Da Lat might be the opposite of what you imagine when you picture Vietnam. The trees are pines, not palms. There's no sticky, oppressive tropical heat. The air is crisp, fresh, and wonderful. It feels like you've somehow stepped into the French Alps (if you replace skiing with motorbiking).
The mountainous city of Da Lat is Vietnam's agricultural center. Its year-round temperate climate has earned it the nickname of "the City of Eternal Spring," and for good reason. In covered hillside poly-tunnels and lush open-air valleys, Da Lat's farmers grow everything from artichokes, coffee, and strawberries to tropical fruit like bananas and passion fruit. Its bell peppers, flowers, and preserves are sold around the entire country. Tourists take home Da Lat's harvest by the taped-up boxful.