Red Lotus Lake – A trip to Thailand’s most beautiful lake

Red Lotus Lake – A trip to Thailand’s most beautiful lake

Red Lotus Lake – A trip to Thailand’s most beautiful lake

Just a short moment is sometimes enough to make a decision. That’s how it was for me when I saw a photo of Red Lotus Lake. I saw the pink sea of flowers and knew: That’s where I want to go! So I looked directly at a map to find out where this Udon Thani, of which I had never heard anything before, was located. Since I saw the post in December and planned another trip to Thailand for January, I included Udon Thani and Red Lotus Lake in my planning.

Udon Thani – What, how, who?

Udon Thani is a province and at the same time provincial capital in the north-eastern region of Isaan, the largest region of Thailand. The Mekong River separates it from the neighbouring country of Laos.

This is your starting point if you want to visit Red Lotus Lake. You will soon be able to read more about the city itself and what there is to see in a separate article. But you can easily plan one or two days for sightseeing.

You can fly from Bangkok, but bus or train are both greener and cheaper, so I would recommend one of them. I myself arrived by train in third class and paid 250 Baht for it.

In Udon Thani I rented a scooter for 300 Baht a day and left very early the next morning to be at Red Lotus Lake for sunrise.

 

The Red Lotus Lake

Mainly local, but also some foreign tourists flock to Red Lotus Lake about 40 kilometres away from the city of Udon Thani. Its real name is Lake Nong Han. It is about eight kilometres long and three kilometres wide and an important source of water in the region. It is home to a variety of fish, birds and plants. The lake flows into the Lam Pao River, an important waterway for the inhabitants of the province.

Every year in December and January an incredible natural spectacle takes place here. When the lotus blossoms bloom, the lake turns into a sea of bright pink flowers.

Red Lotus Lake

 

You want to see the pink fairytale? That’s how!

When I arrived at the lake around sunrise, I was disappointed: No lotus flowers in sight. Although I had seen boats in the photos, I didn’t know that the flowers were not visible from the shore. So I drove a good 15 minutes further north along the lake until I reached the place where the boats leave: in Ban Diam.

Boote am Red Lotus Lake

Red Lotus Lake

Here you can either book a small boat for 300 Baht for two people (the next photo shows a small boat), or alternatively there are big boats waiting for you, in which more people fit and which cost 500 Baht. The tour takes about one to one and a half hours.

Red Lotus Lake

Since I would have had to wait an hour for a small boat, I decided to go for a big boat. As it turned out afterwards, this was not too bad, as I had enough space for equipment and co. and could even stand up in the boat.

Then you climb aboard and after about twenty minutes you reach the heart of Lake Nong Han. There the scenery begins to change. And suddenly you can see the ‘Talay Bua Daeng’… the sea of lotus flowers.

Red Lotus Lake

 

Lotus flower or water lily?

Locals say that the pink flowers are actually tropical water lilies. They resemble the flowers of the lotus flower and can easily be confused. The leaves and flowers of the lotus flower usually protrude a few centimetres above the water surface, while the leaves and flowers of the water lily usually float directly on the water surface. Tropical water lilies are an exception to this rule, however, because although their leaves float on the surface, their flowers protrude about 15 centimetres above the water. This is exactly the case with Red Lotus Lake.

Lotusblume

Lotusblume

Barbara macht ein Foto von den Lotusblumen

All I know is, lotus or water lily… The flowers are indescribably beautiful!

 

The inhabitants of Red Lotus Lake

As previously mentioned, Red Lotus Lake is the natural habitat of many birds. A dream for ornithologists! But even I couldn’t help but sit there with my mouth open when I first saw one of the numerous herons open its wings. Watching it swing into the air and glide across the pink sea is breathtakingly beautiful.

Reiher im Red Lotus Lake

Reiher im Red Lotus Lake

 

After the tour

When you return after one and a half hours, you can let the experience sink in in one of the cafés and go through your photos for the first time. When I arrived early in the morning, they were still closed, but when I came back around 10 o’clock, everything was open.

