Seven beautiful villas of Viet Nam’s last emperor
(National Times)- The last king of Viet Nam was the owner of various magnificent villas across the country.
Bao Dai Villa – Do Son, Hai Phong Province
The octagon-shaped villa was built by the Governor – General of French Indochina in 1928 in a French architecture style before being given to Bao Dai King as a present. It features a living room, a meeting room and an a handful of cozy bedrooms for the King, the Queen and their children. The villa is located on Vung Hill, from which visitors can enjoy a beautiful view of Do Son Town.
Villa 1 – Da Lat, Lam Dong Province
Bao Dai Villa 1 is located on a picturesque hill at the height of 1,550m above the sea level. The villa is surrounded by a pine forest with the magnificent view to a valley, used to be a hunting place for the king. Villa 1 is now open for tourists. A ticket costs VND30,000.
Villa 2 – Da Lat, Lam Dong Province
This villa was built in four years, from 1933 to 1937. Located in an area of 26 hectare in a pine forest hill, the villa has 25 rooms with the luxurious French-style interior. It is currently the guesthouse of Lam Dong People’s Committee. Rooms are also available for rent with price starting from VND500,000 per night.
Villa 3 – Da Lat, Lam Dong Province
Villa 3 is located on top of a small hill in Trieu Viet Vuong Street, Da Lat City. The villa impresses visitors with its elegant little parks and gardens. Bao Dai and his family used to stay here in summer. Currently, the villa is also open to public with a ticket of VND15,000.
White Villa – Vung Tau, Ba Ria Vung Tau Province
Located in Tran Phu Street, White Villa leans its back on Big Mount., and look down to Front Beach. Surrounded by a small forest, the villa was given to Bao Dai and his Queen as a holiday house in 1934. White Villa now is a museum with various exhibitions on the remained Chinese ceramics from the shipwreck in Hon Cau – Con Dao Island, cannons and other valuable treasures found in archaeological excavations in Ba Ria – Vung Tau. A ticket is unbelievably cheap: VND5,000.
Cau Da Villa – Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province
Cau Da is actually a group of five villas in French-style architecture. Situated on the top of Canh Long Mount., Vinh Nguyen Commune, Nha Trang City, Cau Da Villa was built in 1923 as the dorm for ocean researchers. From 1940 to 1945, Bao Dai and Queen Nam Phuong often spent their holidays here; that’s how it was called as Bao Dai’s Villa. Today, Cau Da Villa is officially a part of Bao Dai Resort. Each villa has been named after a type of plant, such as Cactus, Plumeria, Bougainvillea, Royal Poinciana and Country-almond.
Bao Dai Villa – Buon Ma Thuot, Dak Lak Province
The villa was re-built on the ground of a stilt house, used to be the residency of Sabatier, an envoy of French government in Central Highlands. Located in an area of 7 hectares, the villa features a beautiful architecture style, often seen in the traditional houses of the Ede, a minority ethnic group in Viet Nam. Visitors to Dak Lak Museum can have a glimpse of this wonderful villa since it is now a property of the museum.