Discovery >

La Vache Qui Rit in the Pine Forests of Dalat

July 7, 2014 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: , ,

Compared to my last visit some five years ago, Dalat has a lot more people, motorbikes and cars than before and it’s definitely very noisy.

It was great to leave the city behind for a hike in the pine forests that turned out to be one of the toughest hikes I have done in a quite a while. It was wonderful though. To hear the sound of the wind in the pine trees and of the chirping of birds was music to my ears compared to the soundtrack of honking motorbikes. We saw two big birds of prey from very close-by but they refused to pose for a picture. It was really spectacular to observe them at such a short distance.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We enjoyed a picnic lunch at a beautiful spot with magnificent views. Lunch consisted of lots of fruit, cucumber, tomatoes, French bread and the unavoidable La Vache Qui Rit (the Laughing Cow) cheese. Although we were about 20 kms from Dalat it felt very remote also due to the fact that we met hardly any people during our hike.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

After lunch we followed a very steep trail down to a river. We walked through coffee plantations before we crossed the river twice via very dodgy looking hanging bridges. According to my guide local people cross these kind of bridges on a motorbike with 100 kilo bags with coffee beans. Amazing!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Just before the skies opened we got back to our starting point. I was exhausted. My guide, who is 32 years my junior, was very tired as well, which made me feel good.

 

Latest post

Avoid the Chills from Travel Ills in Laos

How to avoid the chills and ills of travel sickness in remote destinations in Laos in three easy steps: Be Proactive, Prepare and Protect.

Read More

Behind the scenes in Myanmar – Chapter 2

There’s no better way to find peace than a trip to Myanmar’s remote and rugged outback. Read Pyone’s blog about her adventures in Mon and Kayin states, memories she’ll keep for a lifetime.

Read More

Crossing Borders in Style this Green Season

Travel in style from Thailand’s northern temples via Pak Beng to UNESCO-protected Luang Prabang in Laos. In the low season from 1 May until 30 June and 1-30 September, profit from major discounts on stylish hotel accommodation

Read More

Laos Fast Becoming a Hub for Cross-border Adventures

As Southeast Asia’s road and transportation infrastructure improves, Loas’ location in the heart of the region is making it an important hub for cross-border travel to and from its neighbors.

Read More

Subscribe to our newsletter

Our B2B newsletters are for industry professionals

[contact-form-7 id="1555" title="Newsletter"]

*We’ll never share your email address and you can opt out at any time.