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Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat March 7th 2012

Last night I slept with a blanket over me for the first time in seven weeks. We are in Dalat up in the Central Highlands of Vietnam and although it’s still warm during the day by about 5pm the temperature dips and by bedtime it’s positively cold! Probably 15 degrees. (well it feels cold to me!) The drive here yesterday was along steep winding roads that snaked their way up the mountainside giving wonderful views for much of the way. Our little bus had it’s work cut out to make the hills not helped by the fact that in several places the road became a dirt track for several metres at a time with huge potholes. We arrived around 1pm and set off to explore the place only to get lost several times, our map was ... read more
Delat Centre
The Eiffel Tower!?
A crazy house we came across on the way to the cable car

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat March 5th 2012

Dalat Waking at 5:30am to catch a tourist bus is the antithesis of cycletouring and our reasons for travelling by bike were amply demonstrated on this day. The bus refused to take us in the morning stating that that bus was too small, despite having booked WITH BIKES the previous day. The afternoon bus crammed in our bikes causing various niggles over the following rides, and crammed in luggage and people such that to exit my 2' square slot I was required to swing from the overhead storage and stand on the backs of seats. The drive was miserable, poor ventilation, systematic shinning of my knees and the compartment containing the bikes popping open on the journey. Coupled with depressing views of defoliated hills (not Agent Orange this time!) and a bumpy ride. The ordeal was ... read more
View of Dalat agriculture from cable car
View of Dalat from cable car
cable car ride

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Kon Tum March 5th 2012

10. den / 4.3.2012 - Kon Tum Kdyz jsme se rozhodovali, jestli se z provincie Dak Lak presuneme do Kontumu, ci do Nha Trangu na plaz, jistou roli hrala i doprava. Pro "Na Cang" mluvila bezproblemova doprava normalnim, velkym, dalkovym autobusem, kdezto do Kon Tumu jezdi jen male autobusy. Jelikoz jsme z Mui Ne do Dalatu mensim autobusem uz jeli (cca 25lidi), a bylo to v pohode, rozhodli jsme se vybrat si neturisticky Kon Tum. OOO, jaka to chyba ... No, je fakt, ze jsme meli jet 6hodin, a nas rychlosofer to dal za 4.5hod, ale: jeli jsme tranzitem, puvodne pro 16 lidi vc.ridice - no, tak nas jelo 29 vc.ridice...V kufru jelo cosi, co neskutecne smrdelo, usoudili jsme, ze to ti hybajici se cervici (napytlikovani - asi urceni do restauracd, kazdopadne nase bagly byly na ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands March 4th 2012

8. den / Dalat - Lake Lak moto trip Vstavame v 7h rano, abychom si sbalili veci, udelali par kliku, nasnidali se a mohli odjet s nasimi novymi prateli na motorkach smer provincie Dak Lak, kde mame stravit prvni noc. Ke snidani davame egg bread (rozumej omeleta s pecivem) a kavu, vynikajici vietnamskou kavu, ktera nam chutna cim dal tim vic. Jeste kratke foceni, baleni krosen na motorky a hura odjezd. Ja jedu s Khoiem, Miki s tim druhym (nepamatujeme si ani jeden jeho jmeno). Motorka je, alespon pro mne, prekvapive pohodlna, a tak si to svistime krajinou. Uz od pocatku je nam jasne, ze porozumnet jim bude trochu orisek. :) Anglictina fajn, ale vyslovnost vyzaduje znacnou trpelivost a domysleni (napr. rice vyslovuji raj, flower je plour, we had - wi heb - obecne:c,s,f neumi vyslovit) ... read more
Vietnam mix IV.

