Brrr, it's cold in Dalat
Trip Start Jan 01, 2011
41Trip End Mar 21, 2011
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Dalat Plaza Hotel
On Thursday, we made our way back to Danang as we were flying to Dalat. In the morning, we picked up lunch from Cargo and it was delicious lunch of baguette sandwiches, a banana and a brownie. The flight to Dalat was in a turbo-prop and luckily, my ear which the night before had plugged up, had unplugged, so it was a pain free flight. The descent into Dalat was interesting - the landscape is so different than what we have been used to. Instead of rice paddies, there were fields of red soil with different plants. Dalat is the bread bowl of Vietnam and is famous for its strawberries and artichokes.
At the new looking airport, we were surprised at how much cooler and less humid the area is
On Friday, we spent the day exploring Dalat. So far we are really liking it. Everyone basically ignores us here, which is nice for a change. In Hoi An, you couldn't walk anywhere without someone trying to sell you here. Stopping to look at anything was a pain because you were swarmed. Not in Dalat though. We were able to walk through the local markets and no one said a peep. Even when we went into a shop, the shopkeepers were very laid back.
We walked up above the Central Market area and then walked around the lake, which Jeff says is 5 km. On the way, we stopped at The Flower Garden. For 10,000 dong ($0.50) each, it was money and time well spent. After walking through the gardens, we were a bit hungry and tried to get some lunch. The first two places were only drink places and had menus only in Vietnamese. We were pointed to a restaurant called Tomato which turned out to be a tour bus stop. The food was actually pretty decent though.