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Tỉnh Lâm Đồng

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  • Day6

    We picked up our bikes and rode 200km to Cat Tien today. Getting out of Ho Chi Minh City was uneventful. Our experience riding in Sri Lanka two years ago really stood us in good stead. (otherwise we might have been a little freaked out) Several miles down the road we came to a river ferry crossing. Augie had done his research and we each had the correct fare tucked away. This kept us from holding up the boarding line too much.

    The first 100km was relatively urban. Just as in Sri Lanka the roads are lined with houses and businesses most of the way. We stopped for coffee about half way to our destination. The Café owner recommended a place for banh mi sandwiches. By the time we got to the place it was closed. Bummer. We rode on with empty stomachs. The second hundred kilometers the roadside transitioned to rubber plantations anf rice paddies. Much more pleasant. The last 20 we rode some nice curvy stretches up toward the mountains.

    At Cat Tien we pulled into our inn, the Spirit Garden Guesthouse. https://goo.gl/maps/WTC2PtgsDhG2
    The owner met us with a cold orange juice and led us to our riverside bungalow. It's a little buggy, but really serene. Plus at $13 a night, who's complaining? At dinner we met Nick, a Brit who has been leading motorcycle tours here for the past few years. He gave us some awesome tips in routes and accommodations as we head north.

    Over the next few days we'll try to set up Augie's Gopro to get some riding footage.
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  • Day13

    Day 13 Da Lat

    October 14 in Vietnam

    For this day the plan was to do a downhill bike tour in the hills around Da Lat. Originally we wanted to do Canyoning but this and Rafting is closed at the moment (because a Korean man died lately - had a heart attack) and so cycling was the best option. Christi told Lion (our guide) we are experienced and want to have the hardest tour they offer. In fact I never did a downhill tour in my life and I even didn't sit on a Mountainbike since years ;-) What a good tour to start with. It did make fun and the landscape was amazing but I was also scared going down the hills too fast. The parts going up the hills nearly killed me, it was also quite hot and if you are not used to it - that is not the best combination. On the steepest downhill part I also fell off the bike but fortunately only at a small pace. At the end of the tour we visited an impressive pagoda and its cellar where the hell of Buddhism is visualized. Back in the city we went to a night market after having a shower. For dinner the owner of the hostel prepared fresh spring rolls and fried rice. There were also other hostel guests joining and so it was quite nice. We went to bed early because of the exhausting day.Read more

  • Day14

    Day 14 Da Lat

    October 15 in Vietnam

    Day 2 in Da Lat: After breakfast another outdoor sports activity was waiting for us. We wanted to hike on the Langbiang mountain. First we rented 2 scooters for the day and drove to the parking lot at the foot of the mountain. Then we hiked up to the peak at 2167 metres. It was sunny and at the end the path was very steep, but there was a nice view at the top. Back at the parking lot we drove to the next stop around 30 km away: The Elephant Waterfall. Once we arrived there climbed down to see the waterfall from below, quite impressive. Afterwards we visited the pagoda next to it. It wouldn't have been an interesting one if they were not building a massive Buddha statue, about 70m high! Then we drove back to Da Lat, had a coffee at the Xuan Huong lake and later dinner in a great local BBQ restaurant. At around 9 PM we got picked up by a bus company to bring us to the bus station. In this night we took a sleeping bus to Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon).Read more

  • Day12

    Canyoning

    April 13, 2017 in Vietnam

    My second day in Dalat was an exhausting one. The day's plans were canyoning. Having not really known what to expect, it was certainly an experience.

    Our team leaders were called Jerry, Sun and Nam and certainly made the trip. There were plenty of wild activities throughout the course of the day, these included abseiling down waterfalls and into waterfalls as well as cliff jumping and trekking along the rivers path. There was one activity called the washing machine in which you abseiled down a rock face and then dropped into a waterfall which took you under for 2/3 seconds then brought you up. My heart was certainly in my mouth through those very long seconds. The power of the water was incredible and I now understand how dangerous currents can be. However I came out safe and alive which was the main thing.

    If you want something that gives you an adrenaline rush this couldn't be more ideal. After finishing the trip with a 20 minute hike up hill it's safe to say I was absolutely exhausted. My dinner that evening could probably have been shared between 4 people I was that hungry. Needless to say I slept very well that night.
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  • Day11

    Dalat

    April 12, 2017 in Vietnam

    Having enjoyed myself so much in Mui Ne it was sad to be leaving. The bus journey to Dalat was a bumpy one, however the scenery was incredible. I travelled there with a girl called Aurelie who is doing an internship in Dalat and was in Mui Ne for a break. Having got on really well, we agreed to meet up again in Hanoi as we are meant to be there around the same time.

