Direktlänk till inlägg 7 juni 2017

Day 4 - Da Lat

Av Magnus Ekstrand - 7 juni 2017 12:58

We got up at 03:30 to make our fligt to Da Lat. I almost didn't realize how tired I was before I fell asleep right after takeoff. We arrived in Da Lat 1 hour later. The cooler temperature and somewhat chilly wind was more than welcome after spending time in Ho Chi Minh city. We ended up taking a taxi from the airport to the hostel. In view of happend yesterday I was somewhat apprehensive. Especially when the driver asked for the sheet with the adress, pulled over and then phoned the hotel. Not being able to understand what was being said I, sadly, braced myself for the worst. I had however in mind that there are bad people everywhere and I shouldn't judge him just because of yesterday. In the end from what I gathered at the hostel he'd just told them that we were about to arrive. He also, for some reason cut 100 000 dong of the taxometer. Maybe because he failed to take us the last 100 m to the hostel because a truck was blocking the way and hokning at him? Or just because he was stressed out of being honked at? Maybe both. It did renew my faith in humanity.

Being more tired that we'd taken into account we slept for 3 hours before leaving to explore Da Lat. The city seems to be thriving. New buildings are being built everywhere. And many of the existing ones seem to have been build recently and showcases some impressing architecture. During our exploring we also met Binh. A MC guide that asked if he could render his services in anywa and showed some skills in Swedish language asking both me and Martin for our names and lenght of stay. He also had a book where people had written down their experiance traveling with him. He had tales in german, english, vietnamnese and many more that I couldn't figure out. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy and touring with him would've been great. But we had already made plans for tomorrow and our trip to Nah Trang.

After that we went around the Xuan Huong lake in Da Lat which feautured multipple great buildings, a temple and a flowergarden that seemed amazing(we are probably going tomorrow) with a guided tour. Inside the temple i spend a few minutes alongside what I beleive was the keeper facing the altar of Buddah. I tried to remember the steps of letting go of everything and for a fleeting moment into objective nothingness, but failed. While exploring the temple the same man came back for me to show me some of the other altars.When he saw Hotch he suddenly burst out singing "Is it me your looking for?", stunned and a bit taken aback i couldn' help but to grin like an idiot and laugh. He then tried to give me a smoke and gestured for me to join him outside. I declined as graciously as you can using facial expressions and body language. He didn't seem to mind and went outside to smoke by himself, and I went back to find Martin who I'd left behind while exploring the temple.

One of the gardens we passed by walking around the lake.


Horses grasing without restriction, in the background some older building being renovated.  

One of the many sites where construction is taking place. You got the feeling the city was growing and evolving  

Found our first temple!    

Hall of prayers.  

Garden outside the temple.



It featured two miniature mountains with small satues on them as well as the "thing" in the background.  


Buddah on top of the mountain.


Exploring the streets.  

View of the lake and many things around it.  


One of the newer constuctions. Unsure what it was used for.

This thing however was a café, kinda cool.


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