Of lakes, mountains, trains and market

12 Dec

I forgot to mention that we had a slight inconvenience as there was no electricity in our hotel since 8 in the morning. We decided to have breakfast first, in the dark dining room lit only by candles. There is still hot water and gas so food was still available. For us, we usually ate the french bread with cheese, peanut butter, jam and lots of fruits! The owner told us that there is still hot water so we can take our showers as the water is stored in the heater just not much of it. We took baby baths and headed to Lang Bian Mountain and Lat village.

So tired after the trip, we headed to a vegetarian restaurant for lunch but it turns out to be no more. I realised Lonely Planet is not very updated or i got a rather out dated version of it. Headed to the vegetarian restaurant which we usually have our dinner at and its closed for the afternoon. They open again at 4pm. Instant noodles it was then!

We relaxed and had hot instant noodles, prayed and then headed out. I think we took too much time for lunch so we missed out on Valley of Love. As it gets dark by 5.30pm, the sites are closed by 4-5 pm. We headed out at 3pm straight to Tuyen Lam Lake where we took the cable car to the lake. After the very scenic cable car ride over the lush greenery, we had to walk so far just to catch a glimpse of the lake.

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Before heading to the lake, there was a meditation centre swarmed with tourists. It was beautiful though. We saw a number of monks around. I was afraid to take photos of them. Near the meditation centre was a beautiful garden with gorgeous flowers.

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Meditation center amongst some tall pine trees.

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Beauty isnt it? I dont know how it is grown but my mum said that it grows naturally like that – a miracle for them. Something like a special effect of this place.

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Walking towards the lake. Pretty deserted around this area. We walked down all the way to the lake and saw some shops. I bought a really soft hand made scarf from there and forgot to take a photo of the lake we came all the way to see.

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Breath taking sight of the peaceful lake. Wished we had time to sit by the lake and take in its beauty.

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Next stop was the railway station which is there just for tourists to visit because it is not being used anymore. Perhaps in the future, Dalat will be accessible by railroad like it used to be decades ago.

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Inside an old train.

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I asked Mr Q to lie down but he didnt want to. Haha! I have the most absurd ideas, rather nonsensical maybe.

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This one looked ugly so we didnt even have a look inside.

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Inside the carriage which holds the engine or something that looks like it. They still used charcoal to drive the train. Super old fashioned.

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Second last stop of the day was the lake near the city center of Dalat. It should have been the last stop so we can relax here but we still had to go to the market so our visit here was a short one. It wasnt as peaceful as the one a Tuyen Lam Lake as it was by the traffic and anyone who has visited Vietnam know how noisy the traffic can be. They honk half as many time they press the accelerator. In Singapore, we honk at most once or twice.

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I was complaining that there wasnt any swans or ducks in the huge lake. There should be right? Haha according to me at least. It was a pretty sight to watch swans waddle and fly close to the surface of the water, which i witnessed in a park in Dublin. Instead there are fake swans people can rent and paddle around.

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Street food anyone?

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The market. As you can tell, it sells everything!

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After a short rest at the hotel which we paid for another night as we wanted to freshen up and pray after a long day and before a long night on the night bus to Ho Chi Minh City. The bus looked like this. Around 30 people i think, all lying down and most people are fast asleep throughout the journey. I woke up in the middle of the night and was afraid to keep my eyes open as i hear the honking and feel the bus swerving here and there, i know we are at a pretty steep height so i was afraid.

Alhamdulilah we made it all the way arriving at 4.30am in the morning in the quiet city. I couldnt decide if we should get a hotel or just wait till sunrise which is in an hour or so before we can start seeing the sights. We decided to just sit and wait for sunrise. We were hungry as well but we munched on snacks instead. 20111212-090002.jpg

At 5.50am we took a taxi to a mosque nearby to pray Subuh. 20111212-094827.jpg

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After a while we left and attempted to walk to the Reunification Palace but it was too far away and the bag was too heavy. After an hour of walking, we took a taxi to the Palace. We just sat as soon as we arrived inside. I think we spent more time sitting there than walking around the palace. I didnt have the mood for Palaces or Museums. We went in because i needed to use the toilet and walked around for 10 minutes and that is about it. After some time, Mr Q went in on his own to look at more stuff. I people-watched which waiting. It is pretty interesting, i remember doing alot of it while travelling around Europe as i had alot of waiting time.

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At lunch time, we headed to Halal @ Saigon to fill our growling stomachs. We couldnt wait to have meat after 3 days of vegetarian meals.

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Nasi Lemak with chicken.

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Satay! A little spicy for me but tasty nonetheless.

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Mr Q had Nasi Campur (not sure what it is called)

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They gave everyone free dessert in the form of heart shaped jelly.

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Right opposite the restaurant is another Mosque.

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As you can see there are a few halal restaurants near the mosque.

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Yet another halal restaurant. There is even pho here! Wished i could have tried halal pho 🙂

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After a sumptous meal, we headed to the mosque and off shopping! I am not much of a shopper so just finished up our Vietnamese Dong and headed to the airport. Our flight was delayed by an hour and it wasnt the most wonderful thing to happen at the end of your trip.Reached home safe and sound Alhamdulilah.

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