Thursday, April 24, 2008
Will be back on 3 May so until then I have posted some photos from the streets of Dalat.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Popular with Vietnamese honeymooners it is surrounded by a small kitschy theme park with elephant and pony rides, shoot-em stalls, crocodile pool, souvenirs etc
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Set in a bamboo forest on the outskirts of Dalat, Thien Vien Truc Lam (Bamboo Forest Meditation Centre) was built in 1993 with donations from Vietnamese living in other countries – mainly
It is a Zen Buddist monastery with 90 monks and 100 nuns in residence.
A large hall contains a statue of Buddah holding a lotus flower, and the alter is covered in lotus paraphernalia.
Sitting on top of a hill overlooking
Friday, April 18, 2008
The government tried to rehouse these people in a nearby town, providing them with new accommodation with running water and sewage but nearly all of the houses remain empty, as these proud people prefer to live their traditional life herding animals and living off the land.
The people and the scenery look very South American; I kept having to remind myself I was in
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Vuon Hoa Da Lai (The Flower Gardens) are a quiet retreat from the bustle of Dalat’s central business district.
Established in 1966 they are filled with flowers and a stunning array of bonsai.
We were the only visitors that day and the horses that were hitched ready for tourist rides were resting.
Monday, April 14, 2008
The top of it was covered in mist this night.
In the heyday of French colonialism, Dalat was known as Le Petit Paris.
The town has many old French villas, and is the honeymoon capital of
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
In Dalat I sat on our small hotel terrace and photographed the street sellers. It is one of my favourite pass times when traveling.
As you can see these hard-working people are all women.