Hue to Dalat via Nha Trang
10.26.2009 - 11.19.2009 70 °F
Nha Trang beach volleyball
A short and hot 2 days in Hue (same/same), and I was at the Ga waiting for the 01:07 train to Nha Trang. Soft sleeper was dirty, and late getting into NT due to typhoon washouts. Travelfish recommended the AP Hotel on the main drag, and that's where I told my Mai Linh driver to go. A rather huge room and luxurious bathroom awaited me, and I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful beach area - certainly Vietnam's Waikiki at it's finest. I had heard otherwise on the net - I had heard complaints about a dirty beach, but it was truly beautiful.
Dalat in the Central Highlands - my last stop
Dalat is the flower center of Vietnam
Central market has everything, flowers to food and hardware
Next morning (today, Sunday) I caught the 10:30 Mai Linh Express (Mercedes van) to Dalat via the new road (it might be new, but the access to the new road was under construction, and there is no such thing as flaggers here in VN - buses, vans and motorbikes just flow through the earth movers!)
Arrived in Dalat to more surprises, thought Dalat was a small mountain resort full of tourists, but what came up was a small city in the Highlands with very few tourists in sight. I checked into the Phuong Hanh Hotel downtown and close to the central market. A very interesting place full of very friendly mountain folk, and certainly much busier than I had thought. I think 3 days here will be just fine.
Just had dinner of cream of shrimp/mushroom soup, chicken with vinegar and onion, flan and Dalat red wine - excellent. Then I stopped at the pastry shop for a few small cakes and pineapple juice (I missed lunch today).
more to come, stay tuned...