Our first stop was the "Silk Farm" where they produce silk from the beginning to the end. The whole process is quite complex but it goes something like this:
The silk worms are first fed a lot of strawberry leaves so that they get fat and happy and start forming their cocoon. After they formed the cocoon they can be sold for about 10 Euro 1/kg to the actual shop where the silk is produced.
First the cocoons are boiled so that the worm inside dies (wonder how many dead worms they kill here weekly?) After that they cocoons are attached to a sort of wheel which spins up the super thin silk thread. From each small cocoon you can get up to 1000 meter of silk!
After the silk is spun it is being made into bed cloth, clothes of whatever you want to make out of it...This is the reason the price of silk is high, takes a lot of steps to produce it.
You would probably imagine that a place with a lot of rainforest has to have waterfalls and all that that you see in the movies? Well you're right! We went to see the biggest waterfall in Vietnam called "Elephant Waterfall" located about 50 km outside Da Lat. Vietnam really brings out the best of me so my Alter Ego: Spider Man came to say hi!
After that it was 100 km of driving around the mountains on AAAAWWEEESOOOOOMMEEEE roads! Imagine yourself sitting on a bike doing over 80km/h on a total deserted road with sunshine in your back and warm air in your face with total freedom while looking at the most amazing landscapes full of rainforest and hills...I will upload some videos I took on youtube later when I have proper Internet. We are still up in a Tribe village on about 1500 meters above sea level...This is pretty much what you would call "in the middle of no where"
At one place they were drying these palm leaves to make "cut-edge" brooms