Rain Rain, Go Away!
Trip Start Mar 27, 2012
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After topping up our glorious tans on the beaches along the coast of Vietnam, we headed for higher ground where we were all excited to hear that we would be greeted by a cool climate! Don't get me wrong, the sun is glorious but after months of 30+ degree weather we were ready for a couple of days of wearing full length trousers. The rain however, we were not prepared for.
Again the journey started rockily. We were told the bus would leave at 6.30am so it was an early start for us. Nevertheless, after being stood on the side of the road for two hours, we assumed we wouldn't be arriving in Da Lat at the promised time. As it turns out, our bus had been in an accident on the way to collect us, so we had the choice of waiting six to ten hours for it to arrive, or we could pay our way onto a luxury bus
Just to clarify, the Vietnamese version of luxury is not the same as ours. Adam spent the four and a half hour journey propped up on a fold up seat, where as I was one of four full sized humans wedged on seat built for three midgets. Thankfully we had some great company on the bus which made the time fly.
We turned up outside a very cheap hotel that was practically like heaven to us, Adam and I miraculously bagged the best studio room in the building for five pounds each! Even the persistent rain couldn't put a downer on that. We went for a bit of an explore that evening, eating one of the cheapest and best meals we've had in Asia so far. We looked into having a few beverages that night but we soon discovered that Da Lat is not a party town...unless you like karaoke. It was bloody everywhere! This was more a place for drinking Da Lat red wine in your room whilst watching the football from the sofa.
The next day we rented scooters and took on the mad Vietnamese drivers once more. This time we visited the crazy house, a place which was said to have been designed with Alice in Wonderland in mind according to Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet lied...it's actually a rather tame place, just with a lot of windy stairs.
We also headed for hills and navigated our way through country roads, mountainous terrain and circled a very large lake. During a very heavy rainstorm we took shelter in a place that had one thing on their non English menu. We were so hungry and the weather was so awful we just ordered it and ended up with the best curried noodle soup we've tasted.
The last stop of the day was to a waterfall which was a very peculiar place. When we saw donkeys painted up as zebras, we knew this wasn't your average waterfall. Then when we saw children dressing up, giant statues of Native Americans and small Vietnamese men dressed as cowboys, we knew it was time to leave!
We spent a few days in Da Lat but aside from wandering the town and visiting local markets, we didn't get up to to much. It's definitely a good place for some down time and came at the perfect interval as Adam was ill for a couple of days.
However, though the weather and sleepiness of Da Lat made for a nice break, it wasn't long before we were craving the heat and the bustle of a big city. Saigon here we come...