Monday, 8 July 2013

Da Lat

It turns out that if you drive west of Nha Trang for approximately 5 hours, you arrive in England. Or Da Lat, but cold pouring rain and 22 degrees had us convinced we'd found an intercontinental portal. We dug our socks and scarves out of the very bottom of our rucksacks (the best we could do to keep warm as we have exactly zero items of clothing warmer than t-shirts with us) and went off in search of some hot chocolate to keep away frostbite. A few minutes into our search however, the drizzle turned into a freezing torrential downpour, so we spent the rest of the day dressed like this...

In public, yes.


During our meandering through South East Asia, we have begun to take issue with our Lonely Planet guidebook. We are planning to sue when we get home. Exhibit A in our case against this fraudulent travel resource: "Da Lat is the alter-ego of lowland Vietnam... small enough to remain charming... full of elegant French colonial villas... 'Le Petit Paris'..."

HOW DOES THIS LOOK LIKE PARIS? OR CHARMING? WHERE ARE THESE VILLAS? THIS IS HANOI ON A HILL.

This lake is the only area in Da Lat not covered in motorcycles. That includes pavements and inside shops and restaurants. 

All this being said though, Da Lat was still reasonably nice, the food was brilliant and we did enjoy being cooler for a few days even though the rain and mud meant we couldn't make it to the waterfalls we had planned to see.

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