Blogs from Da Lat, Lam Dong, Central Highlands, Vietnam, Asia - page 5


Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat November 15th 2011

After an excellent nights sleep in a comfortable bed, we were up early to investigate the city. We arranged a motorbike rental through the front desk at Da Lat Hotel du Parc and within 10 minutes our ride for the next few days was delivered. We agreed on D80,000 (around NZ$5) per day and set off into the market area to find some breakfast. A street cafe was serving up bowls of Pho so we had a couple of chicken ones with a coffee – D70,000 for the lot. We only had the Lonely Planet and a map from the hotel to work off and as I was concentrating on trying not to get us killed, Jo was the tour guide and navigator. Hang Nga Crazy House was the first stop – it is well named. ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat November 4th 2011

Dan says: Right so last time we met we were leaving Hoi An and heading to Nha Trang (honestly who comes up with these names!). We decided, well Andy decided he couldn't handle a 12 hour sleeper bus journey (he is too tall so can't sleep) so we decided to go half way to a place called Quy Nhon, sleep then do the rest of the journey the following day. Quy Nhon was ok, we arrived and got a taxi down the strip and told him to stop when we saw a KFC...that was dinner and potentially breakfast sorted out! We found a decent little hotel, 3 quid each! Dropped our stuff and headed to KFC...AMAZING! Weren't really in the mood for the true Vietnamese experience tonight! We then headed to a little bar where I ... read more
Our Mui Ne beach bungalow
Mui Ne beach
ATV hire-age

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat November 3rd 2011

Dalat – A relaxing bike ride of two different varieties. After the chaos of Saigon I was really looking forward to heading to Dalat to explore the mountains and surrounding areas. There are a group of motor bike tour operators throughout the majority of Vietnam called the Easy Riders and like most things in Vietnam there are also many people pretending to be the Easy Riders. Once I located the original Easy Riders, well actually they located me within about 5 seconds of me stepping from my bus I arranged a tour for the following day. The tour was exceptional, one of the best tours I have done so far on my trip. My guide Lam was so knowledgeable, friendly and spoke fantastic English and the 7 hours on a bike flew by. I also don’t ... read more
Dalat - Snake rice wine and dead bird??
Dalat - Silk Facotry Tour
Dalat - Lam and a hand made basket

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat October 20th 2011

We wound our way down the mountains to a small minority village, , little old women lined the roads beneath colourful umbrellas selling piles of oranges stacked meticulously high. Such an abundance of oranges made me wonder why it’s absolutely impossible to get a fresh orange juice anywhere ‘round here. On our bus ride our guide, Bau, told us of his ‘Fried Rice’, the nick-name given to a man’s wife in Vietnam. A ‘Noodle’ on the other hand is a man’s mistress. He said that all the men love their ‘Fried Rice’, but only rice all the time becomes boring. So sometimes he has to go out and find some noodle. Seeing as though the Vietnamese always eat noodle for breakfast, he has noodles with his “Fried Rice’ and sometimes takes his ‘Noodle’ out for rice ... read more
School children at the village
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Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat October 19th 2011

For our final night in Saigon our tour leader, Bau, took us to the crappiest restaurant in the ritziest part of town. Afterwards we headed down to the riverside to see the giant piranha looking dinner cruise boat bedazelled with glittery lights and tacky flowers. We could have gone on that boat for dinner, but Bau tells us that one recently sank and killed a few passengers. Our dinner might have been a little disappointing, but hey, we're still alive. Crossing any road in Saigon is like playing Russian Roulette. It's impossible to wait for a break in the traffic, so you simply step into the street and pray. Walk slowly, steadily and don't make any sudden movements. Keep calm and the traffic will somehow flow around you. Easier said than done with a gazillion motorbikes, ... read more
Looking down to the market stalls Dalat
Soybean Soup Dalat

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat October 8th 2011

Spent the first day in Saigon on a bit of a sightseeing frenzy. We went to see the market, the art gallery, the opera house and the war remnants museum. It was a really hot day and we were boiling because we'd given all our usual clothes to a laundry place the day before (clean clothes - yay!) so we were forced to wear jumpers.. All the sights were really interesting and the city was lovely to walk around. The war museum was particularly good. There were old tanks, planes and assorted weaponry along with loads of photos about the war. It really put everything into perspective and taught us a lot about what has happened here. The aftermath of the chemical warfare used by the Americans was particularly shocking. Unfortunately, I got sick that night ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat August 22nd 2011

Here it is, be it only maybe 1% of the dream but it felt good. Seeing that we are all on a bit of a schedule we could only manage 2 days of motorbike touring and Lak Lake was a must see and plus they have elephants there and I wanted to ride one, this destination was possible in 2 days and with taking in a few sites along the way. Originally we all wanted to have a crack at it solo but it seemed where we made up for it in enthusiasm we lacked in experience , so for a few extra bucks we had a guide and a plan. We finally got our act together and set for the 155km journey to the Lake, we stop offs at the obligatory temple and a laughing ... read more
Elephant Falls
Silk factory
Boiling 'em up

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat July 26th 2011

Well I finally tried Durian and can say it's not an experience I'll be trying again... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat July 8th 2011

It was simple. Wake up. Get dressed. Have breakfast. Come back to hotel. Get bags. Pay. Sit down and wait for the Easy Riders aka Duc + Lam, to arrive. So, what did happen? We woke up. Showered. Dressed. Packed. Got to the cafe (tin tin). Waited for the waiter. Waited for the food. Waited for the waiter to wait for the food. Waited some more. And some more. Ate our food. Ordered seconds. Waited for the waiter who waited for the second round of food. It neared 7:45 then 7:55, then... we were late. Walking back to the hotel, we spotted Duc + Lam, the bikes were ready, they were smiling and we were stuffed full of food and ready for the open road. "Sorry, guys," Shauna said, "it'll be like 5-minutes, just need to ... read more
On the road
Central Highlands
Road Block

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat July 8th 2011

2,250 Images to choose from. Hundreds of stories. Amazing. Tremendous. Exceptional. Choked up. Insane. Impossible... to write less than seventy-five pages... Thus, we've created this Photo Essay to visually explain our first day on our Easy Rider Adventure. Start Time: 8:00 am, Da Lat Duration: 7.5-hours Arrival: 3:35 pm, Dak Lak Lake Resort If you want to know details about a photograph. Please inquire and we will write an answer including image in its own short entry. All Images are Copyrighted to Aaron J JacksonCrabb 2011. Any use of images is strictly prohibited without proper licensing. ... read more
Central Highland Mountains

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