Feb 11: Day 2: Nha TrangEarly morning I got up to catch my train to Nha Trang. I found a Xe Om (motorbike taxi) outside on the main road and bargained with him to go to the railway station for 50,000 VND.This SE6 train starts at 9.00am and reaches Nha Trang at around 4.30pm. You can see some real good landscapes (as seen in the video) if you book a soft seat. Its also cheaper than soft bed.Saigon was hot. Nha Trang was cold with drizzles and cloud cover for almost the entire day.The Nha Trang beach is one of the best I have ever been to. (I've used the word 'been' and not 'seen'). I was in Nha Trang for some 2 days. I went to the beach "6 times". Even once at 5.30am to catch the sunrise. Si Si.. Vietnam has an east coast. No sunsets.
We continued our journey towards the South and this little town of Quy Nhon was a delightful stop along the way. Miles of beachfront provided hours of walking along the surf. From high atop the bell tower of the cathedral in Quy Nhon we spotted a rooftop statue of Quan Lin. Like a treasure hunt we followed the narrow streets until we found these resident nuns, who welcomed us in for over an hour; serving us tea, explaining the different statues and how to light incense, then bow. We were welcomed once again into the Vietnamese culture.
Our next stop was 124 kms away. It is a small town in northeastern Cambodia. It is relatively remote and you won’t usually find tourists here. Our sole purpose to come here was to ride through the countryside and discover the many remote roads. We spent the entire day cycling around remote villages along the sides of Mekong River. You can ask for directions from the locals to catch up on some musical performance. It is a very quiet town and I surely enjoy a day travelling across this tiny town.
Here we landed Da lat airport. The view is so serene and calm but suddenly, a cool air banged, gave the feeling of reaching a hill station. Da lat is southern Vietnam's Central Highlands, popularly known as the "City of Eternal Spring" for its distinctive temperate climate. It was developed as a resort by the French in the early 1900s, and many reminders of its colonial heritage remain.The hotel has arranged the cab to pick us. The city was 45 min drive away. The way was so beautiful surrounded by pine woods and colourful gardens. The route was somewhat a hilly journey. After check-in, We bought a city map and got all set to explore the city and its attractions. The city is around a beautiful lake and golf course, and surrounded by hills, pine forests, lakes and waterfalls. We first visited the flower park. The park was neat, maintained and relaxing. It had huge variety of different species of plants and roses. It was a nice walk across it. We spend almost an hr or two and headed towards a cafe for a nice sip of coffee. Da lat is famous for its coffee and i have passion for it. "A perfect combination". There was a cafe just opp to our hotel "Len's cafe" where we spent a nice evening.