There are also small stands where you can buy, for example, grilled bananas or grilled sticky rice.

Local Frühstück

Kaffeehaus

 

My conclusion about Red Lotus Lake

For me, the trip to Red Lotus Lake was a perfect start into the new year 2020, and if you have been following my travels and adventures for a while now, you know that 2019 was not really my year. My mother died after a severe cancer and several months in hospital. This has put a dark veil over the whole year. The lake with its breathtaking splendour was a ray of hope for me that the mourning period is slowly over. That there are still wonderful things to discover. That I can and want to go on further discovery tours with a smile.

Photo of a photo

Besides this very personal reason why this was a particularly magical hour for me, I can also say that objectively speaking, it is simply a magical place. So if you want to go to a less touristy place and experience a completely different Thailand than you might have seen in Bangkok, Koh Samui or Chiang Mai, I can warmly recommend Udon Thani and Red Lotus Lake.

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Lumphini, Chatuchak & Co. – 5 Parks and Green Spots in Bangkok

Lumphini, Chatuchak & Co. – 5 Parks and Green Spots in Bangkok

Lumphini, Chatuchak & Co. – 5 Parks and Green Spots in Bangkok

Bangkok’s parks and green areas such as Lumphini and Chatuchak Park are a welcome relief in the urban jungle. If you have ever been to the Thai capital, you know how overwhelming it can be. Honking cars and scooters as well as the at times scorching heat can be a real pain. So it’s no wonder that there are some retreats where you can relax and leave the hustle and bustle of the big city behind you. Therefore, I would like to introduce you to 5 parks and green spaces in Bangkok in this post:

Lumphini Park

The Lumphini Park is one of the most beautiful and most famous parks in Bangkok. It is the ideal place to relax, have a picnic or do some sports. The park extends over 500,000 km² and is home to numerous plant and animal species as well as a lake with a boat rental service. To rent one of the swan boats for 30 minutes costs 40 Baht (a little more than one Euro).

Lumphini Park Bangkok

The trails around the park with a total length of approx. 2.5 km are mainly frequented by joggers in the morning and evening. Officially, cycling is only allowed during between 10:00am and 15:00pm. Smoking is prohibited in the whole park and dogs are not allowed.

The Lumphini Park was created in the 1920s by King Rama VI on royal soil and named after Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal. At the time of its creation the park was located on the outskirts of the city. Today, it is located in the heart of the main business district and Lumphini sub-district, on the north side of Rama IV Road, between Ratchadamri Road and Witthayu Road.

Lumphini Park Bangkok

In the park you will come across a statue of King Rama VI, erected in 1942 to commemorate the construction of the Lumphini Park.

Every last Sunday of the month from 7:00am to 9:00am, there are activities that follow the teachings of Buddha – the Dharma. These take place together with Buddhist monks and include for example the offering of rice to the monks and lectures on various teachings.

Music Festival – A western and Thai music festival takes place in the park on Sundays, from January to April, from 17:30-20:00.

 

Sri Nakhon Khueang Khan Park and Botanical Garden

To get into this park, you have to cross the Chao Phraya. To do so, you should take a taxi to Khlong Toei Pier. From there you can get to the other side by a small boat for only 10 Baht. Since there are no fixed times when the boat leaves you can just go there whenever it suits you.

Khlong Toei Pier

The crossing takes only a few minutes and gives you an excellent view of Bangkok.

Once on the other side you can treat yourself to some refreshments in a small shop. Soft drinks and small snacks are waiting here. You can also rent a bike if you don’t want to explore the park on foot. As this part of Bangkok is hardly populated but offers a lot of nature, you can also consider a tour outside the park.

Sri Nakhon Khueang Khan Park and Botanical Garden

Since I like taking photos, it is more comfortable if I am not on two wheels and don’t have to dismount for each photo.

