Sure enough, I’m really digging Dalat. It’s way cooler (temperature wise) and people seem more relaxed. The city has a really nice vibe to it too. This being said, I’m not really sure what to do here. Things seems a bit spread out. One of the ways to see the area, according to most touristic sources (Lonely Planet and travel agents), is getting a guide from a group called the Easy Riders. These guys have bikes and experience and cruise around with tourists, showing them “The Real Vietnam”.
While lounging about near the central square, I was approached by one such rider. He showed me his reference book (a common practice. Clients leave reviews in whatever language they want. Tour guides can then use this to prove they’re good) and he seems legit (he also showed me his driver’s licence, insurance, membership card and gave me his home address since I need to give him a deposit. He’s got me sold on a 2 day one night trip back to Saigon. This trip is extremely expensive for me (150$), but all the review rave about it. Since I’m not really digging Vietnam at the moment, I figure I’ll give it a shot. Though it’s my budget for about 4 days (it’ll come to about 190$ with accommodation and food), it’ll be worth it if I can really enjoy Vietnam and want to see more of it. As I stand now, I’m not too impressed. I find the scenery to be the same as Myanmar and the people to be extremely greedy.