High up in the mountains

Da Lat Travel Blog

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Departing from Saigon...
I planned and booked my trip to Da Lat through a tourist office, Sinh Café, in district 1, Pham Ngu Lao in Saigon.
We left early in the mornings in an air conditioned bus. It was really cold... O_O.
I was so excited. I so love to travel. I hope no ones gonna ever invent a teleporter for real! We'd miss out on so much!  Whether I travel by bus, boat, motorbike, car, plane, ship, train, bus, camel, muli, horse... let me see the sky, let me see my surroundings. I will never loose my awe for god's creation.

Yeah and that's how I spent my time on the bus staring out of the window, trying not to blink too much so I wouldn't miss out on anything haha.
I actually met quite a few ppl from everywhere who came along.
Impressions...
Some were also from Germany, Korea, Japan and so on. But I gotta admit that I was way too excited about the country's beauty to chat too much. I kept switching seats to the right and left and pressed my face against the window. The streets are trappy so I kept bumping my head lol. We had a few stops but all in all it took us about 6 to 7 hours to arrive.
The last few hours were amazing, we drove higher and higher on narrow mountain roads... the sight was breathetaking... I was so into it.
I have to mention here that I am obsessed over height... the higher the better lol.  We stopped in the mountains for a break... I was overhelmed by the peace, the silence... the beauty. I wanted to stand there at the edge of the world forever... I always seek solitude in those moments. I can be quite companiable, I mix well.
mountain roads
But I am moreover the loner, the "I want to do it alone" type. I do not fear solitude I embrace it as much as precious time spend with others.

Finally we arrived. I checked in my hotel. It was quite near to everywhere, the room was clean and all in all good. All that I needed. No air con but u won't need that in Da Lat, it's rather cold up in the mountains.
I checked out the city with a friend. We rent a bike for two. lol that was so fun. I was at the market and bought some real good stuff. While it's hard to get winter clothes in Saigon, Da Lat's a paradise. The pullovers that I bought were cheap and the quality was top. Couldn't buy better ones in Germany. And the bargaining was much easier than in Saigon. Outside of the market hall is another market on the streets where ppl sell stuff for very low rates.
riding through Da Lat
But the funniest thing ever is how they scream to get ppls' attention. THREE PULLOVERS 10.000 DONG !!! BUY 3 GET ONE FREE!!! and stuff like that. But they keep saying it like a prayer. Sounds very funny and uhm up to a point extremely annoying lol.
I ate strange stuff at a strange place. lol luckily I wasn't ill afterwards. But I always try to eat where the locals eat, my stomachs quite robust and withstands almost everything. I know it because I've always tried all the crazy stuff. Yeah I might end up in hospital one day with that attitude I know. :D However we rode back at night through the rain in rainjackets... or rather trash bags haha.
A lot of people don't like to travel in the rainy seasons. I like both. I love to just go through rain as if it was normal.
at the market

One night there were two kids begging for money. i gave them some and they followed me. It was raining and I was wearing that jacket again. The girl kept begging and they already got quite a lot out of me... I can hardly withstand a childs charme. :)
The lil boy kept pulling my arms. lol afterwards I noticed that there was a big hole in my jacket where I kept my camera. But luckily it was tied around my wrist. Well i would have not cared that much. But I might woulda looked up for that boy to get back my memory card haha.

I spent the rest of my days exploring the mountains, a few waterfall places, valleys, beautiful lakes, temples and villages. I do not want to miss this feeling no more... How can one not get addicted to the world? How can one decide to stand still after seeing such things I wonder?
Well as for me I have no choice no more.






albertvn says:
Thanks for the nice blog. I am going there this october.
Posted on: Sep 09, 2009
Advoc8 says:
OMG. I can't believe you bagged the teleporter...

No smile on this until you reconsider! lol
Posted on: Oct 19, 2008
mickeyd302 says:
"We stopped in the mountains for a break... I was overwhelmed by the peace, the silence... the beauty. I wanted to stand there at the edge of the world forever... I always seek solitude in those moments." -- I really liked this part of your entry. Nice rhythm and I have been such places as well.
Posted on: Apr 08, 2008
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Departing from Saigon...
Departing from Saigon...
Impressions...
Impressions...
mountain roads
mountain roads
riding through Da Lat
riding through Da Lat
at the market
at the market
playing :D
playing :D
Hotel...
Hotel...
trekking
trekking
somewhere out there
somewhere out there
Who needs a bikini?
Who needs a bikini?
very cool rocks. and so big...
very cool rocks. and so big...
Cottage with souvenirs
Cottage with souvenirs
I touched him. I decided hes male…
I touched him. I decided he's mal…
climbing up trees... the child in …
climbing up trees... the child in…
uhm can anyone see me? Who took th…
uhm can anyone see me? Who took t…
yea I needed to do this..
yea I needed to do this..
I actually like teddy bears...
I actually like teddy bears...
ride it if u dont wanna walk...
ride it if u don't wanna walk...
impressions on the way
impressions on the way
impressions on the way
impressions on the way
somewhere... some friends who trav…
somewhere... some friends who tra…
mountain roads
mountain roads
friends
friends
:)
:)
Temple
Temple
Temple
Temple
Temple
Temple
Temple...
Temple...
Temple
Temple
hmm... ^^
hmm... ^^
Inside the cloche
Inside the cloche
Impressions...
Impressions...
look over Da Lat
look over Da Lat
Da Lat
photo by: Biedjee