When Harmony and I were previously in Da Lat, we didn't spend nearly enough time here and we didn't do half of the things we wanted. By the time we left, we already knew we were going to return after just a matter of days in Ho Chi Minh City. On the return journey, it really felt like we were returning home, to place that we knew and loved.
We made in to our hostel just in time for "family dinner" and filled our bellies with rice and vegetables. It's a nice tradition that the staff at Backpackers Paradise organise. All the guests gather downstairs for food and drinks. Plus, it's completely free and it forces you to have conversations with one-another. You never know what great friendships you're going to make!
In the morning, we woke up to relentless rain showers. You could see how much rain that they've recently had in Da Lat as they had to open the dam and release some water from the lake - making the rivers that run through the city about a meter higher than when we were last here. It made me worry about whether or not I would be able to take the pictures I wanted to and do the things we wanted to do. Nevertheless, we got out of the hostel for coffee and waited to see how sunset was going to turn out. We went to our favourite coffee shop - Salt Coffee. It's a really cool place with delicious drinks near the center of the city. While I'm at it, I'll also recommend M Bistro - a nice restaurant that's also near the center of the city.
I eventually got to take some photos in the evening, but the rain did not stop. I just covered my camera with a plastic bag and hoped for the best. Obviously, that doesn't often make for great photos. However, it was still a worthwhile scouting mission. I got to write off some ideas that I previously had as they just wouldn't work, and replaced those ideas with some new ones of Lam Vien Square. The lotus flower shaped building looked great when the lights turned on, and the other building with green, glass walls looked great with the fountains in the foreground!