If you walk to the left at the first bend, you will come to the upper edge of the park after about 200 meters and to another small shop, where I had a chilled cola. I did not see another possibility to buy something to eat or drink. Don’t forget how the heat can get to you and better drink too much than too little.

Sri Nakhon Khueang Khan Park and Botanical Garden

Sri Nakhon Khueang Khan Park and Botanical Garden

Sri Nakhon Khueang Khan Park and Botanical Garden

The tour through the Sri Nakhon Khueang Khan Park took about two hours. I also climbed up to the Bird Watching Tower, which looks on the map as if it is located outside the park, but does not appear to be there. Just follow the signs if you also want to go up there.

Bird Watch Tower Sri Nakhon Khueang Khan Park and Botanical Garden

If you continue the tour afterwards, you will reach some houses after about 20 minutes. Here you can find the only toilets I have seen in the park.

Sri Nakhon Khueang Khan Park and Botanical Garden

 

Chatuchak Park

Chatuchak Park is an elongated park along the MRT (Chatuchak Park) and BTS (Mo Chit) line with an area of 0.304 square kilometres. It is located, as the name suggests, directly at the popular Chatuchak Weekend Market. There are outdoor tennis courts and football pitches as well as outdoor gyms, which are very popular with locals and expats.

Chatuchak Park

This is one of the oldest public parks in Bangkok. Construction began in 1975 on a site provided by the Thai state railway. Chatuchak Park was opened on December 4, 1980. It was later extended to include Queen Sirikit Park and Wachirabenchathat Park, which are separated from Chatuchak Park by Kampaeng Phet 3 Road.

Chatuchak Park

Chatuchak Park

Chatuchak Park

Chatuchak Park

Personally, I would prefer the already mentioned adjacent parks that I will describe in the following, as they are more quiet. The Chatuchak Park is longish and arranged alongside a much frequented road, so that one cannot escape the hustle and bustle of the big city as well as in the other parks. However, if you want to combine your visit to Chatuchak Weekend Market with a picnic or a walk in Bangkok’s greenery, this park is best suited.

 

Wachirabenchathat Park

The Wachirabenchathat Park was opened in mid 2002 and named by Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. Before its transformation into a public park, it was a golf course owned by the Thai state railway.

Wachirabenchathat Park

Wachirabenchathat Park

Bordering Queen Sirikit Park and Chatuchak Park, it is the largest park in the complex at 0.6 square kilometres. It is one of the most popular parks in Bangkok – thanks to its three kilometres of paths, especially for cyclists. A bicycle can be rented in the park if required.

Wachirabenchathat Park

Wachirabenchathat Park

Pedal boats can be rented on an artificial lake. So you can explore the park from a completely different perspective.

There is also a butterfly garden and an insectarium.

Butterfly Garden Wachirabenchathat Park

Butterfly Garden Wachirabenchathat Park

Butterfly Garden Wachirabenchathat Park

Butterfly Garden Wachirabenchathat Park

Like most other parks, the Wachirabenchathat Park has outdoor gyms, numerous children’s playgrounds and tennis and basketball courts. You can also watch countless squirrels, which are used to people and therefore anything but shy.

Wachirabenchathat Park

Wachirabenchathat Park

Over a bridge you enter the adjoining Queen Sirikit Park.

Wachirabenchathat Park Brücke zum Queen Sirikit Park

 

Queen Sirikit Park

Queen Sirikit Park is a botanical garden in the Chatuchak District and forms a unit with Chatuchak Park and the Wachirabenchathat Park. With an area of 0.22 square kilometres, it is the smallest of the three parks and is considered by many to be part of the Wachirabenchathat Park. It is my personal favourite on this side of the Chao Phraya, because the trails are wider and more majestic and the plant diversity is much greater.

Queen Sirikit Park

Queen Sirikit Park

Queen Sirikit Park

It was built in 1992 and named, in honour of her 60th birthday, after Queen Sirikit of Thailand. It contains many fountains and ponds in which lotus flowers bloom.