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat March 2nd 2012

2nd March ’12 Nha Trang to Dalat Up bright and early to catch the bus to Dalat up in the Central Highlands and what a lovely bus it was! Plush comfy seats, a free bottle of water and a wet wipe each and it only took 4 hours! It even had a giant flat screen tv showing some kind of variety show, which didn’t have much variety apart from the fact it was different singers but all crooning very similar heart rending love songs. The only variation was a twilight themed act where they crooned but with fake blood and the James Bond number featuring a rather raunchy female. During the loo stop one lady snuck up behind me and I discovered she was comparing our heights – amongst the Vietnamese I am tall which is ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat March 1st 2012

6. den, 29.2.2012 - Dalat Bus prijizdi pred hotel vcas - 7:30 nasedame do maleho stareho autobusu bez klimatize, ve kterem mame jet 5h do Dalatu. To bude super. Nakonec zabirame celou zadni lavici a podari se nam si ji uchranit pred nove pristoupivsimi. Takze celkem pohoda. Lenca misty i spi - bus je opet bez tlumicu a cesta je spis necesta, takze vzpominame na Sri Lanskou cestu k pobrezi a misty nechtene opoustime sedadla. Argentinci pred nama nechapou, ale pak se uz taky jen smeji. Konec cesty je jiz super, najizdi se na 4 proudovou dalnici s na mistni pomery (misty i pomery nasi D1) vybornym povrchem a tak ficime snad i 80kou. V Dalatu jsme ve 12. Vita nas mistni kluk v modrem tricku a rovnou sikovne nabizi moznost ubytovani v hotylku hned vedle ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands February 29th 2012

In an area of the world where it is so easy to get by spending minimal amounts of money, we have been reluctant to splurge on big ticket items. We had read about the Easy Riders, a motorcycle group originally based out of Dalat in the central highlands of Vietnam, in our guidebook but had dismissed the idea because of the price tag. In trading travel stories with others along our path we heard independently from two people how fantastic the Easy Rider experience was and how it was the highlight of their time in Vietnam. We still dismissed it as being too costly. As we entered Vietnam we started piecing together our calender and how we would spend our 30 days in the country. Having had our fill of beach vacation for a while, we ... read more
Floating Village
Things You See

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Kon Tum February 17th 2012

Last time we were in Vietnam, we missed the Central Highlands, so we were glad to make the trip this time. The highlands are in the west of the country, right along the Cambodian border. For several reasons, mostly political, the government requires that tourists travel with both a permit and a guide – and you can’t have the same guide for the whole trip. We had a VERY pleasant experience at the Saigon airport boarding our plane to Pleiku – no body scanners, no separation of your lip balm or electronics. We were met at the Pleiku airport by our guide, Banh, and a driver and driven to the town of Kontum. It was late, and we walked the streets for a while, looking for water and beer (of course). Public transportation in the highlands ... read more
Tom's Friend
Wedding Photo
Tourism in Nha Trang

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat January 27th 2012

I spent my last day in Ho Chi Minh at the Chu Chi tunnels, which was very interesting with our tour guide who introduced himself as John Wayne so that tourists can remember his name. You could climb on an old tank & fire a gun & go down & walk through the tunnels. I went through the tunnels, which are really small & hot. The night before I ran into 2 guys from Bakers who will be joining with me in March. It was great to catch up with them & amazing to meet them unexpectedly in the street. After HCMC I went to Dalat, which is in the central highlands so it is not so hot & actually quite cool in the winter. It was hard to find accommodation because it is the public ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat January 7th 2012

5th november Arrived tired and dirty in nha trang at about 6am. Luckily we had arranged to be picked up by our hotel for free and could check into our room. After a catch up on some sleep we headed out to see nha trang...not much to see really! It was very humid and hot so we went to the beach. In the evening we found a bar showing football. It was full of ex pats and young vietnamese girls serving drinks. Lots of the old eat sweaty men were hugging and touching the girls...grim! Unfortunately we didn.t get to see much of the game because an english woman and her scottish husband living in nha trang decided to tell us all the things they had done in south east asia and what we should do. ... read more
Dudes on the beach
sellers on the beach

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