A different kind of travelogue. As an avid young traveller I often wondered what would it would be like when I got older, gathered commitments, created children and accrued debt. This is what it's like.
Dalat is Cool.
It’s all kinds of cool. It has cool architecture. Cool climate. Cool history. Cool overload.
With cool overload comes hipsters.
In truth Dalat had much more Vietnamese tourism than it had foreigners like us. That may have been down to the multiple holidays, I don’t know. Just like in western cities like Melbourne or Vancouver the interaction between asian and western cultures brings about its own curious style. I love the products of this. In the hands of the young happening folks of Dalat there were a small number of little shops and cafes that would grace any city.
My favourite was the ridiculously well located “Bicycle Up”
It’s hard to catch the scene on a little pano shot but “Bicycle up” not that hard to find at the lower end of the main tourist street in town, it’s just squeezed in to the start of an alley and it was the graffiti that caught my eye first.
The drinks were cool. The Decor was imaginative. The coffee was great but the coffee is great everywhere in Vietnam. There was no over priced craft microbrewery beer though. Or beards. But give these guys a little time and they’ll figure out a way to do it. There is a “Fresh Beer” culture in Vietnam. I saw it more in Hoi An and up north in Hanoi so I’m sure the Dalat dudes will be getting their hops on.
Needless to say the detail that sealed it for me was the tiny frame bag on this old single speed road bike. You’ve got more than half of my nerdy obsessions rolled into a ball of cuteness right there.