This park is very well maintained and the different plants you can find here are not here without good reason: Certain areas of the park are dedicated to certain plant species that are important for Thai culture. Near the middle of the park there is a large area of lotus ponds, while on the north side there is a large palm grove. On the eastern side, near the children’s museum, there is a bamboo grove that includes some small rice fields. Here you will learn that rice and bamboo belong to the same family.

In contrast to the neighbouring Wachirabenchathat Park, which was explicitly designed for cyclists, two-wheelers are not allowed in Queen Sirikit Park. So leave your bike at the entrance and pick it up after you have finished your exploration on foot.

 

My Conclussion

I love to lose myself in a city’ s green lungs, to breathe deeply and find peace. That’s also where the most beautiful photos are often taken.

I have two favourites in particular: Queen Sirikit Park, which stands out from the other parks with its beauty, elegance and biodiversity. I really liked it and I would probably choose this park if I wanted to go to Bangkok in the future to relax in the green.

I also enjoyed the Sri Nakhon Khueang Khan Park very much. However, it is much more remote and with the river crossing you have to plan a little more time for the trip.

All in all I am grateful for the small oases like the Lumphini or the Chatuchak Park, which Bangkok offers within these parks, so that one can escape the big city jungle at least occasionally a little bit.

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Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Two nights in the square city

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Two nights in the square city

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Two nights in the square city

ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE LEONARDO ROYAL HOTEL MANNHEIM

In December, I wanted to go to the Night of the Proms with my family. Since we couldn’t get any tickets for the concert in Frankfurt, we decided to buy tickets for Mannheim and combine it with a weekend in the city of squares.

LEONARDO HOTELS – The hotel chain

LEONARDO HOTELS is a European hotel chain with over 150 hotels in more than 85 destinations. The goal is to create places of well-being – through their own regional character, their local connection to the location and their own design. The company motto is “feeling good” and is a promise to us hotel guests to do their utmost to make us feel good and comfortable.

I myself got to know the chain at a travel industry trade fair and especially liked the subsidiary chain Nyx. This one is a bit more trendy and modern – just more for my generation. But since I took this special trip with my father, the classic Leonardo Royal seemed a much better choice.

 

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim

The Hotel

Due to its ingenious location directly at Mannheim’s landmark, the water tower, the Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim is ideal for travellers who like to live centrally: Extensive shopping tours, walks in the Luisenpark or at the water tower, as a starting point for events or a cultural day with museum and planetarium… this hotel is the perfect choice.

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Lobby

Here are the facts

  • 192 rooms and suites
  • 1 restaurant und 1 bar
  • A spa including gym area
  • 10 event rooms
  • 24/7 reception with water, tea or coffee station, snacks and sweets
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking garage with direct access to the hotel

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Lobby

Vor dem Leonardo Hotel Mannheim

 

The room

I was given two days in a beautiful suite on the second floor. I particularly liked the fact that there was a walk-through room to the bathroom that was practically a walk-in closet. Sadly, I could only enjoy the bathtub standing up, as there was no time for a real bath. The size of the room was also very pleasing, as it was ideal for two people to work here (my father is also self-employed).

 

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Suite

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Suite

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Zimmer

 

Auch die einfachen Zimmer habe ich mir angesehen. Sie sind zwar deutlich kleiner, aber durch stilvolle Akzente mit Bildern und Lichtern nicht minder gemütlich gestaltet.

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Zimmer

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Zimmer

Gym and Spa

Unfortunately I didn’t have time for a training session either. But yes, there is a gym waiting in the basement with the usual machines and equipment.

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Fitnessstudio

Daneben wartet ein angenehm warmer Ruheraum und eine kleine Sauna darauf, dass du hier ein wenig Entspannung findest.

Restaurant and Bar

Next to it, a pleasantly warm rest room and a small sauna are waiting for you to unwind a little.

