The reason to come to Da Lat and Buon Ma Thuot was to come closer to south Vietnam’s highest altitude, to the coolest climate in the area and to the coffee production centre of the country. The Swiss Alps of Vietnam, as Dalat is known because of its surrounding nature, would be the perfect place for us to explore the surrounding valleys and hill tribe towns. While wild, beautiful and green nature was easy to find everywhere around Dalat –we were riding a motorbike and could take several offroad tracks-, the tribe people were kind of hidden to our eyes and we could not get an idea of what their customs and activities are.
It was a pleasure to visit some 3-or-4-houses small towns where we were received as VIPs with hand wavings and smiles and it was really good fun to ride the motorbikes up and downhill on muddy paths, although Julia and me ended up by sticking our leg on mud while Empar and Juan laughed from a safe position.
The people were nice, the food was good, the air was clean and the area was very green. Our visit in Dalat was great although short because we wanted to move further to Buon Ma Thuot, which at the end did not fill our expectatives and left us with a little pf bad taste in mouth.