Who are we?
We're a lot of things!
...but, to keep it simple, we're two eager travelers with roots in the US.
Having explored quite a bit of our home country together, we set our sights abroad and kickstarted our foreign travels in Southeast Asia. With everything we owned in our backpacks, we set off on our five-month trip.
Having traveled Japan for the past 35 days, we're well on our way to our new home for the following two weeks, Vietnam.
There are countless ways to explore this developing nation, and everyone has their own take on the subject matter. From the busy city life with endless markets and awesome street food to the pristine beaches and breathtaking mountain views, Vietnam has a little something for every kind of traveler.
The options can be overwhelming when considering your trip to Vietnam, so to help narrow down the possibilities, we'll highlight some of our experiences to give you some inspiration and personal know-how!
Without further ado..
Where did we stay in Da Lat?
Today is Saturday, the 24 of November, 2018.
Another stay at the Brew & Breakfast hostel left us revitalized and eager to explore more of the countryside of Da Lat. But first, coffee.
We tried the cold brew this time, which wasn't half bad. Caffeinated, we stepped out the door into the light drizzle. The rainfall increased and, due to our lack of umbrellas, we were forced to seek shelter, otherwise get all of our clothes and belonging soaked.
What did we explore today in Da Lat?
We had Korean food in a French town in Vietnam
Locating a restaurant off the path, we scurried in and took our sandals off before even realizing where we were.
A café, of sorts; sweaters over the wall, weasel poop coffee posters, and a unique seating arrangement prompted our curiosity. A young lady approached us with two menus, and it was then we realized we were in a Korean themed cafė. Pointing to a dish on the menu, our offers were declined; rather, our choices were limited to three dishes. Opting for the banh gao pho mai and Japanese noodles, we weren't blown away by the food, yet it got the job done.
Leaving the restaurant, we walked down the damp sidewalk toward the cable car station.
We cruised on a gondola to the Truc Lam Pagoda
For 80k VND, we bought a round-trip ticket for the cable cars at the Robin Hill station. Zipping above farmland, forest, and the Tuyen Lam Lake, we were delighted by the scenery; fresh misty mountain air filled our nostrils as a crisp breeze cooled us down.
Exiting the car, we went to see the Truc Lam Pagoda. Recently built just over a decade ago, the temple is a popular spot for tourists, and rightfully so. Still an active monastery, visitors may see monks practicing as they stroll about the temple grounds.
After our temple fix, we headed out to grab some bun bo hue. Similar to pho, this rice noodle dish, flavored with lemongrass, shrimp paste, and beef, is packed with flavor and a local favorite here in Vietnam. Making a pitstop at the bakery for some goodies, we headed back toward the hostel early to get some work done and arrange the rest of our travels.
How much did we spend traveling in Da Lat?
Food: 164,000 / $7
Lodging: 116,000 / $5
Sightseeing: 80,000 / $3.42