We started day six at our new hotel’s breakfast buffet. We’re staying at the Ana Mandara in Da Lat. It’s gotta be one of the nicest hotels I’ve ever stayed in. It’s not a “hotel” but more of a resort. There’s like 20 villas with 5-7ish rooms in each. The buffet was solid. Yes, that’s the best word I can find ATM. I’m exhausted and we’ll get to why in a moment.
Dumplings, pho, Brie, slightly undercooked bacon and hash browns make for a hearty breakfast.
Yesterday we booked motorcycle tours of Da Lat. The company is called Dalat Easy Riders and I can’t recommend them enough. Btw Da Lat and Dalat are interchangeable from what I can tell.
Our guides for me, my wife and her dad met us at our hotel. And then we were off. The six of us, two to a motorcycle. This was my first time being on a motorcycle too.
The tour started at 9:00am and our first stop was a temple dedicated to the bombings of Da Lat in the 1960s. Next on our way out of downtown we stopped and Ph and I hiked up this large hill/small mountain. At the top you get a gorgeous view of downtown Da Lat. No joke, it was a bit of a climb for two people who don’t hike.
After the hike we jumped back on the bikes. About 30 minutes later we arrived at a coffee plantation famous for it’s “weasel coffee”. Basically weasels eat the coffee beans, then they are excreted, beans are cleans then roasted. Yes, it’s pretty darn weird. We ordered one of each of the three weasel coffees for cafe su dat (traditional Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk). Yes, the coffee was really good. The views were splendid as well.
Back on the bikes. A few minutes later we were at Elephant Falls — a giant waterfall. Ph and I hiked down and behind the falls. It was a tricky hike. Btw this is the most nature I’ve been a part of in years. Getting behind the falls was the most difficult part. After watching a few others do it we got the courage to do it too. And it was so worth it.
Back on the bike and off to a silkworm farm. We learned all about how silkworm create silk for clothes, shoes, bags, etc. At this point I was beat but Ph enjoyed it.
Last stop was a monastery my father-in-law requested to go to. By then I was tired and sunburnt so I was just going through to motions.
Then we were off on our way home some 5-6 hours later.
I can’t say enough good things about Dalat Easy Riders. Seriously, these guys are fantastic. They speak very good English. You always feel safe on their bikes. And they make sure you have an experience to remember.
In fact we loved them so much Ph’s parents booked them for a tour by car tomorrow and they’re going to drive us to our next destination in two days — Nha Trang.
Each tour is customizable. They are affordable at $30/person.
One note on booking. Go to their storefront and book. Hotels will upcharge the heck out of you. Our trip would have been closer to $80/person instead of $30.
After being dropped at the hotel we changed and me, Ph and her parents went downtown for dinner. We got Nem Nuong (might be a misspelling). TL;DR I finally got to sit on one of those plastic stools and eat for dirt cheap. This place only serviced nem nuong and beverages. 4 orders of nem nuong, 4 beers and a coke came out to ~$10.
Getting back to the hotel my wife and I went over to the pool, ordered some drinks and now I’m here. Two “Tokyo Iced Teas” in for $5. Might be an early night. Calling this writing complete. Zzz…