Part 4 of my Vietnam diary (see also Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Hoi An) We’re continuing our trip down the country. Another 10 hour train ride from Da Nang we stopped by the beach resort city of Nha Trang. The city is well known for its beaches and scuba diving and has become a popular destination for tourists.
We stayed at Novotel Nha Trang. A very big hotel compared to the other ones we stayed in, but the rooms were nice, breakfast was delicious and the staff were friendly. I don’t have many pictures of Nha Trang because we didn’t exactly do anything spectacular here. But it was a well needed pause from all adventuring, and we enjoyed some time at the beach, cheap beer (and some good beer too!) and visited some of the clubs close to the beach. Be aware though, we almost got robbed when going home from the club at the beach! I’m assuming this happens to a lot of tourists here.
We stayed for a couple of days, and then we continued our journey by bus up in the mountains, to the city of Da Lat.
And what a crazy bus ride it was! I was almost too afraid to look out the window. Meeting other vehicles on those narrow roads… but we survived!
The city of Đà Lạt looks a little bit like a cross between Vietnam and the French Alps, since the architecture is dominated by the style of the French colonial period. It’s located 1500 m (4900 ft) above sea level, so the weather is a bit different from Vietnam’s otherwise tropical climate. Da Lat is often called the “City of Eternal Spring”. Although the climate was a bit cooler here (maybe around 25°C?), it was still quite hot, and it felt mor or less like a typical swedish summer. But of course many of the Vietnamese people were already wearing winter coats :P and even the dogs had more fur!
They really do bring everything on their bikes in Vietnam :’)
Enjoying some late night snacks at the night market
We also visited some kind of local festival. Or rather, the locals were showing some kind of wedding ritual I think? I don’t really know, we went there with a bunch of other tourists and a guide, but they were all Vietnamese so I had no idea what they were saying most of the time. But it was fun to watch ^_^
We also went on a quest to find the best Bánh mì in Vietnam. I think we did!
Now of course I didn’t remember to take a photo of the place, but I’m pretty sure it was called Lien Hoa. Or it might have been someplace else, but I’m pretty sure it was here, because it was right next door to a wonderful bakery. Or maybe it was even the same store. Anyway. Delicious!
I tried some other bánh mì along the way, but these were by far the best I’ve ever had. So Dalat is definitely worth a visit, even if only for the bread! haha.
Next up will be the last part of our journey, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
So stay tuned!