About Da Lat
Day 16 Da Lat – Cat Tien National Park (BL) Am: Have breakfast at hotel. Leave Dalat for Cat Tien National Park at 7.30 am. On the way you stop to see Chicken village and Pongour falls for more admiration of beautiful landscapes. On arrival, cross through Dong Nai River to enter the Cat Tien National Park for beginning your wildlife experience. Arrive at the Nam Cat Tien National Park, check in and follow by lunch. Pm: In the afternoon you start walking 8km along the ecologic route: sites of Lagerstroemia Ovalfolia (BangLang), Tetrameles nudiflora (Tung), Cycas rumphii (Thien Tue), Ancistrolandus Tectorius (Trung quan), Afzelia cyclocarpa (Go). After that you are back to the center for having dinner. Overnight at the park. (Optional: You can take a night safari to see the diversity of wild animals and their lives at night) Day 17 Cat Tien NP - Ho Chi Minh (BL) Am: Have breakfast at hotel. This morning you will continue your journey on 9km transfer by jeep inside the park to a junction. Then you go on trekking 5km to the Crocodile lake station. You have a short break at the lake before trekking to the main road again. Jeep picks up and transfers back to the park center. Check out the room. Have lunch at the park Pm: In the afternoon you leave the park, take the ferry across the river, then head back to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival, check in hotel. Free to have your own dinner. In the evening you are free to walk around the city and explore. Overnight at hotel.
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Dalat is the Honeymoon hill station and we stopped there for just a night (Frankly, it was very cold to stay for more days) A former hill station for the French, the almost 5000 ft elevation was used by the locals and the tourists to escape the sweltering summer heat of Saigon. The crisp winter days and bright blue skies were a welcome backdrop for exploring the shores of the lake and the raucous, colorful market, where local fruits and vegetables of every description were practically given away. Having layered on all the clothes from our suitcases and still shivering, we paused for breakfast the next morning and swore we could hear the distant pounding surf of the warm coast. Not willing to stay for another night here, we set off towards Saigon.
Sucking in a lungful of fresh mountain air we headed to Coffee Street, which is packed with little coffee stalls (obviously). Combined with the clean, crisp air you’ll definitely be wide awake by now.We joined a local bus for the day-long drive to Dalat which gave us a chance to mix with locals and other travellers on board. We journeyned past rubber and teak plantations before ascending the jungle-clad pass to Bao Loc. We continued past tea and coffee plantations, where the people and their houses look very different to those in Ho Chi Minh.We explored some of the more interesting sights in Dalat, including the old railway station, Bao Dai, and the Hang Nga Guesthouse, known as the 'Crazy House'.We also paid a visit to one of Dalat's most notable residents, Buddhist monk/artist, Vien Thuc, and purchased his black ink on paper paintings and calligraphy for approximately US$5 a piece.We had lunch upstairs on the 'mezzanine' floor of the fruit and vegetable pavilion in Dalat's central market.We then took a trip out to 'Lat Village' – a local ethnic hill tribe community located just outside Dalat.