Dalat is sooo good it deserves 2 posts! From the amazing Maze bar, we visited the Lihn Son Pagoda to reconnect, get some fresh air and meditate in the beautiful tranquil surroundings of this temple. Linh Son Pagoda is located on top of a small hill overlooking the city and was built in 1938 but not fully completed and opened in 1940. It’s free to enter and great if you are looking for some peace and quiet.
Next on the to do list was the Crazy house – similar to the bar of 100 roofs, this was spectacular. The brainchild of owner Mrs Dang Viet Nga, the Crazy House has been an imaginative work in progress since 1990. Hang Nga, as she’s known locally, has a PhD in architecture from Moscow and has designed a number of other buildings around Dalat. I find it hard to describe but when I read up on what lonely planet wrote, it seemed to tick the boxes so I have added it below: ‘’ Imagine sculptured rooms connected by super-slim bridges rising out of a tangle of concrete greenery, an excess of cascading lava-flow-like shapes, wild colours, spiderweb windows and an almost organic quality to it all, with the swooping handrails resembling jungle vines. Think of Gaudí and Tolkien dropping acid together and designing their own version of Disneyland’’
Places to eat for dinner that we would recommend would be the ‘Artist’s Alley’ – the prices were amazing and the food was delicious! We also ate at the wee pop up café in the Crazy House and bought 2 of the best smoothies we have had all trip – each for $1 (and a wee piece of cake too). We also decided to be scum bags and go for a dirty burger at the Aussie Burger place, which was actually outstanding! We both ordered the Vietnam burger, which comes with a thick paddy, on beaut bread but with coriander and chilli sauce – a match made in HEAVEN!!
We are leaving the beautifully cooler temps of Dalat in the morning and heading to Bai Xep, so we shall see how that goes, but it’s a beach destination and my god we are in desperate need of some Vitamin SEA!
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Hey! I'm Ally. I left the UK in 2011 to move overseas and ended up in New Zealand - my new home. This year we are taking a gap year to loop the world stopping in some AMAZING destinations - and I'm passionate about sharing these adventures with you!