So spending a day with easy riders to explore DaLat more so the three of us – Tessa and Sehar and our cool guides for the day cram a lot in! My guide is called Windy.
First stop is the silk farm which is interesting to see the end to process from silk worm to egg which takes 27 days and then how they spin the silk both by hand and machine using water to pull out the silk. Then to spin them into wheels and strips to put on the machines that make the pattern which they alternate. Last step is dying using food colouring from the natural white. Pretty cheap in the factory about 100dong for a scarf or tie.
Second stop is the weasel coffee plantation, which is the most expensive coffee at 60k VND (well in Vietamese terms anyway at 1.80GBP) for a tiny cup as its made from weasel poo which is quite bitter tasting even with mocha added! Its cool seeing the weasels in action eating coffee which makes them active and run around the cage lots! There is even a baby one. They make a lot of coffee from probably 10 large cages and are cute too. The views here are amazing with miles of coffee and a great background lake to sit and try the coffee.
Third stop is just to see a plant that when you touch it folds in. Our guide gets quite enthusiastic about it and calls it the Touch Me Not which is quite cute. Also admiring the plant is a couple getting married – 2 girls which I can’t quite work out if it is real or for a magazine shoot as see them more throughout the day.
Last stop is the chicken village which is government funded to help protect the local countryside and give a chance for a local school to run and they also grow peas, avocados, coffee and much more to sell. Only place I have seen cupcakes with butter cream sold, so grab one to remind me of my cake days at Proximity and it is funny as Windy my driver has never seen a cupcake before as in Vietnam they really don’t eat sweet things as desert is always fruit – no chocolate or ice cream ever on the menus 🙂