Best smelling city in Asia

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

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Dana has handed over the blogging reins to me for today. So it's finally my turn to try my hand at blogging. So here it goes.

We continued our self-guided walking tour on Sunday. On schedule was the cable car across the valley. We walked up to the cathedral again today and instead of going right we went left. Luckily the walk up to the cable car was very nice (more on that later). There are so many flowers blooming and the air smelled fresh and clean. We agreed that it is the best smelling city we have been to in Asia. The walk took almost an hour and by the time we reached the cable car it was lunch time, (11:45) unfortunately they shut down the cable cars for two hours during lunch. Instead of waiting around we decided to take a few photos from the platform and head back to town. After some trip planning in the afternoon we headed off for another evening walk around the lake. This may have been too much walking in one day as half way through the walk I started to get really tired. Luckily they have park benches all around the lake so we stopped and had a rest and continued back for an early dinner where I was talked into some very delicious rice pancakes that were the specialty of the restaurant. They have various meats and seafood on them and you wrap them in a leaf of lettuce and dip them in a sauce. Excellent.

Today we decided that we were going to go on a guided tour. There is only so much that you can see on foot in a valley. We booked a Dalat daily tour that is supposed to hit the top sites in the area all in one jam packed day. First thing we had to do was get up a lot earlier than we are used to. Dana set the alarm at an uncivilized 7am and we stumbled down to breakfast and eventually got on a mini bus. Our first stop was a spot we had already visited before, the Summer Palace. We got the history and then went outside and had an iced coffee while everyone toured around the building. The second place that we had already visited on the tour was next. Luckily this was the cable car from yesterday. So that worked out nicely. The cable car ride was very enjoyable and gave a really good look at the valley. It took us to a monastery. There was a pagoda and a lot of really nice flower gardens, with a good look out over a lake. We then did a little adventure tourism by going to a waterfall and taking a self-controlled single rider roller coaster down to where the waterfall was. It was pretty cool, you could brake whenever the speed got too much for you and it went for a long way. At the bottom there was a rushing waterfall and good ice-cream then back onto the roller coaster to go back up to the top.  We then broke for lunch at a local restaurant for decent but not memorable food. After lunch it was time for the valley of love, in all its cheesy glory. There were more hearts and ridiculous photo opts than I have pictures for. Unfortunately it’s not the busy season so we didn't get to see all the thousands of love birds floating from photo opt to photo opt. We finished the afternoon at a hand embroidery workshop and a store selling overpriced jams and teas before a quick stop at a giant golden Buddha.  A pretty good day all in all. 
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Jaylene on

First off, bravo! on your first blog.

That roller coaster looks and sounds so cool!! Being able to control it is brilliant. Though perhaps a pain for those in cars behind you...

What was the deal with the valley of loooove? Why was it there? Just a tourist trap or was there some romeo and juliet-vietnam style story behind it?

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