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Site of Da Lat’s ‘Lonely Pine Tree’ to become national tourist area

Friday, February 22, 2019, 15:25 GMT+7
Site of Da Lat’s ‘Lonely Pine Tree’ to become national tourist area
The Dan Kia- Suoi Vang Lake, about 18.5 kilometers northwest of Da Lat City in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong will turn a 4,000-hectare nature area in the capital city of Da Lat, where the famous ‘Lonely Pine Tree’ is situated, into a national tourist site by 2025.

The site, named after Dan Kia - Suoi Vang Lake, consists of Suoi Vang lake, a forest, and a grass field within the Golden Valley area bordering the Langbiang world biosphere reserve. 

It is located about 18.5 kilometers northwest of Da Lat and is famous for its unique ‘Lonely Pine Tree,’ a newly-emerged must-visit destination.

The pine tree which made the site well known stands in solitude in the middle of an empty grass field just off the bank of the lake.

In order to access the area, visitors are required to drive about an hour from the city and take a forest trail into the area.

The provincial People’s Committee announced on Thursday that the Dan Kia - Suoi Vang site will be transformed into a national tourist area by 2025.

According to the plan, about 760 hectares of the site will be used to build tourist infrastructure.

The place is expected to welcome approximately three million visitors, including 56,000 international tourists, by 2025.

By 2030, it will have welcomed about five million visitors, of whom 100,000 will be from foreign countries.

Phan Van Da, deputy chairman of the Lam Dong administration, asked competent authorities to take certain measures to protect the site.

“Deforestation within the area will be banned. Illegal construction or building not for tourism purposes will also be prohibited,” vice-chairman Da asserted.

Local agricultural activities should also be closely monitored, the official added.

Dan Kia - Suoi Vang will be Lam Dong Province’s second national tourist site.

In January 18, the 320-hectare Tuyen Lam Lake, located about seven kilometers from downtown Da Lat, was granted the title.

The lake is situated southeast of the Truc Lam Zen Monastery, another popular landmark of Da Lat which can easily be reached by cable car from the downtown area.

Vietnam currently has 21 national tourist areas.

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