10.05.2012 - 14.05.2012
The bus journey from Nha Trang to Dalat was surprisingly fine, the roads were better and the trip only took about 4 hours. Once settled in a room in Dalat we headed out to get some food and walk around the lake.
We were expecting Dalat to be very similar to Sapa, in the North as they are both high up and have a lake, but unfortunately Dalat does not have the same charm as Sapa.
The rice soup we had was delicious and then we started walking around the lake, after about 15 mins we walked towards 8 Vietnamese teens sitting by the lake drinking beer, as soon as they saw us they were on their feet giving us beers and asking us to sit with them. We sat with them for a while, but no one spoke English so the conversation went a bit quiet after we all introduced ourselves. One of the guys was making Paul repeat what he was saying which was funny, we think we was saying naughty stuff, he he.
The next day in Dalat we had arranged to do a half day hike up to the top of Lang Bian mountain. It was just Paul, our guide and me. I rode on the back of a motorcycle of the first time in my life to get to the start point, I have been avoiding getting on one of the back of them from the start of our Asia trip, but it was either get on the bike, or don’t got trekking.
The trek was good, the views were nice but it was quite steep at times, especially getting to the summit, there were loads of tall steps. But we managed it, took a load of photos of the stunning hilly forests below and made our way down. We managed to get back to our hotel before the afternoon downpour, and for the rest of the afternoon we just watched the storms from inside.
The next morning we took the bus to Mui Ne, a very popular beach town resort for the Vietnamese. The journey was a bit longer, and the roads were not great but we were looking forward to spending a few days on the beach again.
We arrived in the mid-day sun and tried to find a cheap room. Most were very expensive but we found a guesthouse over the road from a hotel that was on the beachfront and we could use all their facilities.
Once checked in we headed for the beach from the hotel….beach??? What beach??? The Lonely Planet book says Mui Ne is ‘Arguably the best all round beach in Vietnam’, we did not have a beach, neither did the hotels either side of us…for miles. The hotels are built so close to the water that there are steps leading down to the sea, and at low tide you may have about a meter of beach, but no more. So, this was a bit disappointing but we were very glad we could use the hotel pool, and it was empty! The whole resort was empty, we weren’t complaining though, sometimes it’s nice to get peace and quiet.
We decided to cut our stay in Mui Ne to just two days and headed to Saigon in the afternoon.