Visitors to Dalat, in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, will soon be able to access the area’s tourist attractions more easily, following the development of several new rail lines.
The Vietnam News Service (VNS) reported this week that authorities in Dalat have approved the creation of six new railway lines, expanding from city centre to several popular local tourism sites, including Lang Bian Mountain, Tuyen Lam Lake, Love Valley and the Central Highland Biological Institute.
There will also be a connection to Lien Khuong Airport – the largest airport in the Central Highlands. A series of six-carriage electric trains will operate on the new tracks. The project is expected to be completed by 2020.
Meanwhile VNS also reported that another new rail project will link Dalat with the coastal town of Thap Cham, 84km away. To be completed by 2015, the new route will see Dalat reconnected to Thap Cham, which also sits on Vietnam’s main north-south rail line.
Construction of the original Dalat–Thap Cham Railway began in 1908, but the route was closed in 1975 after the Vietnam War and has since fallen into disrepair.