Coffee territory...

Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
Trip End Aug 01, 2013

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Flag of Vietnam  , Ðắc Lắk,
Friday, February 8, 2013

Another great place, inland, up on the highlands but a pretty big place too and Vietnam's coffee capital... apparently the best coffee growing area in Vietnam and after sampling, i have to say it was amazing but only marginally better than some other places but i guess its a fine line...

The idea here was to  sample the coffee and check out the area and to stay a day only. This was another non touristy area but a typically busy, bustling prospering Vietnamese town... I tried several coffee's and again sampled some of the Lunar New Year festivities but next day planned to leave early to head off again to party town Nha Trang. The ride there was again very beautiful as you'll see from the few photo's i took and i expected the same for the trip down to the coast again to Nha Trang.

I didn't arrive until early evening so just had enough time to have a quick walk and look around and then time to research what to see locally next morning and came across an apparently amazing wide waterfall so i checked the map for a route to take and next morning set off early to find it...

Now if anyone ever comes to Vietnam i would strongly recommend guided tours with guides or transport to get you where you want to go because, and not for the first time, i have found things seriously hard to find on your own. For starters many roads don't match up to my road map or even google maps sometimes, plus many don't have any road signs for the street names and very few landmarks have any signs at all but worst of all is when you need to ask for directions... Oi Choi Oi (oh my god in Vietnamese) you can ask one person and they'll say one way and then ask someone 10 yards further and he'll say the complete opposite. Now locally you'd think you'd get better directions because many Vietnamese have never traveled outside their town, or especially their province so locally you'd think they'd be clued up but, oh, no no noooooo...!! So after turning off the main road and venturing through some small streets and villages and asking about 7 or 8 people and getting nowhere i realise i will be late getting to Nha Trang so i have to give up the ghost and get a scooby on but it is not until i actually arrived here in Saigon that i saw  photo of the waterfall and i am seriously gutted i missed it, it did look amazing.

So the trip down was again a main highway out of dodge which gradually reduced in traffic, people, dust, cows, pigs,disgarded flip flops, tractors, etc etc closer to Nha Trang but i traveled through some beautiful mountain scenery and arrived at sunset again which, along with sunrise, is definitely the most beautiful time of day to be driving...

Sorry this has been a pretty hazy account of this part of the trip but i am trying to recollect from about 2 weeks later as i am in Saigon now trying to catch up..! I'll type up Nha Trang now too because that's gonna be very brief and then do the rest later this week...

Love to you all..xx
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Carrie McKenzie on

You should create a new road map from all your experiences ! Have fun in Saigon, love and miss you xxxx

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