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Stop 17 - Dalat


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After a sweaty few weeks we decided it was time to give ourselves a break from the tropical heat and head to the Central Highlands, to a city called Dalat, famous for its eternally Spring-like temperatures. Our overnight bus from Saigon arrived alarmingly early and we decided it was best not to think too hard about how the driver had managed to shave an entire three hours off the journey time, as we slept in the surprisingly comfortable dentist chair style seats.

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One of the big attractions in the city was Bao Dai palace, the home of the last Vietnamese Emperor and his family. The outside was a good example of a piece of relatively unattractive 1930's art deco-ish architecture which wasn't quite what we had expected. Inside, although large, the palace was surprisingly simple and modest. It had also been left amazingly untouched and so was very interesting to look around and get a feel for how the occupants lived.

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Another big attraction in Dalat is 'The Crazy House'. It's name describes it pretty perfectly; we had really never seen or even imagined a building like it before. The architect, Dang Viet Nga, was apparently inspired to create the higgledy piggledy, surrealist residence by the nature surrounding the city. There were lots of tunnels, bridges, ladders, patterns and colours and practically no right angles or straight lines. The 'house' already had quite a few bedrooms (which it looked as though you can stay in) but was still being constructed which was quite cool as you could also wander around unfinished parts.

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On our final day in Dalat we decided to take a tour out of the city which was very worthwhile. We stopped off at a flower plantation, insect farm (Mike ate a cricket), silk worm farm, a weasel coffee plantation (weird and kind of sad) and a pretty spectacular waterfall called the Elephant Falls. We had fun clambering up and down the muddy, rocky paths to see the falls from different angles; the wedding party attempting to get some unique wedding photos, not so much.

Posted by Chloemillen92 08:02 Archived in Vietnam Tagged vietnam dalat central_highlands

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