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Mar 11, 2006 - Dalat

We decided to move inland towards the central highlands, Honeymoon capital of Vietnam, Dalat. The scenery was stunning on the bus journey, justifing its tag as a favourite with the locals. With it being 1500m above sea level we soon got used to the air and the hills!! Our first full day we went for a trek around the local lake, took a detour past "Crazy House" (A locally famous house for its Alice in Wonderland Architecture and weird themed room extras, a Kangaroo, Bear, Ant and Giraffe along with mirrored ceilings!!!) Followed by a tour...

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Feb 8, 2006 - To Dalat

08 February - To Dalat I got a minibus to Dalat which left soon after I'd got in, at 0930. During the journey, there was another moment when I thought we were going to have a head on collision, which wasn't our driver's fault as he was mostly careful. I reacted instinctively as one does when a violent death is imminent (i.e. swore effusively) at which the young sitting next to me looked at me with a startled expression. Noone reacted apart from the driver, thankfully, who slowed down giving the oncoming bus driver the extra trillisecond to...

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Feb 3, 2006 - On the way to Dalat

Fri 3rd: Today we set off on our journey to Dalat with a few stops on the way. Our first stop was at Cat Tien National park. Once we arrived at the park and got organised we decided to go for a bit of a trek around. We walked through a forest for about 2km, some nice scenery. Once we emerged from the bushes on the side of a road we went down to the river to see the rapids. Not too big (maybe due to it being the dry season). We trekked around for another couple of hours and got back just before dark (perfect timing). After showers and a...

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Jan 16, 2006 - Dalat

Dalat - byen haevet ogsaa mange andre i Vietnam i bogstaveligste forstand - byder paa mange spaendende oplevelser, de fleste i omraadet lige udenfor byen. Her er flot natur med masser af soer, vandfald, skove og ikke mindst bjerge. Vi tog paa en tur rundt og besoegte et tempel i et fantastisk flot omraade, tog ud til Vietnams stoerste vandfald og besoegte en minoritetslandsby (Chicken village - bare uden kyllinger, heldigvis for det). Det blev ogsaa til et besoeg i Crazy House Guest House. En helt og aldeles maerkelig bygning, som datteren...

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Jan 9, 2006 - Vietnam - Dalat

After a bit of confusion over which national park we wanted to visit & where tours actually ran from we ended up going south again though this time, inland, to the central highlands town of Dalat. It is a very pretty town with fruit, vegetables & flowers grown in abundance. The climate is much cooler, especially at night, no need for air conditioning and even had to wear socks. A day spent here gave us chance to walk the town, see the lake, book a private tour to Cat Tien National Park and have a good meal including the first bit of mashed...

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Nov 16, 2005 - Dalat... Vietnam's Banff

We rented bikes and rode around the town and surrounding hills... Making up our own tour. Ellen and Ez ended up riding onto a military base with soldiers in their training... ooops! Other than that, Dalat was pretty low key. Not much to report. J Double E

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Oct 20, 2005 - Dalat - feels like home

But only in terms of temperature! It's definitely colder up here - only wearing flip flops and my feet are freezing! I'm off on a tour around tomorrow with one of the 'Easy Riders' - motorbike guides who are highly recommended by the Lonely Planet, and all the people who have been around with them before. Should be good fun, and if it's really good, they also do trips through the mountains to Nha Trang or even up to Hoi An, so i might see how much that costs and if I have time to do it. the bus wasn't all that great - took two hours longer...

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Oct 19, 2005 - The Mountains of Dalat- Central Highlands

I left Munie at about 7.30 and after a few stops arrived in Dalat at about 2.30pm. I checked in the guesthouse, met with a girl called Tess from South Africa and then walked around town and checked out the local markets. I got and booked a tour for the next day.

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Aug 28, 2005 - Dalat - the ultimate in Vietnamese kitsch?

Armed with our bargain basement bus ticket which would take us all the way up the country for the princely sum of $20, we decided that it was time to get out of the big smoke and head for the hills. Our destination of choice, the one and only Dalat, Vietnam's number one honeymoon spot and the last word in Vietnamese kitsch. Once you get past, and learn to ignore all the tweeness (like Dalat's very own miniature replica Eifel Tour and the plastic swan boats that loved up couples could pedal round the lake) Dalat is actually very pretty. It...

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Aug 19, 2005 - 2 DALAT(-:

We went by bus to a small town called Dalat. Only it wasn't as small as we expected. It was very French inspired. It was well ahead of any other town or city in Vietnam. There were plaster houses and things, the resturants were all the real white table cloths and "I'll pour your wine" type. The hotels were the same, they were all real nice with big high qulity t.v's and things. The cool thing was even though they all were flash as, they were still only $20 a night. It was a alot cooler down in Dalat, mainly because it is on the other side...

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Aug 13, 2005 - Dalat

Woke up just in time to be able to pack my stuff up ready for my trip up to the mountains of Dalat, the lady bought my clothes back to me still damp, which was great. Pissed me off a treat as they had already started stinking of damp, and I was heading for a place notoriously cold and wet in Dalat so I was stuck with stinking clothes. I tried to negotiate a discount on my clothes which was impossible with noone speaking english, although I did get all over 15p knocked off the 1 quid total. The bus was an hour late so I was sure it had left...

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Aug 12, 2005 - Dalat

(click 'show all 4' to display all photos and double click photo to see a bigger version) Dalat was refreshing in a number of ways, most obvious being it's significantly cooler temperatures. The climate comes from its location in the Central Highlands in the Annamese Mountain Range - 1500 metres above sea level. Dalat is known as the Vietnamese honeymoon destination. It is a somewhat odd mix of tacky (like swan shaped paddle boats on the lake) and kitch and intellectual. Dalat is a significant university town, and the cafe culture is...

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