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Feb 7, 2018 - Buon Ma Thuot to Da Lat

We drove through the central highlands seeing evidence of many of Vietnam’s crops: coffee, pepper and fruit. Bananas everywhere. Our first stop was at Lak lake. The lake itself is very pretty and we saw fishermen out in small craft. The villages near the lake have houses on legs and many small pigs running around. The place has become developed for tourists as there is an elephant centre and one may ride on an elephant as it swims in the lake. I don’t think any of us did but we did drink some good coffee. We also stopped at the elephant...

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Feb 27, 2017 - And that's why they're called "Falls"

And that's why they're called "Falls" Feb 27, 2016 Dalat, Vietnam  Karl Pilkington is the star of “An Idiot Abroad” – a BBC series which features Ricky Gervais sending Karl off to see the world. Karl ends up taking a few unexpected detours. Well, unexpected to him, anyway. We’ve been watching episodes (yup, you can get Netflix here in Dalat, no problem). It’s hilarious. If I were you, I’d be watching that rather than reading this, frankly. And so, in today’s episode of “This Idiot Abroad”, we went to Thac Voi (Elephant Falls). They are on...

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Feb 26, 2017 - I've been working on the railroad

I’ve been working on the railroad Feb 26 2017 Dalat, Vietnam We are sharing our villa here at the Ana Mandara Resort with Mingh. Mingh is a mouse. I’ve gotten to know him pretty well now and so he’s comfortable with me using his nickname: Minghy. Minghy Mouse is engaged in a running battle with Debbie. She hides the food – Minghy tries to find it. For the past 24 hours the food has all be consigned to the minibar fridge. To express his unhappiness, Minghy left a little ‘calling card’ in the middle of the living room sofa that Debbie likes...

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Feb 25, 2017 - Serenity Now

Serenity Now Feb. 25, 2017 Dalat, Vietnam  Today's headlines from The Vietnam News (Our motto: 'All the news we want you to know'):   Trê fish prices on the rise It appears that in the lead up to the Tet Lunar New Year Festivities, some price gouging was going on and the price of Cá Trê (catfish) surged nearly 3,000 Dong (about $0.15cents) per kilo. The Dong Thap Province Agriculture & Rural Development Department (“DTPARDD”) revealed that their 2020 Development Plan calls for the total output of farmed Trê to reach 541,000 tonnes...

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Feb 24, 2017 - Simply Dalat-ful

Simply Dalat-ful Feb 24, 2017 Dalat, Vietnam  We were supposed to go to Nha Trang   Here is what the Lonely Planet guidebook says about Nha Trang's beaches: Nha Trang enjoys a stunning setting: ringed by a necklace of hills, with a sweeping crescent beach, the city's turquoise bay is dotted with tropical islands. What's not to like?  Here's what: Nha Trang has become a high-rise Waikiki Beach wanna-be party town for Russian & Chinese tour groups looking to party like its 1917.  Mao & Lenin would be so proud.  Since I was the one...

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Feb 24, 2011 - 6. Tag Mottorradtour (160) Lak See - Da Lat

Nach dem Fruehstueck fahren wir um neun Uhr Richtung "le petit Paris", so wird Da Lat, Stadt des ewigen Fruehlings, auch genannt. Sie ist Hauptstadt der Flitterwochen. Auf den Plantagen in der Umgebung wachsen Blumen, Gemuese und Erdbeeren statt Reis. Die Stadt nimmt Romantik sehr ernst und betreibt diese bis zum extremen Kitsch. Heute wird unser Sitzleder getestet. Wir fahren zwar ueber wunderbare Berge, doch leider ist ein Teil der Strasse (ca. 15 km - gefuehlte 150 km) grottenschlecht mit vielen Schlagloechern. Zwischendurch brauchen wir...

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Jan 24, 2010 - Chuck Norris, Barbie and Da Lat

Many thanks to our program manager Nguyen for arranging an amazing weekend in Da Lat! Friday morning, bright and early, we all loaded into our hired mini-van for the 9 hours ride to Da Lat. The two champion Da Nang volunteers that had arrived only moments earlier from the 12 hour overnight train piled in as well. The trip was off to an easy start for the first 2-3 hours. The road was smooth, and there were only a few near head-on collisions - which is a minor thing on these roads! The pavement, as well as our easy ride, quickly came to an...

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Kelly in Vietnam

Nov 20, 2009 - Delightful Da Lat

Ran around the lake again this morning (my guesthouse is about 2 minutes away which is great). Yet another nice breakfast - omelette and baguette (staple diet whilst I've been here in Viet Nam) with the most delightful strawberry juice ever. I had two given the need to up my intake of anti-oxidants. Pretty much everything grows well in this climate and Da Lat is the de facto 'Garden of Viet Nam' which is pretty obvious once you make your way out of the town.. I visited the Crazy House (Hang Nga) which was something I was really keen to see....

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Susan ar Strae 2009

Nov 19, 2009 - Da Lat - Le Petit Paris of Vietnam

Nightmare long bus ride from Nha Trang to Da Lat (and this was a daytime one!) There were a number of unexplained stops so the trip seemed to take an eternity. My humour was not helped by the cocktail hangover from the night before. Somebody had warned me the mixtures can be potent in Viet Nam but did I listen?? Anyhow arrived about 2 hours later than predicted to Da Lat which is inland and high (about 1400m) in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. It has a similar feel to Sa Pa. The town was 'founded' by the French as a hill station/holiday...

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Susan ar Strae 2009

Jul 18, 2009 - . . . and more family

We flew into Da lat from Hanoi and were met at the airport by Tan's two uncles. A short drive later we were at grandma's house. After some tearful hugs and kisses we were ushered to the table for lunch. Grandma looks great for her 90 years and she spent the whole meal just looking at each of us, holding our hands and talking to us. Some of the little cousins the kids played with last time have grown alot and by the gesturing, I could tell they were saying the same thing about Laura and Alec. One cousin who is about Alec's age took him...

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Mar 24, 2009 - Hanoi to Da Lat, Vietnam

Our train arrived in Hanoi before 6 a.m. and we had a few hours to kill before our 11:30 flight to Da Lat. We splurged and paid for a hotel room ($15) for a few hours so that we could shower and get cleaned up before the next leg of our trip. We had a little time to walk around the Old Quarter in Hanoi, eat some pho, and stroll around the lake before heading back to the airport. Da Lat is a town in the central highland area of Vietnam. Alex's mom remembers this as being one of her favorite places back in the 1960's, which led us to here....

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Mar 11, 2009 - Easy Riding Day 2 Dak Lak to Da Lat

Our first stop of the day was at Jun Village, home to about 300 M'nong hill tribe's people. The M'nong women work in the mountains topless from ages 12-17 in order for the man to choose which would suit him best. When the couple gets married, the man moves into the wife's family house and takes on her name. If there is any accident with the wife, such as death, the man is still expected to live with his in-laws and marry another woman in their family. This is a tourist friendly village that come with elephant rides if you so choose to take...

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