When I planned this holiday, I don't have any idea that there are more interesting place to visit in Vietnam other than Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. I always do my research a week before my trip specially for the places which are not commonly visited hence accessible by
foot or wheel.
I have a friend who once told me that there is a place in Vietnam which is worth to visit. A place far beyond Ho Chi Minh's humid tropical climate, hazardous air pollution and busting traffic jam. This place is Da Lat, located in Lâm Đồng Province in the southern central highlands of Vietnam.
Da Lat is dubbed as the "city of thousands of pine trees" and "the city of eternal spring" with elevation of 1,500MASL thus climate contrast the humidity of the central and southern Vietnam. Since it was colonized by French in 1900, infrastructures are built in European style.
|Phuong Trang Sleepers Bus|
When I arrived in Da Lat, the sun was up hence a cool breeze ran across my body. The temperature was about 8-10 deg. centigrade that morning.
|Ben Xe Lien Tinh Da Lat Bus Terminal|
|A view of Xuan Huong Lake|
|City town proper|
I arrived in Da Lat Trip office at 08:30AM where I waited for the tour van for my country-side day trip tour. I had my Pho' for breakfast and croissant. I opted for group tour rather than the Da Lat habal-habal as it was more cheaper. We first started the tour to Da Lat Flower Farm, about 30 minutes away from the city...
|The flower farm|
Then we headed to Meh Lin Coffee Farm. Da Lat is the number one producer of coffee in the world according to Karen, our tour guide.
I strongly agree that Da Lat has the best coffee in the world. I've tried the cape moka that morning.
Then to Cricket Farm. You can taste fried cricket for free. I was dared to try it, it was crunchy but juicy.
|Free taste cricket|
Few meter away from the cricket farm is the silk factory.
|The Silk Factory|
And then the Elephant Falls. You have to trek down for about 15 minutes for great view of the majestic falls
|The Elephant Falls|
Past half noon when we headed back to the city for our Lunch.
Then continued our tour to Da Lat Train Station, the first train station in Vietnam which is still operational.
|Da Lat Train Old Railway Station|
And then to XQ Historical Village.
Our last destination is the Crazy House wherein the whole architecture of the house is like a museum of abstract.
Our tour ended about 05:00PM and went back to Da Lat office where I was dropped-off. I continued my Da Lat exploration by walking around the city while waiting for my night trip back to Ho Chi Minh.
|St Nicholas of Bari, Da Lat Cathedral|