Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Dalat train ride

The train ride began with the locomotive being prepared. It wasn't the spectacular engine from the early 20th century we posed at but instead this rather boxy machine.
Typical Singaporean style we rushed in to grab a seat. It turned out to be our cabin anyway.

Everyone else had the ordinary hard-seat carriage. But then they had paid the Vietnamese price (ie about 1/3 of ours!)

The ride brought us through farmland and roadways. The scent of fertile soil and the cool air refreshed us!

The end of the line brought us to Trai Mat where the mandatory visit to the Linh Phuoc Pagoda was made.Besides the intricately carved gothic style pagoda, inside are giant Buddhas and huge dragons.

At the train station, children were taking advantage of the morning sun and cool breeze. The orange kite soared further than any train could go!

Our journey brings us back to the Cremaillere Station - a mere 8km away but a lifetime of images of rural Vietnam.


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