Travelling certainly has a few bumps, Dalat for us was our Vietnamese bump. We arrived on a day bus from Nha Trang, which is apparently the Russian equivalent of the Costa del Sol. We had enjoyed the waterpark and some pool days but were looking forward to the cooler weather that Dalat would offer. It is where the French colonialists used to go to escape the heat of Saigon.
Cable car over to Vin Pearl land:
Pool in Nha Trang:
Our visit, planned to last one or two days and involve canyoning, ended up lasting a week and involving a trip to the local health clinic instead. Pinion had already adopted a strange shade of green before we had left Nha Trang, she impressively managed to survive the windy roads on the way up but spent the majority of the week holed up in our room. After one afternoon of offering limited amounts of sympathy I decided I should venture out and go for a walk around the lake, I think Pinion was glad to see the back of me that was until I sent her a text 30 minutes into my walk.
Clearly having walking as my main mode of transport has made my ankles super attractive, to dogs that is. I walked past a sleepy looking dog, I gave it space and it didn’t seem bothered. 20 meters down the road it was on the back of my ankle and growling. My shouting seemed to scare it off and I cut back through a welders yard in a bid to not be on the same street as it. Luckily it wasn’t a bad bite, it just slightly broke the skin. Unluckily Vietnam is endemic with rabies and so I started on a round of rabies vaccines that have resulted in us staying in both Saigon and Phnom Penh longer than planned. If I had not previously had a course of rabies vaccines I would have needed the super expensive and not readily available immunoglobulin injection. Definitely worth getting them at home if you’re visiting any endemic country.
Vietnamese pet shop:
We did manage to sample some of the tourist activities in Dalat and went off around the lake on a swan pedalo and went to visit the Hang Nga house or ‘Crazy house’ designed by Đặng Việt Nga. It is a kind of Gaudi-esque building in a residential street of Dalat. It is a pretty fun place to walk around and you can even stay there, if you like to be looked at by a lot of tourists each day, i’m not sure it is conducive to nap time so we stayed elsewhere. There’s a cafe and apparently they will build a restaurant soon. It wasn’t complete when we went but i’m sure it will be even weirder in a few years when it is finished.
Frank the swan pedalo:
Us in pedalo:
Me, Pinion and our new friend in the ‘crazy house’:
More photos from the ‘crazy house’:
As a side note, here is some information if you are bit by a potentially rabid animal (though I have no idea why you would be reading this blog instead of using google). In Vietnam and Cambodia I have found the Pasteur clinics to be really helpful and have cheaper vaccines compared with the international clinics.