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Dalat, Vietnam (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Dalat, Vietnam

Map of Dalat, Vietnam

This hill town in Central Vietnam has a temperate climate and several nice hikes near town.


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1/20/2013: The Shoes

We rode the train from Danang to Nha Tranh where these is "supposed" to be some nice beaches. Just before exiting the train, however, I learned that my shoes had been stolen. The thief had left behind some fuzzy slippers in exchange for my nearly brand new hiking shoes. This was going to be a big problem.

We walked around Nha Tranh in a desperate attempt to find some shoes that might fit, but of course, that was not going to be easy. I think that the biggest shoe in Vietnam is about one size too small for me. Many of the major shoe companies find Vietnam a great place to make shoes, but on the other hand, the same companies won't sell shoes in Vietnam. I was talking to some guy from a dive shop who was about to throw away some shoes, but my luck, they were three sizes too big. Instead, I waded though incorrectly sized knock-offs and poor quality shoes in general. Our bus to Dalat was about to leave, so I settled on a Chinese made shoe.

Leaving the shoe market, the taxi driver decided to take the "scenic route" to the bus station, which is another way to say that he was running up the meter. I am pretty sure one of this guy's relatives is wearing my shoes right now.

Anyway, we caught the bus to Dalat. Arriving in Dalat was a good thing. For one, we finally had some good weather. Also, we found a bunch of good hikes around. In the meantime, my new shoes were falling off my feet within a few short hours.
There were some attempts at shoe repair, but this shoe issue was really entering into the trip, and I was having visions of a shopping trip to Singapore.

Previous Visit (My Son: 1/19/2013)
Next Visit (Dalat - Fairy Rock: 1/21/2013)

Species Recorded (5)

Birds ( 5 )

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Chinese Pond-Heron - Ardeola bacchus
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
White-bellied Sea-Eagle - Haliaeetus leucogaster

Swifts ( Apodidae )
House Swift - Apus nipalensis

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus




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