First Vietnam Trip ~ Day 3/5 : Part 3/3

Places Kids Love

As promised, this post will begin with photos of my BIG BIG hotel room in Ngoc Lan Hotel. See Slideshow below:

 

1568rich's Hotel in Da Lat album on Photobucket

The photos in this post are way too many to post them out one by one, the loading of my site will either be too slow or it might probably collapse! *faint*

Thus, to prevent that from happening, 90% of the photos will be presented in slideshows.
So be prepared to see many slideshows in this post.
I will only be picking out a few photos for elaboration purposes.

In fact this post should be SPLIT into 2 separate posts, but alas! I had already put 3 parts for day 3. So will have to bite my tongue and stick to it. So, its a warning: This is going to be the LONGEST POST of all! *faint*

My friend who organised this trip for us told us that this hotel room is big…. during the planning stage for our trip, but never did I imagine it to be this BIG! (If you liked whatever that I had been through so far, or thinking of visiting Vietnam, you can contact my friend through his company’s main sales enquiry email : hellovietnam@pacifictravelworld.com)

When we entered the room, we saw a living room area with sofa, coffee table and TV. Then we walked through a ‘corridor‘ area and before we reached the bedroom area, on our left was another mini corridor, which has a built-in wardrobe on the right and the toilet on the left.

The bedroom!!!! Wow!
I had measured. The length could fit 4 queen-size bed in a row, without gap in-between of cos! Amazingly long! I am just using the beds as a description of how long the bedroom area is, I am NOT saying that the hotel will allow the guests to put 4 queen-size beds in that room! They would be earning nuts if they do so! *laugh*

Not forgetting the ample walking space at the foot of the bed. So if you consider the entire floor area from the moment we enter…… to the balcony, its SUPER DUPER huge for a hotel room!

Da Lat is well known for its cool weather, its so cold that it could even have hail. So, its good to check the weather first before going Da Lat. Yet, there are also times of the year whereby its cool throughout the day, unlike for us, its cool in the morning, hot in the afternoon and COLD at night.

However, cool or cold has been the trademark of Da Lat, therefore there are NO AIR-CONDITIONING in the hotel room. Rather, there is a heater! It was definitely our first encounter.

So if you remembered how I ended my previous post, you would know that we went back to the room for an afternoon nap and man! It was warm.

We could not open the balcony door to let the breeze in because the sun was shining into the room, so we had to close it slightly. There are ventilating strips on the door, so there is still air coming into the room, it was NOT stuffy, just warm.

[NOTE: As we did not mention anything about this to Lan or the hotel staff, no one knew that we felt warm during our afternoon nap, until we are back to Singapore and we feedback to our friend. Alas!!! He told us that there was a fan in the closet in our hotel room!!!! Oh Man! *slap forehead*]

Anyway, who would want to spend the afternoon in Da Lat in bed right? We were just too tired and badly needed that rest, that’s why we chose to spend our afternoon in the room instead of exploring the beautiful city.

 

It was a short nap, but worth-ed it.

Then we were off to the mountain : Lang Biang Mountain
Perfect Weather, Awesome View!
See 3 slideshows below:

1st slideshow talks about the time when we reached the foot of Lang Biang mountain and was waiting for a jeep to zoom us up to the mountain:

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2nd slideshow shows that we have reached the half-top of the mountain. The top of the mountain was not open to tourists. But if you want, you can always go for a hiking trip all the way to the TOP of the Lang Biang Mountain.

Lan was so cute! She kept clicking the multi-shot function by accident when she helped us to take photographs, so we had LOTS of photos that were of little or no difference! *laugh* Whenever I look at these photos, I cannot help but laugh. No no no, I did not put all of them in the slideshow, but just the first shot of the ‘series‘ she took. Or else, my slideshow would take so long to reach the end. *giggle*

In this 2nd slideshow below, the Landrover that we were on with the kids holding fake rifles was a non-moving vehicle stationed there for photo-taking.

