The bus journey was incredibly bumpy as the road from Mui Ne to Da Lat isn’t exactly smooth. We actually had a few cuts and bruises from being thrown around in the bus and I managed the get a bruise on my arse. Luckily Da Lat did prove to be worth it through as it was a lovely town. It is a tourist hot spot, mainly for the Vietnamese wanting a romantic getaway. It is known for its kitsch and several parks are decorated with incredibly stuff that certainly deserves the accolade! The lake in the town has little paddle boats in the shapes of swans. We quite took to it, it is also a very friendly place.
We did a tour around the town and visited several temples, a waterfall, parks and strawberry farm. But mainly we enjoyed wandering the streets and on Saturday and Sunday night they close the town centre for traffic from 7pm until 10pm. Wonderful! When we had a half day spare before leaving we visited the ‘Crazy House’, wonderfully wacky house that is particularly interesting for kids. It got mixed reviews on Tripadvisor, but for kids it is a must!
Nha Trang is the beach capital of Vietnam, it is (again) full of Russians as they can book package holidays directly to here. It does give it a bit of a Costa del Sol feel. However, there is lots to do, beach is big and clean and the food is great. With children, this is a pretty easy destination.
In front of the beach there is a little island with Vinpearl land on it, a fun park with all sorts of rides, a water park, restaurants, shops, an oceanarium and a beach. It isn’t cheap, for our family it cost $90, which includes the longest cable card ride of water to get there. You are not allowed to take food on the island, so you are forced to buy it there but it is reasonably priced. All the rides were free and the girls in particular loved the wave pool. The waves go on every hour for half an hour and we had to drag them out of there at the end of the day as they couldn’t get enough of it. So although costly, it was money well spent.