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Jan 9, 2007 - Dalat - Central Highlands

Dalat, ahh Dalat. It is a beautiful town set in the Central highlands of Vietnam. It doesn't feel like you are in Vietnam here, it is cooler and the landscape is much different than the rest of the country. It was spared bombing and the defoliation effects of agent orange, as it was a retreat for high ranking military officials from both, interestingly enough, the North and the South Vietnamese armies. Dalat reminds one of a European and Western US town mix, with a lake in the middle that people actually jog and walk around (rare thing to...

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Dec 30, 2006 - Dalat

We feel a need to move on as our time in Vietnam is coming to an end so we've arranged a transfer to Dalat....an old French colonial mountain resort. Somehow, we end up staying in the Six Senses ultra expensive villas but it is not until we arrive on their doorstep that we are told the resort has only been open for 6 days and we are, in fact, their first and only guests. The service is overwhelmingly attentive. We have an entire villa to ourselves...in fact, we have the entire resort to ourselves...... The food in the restaurant was...

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Nov 3, 2006 - Dalat and 3-day motorcycle ride to Saigon

When we left Hoi An, we took the bus to Nha Trang. We decided not to get off and go striaght on to Dalat which is a town located in the Central Highlands. I had read about these guys called "Easyriders". They are tour guides on motorcycles and it sounded like fun. We met Schimitar when we got off the bus in Dalat, but we weren't ready to make a decision. He helped us to find our hotel and after we checked in and went to go get a coffee, he was still outside our hotel. We decided to book a day tour with him and his friend Nip. They picked...

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Cryssa's RTW Trip

Oct 30, 2006 - Dalat - The Paris of Indochina

The day following our tour to the Cu Chi tunnels we boarded a bus that would take us to the mountain hill station of Dalat. This area was developed by the French during colonial times, for them to escape the heat and humidity of the summer months. For this reason, Dalat is often referred to as the "Paris of Indochina". The journey on the bus takes a little over six hours and passes through some lovely countryside. About two hours before we reached Dalat we climbed over a high mountain pass and had a view in all direction for what seemed...

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Oct 26, 2006 - Day 43 - Another long bus journey to the mountains, Dalat

Another disappointing journey on the bus. It took longer than that stated 6 hrs, then they mess you around for a further hour on arrival trying to get you to stay in the hotels that have paid the bus company a commission for our delay. Painful. Sooon we find a hotel that suits our needs - also the cheapest we've had to date - $6 a night, and still with satellite TV - ace! In the ajoining cafe we met with one of the Dalat Easy Riders. Quickly we realised that a customised trip with them would likely "make" our trip in Vietnam - assuming we...

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Oct 25, 2006 - DaLat: Da What?

Welcome to Dalat. Population 130,000. Elevation 1475 meters. This town is considered the jewel of the Central Highlands - The 'City of Eternal Spring'. The temperature is between 16°c and 24°c year round. (nice) Although the area was home to mountainous hill tribes for centuries, it was Dr. Yersin, a protégé of Louis Pasteur, who discovered the area in 1893. He recommended to the French that the area was well suited for development and a cool retreat from the sweltering heat of the coast and Mekong Delta. The city was established in 1912...

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Oct 22, 2006 - A half-day in Da Lat (Matt)

The bus trip from Saigon (HCMC) was a long one (8AM - 3PM) which slowed as we neared the mountain town of Da Lat. The road became narrower and the switchbacks more common. Suddenly, tall stands of pine trees replaced the coffee bushes heavy with large green berries. The occassional field of corn made me think of home. In fact, as we neared Da Lat, I was increasingly reminded of home. The Okanagan in the fall came to mind. Best of all, a cool breeze flowed in the windows. A welcome relief from the heat of the south. We arrived, checked into...

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Oct 3, 2006 - Vietnam - Dalat

Early bus at 7am to get to Dalat, the City of Eternal Spring, because of its many lakes and waterfalls. Set up in the mountains we headed here for some trekking and beautiful scenery. Dalat and the surrounding area reminds David of a place called Bromham in Wiltshire with all the market gardeners in the area. The soil is rich and the farmers grow many types of vegetables and also known for its flowers. It seemed to take all day to get to Dalat and after the obligatory bargaining with the hotel we checked in and set about a quick walk around...

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Jul 23, 2006 - Oink! Oink!

I'm pretty sure now that Vietnam is the next Thailand, but that's another story and it's not the reason we decided to come to Dalat. The reason we came here was, well, bacon. If that doesn't seem to make any sense, consider that Dalat is known to the Vietnamese as honeymoon town, and there are all sorts of little quirky parks and places designed for honeymooners. Even less related to bacon it would seem. Nevertheless, for us, it was the bacon that was the big draw. You see, we had heard way back from someone, I think it was in Indonesia,...

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honeymoonplanet

Jul 17, 2006 - Dalat

July 17th, 2006 Hey Guys, Just a quick note here...firstly, thank you so much for all the emails and when i have a bit more time i hope to respond to them! Michael and I are in Dalat now until tommorow morning. We will take the 7am bus to Moi Ne (beach)...about 6hr trip. Dalat was a bit of a let down unfortunately...long travel day to get here and we had difficulty finding a hotel last night so we wandered around for hours til we found one and then missed eating dinner (restaurants had closed). On top of that...this place is CHEESY....it...

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Jul 12, 2006 - Dalat - Vietnamese Central Highlands

12th 9 1/2 hour trip from Saigon got us (Dean, Suzanne, me) to Dalat around 6. Was getting dark and starting to rain so checked in to the nearest hotel (Pacific Hotel) at a reasonable rate. Dalat is an old French Hill town set around a lake high up in the Vietnamese Central Highlands that was used to escape the heat during the Vietnam summers. It has since grown to city size and seems to cover quite a few valleys. The tempreature more resembled that of spring time UK than anywhere else in SE Asia I have been so far. Tempreatures ranged from...

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Rich Goes Travelling

Jun 27, 2006 - Dalat, Vietnam (Part 1)

Da Lat is placed in the Central Highlands of the Troung Son Mountains of Vietnam. It is well known for its cooler climate, gorgeous mountain scenery, waterfalls, streams and lakes. It has a population of 130,000 and is also known as the City of Eternal Spring. At approximately 1,480 meters, the days are moderate in temperature and the evenings and nights cool. Not surprisingly, we found market traders vending woolly hats and scarves, as well as the usual items of abundant fresh vegetables, meat, fish, flowers, fruit and fridge magnet...

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