So from HCMC to Dalat. We set off on Monday 23rd August at 1pm to head to Dalat in the central highlands which is also called the City of Eternal Springs. It has beautiful mountain scenary and is dotted with lakes and waterfalls and evergreen forests. This was a 7 hour bus drive and on the way up we stopped and had some food. I settled for a chicken fried rice which was absolutely delicious and was like 35k dong so just over a £1. The bus driver was a bit crazy and was over taking cars and even up to 3 trucks on bends on the way up the mountains. It was also pouring most the way up there and our backpacks got ruined in the compartment under the bus. :( When we got to the hostel Ai Nghia-$8 we were a bit soaked so spent the evening sorting out the wet clothes. We then headed off for a little stroll to look around. It was a quiet and chilled little town.
The next morning we headed to a little cafe and ate with the locals at the Nhat Ly restaurant where we had soup, rice, some lovely veg and spring rolls. We then went to Penn Falls which were gorgeous. It was a massive waterfall but there was more to it then that. We took a walk around the lovely grounds and there were also elephants and horses there. We had a go at archery which was highly amusing. Lets just say we both need some practice :) We climed bridges and under the waterfall so we had a little adventure there. We then went to a big lake there called Xuan Huong Lake. Later on we ended up eating in a lovely restaurant where I had some mince wrapped in leaves. Honestly it was delicious :) So far the food was awesome in Vietnam. Dalat did remind me of the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia except this was a proper built up town in the middle of a mountain. It got bloody cold at night which was not good and we didn't have a great sleep, Aimee in particular. I seem to be sleeping in most places including the bus journeys which has to be a good thing...