Dalat is known as the honeymoon capital of Vietnam, with couples enjoying the year-round temperate climate. The mild temperatures and clear blue skies also mean that flowers bloom year-round, making the sprawling grounds of Dalat Gardens a popular destination for honeymooners.
But this is no tastefully understated Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens: this is Vietnam, proud home of kitsch. Hedges are shaped into dragons and kittens; wine bottles are stacked to create a faux Christmas tree. Teapot-shaped hedges are complemented by bucket-wielding brooms: apparently Fantasia made it to Vietnam? Horse-drawn buggies await to trot you and your beloved around the manmade lake.
I usually wander gardens taking photo after photo of the flowers, but I spent most of my time in the Dalat Gardens looking for the next garish adornment–and believe me, there were more than enough to find.
What do you think of the Dalat Gardens? Love or hate?