Lak Lake – Vietnam

North of Dalat in Vietnam’s central highlands, just before the start of the Ho Chi Minh trail, rests Lak Lake. I saw it on the map while scouting a route to continue on the bike – a small blue circle surrounded by little wood house figures that represented minority villages. Most people I had talked to suggested a route back towards the coastal party-town of Nha Trang and skipping the beginning of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and Lak Lake, but the woman who ran my guesthouse said the route was beautiful and if I wanted to see Vietnam it was the way to go. Her comments in combination with the desire to stay away from tourists, a chance to visit minority villages and the beginning of the Ho Chi Minh trail certainly did. As to my liking the town that surrounds Lak Lake was void of foreign tourists, spare a couple doing an Easy Rider tour, and extremely quiet – another one of those places where everyone is looking at you as the new animal in the zoo. “insert random sentence screamed in English” To my surprise the lake has a welcome center for visitors and a functioning resort (a bit rundown). The options for bedding were a home-stay style wooden longhouse or a bug infested dirty room for $2 more ($25 bungalows were out of the question) – wooden longhouse. The lake was simply beautiful – the sleeping situation not as comfortable. In the morning fishermen cast nets in the lake from small canoes (video later) set before backdrops of misty mountains. I spent several hour driving around the town and nearby dirt roads searching for local villages but was unable to find anything – there was however a very nice lady at the local pharmacy who handed over a backpack full of antibiotics for my newly acquired bronchitis – Thank you rainy season.

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  1. Naomi

    Sounds like you made the right decision. Awesome stuff :)

    Nov 13, 2010 @ 1:58 am