Wednesday 2 January ...I jumped on a bus and got talking to a Vietnamese guy. He ended up giving me his email address as he lived and worked in Saigon. My trip to Dalat was the first normal bus I got on - a non-sleeper bus. The journey was fine and I went to the hostel to meet the other girls. Waited for 2 hours for them to arrive (not sure why I was so much quicker, yet my bus was cheaper!) and then found a cheap hostel to stay in for almost $2 per person. Bargain! We walked around the town the next day and around the lake, saw the crazy house which was pretty crazy - it was an artist who decided to create a tree house looking building and create random artistic things inside. It was funky but also a very strange concept. Now here comes the tragedy of the day...to cut a long story short we were crossing the road and a scooter totally wiped Louise out. We ended up spending the afternoon in the hospital getting her head scanned, a few stitches near her eye. The side of her face blew up, including her lip, and to make things worse she chipped her front tooth! Gutting for her but she's a right trooper and kept her head up. Love her!
We decided to take it easy the next day so just wondered around Dalat and visited the Crazy house which was pretty cool. Then had a quiet night in with the girls. The next morning we had a day trip out with some EasyRiders. They took us around Dalat and to some towns close by. We had the best day ever - the tour guides were amazing (especially my cool Vietnamese dude) they were all 27 years old and full of energy and banter so that made our day along with learning a lot about the place - went to silk factory, rice noodle making, coffee farm, elephant waterfall, temple, saw how rice wine was made, visited the old railway and then we all decided to go out for drinks after our day trip out. It was such a great day we booked the next two days with them to take us to Mui Ne. So Louise jumped on a bus and met us in Mui Ne 2 days later. We experienced the most amazing views, and visited green house flower farm, pagoda, waterfall, lettuce field, minority village, mushroom farm...the list could go on! It's amazing how much we managed to do in one day. Then we had a wicked night out with them too. Had some dinner together and some rice wine (lethal stuff I won't ever touch again!) and then headed for a Karaoke where we had our own booth and danced/sang the night away. They even surprised Emma and Lauren with a Birthday cake with their names on...so sweet!
Sunday was an early start...tried "Bo" for breakfast which was pretty much Pho but with a slightly stronger broth taste. It was nice and required after the rice wine the previous night. We explored even more of Vietnam including rice fields, dragon fruit, cotton plants, cashew nut tree, tea plantation, sand dunes, canyon and eventually arrived in Mui Ne. It was so sad to say bye to them all!
In rained the entire day in Mui Ne so we chilled in a cafe all day and enjoyed some good seafood. As it was Emmas birthday we headed out to some bars and a club and danced the night away!