"During my first full day in Dalat, Vietnam, I took a nice tour in the countryside to experience some culture and to see things I'd otherwise find a very hard time seeing on my own. The tour for less than $20 included 8 stops. Some of the stops included a Flower Greenhouse tour, Coffee Plantation, Silk Family Farm, Animal Farm, Temple, Elephant Waterfall, and more. Two of my favorite spots were the Coffee Plantation and the Elephant Waterfall."
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I've been in Vietnam for over week and have been lucky enough to travel to several cities - Ho Chi Minh, Bien Hoa, Vung Tau, Nha Trang, and Dalat respectively. I couldn't wait to share some highlights of my recent experience in Dalat. I am currently slaying the keyboard away at midnight on the other side of the world in a hotel room while a Vietnamese dubbed series are playing on the television. As I typed that, I flipped the channel to Sex and the City. I find so much humor in the fact that Sex and the City is international. The show is based in New York so it's making me feel homesick.
While I can go on and on about the mundane details of my trip, I'm sure you'd rather hear about my recent and eye-opening trip to an unlikely city - Dalat! Now before I ever stepped foot on a plane, I didn't give Dalat too much thought. It was a convenient stop between Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh. But now that I'm engulfed in this romantic and lively city, it is my favorite so far. During my first full day here, I took a nice tour in the countryside to experience some culture and to see things I'd otherwise find a very hard time seeing on my own. The tour for less than $20 included 8 stops. Some of the stops included a Flower Greenhouse tour, Coffee Plantation, Silk Family Farm, Animal Farm, Temple, Elephant Waterfall, and more. Two of my favorite spots were the Coffee Plantation and the Elephant Waterfall.
Starting with the most legendary, the Elephant Waterfall is quite some hike with slip-ons loosely attached to my feet. But it was well worth it. The reason why this waterfall is called the Elephant Waterfall, as oppose to any random animal is because from birds-eye, the rocks look like elephants taking a drink of water. It is definitely an unforgettable moment. After climbing some haphazard and natural rocks, I was rewarded with a refreshing mist that caressed my face. It is one of the biggest waterfalls I've seen. But, I should note that I haven't seen too many waterfalls in my lifetime, yet. Once everyone took enough photos to convince ourselves that we have captured it's beauty (we didn't), then we had to climb back up to our tour guide in the scorching sun. We are then rewarded for this climb with fresh sugar cane drinks sipped from a straw in a plastic bag.
My second favorite location is the coffee plantation. I learned plenty about Dalat's coffee plants. The smell that exudes from these flowers are precious and heavenly. I also learned that Dalat is the number two coffee importer in the world, first is Brazil. They grow three types of coffee - Arabica, Moka, and Weasel. Let me further explain weasel since it is the best tasting kind of coffee and it's origin humors me (and probably, you). Weasel coffee is coffee beans picked from the weasels' poop. Something about their stomachs enzymes that make the coffee so tasty. No worries, they clean the poop off before it ever hits the grinding. I am touching the clean coffee beans (picture above). From the coffee plantation tour, we were guided up a coffee house that had a breathtaking view of Dalat's mountainside and coffee plants. Tis was also an opportunity to try their coffees. Naturally, I had to try all three and their teas. I truly loved the Weasel coffee. The coffee is quite strong and pairs nicely with condense milk. It quickly became my kryptonite.
The twelve hour difference means I really should be in bed as I am taking another tour early tomorrow morning. This time, I will be riding an elephant. Can you tell I'm excited?
iPhone pictures by Lynn Kim Do