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Restaurant Vitruv

Leonardo Hotel Mannheim – Restaurant Vitruv

Leonardo Hotel Mannheim – Restaurant Vitruv

Leonardo Hotel Mannheim – Restaurant Vitruv

You can make yourself comfortable at the bar or in the Lounge Leo for a delicious cocktail or aperitif.

 

Conference and Event Rooms

The event rooms offer space for up to 700 people and are fully equipped. The hallways and the inner courtyard can be used for coffee breaks if the temperature is appropriate. Open-air events are also possible here.

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Konferenzraum

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Kaffeepausentisch

 

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – My conclusion

I spent two really great days at the Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim. The room was beautiful and really big with all the necessary equipment. All in all I can certainly report a successful stay.

If you also want to stay at the Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim you can visit their booking page here: www.leonardo-hotels.de or here at Booking*!

PS: I was invited by Leonardo Hotels to spend two nights with breakfast. I did not receive any financial compensation. My opinion is not biased by this cooperation.

PPS: All links with an asterisk (*) are affiliate links.

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Yuccs shoes – sustainable, comfortable and beautiful

Yuccs shoes – sustainable, comfortable and beautiful

Yuccs shoes – sustainable, comfortable and beautiful

UNBEZAHLTE WERBUNG

Just this summer I had the idea to include the section for travel fashion on Barbaralicious. In October, when I received an invitation to test some shoes, it seemed like a sign that I should go in this direction. So here comes my first fashion report:

Yuccs Shoes – Origin and corporate philosophy

Yuccs‘s founder Pablo Mas had a vision: To create the most comfortable shoe in the world. Top quality and natural materials were his priority. However, the shoes were not only intended to be extremely comfortable. The environment was also a central concern for him, making it clear: First of all, the choice of material had to be clarified. The most frequently used types of leather and plastic were not suitable for his project. The material had to be innovative.

So he put a lot of passion into his idea and into the invention of a new fabric from which his dream would be made.

The team behind Yuccs’ shoes took a journey through time for this. They studied the materials used in the past and thus became aware of merino wool – in Spain it was once considered the gold among fabrics until it was replaced by synthetic materials with prices that the natural product could not compete with.

In collaboration with the AITEX Textile Technology Institute, the Yuccs team developed a new, unique fabric from the fibre of merino wool, which would be the basis of Yuccs shoes.

 

Yuccs Schoes – Merino wool as key

As the team came across merino wool, they knew that they were dealing with a very special fibre. The natural “super material” is permeable and extremely soft, adapts to the foot, has an antibacterial effect, is durable and even suppresses odours… In short, it’ s a gift from mother nature.

From merino wool, the Yuccs team together with the AITEX institute developed the Yuccs fabric after months of research and development.

The Yuccs fabric is one of a kind worldwide.

Since Pablo Mas was also concerned about sustainability and ethical conditions, he chose Alicante as the location for the entire manufacturing process: from spinning, weaving, dyeing and finishing. Yucc’s fabric is guaranteed to be 100% Spanish made, sustainable and under fair working conditions.

 

Yuccs Shoes– My test

I have been wearing and testing the shoes for a little over a month now. I wore them in autumn, cool climate in Germany as well as in hot, tropical weather in Thailand.

The promise of yuccs is that merino wool keeps you warm in winter and stays airy and fresh in summer. But what actually seems to be an impossible oxymoron has been accomplished.

 

Yuccs shoes in autumn and winter

At around 10 degrees in German November, I didn’t get the feeling to be getting cold feet once. On my short trip to Budapest during the first weekend of November there was another spontaneous, unplanned test: It was pouring down on one day. I was a bit worried that the wool would be soaked up and that I would be walking around the Hungarian capital with wet feet. But the contrary was the case: my feet stayed dry and warm. The shoes also dried relatively quickly.

 

Yuccs shoes in summer

A day after my return from Budapest, I went on a longer trip again: I flew to Thailand for a three-week vacation.

