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Dalat is in the central highlands of Vietnam, about 1500m above sea level, and so has a much cooler climate. It was actually cold on an evening which was such a nice feeling. On the way to Dalat I saw 3 terrified looking sheep that were being transported somewhere on a motorbike. They had somehow been fastened to the bike with rope and to say they didn't look comfortable is an under statement. From Dalat we did some more 'easy riding' to our next destination on the back of motorbikes. We visited 'crazy house' which is a bizarre 'Alice in Wonderland' style house. I don't think it has any historical significance but it was pretty cool to see. We also visited some more temples (i've seen a lot now), one of the largest waterfalls in the area, a rice wine making distillery (it tasted awful!), some minority villages, many different types of plantation like tea, coffee and dragon fruit and a silk factory. This was particularly interesting. It showed the whole process from silk worms through to completed articles. It was like stepping back in time with girls who looked no older than 16 working the looms in a dark and dirty environment. We were told they earn $74 per month. I know it's relative but this still doesn't sound like much for working 12 hours a day, 7 days per week.

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