Visitors have the option of taking professional photographs or using their own camera. With additional cost, visitors to Lang Biang mountain can also wear army uniforms and hold guns for more ‘pro‘ photography moments.

We just opt for the most basic, whereby we paid the least.
Got the guns as props and took shots with our own camera phones.
It was good enough for us.

If you realised, Binbin was enjoying the cool breeze that combed his hair and the cold wind that swept across his face; unlike Kitkit, who was folding his arms or tucking his gloved-hands into his tight jeans. “Bbrrr…cold….” That’s all that he kept saying. *laugh*

I asked Lan to ask the staff governing the stationed-Landrover on the estimated temperature we were experiencing and he said it should be around 15 to 16 degrees! Awesome! *clap clap clap*

1568rich's Lang Biang - On Mountain album on Photobucket

The 3rd slideshow was our journey down the curvy slope.
We were the LAST BATCH of tourists to leave the mountain top. After the photo-shoot, no other jeep was around except ours. But the driver was missing!!!! How are we ever going to get back down??? And the sun was setting!
*jaws dropped*

But with our capable tour guide around, we have nothing to fear! *laugh* So while Lan went to look for the driver, we were having fun taking photos in the empty Jeep.

The driver did not speed up the slope when we went up the mountain because he was afraid that our children might not be able to take the bumpiness. But my kids were actually looking forward to a bumpy ride. *bleh*

And their wish came true when we went down.

As there were no more jeeps coming up the opposite direction, the driver went much faster down then he went up. Cool!

I tried taking a video of our journey down. But when I watched the video again, I felt really giddy because of all the vibration. So I decided to show photographs instead. Some of the bends were pretty sharp. So it was an exciting ride for all of us. *Grin*

1568rich's Lang Biang - Coming Down album on Photobucket

What a ride!
*phew*

It was way too early for dinner, so Lan thought I might be interested to visit a Catholic Church, knowing that I am not a Buddhist. But I’m not a Catholic either. I did not know how to tell her the difference between Catholic and Christian because of language barrier.

So I just take it as a site-seeing visit into the Catholic Church and to let some time pass too, hoping that once we had circled round the church, it would be dinner time.

1568rich's Church in Da Lat album on Photobucket

If you noticed, there had NOT been many or in fact no visiting to signature landmarks or buildings or structures as we did not like to include that into our holiday trips. We prefer to be in ACTION all the time, taking rides, tasting different food and doing hands-on stuff.

It is truly a blessing to know that Allan’s friend had set up this tour agency in Vietnam, so that he could customise our trip to Vietnam according to our fancy. *Thumbs Up*

It was still too early for dinner, but we had no where else to roam in the vicinity, so Lan brought us to the restaurant earlier than planned.

SERIOUSLY!!!
Other than the lunch we had at Cu Chi Tunnel on the second day, every meal was a thrilling journey for our palate.
This dinner at Da Lat was NO exception either.
The marination of the different types of meat was superb!!!!

We REALLY filled our tummies to the max!
But it was still not good enough.
The quantity was way too much for the four of us, especially with 2 don’t-eat-much-kiddos at the same table.
We tried asking Lan and our chauffeur to join us at every meal, but they prefer to let us enjoy our meal on our own, so we had left-overs again.
*sigh*

1568rich's Dinner at Da Lat album on Photobucket

It was here that I learned something new. Lan told me that the Vietnamese do NOT peel the banana like how we do: from top to bottom.

This way of peeling is consider rude in Vietnam. They would BREAK the banana into two or you can say they will ‘half‘ the banana and then eat one section first before eating the other half.
Its good to know!
But it was a little too late for my fruit prince who was already biting into his banana. *giggle*

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Usually people would say that they ended their trip with a bang, ours ended with a GONG! *giggle*

We did not only WATCHED the Gong Musical Performance of the ethnic group, which Lan kept calling them “the minorities” in Vietnam, Allan WAS PART OF IT TOO!!!

Over here in the first video below, visitors’ (mainly tourists) names were called out by the chief and each were told to hold a flame of torch to start the performance.

