then for the same reasons so many tourists come today: to escape the heat and humidity of Southeast Asia’s lower elevations, and to revel in the airy nature of a place now commonly referred to as the ‘City of Eternal Spring.’

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