A day in the life of Da Lat and I. Maybe some day you will make it here. I’ve been here almost a week now. The main reason I came here is because every where I have been its been hot and humid. I would walk hours each day in Hanoi and the sweat would just stream off and I’d stop to get a 1.5 liter bottle of water and sit for awhile. Same in Hoi An, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City. I had read that Da Lat ran cooler but I kinda doubted it. Here’s the snapshot from Google Chrome when you ask about the weather in Da Lat.
Yeah. Well, that’s different than the weather in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City! Its running in the 30s in Ho Chi Minh City and it does not cool off that much. Here it cools off and you need a jacket at night. A jacket feels good! Of course, I did not have such a thing as a jacket so I went to the Da Lat Market and got one. I spent about $20.00 on one that works for me. Its actually hard to find sizes of certain things that fit but coats and jackets are in high demand here so they have good size choices.
Then there’s eating. Eating always is an adventure in Vietnam. I have been eating at Vietnamese restaurants the last few nights. Have spent on the average of about $2.00 for dinners. That is pretty darned good I think! Probably tomorrow will go elsewhere for perhaps Indian food.
Another thing are the scams or people trying to sell you things. Some of the predominant ones in most places are the irritating shoe shine guys, the scooter guys, and the cyclo guys. I do mean guys. I have rarely seen women doing this stuff. Here in Da Lat I have not seen a single shoe shine guy and there are no cyclos. What it means is that you can walk places like around the lake and not be warding off these guys all the time. Walking to a restaurant or coffee shop is a very peaceful type of thing too. Walking all around town is nice. My hotel is in more of a non touristy area so there are not even scooter guys out there. It makes being here much easier.
The other reasons I chose Da Lat was its history. It has this fascinating mix of building styles since it started as a French vacation town. Many of the buildings show the French architecture but buildings are also Swiss in color and shape. It makes taking photographs so much fun! Another reason is the different focus. Away from big tourist things and more to being outdoors, walking around the lake, taking in the sights.
So, all in all, Da Lat is a great final choice for me of a place to hunker down and stay in Vietnam for the end of my time here. I get to enjoy all the above things and see something quite different and not sweat day in and day out with the temperatures in the 30s. Yay!
I’ve been updating my Google Photo’s album so here’s some shots of the day to day stuff I’ve been seeing. The album gets updated at a lesser rate and the number of photographs I have been taking is leveling off to around 10 to 20 a day now.
Its beer in the evening time so I will partake!