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Discover routes full of wild sunflowers in Da Lat

Thursday, November 09, 2023, 11:18 GMT+7
Discover routes full of wild sunflowers in Da Lat
A woman poses for a photo amid bushes of wild sunflowers in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

Wild sunflowers have burst into full bloom across the forests, valleys, and roads of Da Lat City in Lam Dong Province, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands region, marking the end of the rainy season and turning the city into a prime destination for those seeking to revel in the vibrant blossoms and refreshing air.  

The inner city boasts numerous locations with expansive wild sunflower meadows. 

However, it is the outskirts, like Trai Mat and Cau Dat areas, and the environs of Da Lat, such as Duc Trong, Don Duong, and Lac Duong Districts, that offer endless wild sunflower vistas.

A tractor travels along a wild sunflower-filled road in the Tu Tra region, Don Duong District, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

A tractor travels along a wild sunflower-filled road in the Tu Tra region, Don Duong District, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

Wild sunflowers go by several Vietnamese names, including ‘da quy,’ ‘huong duong dai,’ ‘cuc quy,’ and ‘son quy.’ 

The flowers belong to the chrysanthemum plant family and typically grow into two- to three-meter high bushes.

A woman poses for a photo amid bushes of wild sunflowers in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

A woman poses for a photo amid bushes of wild sunflowers in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

Wild sunflowers have become an iconic symbol of Da Lat, with its blooming season typically starting between the end of October and the end of November each year, or when the rainy season ends.

In years with extended periods of rain, the flowering season may be delayed.

Wild sunflowers bloom in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

Wild sunflowers bloom in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

One of the most picturesque routes for observing wild sunflowers in Da Lat is the Cam Ly-Van Thanh-Ta Nung-Elephant Falls path. 

This route is adorned with abundant wildflowers on both sides and across the sprawling hills.

Wild sunflowers bloom on a hill along Lien Khuong-Prenn Expressway in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

Wild sunflowers bloom on a hill along Lien Khuong-Prenn Expressway in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

Within the city, the most stunning location to admire wild sunflowers in full bloom is the old Cam Ly airport, situated in the heart of the Van Thanh flower village, about five kilometers from the center of Da Lat.

The Cau Dat-Dran-Don Duong Town-Phi Nom route is equally striking. 

A farmer travels along a wild sunflower-filled road in the Tu Tra region, Don Duong District, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

A farmer travels along a wild sunflower-filled road in the Tu Tra region, Don Duong District, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

On the 25-kilometer journey from downtown Da Lat to Cau Dat tea hill, a renowned attraction of the city, travelers will frequently encounter stretches graced with wild sunflowers. 

This area presents an ideal opportunity for tourists to combine flower watching with a visit to Cau Dat. 

Along this route, there is also a spot near the base of the Da Nhim hydroelectric dam.

Wild sunflowers bloom in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

Wild sunflowers bloom in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

In addition, Prenn Pass and Lien Khuong Expressway are popular with young people as ideal destinations for wild sunflower outings due to their proximity to the center of Da Lat. 

Notably, Lien Khuong Expressway offers a stunning view of an entire hill covered in a vibrant carpet of yellow shade from wild sunflowers overlooking Elephant Mountain.

The route from Bao Dai Palace 3 through Tuyen Lam Lake to Clay Tunnel is another itinerary full of beautiful wildflowers blooming.

A woman poses for a photo amid bushes of wild sunflowers in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

A woman poses for a photo amid bushes of wild sunflowers in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

The segment of National Highway 20 that passes through Phu Hiep Pass and enters Di Linh Town in Di Linh District is also a highly-recommended route for those enthusiastic about wild sunflowers. 

This route is lined with flowers on both sides and the hills and is convenient for travelers heading to Da Lat via National Highway 20.

Wild sunflowers bloom in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

Wild sunflowers bloom in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

The Tu Tra-Bong Lai road and the vicinity of Da Lat Milk Farm in Don Duong District are also abundant with wild sunflowers that are closely linked to agricultural practices. 

This connection offers visitors a nostalgic glimpse into the region’s bygone highland days.

A close-up photo of a wild sunflower plant in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

A close-up photo of a wild sunflower plant in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Da Lat / Tuoi Tre

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