The serving of local coffee is unique and come with small serving. First timer will find it strange that server is serving you an empty glass. And soon you will find out that coffee level will slowly rise to almost half coffee glass.
It will normally take about 2 minutes to get your perfect cup of local brewed coffee. Please add water if you find the coffee a bit too strong.
The stainless steel container serve together you’re your empty coffee cup acts as filter and somewhat similar to Kopi-Tiam cloths filter.
Most people here dress warmly though out the day, especially at night. Some parents will put some kind of head gear for their kids when they go out to night market.
This kid keeps looking at me and wonders why I only wear a simple T-shirt at such a cold night.
Btw, I have very high tolerant for cold after working in data centre (with faulty air conditioning) for years. Where room temperature is always 10-degree while air conditioning controls shows 16-degree.
A Hill Town, Da Lat has plenty of sights for the family. Easy access from Saigon and a choice of hotels for Backpackers or Family.
A large market and a lake. There's even a copy of the Eiffel Tower.
There are plenty of eating places and sights to see outside the town and I would suggest strongly trying the 'restaurant' on top of the market for the local food.
The French Architecture is outstanding and if you want to look at a cloud first-hand, take an oxygen mask and head for the top of the hill.
Photos to come...
Fondest memory: Our heads in a cloud on the top of the town and No CAMERA!
Favorite thing: Being a bird lover, I wanted to include this picture of a very interesting bird. No idea what kind of bird it is. This little shop was on Pham Ngu Lao. They don't show terribly much respect for their little friends, as we walked past, the shop keeper threw a little bird in the rubbish bin. It was still alive and my son being as he is, picked it up and held it in his palm. It was on it's way to heaven but made us sad that they treat them this way. As I said, being bird lovers this upset us as we treat our pet birds so well at home.
Vietnamese food not actually hot, but the regular chili sauce is twice as hot as those that you can find in Malaysia.
In Da Lat, people at this high country consume more chilies than those of Hanoi & Saigon. I was glad to see all kinds of chilies are readily in front of me to go with my beef noodles.
Due to the high altitude and cooler climate, pine forest can be considered as native and most prominent plants at this highlands setting.
The sound of the wind cutting through those pine needles can be quite soothing at time. But it may sound scary at night.
The beef rice noodles are common food source for locals, especially for breakfast.
I ate some of these noodles for breakfast & find it quite delicious after adding those chilies and fish sauce (the bottle). Vegetable, lime, mints and bean sprouts are served generously although the noodles itself is very inexpensive.
I can’t remember how much one bowl of beef noodle cost. All I remember is very inexpensive.
Favorite thing: Da Lat is in the mountaineer city of Vietnam. It is located in the south central highlands of Vietnam in the country of Lam Dong rather far from any central business city. It is surrounded with mountains, parks and lakes which make it very interesting place to visit in Vietnam with the diversity of sites.
There seem to have church service everyday in Vietnam churches. I remember that whenever I walk into any churches, there always have church services.
I didn’t make it up, how many Sundays in my 16 days trip? I have photos taken during church services in more than 6 different churches from different cities/towns.
In some town, I even see the over spilled church congregation standing in church compound and some outside the main gate when the service is being conducted. How I wish all Christian worldwide have such a great passion for their belief.
Many of us may assume that Vietnam has got all the spectacular pagodas & temples. You will be surprised to see many churches & cathedrals too.
Since Da Lat was a French hangout town, catholic and some orthodox churches can be spotted easily here. And the construction for these cathedrals of course will not be complete with tall towers, big compound and beautiful stain glasses.
Moka coffee farms can be found at Da Lat outskirts. The Moka coffees were once fetching very high price, but prices had reduced due to supply more that demand factor.
P/s: Moka coffee is one of the more famous Vietnamese coffee grown in Da Lat highland. Please do not mistaken that it was a typo error, and I don’t mean “mocha” which is chocolate in the coffee like we can easily order from of those coffee espresso joints.
Da Lat is located near Central Highlands and there are many hill tribe people living in the hills and small villages.
The beautiful lady in unique, beautifully decorated tradition dress is one of the models for tourism shoot out. You can feel free to take photos of these gentle tribal ladies, but first give them a smile. If they smile back, then you're most welcome to take their photos.
Some of these teenage girls (see left) will be shy to take photos especially if they are not dressing up or in the middle of doing some household chores.
This picture is taken at Chicken Village’s water tank #2.
Beside the planting fields, water tanks at these villages are where most activities will be taken place. Beside laundry, some mothers will bath the kids, wash the vegetables or meat before cooking and many more activities that need water.
I noticed a different thing on waterfall in Vietnam and Malaysia. In Vietnam, there is no one swimming under the waterfall,.. but in Malaysia, you can see people (a lot of them) swim inside the ppol, picnic, barbeque etc..
Fondest memory: Wow.. dalat is one of my favourite in Vietnam!
Drink when you are thirsty and eat when you are hungry. In Vietnam my recommendation is easy for light lunch, order Pho with Paa Paa Paa. Pho is Vietnamese soup, Paa is three, and 3 times Paa is 333, which is local Vietnamese beer! Extremely good mixture and keeps your stomach happy.
These young ladies can be found from parking places where buses and cars have a rest hour (unfortunately they don't serve Pho).