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Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat December 6th 2017

What an awesome day. Perfect riding weather, not too hot, rain disappeared for blue/grey sky. Left Nha Trang for the usual short bus ride out of town to avoid the chaotic congestion for 70 kms of riding. The first 32 kms was mostly a gentle rise before another 30kms of a continuous steep and winding assent up the Bidoup-Nui Ba Pass ranging between 5-10% before a rewarding speedy 3 km decent at 10%. The route rose from near sea level climbing to 1440 mtrs into a cooler highland climate ideal for growing some of the country's best fruits, flowers and coffee beans. The route passed magnificent scenery with a fast running river at the bottom of a very deep valley lined on both sides with a lush canopy of green colour with plantations at the lower ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat July 19th 2017

Our hopes that the rain would hold off were in tatters. From getting on the bus to getting off it didn't really stop. To make matters worse we were joined on the bus by piles of stinking Durian fruit. So with our eyes watering under the onion B.O stench we made our way on the 5 and a half hour journey (we thought it was 2) all the way to Da Lat. We had heard great things about Da Lat. It's a very pretty French influenced place with parks and adventurous activities such as canyoning. We would normally have spent a lot longer in a place like this but after trekking through the rain to our hostel (which was very friendly) and getting freezing cold I don't think we'd got a great impression. We dumped our ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat February 25th 2016

A “late” morning – we didn’t leave until 8:30 for our tour of city sights. The Summer Palace of King Boa Dai, the last King of Vietnam, was initially somewhat disparaged by Thuy, but she had to admit that it had improved, possibly because of the recent New Year celebrations. The building was of gracious art deco design, and the rooms were furnished relatively simply with large soft chairs and dark polished wood. Photographs showed mainly the political life of the royal family. Most inviting was the room of Queen Nam Phuong because of its rich, soft, crème-caramel decor. From a balcony the contemplation garden looked splendid – a French ... read more
The Crazy House
Growing flowers
Linh Phuoc Pagoda

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat February 24th 2016

This was a long day driving, but I enjoyed the opportunity to see how people live. As we drove north from Ho Chi Minh City, and across the wide Doi Dong Nai River, we saw a lot of new development, the result of investment by overseas Vietnamese, and other Asian investment. The buildings were mainly high rises and medium condos. We were travelling on a toll expressway, so there were few billboards and no business signs. Everyone obeyed the rules of the road, such as only one car in each lane, and there were no motorcycles. The scene was green with crops and wild plants. Where there were streams, bamboo grew thickly. For a great distance the farming consisted of rubber plantations. Some looked mature, some were very newly planted, and some were firmly established but ... read more
Highway 20
Teak Plantation
Ho Chi Minh Road

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat April 5th 2014

da lat von oben. um den höchsten gipfel der umgebung, den lang biang auf 2.176m, zu besteigen, verlassen wir früh das hotel und fahren mit mountain bikes nördlich aus da lat, über duong lam hamlet in den khu du lich nationalpark. auf dem weg begegnen uns zahlreiche bauern auf ihren mopeds, mit gummistiefel, sichel und spritzkansister ausgestattet vervollständigen sie das bild der flourierenden landwirtschaft. da lat ist keine touristen metropole und obwohl der lang biang in allen reiseführern angepriesen wird, sehen wir uns lediglich in einer horde asiatischer touristen, die alle mit eigenen jeeps den berg hinauf gefahren werden. wir, whities, gehen relativ uncharmant die serpentinenstraße entlang und wundern uns, warum es keinen schöneren, ausgeschilderten weg gibt. schmunzelnd höre ich meinen lieben schwager “wenn man fahren kann, wozu gehen?!”. das denk... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat April 4th 2014

viet nam von einer ganz anderen seite. nach einem frühen frühstück in nha trang besteigen wir wieder einmal einen open bus mit dem ziel da lat. langsam lichtet sich verkehr und häuseranzahl, wir lassen nha trang und seine touristen ströme hinter uns und nähern uns allmählich gemäßigteren klimazonen. die umgebung wird zunehmend hügeliger bis sich unser völlig untermotorisierter bus den hang im ersten gang hinauf quält. mit zunehmender höhe passieren wir serpentinen mit reich bewachsenen straßenrändern. bananenstauden, schilf und buttrig gelb blühende sträucher säumen den asphalt. dahinter ragen saftig grün bewachsene berge, ähnlich den blue mountains in jamaica, mit dem berühmten undurchdringlichem regenwald, in den himmel. vom morgentau noch schwere wolken bleiben in den bergspitzen hängen und mischen sich mit dem rauch der rodungen. mit zunehme... read more
crazy house
fish market da lat
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Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat March 1st 2014

Just 5 days in Saigon and we were moving on knowing that we would swing back through the city on our return. We booked seats on a bus to Da Lat in the Central Highlands. We had been here before and that was half the reason we were going back. Saigon and Da Lat are as different as night and day. While Saigon his noisy and frenetic; Da Lat is a lazy, quiet place famed for its food markets and the surrounding farms. Terraced fields and green houses of extraordinary size fill every available square foot of arable land. Coffee is a major product so coffee bushes proliferate up to the edges of the roads. We were riding on an overnight bus which had started out in the Mekong Delta. Overnight buses do not have normal ... read more
Da Lat Lake
The Chinese Temple
Cable Car

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat August 29th 2013

...I'd hope to find a place in Da Lat, for although Tara and I had spent only four or five days in the refuge of the old French colonial administrators, fleeing the heat of the valleys in the city of a thousand pines, there was something that drew me to the place, made me feel like I could hang my hat, so to speak. 'There isn't much to do there,' 'it's ok for a couple of days,' 'the valley of love looks like it's from a cheesy romance flick,' are among the descriptions I heard about Da Lat which sounded just fine to me since when traveling it often seems you need to make an excuse to just do nothing and here is this unassuming mountain town making the excuses for me. On the way up, ... read more
Da Lat Streets
Crazy House 1
Inside the Pagoda

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat August 9th 2013

Feeling better from my all day hangover, Poppy and I woke up early to go Canyoning. Oh my gosh, this day was so exhilarating. A group of 6 of us got taught to abseil and jump down a small wall. Our first proper abseil was down a 16m wall face next to a waterfall, building us up for the big one in which we went down a roaring waterfall 25m high. The big one, I slipped and hung for a few seconds halfway down. I figured to push myself back up while the force of the waterfall gushed on me. I've got to admit, I was shitting it, but I was ok. I then had to fall from 4 metres down into the water. We also did some cliff jumping, one from 4m and the second ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat August 3rd 2013

From the coast at Nha Trang to the central highlands town of Dalat runs a new road - apparently! Quite what the old road was like we dread to think. With a demonic driver who knew the sinuous curves like the back of his hand we made it in three and a half hours. Those curves made it feel more like a roller coaster and by the time we got there, every child on board had been sick, and no doubt a few of the adults too. It would appear that we are made of sterner stuff!! When we got to Dalat there was a fine drizzle in the air. After checking in to the Blue Moon hotel we set out for a quick walk around the lake. It is 7km to go all the way ... read more
Flowers
Dalat Flower Garden
Going round the lake




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