Brrr, it's cold in Dalat

Trip Start Jan 01, 2011
Trip End Mar 21, 2011

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Dalat Plaza Hotel

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Friday, March 11, 2011

On Wednesday, we spent our last day in Hoi An wandering around the town and the area surrounding it. We enjoyed an excellent final dinner at Sakura (the first place we went). The highlight was definitely the soft-shelled crab.

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. It was actually a little chilly! After grabbing our bags, we took a cab to our hotel, which was the Best Western Dalat Plaza Hotel. I love hotels for $30 a night! After checking in, we braved the cold (I actually had to go back and get a sweater) and went for dinner. We ended up at a restaurant on the lake which turned out to be a Chinese restaurant. We dinned on two platters of duck - really we only needed one.

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.

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