I admit, at first I was a little worried that I might get sweaty feet. After these shoes had only just demonstrated to me that they were ideal in temperatures close to single digits and even in rain, I could hardly imagine that they weren’t too warm at over 30 degrees. But I was completely wrong.

Both in Bangkok and later in Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son I never had the feeling that Yuccs shoes were the wrong shoes.

Even during my Vipassana at Wat Pa Tam Wua Forest Monastery I went into the jungle with these shoes and explored the caves there. No problem at all.

 

Yuccs shoes – My conclusion

The shoes not only look great (ok, that’s a matter of taste, of course!), but also keep their promise: The fabric keeps you warm at low temperatures and is airy in summer. To me it seems to be a perfect all-rounder, especially for travellers, ensuring that you are prepared for any weather condition. This way you can also change climate zones without having to take several pairs of sneakers with you.

 

PS: Ich habe das paar Schuhe von Yuccs kostenfrei zum Test zur Verfügung gestellt bekommen. Eine finanzielle Vergütung habe ich nicht erhalten. Meine Meinung wurde von dieser Kooperation nicht beeinflusst.

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Beach, Sun, and Mountains – Two Days in Da Nang

Beach, Sun, and Mountains – Two Days in Da Nang

Beach, Sun, and Mountains – Two Days in Da Nang

I’ve heard many stories about the coastal city Da Nang… but never did I manage to pay a visit. I wanted to change that, so I took a flight from Hanoi to Da Nang during my last stay in Vietnam.

Arriving in Da Nang

National flights in Asia are relatively cheap, so you can go from Hanoi or Saigon to any airport for maximum 60 EUR. The most common carrieres are Jetstar Airlines and VietJetAir.

I traveled with both airlines already and didn’t have a good experience with VietJetAir.

Click if you want to read my short review:

My experience with VietJetAir

Sadly, I did not receive a confirmation mail after booking my flight and I could not do what I always do – take a screenshot. So I had no booking code and no proof for booking. Nevertheless, I did not expect this much trouble. At the airport it was possible to find my booking, but the would not certify that I had booked a return flight as well. So, when I arrived in Vietnam, I had to book an additional flight since I didn’t have proof for my departure. Therefore, I do not want to fly with VietJetAir again if not absolutely necessary.

If you don’t want to fly, you can take a bus as well. There are night busses where you can sleep comfortably. However, I have to warn you. Long bus trips may be dangerous in Vietnam. I don’t know if it’s because of the terrible roads or the ruthless drivers or even the tired bus drivers, but there are far too many accidents on long distance bus trips. I only did one of those trips and that took 7 hours from Saigon to Da Lat.

As a last alternative I want to mention driving by bike. Vietnam is famous for it’s many travelers that bought a bike and took across the country. Which is of course also dangerous, but nevertheless popular.

 

Accomodation in Da Nang

Normally, I do House Sitting* or I rent an Airbnb*, in order to live like the locals. In Da Nang, however, I booked a hotel for a change, since I was travelling with a non-nomad friend. We chose the Aria Hotel, in the second row to the beach and including sea view from the rooftop.

I was impressed by the kindness of the personnel. They tried to fulfill our every wish.

The room was a little small, even though we already booked a bigger type. Apart from that it was nice and also the bathroom was small but cute. Most interesting was a curtain in the bathroom, that allowed opening or shading a window directed towards the bedroom. A modern trend, apparently.

The location was ideal – second row from the sea and you can walk to the beach in only a few minutes. The beach is very inviting and offers pleasant walks. Directly at the beach you can find numerous restaurants and hotels with rooftops, if you want to enjoy the view.

 

What can you do in Da Nang?

I have to admit that I was drawn to a place outside of Da Nang. I wanted to see a bridge, that is carried by a gigantic pair of hands. I had seen them quite often on Instagram and I knew, this is the Must See in Da Nang. In the hotel, we made sure that we were going to the right place. Because the bridge is in the mountains and you cannot find the bridge on Google Maps. The staff told us, we were going to the right place and would need to pay 700.000 VND entry. We were irritated, as it is almost 30 EUR. We only wanted to see the bridge, nothing else, so we didn’t plan to pay any entry for anything else.

