Da Lat, Vietnam was full of adrenaline and adventure during my short stay in this unique city off the beaten path. It was a cross between Paris, Vietnam and the French Alps with a twist of waterfalls and mountain climbing.
I found this place after seeing a friend’s Facebook page that I met in Cambodia a few weeks prior. I was sold once I saw the waterfalls. My goal was to go find some pretty waterfalls and enjoy nature. It is definitely off of the main tourist route, but still had a good amount of tourism with Vietnamese tourists.
I was picked up in a shuttle at 6:45am. We drove around Hanoi to pick up other passengers. The streets of Hanoi seem so different at this time of day. It’s very quiet and the start of the new day begins with locals chattering and having breakfast on the streets on their little stools, store owners setting up, and the traffic starting to pick up. We arrived at a parking lot where we transferred to larger bus that was a sleeper bus. First we were greeted with a plastic bag to put our shoes in before boarding. Each person had their own little capsule to lay down in. There were about 50 spaces on two levels. All of us were just fascinated by the concept. We were all a little uncertain how this worked, but it was so awesome. It was chill and relaxing and a great way to travel. If you are tall however it might be a little bit uncomfortable. In the back they had open seats that you didn’t have to put your legs in the capsule so that would be better for the tall folks.
I arrived at the airport late, around 11:00pm, then had a private car set up to pick me up and take me to the hotel. I was scheduled to stay at Hanoi Graceful Hotel, but they let me know before boarding the plane from Siem Reap, the A/C was out and they would transfer me to another hotel for the night. It wasn’t a problem for me because I was getting an upgraded room when the A/C was fixed.