Today was out last day in Dalat and after yesterday's laze fest we thought we should book ourselves onto a tour and see some of the places around the town. We were tempted to get a bike but the roads aren't the best and without gps finding things out of town can be awkward, especially with our sense of direction!
Our tour was brilliantly quirky, our tour guide just like all the other women in the town - loud and so very very happy! First stop was a flower farm, growing gerberas, followed by a coffee farm. Seems these are the most profitable currently so are surrounding the area. The coffee farm specialised in weasel coffee, kopi luwak, so we saw all the processes. Nothing like seeing a tray of crapped out beans to put you off something...
Next to the silk farm. I never realised I knew nothing of how silk was made and we were shown through the processes of collecting the cocoons, boiling to kill the worms and unravelling the silk. A few braver tour members had a nibble at the worms but I think the look on their faces was enough to give me an idea... Apparently the popped...
Before lunch we headed to the elephant waterfalls which are pretty impressive, although the path right to the bottom was so slippy I gave up halfway. Tash managed the whole path and got some pretty cool snaps.
In the afternoon we learnt how rice wine was made and visited a bug farm before coming back to town and to the 'crazy house'. I think the lonely planets description of 'gaudi on acid' was pretty fitting!! It's a hotel, but by day you can walk around the rediculous architecture, climbing across the buildings.
Tonight we've heard about a few live music bars that we'll check out before we head to Mue Ni in the morning - time to get back to the beach!! We were hoping to be able to get to phu quoc and ha tien for my birthday, but flights are getting more expensive and as urs going into hot season there most of the hotels in our budget are either in land or have really bad reviews. We think we now get a 30 day visa for Thailand over land, so might save the hassle and get some of the northern beaches in there.