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

So when I said it was going to be a 20h bus ride from Danang to Dalat, looks like I was being a little optimistic! Thanks to a supposed "big accident" involving the bus that was supposed to pick us up from the transfer stop at Nha Trang, we were delayed by almost 5h as we awaited the next available bus that the company could send us. As we were stranded at the transfer office, I asked them whether I could change my ticket and take the bus the next morning, thinking I could at least explore the beach resort of Nha Trang for one day instead of waiting around. The guy said no, and when I asked why not since the bus was delayed through no fault of mine, he merely said, "Your bus late, ... read more
Xuan Hoang Lake
Crazy House
Bao Dai Palace

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands » Lam Dong » Da Lat November 14th 2012

We arrived in Vietnam after a midnight sleeper bus from Siem Reap to Pnom Penh, Cambodia. From Pnom Penh we crossed the border (relatively seamless) and arrived in Ho Chin Minh City, Vietnam. We stayed in Ho Chi Minh City for only a night. The motorbike traffic rivaled that of Bangkok, and the Pho (noodle soup) and coffee was fantastic. We got up early to run our first morning, and joined the multitudes in the park playing badminton, doing tai chi, and even ballroom dancing (this was all at about 7am!). I always associate exercise with a degree of wealth—individuals have the time (and extra calories) to consider their health, rather than conserving every ounce, because one is hungry. We boarded a bus for the Vietnam Highlands at 10 am, and after ... read more
Motor bikes
Our new boat!
Fresh seafood

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands November 12th 2012

We arrived to dalat Wednesday lunch time, even though we knew it was in the mountains we were surprised at how much colder it was there in comparison to everywhere else. We booked onto a tour for the next day which took us to a flower, coffee and weasel farm. We then tried a Vietnamese speciality, weasel coffee, made by feeding weasels coffee beans which they poo out whole, they are then cleaned off (hopefully) and made into coffee, it's supposed have an amazing flavour but I wasn't sold! We stopped at an amazing waterfall and got to climb right down and go behind it which was pretty sketchy but incredible when we were down there! We also stopped at a few other tourist attractions before heading back!... read more

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 October 28th 2012

Day 40 We arrived in Nha Trang in the early morning and, after checking into the hostel, headed to the beach. Unfortunately, it was pretty overcast and there was a couple of short but torrential downpours, but that didn't stop us spending a couple of hours on the beach and dipping in and out of the sea. We spent the rest of the day having a relaxing wander and some great seafood. In the evening we organised some trips for the next few days, then went to bed on a few rum and cokes. Day 41 We had an early start today for a snorkeling trip to the neighbouring islands. This started with a visit to Mieu Island. We had an interesting tour through the small fishing village, with a brief visit to the local school ... read more
Stormy arrival to Nah Trang
Jam jar cocktail!
Mieu Island Fishing Village

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
Central Highlands

Asia » Vietnam » Central Highlands September 7th 2012

On the first day ,i went to Cat Ba.We walked for a half hour then we visited the souvenir shop, it was colder than Hoian. then we visited communal house. We streamed bathing, the water is clearer than any spring. i loved it... read more

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
Vietnam Central Highlands
Biker Rats
Massive flowers

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