It took us almost an hour with a rented scooter, including a fuel brake. The drive was wonderful, through small villages, past rivers and streams and through the woods. Only at the end, the road started to go uphill. Once we reached our destination, we realized what the staff meant. The bridge is part of a theme park.

As we already drove this far… we just payed and went in.

SunWorld

We were supposed to take a cable car ride to the mountain top. Easier said than done. There are three cable car lines and the one we were supposed to take was closed. So we followed signs to find the next one, but somehow took a wrong turn and ended up taking escalator after escalator.

At some point, we finally reached the end and entered a gondola. I took photos like a maniac, especially excited by the glass floor! We went higher and higher and after 15 minutes, we reached the clouds. Everything became white and the atmosphere became rather mystic. We broke through the clouds and continued upwards.

The whole cable car ride took around thirty minutes. Once we reached the top, my world turned up side down. Is this… supposed to be Paris?  Clad in winter decorations, we could see baroque churches and the Moulin Rouge. It felt like we’re in the wrong place. And also the only westerners around. 

We took a walk through the park, looking for attractions but had to admit, that there are none – except one. A summer toboggan run. So we went there and stood in line. And waited. And waited. And waited. And after an hour, we had moved 10m. We gave up.

Only one thing left to do – looking for the bridge with the hands. For this, we had to take another cable car. The first one, that we were supposed to take in the beginning and that was out of order, would have stopped half way up the mountain and let us see the bridge straight away.

As we descended through the clouds, we could see the part of the park, where the bridge is. Our search is over. Yes, it’s beautiful! But… do you have to pay 700.000 VND enty? I dare to say ‘no’.

We took a last ride with the cable car and as a farewell gift we had the most beautiful view of the day, as the sun descended and covered the sky in myriads of colors.

If you pay attention, you can spot waterfalls running between the hills.

Down at the entrance / exit we took a walk through the beautiful Chinese Gardens of the park.

As we left the park, the sun disappeared. In the dusk, we made our way back to the hotel.

 

Lady Buddha at the Linh Ung Pagoda

The next day, we decided to take a trip on a scooter bike along the coast. From the beach, you can already see the female buddha statue on the other side of the bay. And Google Maps said, it was easily reachable via bike. Actually, it is a whole peninsula, named Son Tra.

To get there it took us around 30 minutes and once we left the beachfront, we drove upwards. Jungle to the left, seaside to the right. Beautiful!

There are several stops on the way that invite you to take a break and just enjoy the beautiful view. We only had limited time till our plane to Saigon took off, so we could only take short stops. And we also wanted to visit the cathedral and the dragon bridge. 

 

The Cathedral

The cathedral in the heart of Da Nang was built in 1923 by the french priest Louis Vallet. Even though it is not as bright as her sister church in Saigon, it is still famous for its pink color (here you can see one of my pictures of the Cathedrale in Saigon on Instagram). You can see a rooster on top of the church, which also gave it the nickname “Con Ga Church” – Chicken Church.

 

The Dragon Bridge

The dragon bridge connects the city centre of Da Nang with the seafront. it is 666 meters long and has 6 lanes. Definitely worth a visit and if you stay over the weekend, you can watch it breath fire every saturday and sunday from 9pm.

 

Hoi An

There wasn’t enough time for a visit in Hoi An, but if you can fit it into your travel itinerary you should definitely go there and maybe even spend a few days! I only heard beautiful and romantic stories about Hoi An and even the drive should already be worth the trip.

Conclusion Da Nang

Since I only knew the major cities Saigon and Hanoi, Da Nang was a more than welcome change. The traffic is much less aggressive, there’s almost no honking, the ocean view is soothing and even vegetarians find a lot of good options there! Da Nang has a lot to offer and I will definitely come back and enjoy the city a little longer.

Have you ever been to Da Nang?

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