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Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands August 27th 2013

Da Lat was just a 4 hour bus drive from Nha Trang but rising to 1,500 metres the dramatic change in climate makes it feel like much further away. This city was originally developed to be much needed salvation from the heat and humidity of the south central coast but although nicknamed the city of flowers because of it's nationwide trade of cut flowers, the city itself is not that pretty and actually a bit short of things to do. It is however, a really good base for seeing the sites around so, enjoying the lower temperature (about 20 degrees and rainy), we spent the afternoon studying maps, guidebooks, internet and tour agents for what to see. We decided against a private car and driver and also against riding on the back of the popular 'easy ... read more
One of Crazy House's many stairways
The Faraway Tree
House of fairy tales

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands August 16th 2013

Eigentlich war unser nächstes Ziel Hoi An, aber da wir keine Lust hatten nur auf der Autobahn zu fahren, machten wir einen Umweg in die Berge bei Kon Tum. Es sollte sich als gute Wahl herausstellen. Da wir die ersten Kilometer auf dem gleichen Weg fuhren, den wir schon nach Anh Khe fuhren, legten wir diese ziemlich schnell zurück. Danach wurden wir langsamer, weil wir kamen an kleinen Dörfern vorbei und an schönen Landschaften, vorbei an Kaffeeplantagen und Leuten, welche am Holz sammeln waren, um am Abend ihr Essen kochen zu können. Jeder half mit. Sogar die Kinder halfen mit Holz herbeizuschleppen. Ihre Körbe waren zwar nicht ganz so gross, wie die der Erwachsenen, aber doch ziemlich schwer. Wenn sie genügend Holz fürs Abendessen gesammelt hatten durften sie spielen gehen. Auch hier sah man wie arm ... read more
unsere Strecke nach Kon Tum

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
Dalat Flower Garden
Going round the lake

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat July 21st 2013

Bereits auf dem Weg nach Dalat machte unser Gepäckträger wieder schlapp - er brach einfach auseinander. Das heisst wir mussten das Gepäck inkl. Gepäckträger irgendwie festbinden. Ausserdem regnete es ziemlich stark und die Strasse war zum Teil mit RIESEN Löchern bedeckt, aber wir schafften es dann doch noch nach Dalat. Dalat stand auch weiterhin im Zeichen von Regen, es regnete eigentlich die ganze Zeit. Trotzdem liessen wir es uns nicht nehmen Dalat und seine Sehenswürdigkeiten anzuschauen. Bereits auf dem Weg nach Dalat, sind wir an 2 super schönen Wasserfällen vorbei gekommen. Beim einen haben uns ein paar Picknicker sogar eingeladen mit ihnen Schnaps zu trinken. Wir mussten aber leider weiter, um noch vor Anbruch der Nacht in Dalat zu sein. Weil wir spät in Dalat ankamen, nahmen wir den erstbeste Hotel, welches wir fanden, damit wir ... read more
der Pongour Wasserfall
Pongour von vorne
unsere Route nach Dalat

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat May 30th 2013

The sleeping bus ride to Dalat was not particularly enjoyable. The bus was laid out with reclining seats and triangular foot holds that are quite hard and restrictive on the inside. Nevertheless, we both had a better night's sleep than we had on the train and the ride was much cheaper. We had an hour and a half stop to change buses at Nah Trang where we had pancakes and coffee at a café run by a rather high and completely mad man who wanted to take us diving. I could not imagine a man I would less like to be underwater with. Having reviewed the Hostels on Hostelbookers I had booked us into Pink Villa House which although slightly out of town had fantastic reviews partially based on the “Secret Tour” run by its owner ... read more
Grasshopper Eating
Down the market
Mr Rot showing us the gifts for the dead

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands May 30th 2013

The karst formation of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has evolved since 400 million years ago and so is the oldest major karst area in Asia. The park’s karst landscape is extremely complex with many geomorphic features of considerable significance. The vast area, extending to the border of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, contains spectacular formations including 65 km of caves and underground rivers. Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park is located in the middle of the Annamite Mountain Range in Quang Binh province, Vietnam and shares its boundary with the Hin Namno Nature Reserve in the Lao to the west. The property comprises an area of 85,754 ha. The karst formation process has led to the creation of not only underground rivers but also a variety of cave types including; dry caves, terraced ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Dak Lak » Buon Ma Thuot May 16th 2013

We are a 60 year old couple going to Vietnam for 3 weeks in November 2013. We are not back-packers but do not expect luxury either. Flying to HCMC. Intending to stay in the southern half of the country; Mekong Delta, Hoi An, Central Highlands etc. We prefer comfortable small guest houses/hotels in countryside locations. Wildlife, national parks, interesting village and rural life. So far my research into accommodation has tended to come up with quite large hotels in urban locations. Any suggestions most appreciated. Having visited Sri Lanka 3 times and got used to tuktuks is the motorbike the only simple and cheap form of transport other than public transport. Thanks in anticipation. I can offer similar help to anyone considering Sri Lanka in particular.... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands April 17th 2013

Rode from 830 today. Ate good cheap food. Listened to The Joe Rogan Experience- had been getting withdrawal. Rested enough times but its not super easy on a soft boy like man like me. But its easy enough. Was shown all kinds of cool things like the differences between coffee plants, how sweet potato grows, eating banana stalks, rice harvesting, noodle making. Not to mention the views. Well I guess that is mentioning the views. And they do deserve a mention. What great views. There. I mentioned them. Stopped at a rice harvest where they were laying out rice on the road. A soothsayer kid with a walking stick, a big blind eye, a moustache (ok maybe not a kid just fairly short), and a mumbly mouth came up to me. I waved hello. Mumblestein kinda ... read more
Post-Apocalyptic Contraption
Bathing in the discharge of the gods themselves

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

Dalat was a brief, one-night stopover on our way to Saigon from Nha Trang, reached after a four hour bus ride up an incredibly twisty road. The main objective was to see a little bit of the apparently quirky town, and sample some of the local mountain biking trails. And quirky it was. Dalat was probably the most unusual place we visited, I can only describe it as an odd cross between a run-down alpine resort and a counterfeit Disneyland. Grand, French-built houses were dotted about in the surrounds of the large, man made lake just outside of Dalat's centre, a TV aerial made to look like the Eiffel Tower looms in the distance, and kitschy touches like the 'Valley of Love' - a romance orientated theme park - are in abundance. It's also much cooler ... read more

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