Pine Trees & Cool Weather in Da Lat, Vietnam
Yes we’re still in Vietnam. It was a teary night for me when we boarded the Sinh Tourist bus–Hoi An had been our home for the last 4 months and it was very difficult to leave such a wonderful town. The 12-hour bus ride from Hoi An to Nha Trang was nowhere near as painful as I had imagined or read about, I realize now that I spent way too much dreading the trip for nothing. Yes the roads were bumpy, and there were moments of heavy rain, but the driver seemed alert and perfectly able to navigate through the terrain. The second leg of the journey was a 4 hour scenic ride on a Sinh Tourist mini-van from Nha Trang to Da Lat and upon arriving, we instantly felt the chill in the air.
Da Lat is a beautiful hillside town, the weather very different from what we’ve experienced so far in Vietnam. We were both glad that we’d stashed away and carried our ‘cold weather’ jackets, regardless of the space they take in our bags. We had reservations at the quaint and “Dreaming Hill” cottages, which was a bit far from town, but we rented a motorbike and the views driving into town was priceless. At this point Abraham is quite an expert navigating through the chaotic streets and roundabouts of Vietnam. So grateful for that because driving a motorbike is not something I can even begin to attempt.
Included with our hotel stay was entry to Doy Mong Mo. Its a sweet park with many flowers and sculptures spread out through a vast park connected to our hotel grounds.
We found some good food places.