You would also see a tall man walking over to talk to Allan occasionally in the video. He was the colleague I mentioned earlier in another post, whom we met at the Seafood Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh city, who took another group of Singaporean family there to have their dinner too.

So, since we had met previously and had a few small chats before, we were strangers no more.

Allan was already shocked that they called his name previously. Then the chief called his name again!

This time he needed to dance together with the performers and other visitors too. *giggle* Something very new to him, but he was willing to go all out, unlike me. *bleh* I just don’t like to dance in public.

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Luckily he is in white top, easier to spot him in the video below. *wink*

They had dancing, singing and musical instrumental performance, but after some time, due to our lack of understanding of the language, we got bored, especially the kids, who started to fidget on the wooden bench and everyone on that same plank could feel the movement.

So we decided to leave before the show ended and head over to Lan’s parents house.

I LOVE to see how the locals live whenever I go to another country. Their house, the food they eat, the way they go through daily life. But usually these are hidden from tourists. So I was thrilled when Lan promised to bring us to her parents’ house when we were watching the kids fishing during our Cu Chi Tunnel visit.

Her parents MAKE SOCKS to sell!!!!
Not so much of for livelihood, but more of trying to pass time.
They are living fine even without selling socks.
But they prefer to have something to do, than to laze around everyday.

This was the first time I see SO MANY SOCKS IN A HOUSE!!!
Their ground floor was their workstation where there are socks-making machines and tons of threads to make socks.

While the ground floor was piled up with ready-made socks and thread, the top floor was clean and neat, it was their home. I did not think it was appropriate to take a photo of their living room and post it up here for all to see, so the photos I had were their work-space:

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We had a nice chat with Lan’s parents and Lan was also eager to show her parents the photo of the Goddness I took at the temple in the previous post. They said I was a lucky girl too. *giggle*

After buying many pairs of socks from them, we said thank you and left. With that ended our Da Lat trip.

Lan did not follow us back to the hotel, we did not think it was necessary too. So Mr. Ting brought us back to the hotel and we had a WONDERFUL cooling night rest in our HUGE hotel room.

It was so COOLING! First time ever, to sleep in a hotel room without air-conditioning and yet it felt like it was 16 degrees! *Super Thumbs Up*

The music from the pub opposite our hotel gave Allan, the super light sleeper, some issue in falling asleep, but for me, it was music to my ears……. and I, like the kids, fell asleep in no time.

 

Next morning we checked-out and headed back to Ho Chi Minh city again…
but THAT will be in the next post.

Truly, this is the LONGEST POST for my trip to Vietnam, over 2 thousand words!
*faint*

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First Vietnam Trip ~ Day 3/5 : Part 2/3

Places Kids Love

Continuation from previous post “First Vietnam Trip ~ Day 3/5 : Part 1/3“……

The cable car ride made everyone happy as it brought us high above ground, but we were also nearer to Mr. Sun now. Its definitely getting warmer as the sun shone bright on the almost cloudless sky.

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It was truly a refreshing sight from such great heights. Everyone had to chip-chip-chop-chop to get out of the cable car, or else we will end up going back again…

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When we alighted, we were back to where we went in the morning, when the cable car was not in operation yet (Read previous post to understand better “First Vietnam Trip ~ Day 3/5 : Part 1/3“)

Hopped back into Mr. Ting’s 7-seater car and in no time, we were at the railway station for a choo-choo ride!

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Lan, my tour guide was telling Allan the ‘story‘ behind the structure of the Railway Station.

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The last time the kids had a train ride (NOT MRT) was back in May 2011, read post “KTM train ride“, so my boys were really excited to be on this type of old train again.

After Lan bought the tickets, we proceeded and saw the staff ‘changing the train heads’.

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So while we waited, our camera went clicking….

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Yeah!
Finally, it was time to board…

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It was just another hour or so to noon and the sun was at its best, so the wind from the moving train was very much welcomed!
It was also a good time for some catnapping too…

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While the above 2 kept their eyes shut, Kitkit and my eyes were looking at the plantations up close. The plantations which we SAW when we were on our cable car ride.

