The atmospheric former French hill station of Tam Dao nestles amongst forested hillsides rising up from the rice fields of the Red River Delta just 90km from Hanoi. Tam Dao, meaning three islands, describes the three magnificent limestone peaks that appear whenever the clouds clear.
The European-managed Mela Hotel has 20 comfortable guestrooms with balconies offering panoramic views of the mountains and forests. Some of the rooms have their own fireplaces while others are equipped with radiators for cool winter evenings. Not only does the Mela provide the best accommodation in Tam Dao but it also has the best eating-place in town, the Bamboo Restaurant. As its name implies the Bamboo Restaurant is furnished with bamboo as well as local handicrafts. The amazing thing about the Bamboo Restaurant however is its incredibly extensive menu offering everything from a bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup to French cuisine, pasta dishes, couscous and even an excellent fish and chips! There is also a well-stocked bar and a terrace for al fresco dining on summer evenings.
All that remains of the former holiday homes of colonial days are some ruined buildings and crumbling walls amongst the tangled vegetation and advancing forest. However the attractions of Tam Dao are natural not man made. Because of its isolation from other mountain ranges the dense primary rainforest of Tam Dao has a unique flora and fauna and scientists from around the world are only now busily cataloguing it. Tam Dao’s forests are of particular interest to bird and butterfly lovers who come in search of some of the rare and localized species. Tam Dao Mountain itself, 1,593 metres above sea level, is a four-hour trek from the town. Along the way it is possible to encounter some of the 30 plus species of reptiles and amphibians that were unknown to the outside world just 15 years ago as well as some spectacular scenery and cascading waterfalls
Cosy and elegant spacious room with nice view.
Facilities & Services
- Mela bar & restaurant serves Vietnamese & European food a la carte or set menu
- Restaurant: serve you varieties Vietnamese dishes of the Northern part.
Tour operation office: Tour arrangement, air and train ticket.
- Safety deposit boxes, 24 hours security, money exchange.
Mela Hotel Tamdao Reservation
Reservation (+84-4) - 7164132