    Exhausted, I arrived at my hostel. It was a lovely family feel and every evening they do 'family dinner' which invites everyone in the hostel to eat together. The food was the best I've had in Vietnam and was so sociable. To end the night we headed to the Maze Bar which was a crazy place full of tunnels and stairs. It really lived up to the name, being impossible to find your way back out again.

    The next day in Dalat was a touristy one. I joined up with a girl I had met in Mui Ne called Fiona and got on well with. We decided to explore the city along with another girl called Leena who was in her hostel as well. The day was filled with a trip to the local market, a walk around the lake which was spectacular. We then decided to head to one of the waterfalls. The hike up there was one I will not forget. We even got the local bus to and from the waterfall and felt like real tourists as well as feeling extremely proud we got there and back. On the way back, we stopped off at the Crazy House which was fascinating and cleverly created. It was full of crazy passages, tunnels and a breathtaking view over Dalat. Very tired and hungry we made our way back to the hostel in time for another family dinner which we all demolished.

    Having had a busy few evenings previously, we decided it was time for a movie night so settled on watching How to lose a guy in 10 days. After 22,668 steps I'm hoping sleep will come very easy tonight.
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  • Day29

    Noch mehr Wasserfälleeee

    September 10 in Vietnam

    Die heutigen Wasserfälle sahen noch schöner jnd nicht ganz so kommerzialisiert!
    Auf gings wieder mit dem Moped. Nur ich und Jonas, einer der Berliner, der Rest ist entweder weitergereist oder woanders hin gefahren. Die Strecke allein war schon toll und der erste Stop bei den "Elephant Falls" beeindruckend. Man musste ein wenig rumkraxeln um unten vor dem Wasserfall zu stehen oder gar direkt dahiner bzw. runter. Schön eingesaut haben wir uns da mit rotem Schlamm. Hat aber Spaß gemacht.

    Weiter gings zu den Pongour Falls. Dort konnte man auf die Steinstufen klettern un den Dreck vom letzten Wasserfall runterspülen lassen. Erfrischend!

    Der Rückweg war dann nicht mehr ganz so toll, Regen! Da wir im Hochland sind wurde es auch richtig kalt. Vorallem auf dem Roller mit Fahrtwind. Brrrr. Eine leckere heiße Pho hat dann den Abend gerettet.
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  • Day28

    Maze Baaar

    September 9 in Vietnam

    Nachmittag im BBG Restaurant verbracht und danach in die interessante Bar gegangen.

    Die "Maze Bar" - ein Haus, innen wie ein Labyrinth gebaut, und Bier und Cocktails. Das war wirklich mal aussergewöhnlich.

    Mit dabei: Marlon, Jonas, Dani, Christoph, Antoine

  • Day27

    Hallo Da Lat

    September 8 in Vietnam

    Frph um 7 in Da Lat abgekommen. Habe überraschend gut in Nachtbus geschlafen. Das Hostel hat einen wunderbaren Ausblick, tolle Leute und schöne Zimmer. Habe wie es auch nicht anders sein soll die Berliner wiedergetroffen.
    Eine kleine Mopedtour zum "Crazy House" und anschließend shoppem bei "Big C" einem riesigen Walmart artigen Laden. Erstmal Kuschelsachen gekauft hier sind es nämlich "nur" so 15-23 grad. Danach wurden wir vom Regen eingeholt und haben den Nachmittag mit Kartenspielen und Billard verbracht!

    Mit dabei: Joven, Dani, Christoph, Marlon, Jonas, Robin
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  • Day28

    Wasserfälleeeee

    September 9 in Vietnam

    Heute wieder mit den Moped los, zwei wunderschöne Wasserfälle abgeklappert und bei dem einen mit einer richtig tollen Sommerrodelbahn gefahren (geprüft vom deutschen tüv haha)
    Leider mussten wir zwischendurch anhalten da eine Selfiekolonne von vietnamesischen Touristen meinte Selfies machen zu müssen....mitten auf der Rodelbahn. Asien halt.

    Danach am See essen gewesen und noch ein wenig rumgetourt und die Gegend erkundet! Einglück diesmal kein Regen!

    Mit dabei: Marlon, Jonas, Christoph, Antoine, Dani
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  • Day30

    Schnipp Schnapp Haare aaaab!

    September 11 in Vietnam

    Erstmal zum Big C Riesensupermarkt gefahren. Croissant, Nutella und Kiri Käse geholt. Danach im Vietnamesischen Mc Donalds abklatsch gegessen. (Das war gar nicht mal so schlecht) Brauchte mal was westliches. Dazu ein paar Klamotten, brauche dann doch mal mehr als gedacht.

    Danach spontan beim Friseur gewesen. 10 min und 3.50€ später bin ich sehr happy wieder ins Hostel gefahren. Perfektes timing bevor der Himmel sich geöffnet hat und es in Strömen regnet.Read more

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Tỉnh Lâm Đồng, Tinh Lam GJong

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