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Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat February 5th 2011

After Mui Ne, we got a bus to Da lat in the Central Highlands. We had planned to go canyoning in the mountains but Gabrielle had caught a cold so instead we just did some sightseeing around town. The first thing that we noticed when getting off the bus was how cold it was. Situated high in the mountains, the altitude brought in icy mornings and evenings. The quaint, hilly town also felt more like you were in the French Alps rather than Vietnam. The streets were very pleasant to stroll around which is part of the reason why Da lat is known for being a retreat for Vietnamese honeymooners. The other reason would be the picturesque, natural surroundings around the town, where the mountainsides are filled with tall trees. The area has lots of lakes, ... read more
Crazy House
View of Lake from Monastery
Da Lat Market

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat January 17th 2011

We left Mui Ne to head for the central highlands of Vietnam into a rural town called Dalat. The bus journey up was a bit crazy, a long windy journey up through the mountains that was making us feel a bit sick. Dalat is inland and is quite high above sea level so we were in for a bit of a chilly surprise when we arrived as it was freeeeezing!!! (The first time we experienced cold weather since leaving bonnie Scotland!). Dalat was built under a lot of French influence when Vietnam was a French colony, the town looks like it belongs in the Alps. It was like a little Paris with its own 'Eiffel Tower' replica. We really liked the look it had, and it was very different to anywhere we’d seen so far. We ... read more
French townhouses
Brrrrrr its freeeezing!!
Dalat market

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat January 10th 2011

Als je de Lonely Planet openslaat op het hoofdstuk Vietnam is het eerste wat je opvalt de enorme hoeveelheid tekst onder het kopje Dangers & Anoyances. Eigenlijk kom het er op neer dat als je in Vietnam bent je hoe dat ook minimaal een keer goed belazerd wordt. Tassen die van je schouders worden gejat, diefstal vanuit je hotelkamer, seksuele intimidatie en ga zo maar door. Als je daar nog eens alle negatieve verhalen van andere reizigers bij optelt; taxi's die ineens alle deuren op slot doen en de chauffeur die je om al je geld vraagt, onaardige mensen. Ik was dus echt voorbereid op het ergste en best wel een beetje bang eigenlijk. Iedereen die ik spreek over Vietnam vind het eigenlijk, of vreselijk, of geweldig. De enige manier hoe ik er achter kan komen ... read more
Oversteken in Ho Chi Minh
War Remnants Museum
Chu Chi tunnels

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

Happy New Year to One and All! Well, it's been a long time since the last update and my golly gosh a lot has happened. It's set to be the longest blog entry ever, so get yourself a cuppa and myself and the Mrs will take turns to update you on the last month's shenanigans..... Hoi An We went to Hoi An for Lucy's birthday (and an excuse for another holiday). It's a little old town that has got a bit too touristy but it's still very, very pretty. It's famed for it's tailor shops (there's literally hundreds of them), and so, when in Rome and all that. We both picked up a made to measure coat each. We had thought they would be suitable for English winters but following the road test just before Christmas, ... read more
Life's a beach
You have to read the tablecloth
And the result!

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat January 6th 2011

Hi, It was 6:00 and the alarm clock was ringing already… so happy new year to Europe!!! We were sending some happy new year sms back home. Around seven o’clock we got picked up by the driver who was going to take us to Da Lat in the central highlands in Vietnam. It was going to be a long drive, but after 2 or 3 hours we got joined by our guide for the next 4 days: Bao. Bao’s not just any guide, but he’s a really good bird guide. We arranged a birding trip in Da lat, because birds are my biggest passion and there are several birds in the Da Lat plateau you can’t see anywhere else in the world. It was 16:30 when we first stopped to do the first birding in the ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat December 10th 2010

Greetings! I started my Round The World backpacking journey October 10, 2006, 50 months ago today. Prior to leaving on this trip, I had traveled and seen much of South East Asia every year since my first time to Thailand back in 2003 (back when I was a naive "suitcaser"), but this time I wanted to see and experience much more, and on a much deeper level. In some ways, 4 years and two months later, I feel I have accomplished this so-called goal, though there is still so much to see and do, people to meet, foods to try and adventures that await. 50 months on the road is a long time. Yes, I have been back "home," but only for short stints, much like a stopover in any country before heading back out again ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat December 9th 2010

Suzanne here... The bus ride in to Dalat was promising. Lovely scenery, and we saw coffee growing which was very interesting. We were really looking forward to our stay. The guidebooks describe Dalat as a 'petite Paris', an 'utterly charming' little town with lots of French architecture and great scenery. The town didn't look particularly pretty on the drive in, not helped by the fact that the lake had been drained. We were dropped off at the other side of town from the hotel we wanted too. A guy stood in the doorway of the bus telling us all how great his hotel was and by the time we were allowed off all the bags were inside the hotel lobby. Stubborn as ever, we retrieved our bags and marched off. A bit of a pain, but ... read more
Dalat
Dalat
Dalat

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat December 8th 2010

Our first stop was Dalat, right up in the highlands, and the first very noticeable change was the temperature - for the first time in a while we were chilly! I can't think of a better way to describe Dalat than 'charming', although that sounds slightly patronising. It's a little town in the middle of the highlands and so set out that you can look out over it at night and just see a flurry of lights. It feels like a bizarre combination of east meets west - the locals still have stalls lined up along the streets, although they are interspersed with games arcades and restaurants. There is even a radio mast built to look like a mini Eiffel Tower. We enjoyed the local claypot dishes and very much enjoyed the local Dalat wine which ... read more
The maze of the Crazy House
Hans pulls a new bird
Mirrored ceilings in the Crazy House

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat December 2nd 2010

2nd Dec: Nothing really to report from today. Just a boring travel day. I left Saigon in the morning, not too early, thank goodness as the buses leave every hour from just around the corner from the hostel. The journey to Dalat wasn't too bad. I think it was about 6 to 8 hours, but I can't remember the exact time. We stopped about half way for a break to use the toilets and get some food. When we arrived in Dalat. We were taken to the bus station, which is a good bit out of the town. There was a bloke there, Rot, and he was the only tout around, apparantly the rest are all barred from the bus station (maybe this has something to do with his dad being high up in the police). ... read more
Crazy House
Crazy House
Crazy House

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat November 10th 2010

Da Lat was a welcome relief from the heat, up in the hills, no beach in sight. Didn't do to much in Da Lat. Walked around the town and yes I inquired how much golf was. A twilight round at 2.30pm (goes dark at 5.30pm) for 50 dollars including some second hand clubs and I think golf shoes, but i didn't fancy running round the course so didn't take them up. Walked around again 2nd day, getting a bit lazy, but catching up on sleep in my private room watching football and some movies. Final day i decided to hire a mountain bike and try and visit some of the attractions just outside the town. Ok this was tough as Da Lat is hilly. Headed to some waterfall which looked nice, a war memorial and then ... read more
Da Lat
Da Lat
Da Lat




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