Possibly our most favourite place yet
Trip Start Jun 26, 2009
180Trip End Jun 29, 2010
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Our first full day in Dalat was spent Canyoning which was one of the best things we've done yet! We had two tour guides, Lamb and Ting, who were both really nice but gave us absolutely no safety chat and pretty much left us to plummet to our deaths (except for when we were abseiling). Luckily, there was no plummeting...
We started with a practice abseil which was good fun and then we were off...
We trekked through the gorgeous forest just outside Dalat before doing our first abseil of 18m
though... Just us!) which was only 4m high so not too scary. We were, however, told to make sure we avoided the rocks directly below the cliff we were jumping off!
We carried on trekking before getting to some rapids in the river where the guides politely informed us that this was our first slide! Sorry?!
Yes, we were expected to sit on the first rock at the top of the rapids and let the river drag us over the rocks! It sounded pretty scary but was actually great fun! Drew (bless him) cracked his leg on a rock on the way down though...That was our first injury! The next abseil was a bit harder than the first as you have to jump over a gap half way down. You end up in a river at the bottom too which adds a bit to the adrenaline rush!
We kept trekking (taking in the gorgeous scenery of forests, waterfalls and the river... very pretty) until our next slide. This was muuuuch scarier as the rapids were shorter but looked a lot angrier. The first slide was on the right and was fun; the second slide was on the left and was scary as you go backwards
We were taken to the next abseil... A MASSIVE waterfall! We didn't do it yet though... Instead, we sat and had lunch next to it which was yummy but gave us loads of time to get nervous (well, me anyway!). After lunch (and the guides getting weirdly fascinated with the ants trying to steal the crumbs from our lunch), we tackled the waterfall.
Drew went first and did a cracking job! I was at the top and couldn't see a thing... I had no idea how he was getting on but the pics (taken by one of the guides at the bottom) look like it was a breeze for him. He did slip half way down but we both did that as it was incredibly slippery as there had been loads of floods in the days before we arrived in Dalat.
Next up, it was me. I was absolutely terrified, mainly cos Lamb suddenly gave me some last minute instructions as I was about to go over the edge which I didn't understand and it freaked me out! One of his comments was about what to do if I slip over... Which, of course, I did and then didn't know what to do
The day ended with yet more trekking followed by a 7m jump into a lake. I don't think 7m sounds that high but it really is! We both did it twice...
It was so much fun canyoning but we were both totally battered and bruised by the end of the day
(For more info on the canyoning tour we did: http://groovygeckotours.net/prog2.html)
We got back early (well, about 2pm) and promptly passed out! We then ended our day with monopoly and beers at The Hangout!
On the Saturday, we hired a bike and went sightseeing. The rains made it a bit stop/start but we still got to see loads:
1. Linh Son Pagoda - very pretty
2. Domaine de Marie Convent - very pink! We also saw the nuns making the goods they sell in the shop.
3. Nang Nga Crazy House - this used to be a guest house that's totally crazy! The rooms each have a different theme. It's hard to explain and, unfortunately, we don't have photos as the camera got wet and broke! (Here is where you can see some photos: http://www.vietnamtraveltour.net/hang-nga-crary-house-da-lat.html)
5. Bao Dai's Summer Palace - this was really interesting and well maintained
6. Lake of Sighs - the weather was really nice by this point so we had a lovely wander round the lake and the quaint little shops on the site
We only had a couple of days in Dalat which was a shame as we really liked it there but it was quite touristy and we kinda did everything we wanted to in those two days!