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Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat November 6th 2012

Uiiiii long time no seen/write. Das muss aufgeholt werden und endlich habe ich eine einigermassen gute Tastatur gefunden bei welcher ich nicht dauernd daneben tippe :) Wo sind wir stehen geblieben? bei den schrecklicken Beaches in Koh Chang? Jaja da musste ich Schelte einstecken: ein paar von euch geben an tatsaechlich schoene Beaches vorgefunden zu haben?! Wir bezweifeln es zwar noch immer, aber meinetwegen! Wir haben jedenfalls beschlossen, weiter nach Cambodia zu fahren. Also los auf's Schiff und mit dem Bus Richtung Cambodia. Die ganze Visum-Geschichte kurz und buendig abgewickelt *haha aber wir sind trotzdem gut ueber die Grenze nach Cambodia eingereist und gleich nach Siem Reap aka Ankor Wat gefahren. Wir wollten was Gutes tun und unser Gewissen beruhigen darum ging's ins Seven Candels Guesthouse. Dort bezahlt man zwar ein bisschen mehr (statt $20 waren's ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat September 30th 2012

Day 11 On day 11 we caught another bus to Ho Chi Minh city. This involved crossing the border from Cambodia to Vietnam mid way of the six our trip. Ho Chi Minh city is more built up then Phnom Penh and there are lots more motorbikes. Our accomodation there was very nice and we will most likely stay there again when we return to Ho Chi Minh on our way back to Melbourne. Day 12 We spent Day 12 booking and planning the next few days in Da Lat. We went to the markets during the day and at night. After dinner as a group, we split up into two groups. Half of us chose to go bowling and the others went to the night markets for more shopping. Bowling was great fun and there ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat September 10th 2012

I decided to be a biker and hire Haun an Easy Rider to take me around the Central Highlands for 3 days, showing me local customs and staying with the locals. After a night traveling to Dalat on a sleeper, Huan, picked me up from the bus station and took me back to his family's house where I met his mum, 75 year old father, his new born nephew, his sister and a cute 10 month nephew. I showered and his lovely mum cooked me breakfast before we headed off for my 3 day trip. The Central Highlands were beautiful, mountainous with brilliant views. Haun, showed me local farms, towns, tribal people and one of the highlights was coming across two tribal teenagers, doing karaoke in the middle of the day and joining in with them....very ... read more
Huan, My Easy Rider
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Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat August 19th 2012

So off on Friday on the coach to Da lat which took over 8 hours. Once arriving in Da lat we had been told it was a beautiful by everyone. But when you arrive quite late in the evening it did not feel beautiful at all - it felt like Ho Chi Minh but a smaller version with less traffic! The only first saving grace was the hotel we booked into was great and the hotel owners were fantastic. So off we go exploring with the girls to try to find what is the easiest and cheapest way to see the waterfalls as this is what Da lat is famous for and also some grub as we were hungry. Anyway after finding some grub which to be honest was our worst in Vietnam I was even ... read more
Elephant Waterfalls
Inside the Crazy House

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat July 11th 2012

I stupidly read about the road to Dalat before we set off. Luckily it didn't rain on the way and it wasn't half as bad as I thought it would be, although I did spend most of it with my eyes closed and Paul was glad I did as we got pretty high and close to some cliff edges, the driver was a mentalist and it was dark. Dalat is 1500 meters above sea level in the central highlands and is so French you might think you are in the alps. It was a welcome change from beach or busy city, a biggish town surrounded by the most lush countryside and the views were spectacular! We'd booked in at Villa Pinkhouse and had already read about Mr Rots legendary secret tour, we booked on - a ... read more
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Biker Rats
Massive flowers

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat June 10th 2012

Expectation is a fickle friend. He often disappoints you, but sometimes he happily surprises you. On the long run however I am not sure I would like him as a friend. Let me explain. Expectation, more often than not, is the emotion that decides whether or not I like or dislike a country. Or to put it correctly it is because a territory doesn't live up to its expectation that it falls out of grace with me. Those expectations are often fueled by what others tell me about their experiences in a country. Now, I am not that naive that I believe whatever people tell me about a place. I know that such experiences are highly individual. But be that as it may, if enough people tell you a country is great, or perhaps not so ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat May 16th 2012

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Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat May 12th 2012

I take a 7am bus out of Saigon & head for Dalat, a town up in the central highlands I'd heard good things about. I'm the only westerner on the bus but I don't mind, the bus boy speaks a little English and hands me a bottle of water and a refresher towel as I board. Now this is service I'm not used to! What a refreshing change from the crowded stuffy buses, packed with motorbikes & refridgerators, people sat on the floor etc. This is a new coach, air con fully working and the staff even have a uniform! I booked my open tour bus ticket yesterday which basically means I can travel South to North from Saigon to Hanoi, stopping at all the main cities on the way for the bargain price of £30. ... read more
Easy Rider!
At the Waterfalls
Beautiful Scenery

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat May 11th 2012

Leanne and I have spent the past few days in Da Lat. It is a beautiful place set in the southern central highlands. The weather is a bit cooler here which i have enjoyed. We shall be heading to Nha Trang on the south central coast of vietnam. Da Lat has been brilliant. I went on a countryside tour yesterday My driver was chilli. The drivers are generally older people who speak english because of their involvement with the war. Chilli informed me he served five years and was lucky to survive. The tour included visiting temples, various farms (silk,coffee,flowers), eating a traditional vietnamese meal (lovely) and drinking rice wine (65%) and crazy house. Da Lat is crazy with all its random lane ways, almost maze like. I spent a large part of today just walking ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat April 17th 2012

Vietnam, one country, so skinny....but sooooo long!! I feel like my time spent here has mostly been on buses. To get to my next destination it takes 11 hours, me sitting next to an elderly Vietnamese man who, I suspect, is trying to block out my existence by holding up his newspaper like a wall between us. Our bus driver is anything but considerate and I believe he might be mistaking the sound of the horn for a catchy tune because he leans on it about every three minutes, even when the road ahead is clear. We drive through Saigon city limits and buildings get closer and closer to the ground until there are only two room shacks lining the road, and hammock stops where motorists can escape the sun for a few hours and take ... read more
Flowers
Street Side of Crazy House
View over top of Gondola




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