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The train reached the destination, where we were supposed to visit Linh Phuoc Pagoda, a temple built by beer bottles; but I could see NO temple anywhere!

Ohhhh……it was not beside the train station. We needed to take a 5-6mins walk before we could reach the temple.

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As most of you know, this is not my religion, so I was just admiring the work of art on the ground floor, while Lan brought Allan and the boys for a much deeper exploration at the 2nd level.

Its amazing how glass bottles can create such beautiful structures…..

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Allan and the kids saw another Goddess statue on the 2nd level. A different Goddess statue from what I saw on the ground floor, which was a bigger statue.

Lan told us that this bigger Goddess Statue was made from flowers that would not die. Can see the small flowers? Photo is taken from the bottom of the statue.

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I think its beautiful, so I took a photo of it.
Then something VERY UNUSUAL happened!!!

Allan’s photo turned out like this:
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But MINE turned out to be like THIS!!!!!!
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In disbelief, we tried to use different phones at the same angle or same phone at different angles. But it just did not show up the same way as the one I had captured!

My photo of the statue had rainbows ‘covering‘ the statue from every direction. It felt like it ‘came to life’.
Lan said that its a good sign for me.
She said I am Lucky.
*grin*

With that, we walked back to the train station.
On the way back, Binbin saw a group of people packing up thousands of strawberries in their shop.
Being a Fruit King, he just could not resist and we bought him a big packet.
Then we saw another Vietnam fruit, small and tomato-look-alike, but much harder than tomato. Lan bought that and we took some to try. Its always good to try new things. It tasted ok. Not sour, not sweet, not bitter. *laugh* I also don’t know how to describe! Go try it yourself and watch out for the seeds! *smile*

The sun was truly killing during our walk back to the train station.
*sweat*

The old train took us back to our initial boarding place where nice Mr Ting waited  patiently in the car.

It was LUNCH TIME!!!
He drove us to this beautiful restaurant!
My oh My! The FOOD was YUMMILICIOUS!!!!!!

Before I get down to the food, I MUST share something else first…

The boys were getting really comfortable with Lan, our tour guide.

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So much so that they were willing to travel away from us, but still within our sight (BUT ITS FAAAARRRRRR SIGHT! Photo Below was taken with Full Zoom on my camera phone), and went with Lan to see people fishing at a big pond OPPOSITE the restaurant.

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They had to cross a big road and walk half the size of the big pond before they could see what fish or shrimp were caught by the locals. Talking about road. The traffic here and the traffic in Ho Chi Minh city are miles apart!

Here, in Da Lat, traffic is smooth and HARDLY congested.
Even the air smells fresher!

 

So, that was how much we trusted Lan. Of ‘cos, Lan sought our permission first before she took the kids away from us. Since our food was still in the kitchen and the surroundings looked really peaceful and safe, we agreed without hesitation.

The food arrived before they came back.
EVERYTHING tasted wonderful!
Though the food here at Moulin Rouge Restaurant was NOT as thrilling as the seafood we ate at the seafood restaurant mentioned in a couple of blog posts back, this is a place I would want to come back again!

SERIOUSLY YUMMY!

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But we were too exhausted from the traveling and did not have good appetite. So there were lots of leftover.
Thank goodness Lan was willing to ta-bao some back home, or else we would feel very guilty.

We were supposed to go somewhere else after lunch, but we chose to check-in to the hotel instead and take a nap. We were REALLY WORN OUT!!!! So the initial itinerary had a small LAST MINUTE change. One visiting spot was missed.

We are happy with our decision as the nap really helped to recharge our ‘batteries‘. One less visiting spot did not bother us at all.

Next post will begin with photos of our super big hotel room! The biggest hotel room we had ever stayed in before! Felt more like an apartment to us, but its definitely a hotel room!
*Super Duper Grin*

 

First Vietnam Trip ~ Day 3/5 : Part 2/3

 

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