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Dalat, Vietnam - a trip down memory lane

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A travel journal to Dalat by Quan

Quote: A honeymoon destination because of its temperate climate and its many attractions, Dalat was one of the favorite places of my childhood. To me, Dalat was exotic because of its cooler climate, its waterfalls, its garden like setting, and most of all, its evergreen forests.

Dalat, Vietnam - a trip down memory lane

Overview

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For those of us in South Vietnam, who never dreamed of traveling abroad, and even for those who did, Dalat was that special place that you have always imagined a western city to resemble. The first thing that struck me about Dalat was how green it was, and how it was suffused by a very pleasant, very refreshing scent which turned out to be that of pine trees. It is funny now, remembering how I felt about the weather my first time there. Many of my friends who visited told me that Dalat's climate is temperate, and having now lived in the U.S., I know intellectually that that is the case. But my memories of Dalat will always be a city that was absolutely freezing (I think it was around 60 degree or ...Read More

Lam Ny Ti Pagoda

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Attraction

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I have heard this from a variety of sources, so I have to share one of the newer and delightful-sounding attractions of Dalat. This pagoda is known as Quan Am Tu (the home of the boddhisatva), but its fame lies in it being the home to Thay Vien Thuc (in Buddhism, the word thay indicates teacher, a honorific we give to the head of a pagoda). Thay Vien Thuc is a renaissance man: he has decorated the front gate, built flower beds and gardens in several different styles, made furniture, spoke several languages including French, English, Khmer, and Thai. Most amazing is that he is the painter of more than 100,000 paintings, all of which are for sale. My acquaintances told me of his humor, his neverendi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 18, 2001

Lam Ny Ti Pagoda
2 Duong Thien My
Dalat, Vietnam

Prenn and Datanla Falls

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Attraction

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No, no, don't accuse me of being too American, Vietnamese too call them by these names, which are in an ethnic montagnard language. I know, I know, I have said "crashing waterfalls" earlier, but remember I wasn't even in my teens, and easily impressed. Really, Dalanta Falls is nothing really impressive, the water is sort of muddy, there is a wooden footbridge where many people take photos, so the best thing is the walk down to the falls. It is but a quarter mile, but from the car park you first walk past a forest of pine trees and then lush rainforest to get to the falls. On the way, you can spot butterflies and squirrels. Though the walk can end in a blink of an eye, who says you can't doddle? ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 18, 2001

Prenn and Datanla Falls
Dalat
Dalat, Vietnam

Valley of Love (Thung Lung Tinh Yeu)

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Attraction

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If you know anything at all about Vietnamese university life, it is that university students are hopeless, and I really mean hopeless, romantics. It is just like them to change the Valley of Peace into the Valley of Love. In my youth, I dreamed of visiting the Valley of Love with my intended, holding hands, admiring the still waters and wooded hills, and of course, reciting poetry (We have a predisposition towards poetry, good or bad. Just check out any yearbook published by a university with a Vietnamese Student Association, and you will see what I mean. You probably won't be able to read it, but by the way the stanza is arranged, you will recognize it instantly--poetry). I recently saw a pictur...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 18, 2001

Valley of Love (Thung Lung Tinh Yeu)
Duong Phu Dong Thien Vuong
Dalat, Vietnam

Dalat Market

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Attraction

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As I said, I love markets. There is a permanent market, housed in a totally unattractive concrete structure, but which houses a staggering array of fruits and vegetables. Strawberries, avocados (Vietnamese actually eat avocado as if it was a dessert, by smashing it and mixing it with condensed milk. It's like eating pure butter, try it!), cherries, blackberries, well, stuff that you will probably not find anywhere else in the country, unless the transportation system is much better now than it was when I went. And flowers, flowers everywhere, exploding in color, giving this market a very different atmosphere than any other one that you would see in Vietnam. On the higher level, you can unearth so...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 18, 2001

Dalat Market
City Center
Dalat, Vietnam

Memories of my Dalat trips

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I feel like I have to share with you great memories of a place that used to be, and I am sure, a place that if you look hard, you can still find. In my youth, we used to go to Dalat once a year. I came to anticipate the scent of pine trees, the gushing waterfalls, the exploding color of its gardens, and the mist that hangs there in the early summer morning, which of coursse is Dalat's wet season (although there are many sunny days even during the rainy season). But one of the highlights of any trip to Dalat, for me, is preparing for it, and driving there. I remembered that my Mom used to prepare for the trips several days in advance. We would pack our big coats, our long-sleeved blouses, and legg...Read More