Although Cu Lan Village is one of the new tourist destinations in Da Lat, it is extremely famous among tourists both domestically and internationally. What’s so special about this village? Let’s find out.
Cu Lan Village is a small village in Suoi Can hamlet, Lat commune, Lac Duong district, Lam Dong province. It covers an area of about 20 hectares and is located about 20km away from Da Lat’s city center. People living here are mainly ethnic K'ho. If you want to approach Cu Lan Village, you have to go deep into the forest. There is a small clear stream surrounding the village, which is the main water source for daily activities of villagers.
Cu Lan Village is the first ecotourism destination of Lac Duong district. It has attracted a lot of attention since its foundation. Up till now, it has received lots of love from tourists all over the place. Most tourists to Da Lat want to visit and explore this wonderful village.
When it comes to the village name, there are many legends that have been handed down by word of mouth. When visiting this village, you will have a chance to find out about the origin of this special name from people living here.
Cu Lan Village in Da Lat City
It is said that this village is called Cu Lan as it is situated in the mountains, where Cu Lan trees (a kind of herbal tree) grow a lot. Besides, there is also an extremely rare animal that is listed in Vietnam’s Red Data Book named Cu Lan .
People living here also passed down a legend about the unique name of the village. This legend refers to a young man who left the delta and moved to the mountain with a dream of building a paradise in the forest for his love. Many people considered it as an insane and silly idea. Therefore, they called him “Cu Lan” (The Silly Guy). However, it was the sincere love of The Silly Guy that touched the girl, so she decided to stay with him. They built their love cottage right next to the stream among green hills and wild flowers blooming on both banks of the river… Thereafter, they named their village “Cu Lan”. Today, this village has become a famous tourist attraction.
Tourists can not only go sightseeing, learn about the village’s legends, villagers’ culture… but also experience many different exciting experiences.
Cu Lan Village is the living place of the K'ho minority. Therefore, each house here is designed and built according to the typical architecture of stilt houses of the K'ho people. You will have an opportunity to visit and explore their living space as well as their unique culture.
You might see that these pretty stilt houses are covered with white smoke around mealtimes. The setting here is not only cozy but also mysterious and peaceful. The fresh and cool atmosphere of Cu Lan Village can give visitors a feeling of relaxing and very comfortable.
The peaceful scene of Cu Lan Village
Cu Lan Tourist Village is an ideal place for tourists to spend their weekends. Coming to this village, you will have chances to participate in many amazing entertaining activities such as rafting, climbing, kite flying…
Besides, mountain biking or horseback riding is also very popular. Tourists can both experience a big thrill and go sightseeing around the village. Furthermore, don’t forget to take part in activities like catching chickens or fishing because what you hunt will be ingredients for chefs to process into dishes that are both delicious and nutritious.
Tourist experiences horseback riding in Cu Lan Village
Besides the above interesting experiences, jeep racing is also a popular choice among tourists, particularly for those who have great enthusiasm for speed. It just costs you about $4-$6/person to make a journey through the forest, cross the stream, climb the pass… with a very cool jeep. Don’t forget to save your memories with lots of impressive photos!
Tourists experience jeep racing
Those are amazing activities that tourists will experience when visiting Cu Lan Village in Da Lat. So now you no longer wonder what’s special about Cu Lan Village, right? Guaranteed that you will be captivated by the idyllic beauty of this place from the first arrival. Don’t forget to bring a fully charged phone or camera to take as many pictures as possible in this pretty village. Wishing you a very happy journey!
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