Vietnam Central Highland Discover
Duration: 4 Days 3 nights
Finishing: Buon Ma Thuot
Itinerary in brief:
Day 1 – Pleiku – Kon Tum
Day 2 – Kon Tum – Kon Ko Tu Village Homestay (B, D)
Day 3 – Kon Ko Tu Village Homestay – Buon Ma Thuot (B)
Day 4 – Buon Ma Thuot – Lak Lake – Dray Sap – Departure (B)
Flexibility: This sample itinerary can be amended longer or shorter, more or less activities accordingly to meet your expectation.
DAY 1: PLEIKU - KON TUM (L, D)
After settling in, venture out to visit Gia Rai villages. The Gia Rai hill tribe group believes in the existence of genies and hold rituals connected to this faith. The group is a matriarchal society, in which the women are free to choose who they marry. The husband lives with the wife’s family and inheritance is passed on to the daughters. Each village has a communal house called a rong, a central stilt house with a tall, steeply pitched thatched roof. No nails are used in the bamboo construction.At the end of the afternoon return to Kon Tum. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Kon Tum.
Distances and journey time:
Pleiku to Kon tum (90km): 1.5 hours
DAY 2: KON TUM - KON KO TU VILLAGE HOMESTAY (B, D)
Drive on to a Jo Long hill tribe village called Kon Du, catch glimpses of hand weaving on giant looms or the eerie wooden statues in the cemeteries.
After checking out of the hotel, drive 30-minutes to the Bhanar Village of Kon Ko Tu. On arrival start a 4 km trek from Kon Ko Tu village along the Dak Bla riverbank, where local villagers are hard at work tending buffalos, preparing crops for harvest, and transporting there produce to the village market. Return by a pirogue to Kon Ko Tu village.
Tonight’s dinner is a local treat, including a Gong show and Xoang dancing while drinking the local rice wine. Overnight in a Homestay.
Distances and journey time:
Route can change subject to client interests.
DAY 3: KON KU TU VILLAGE HOMESTAY - BUON MA THUOT (B)
Depart Kon Ko Tu Village and drive back 30-minutes to Kom Tum to explore the town’s old wooden church. It is an interesting blend of hill tribe and European architecture. Continue on to visit the Bahnar hill tribe groups of Pleitenghia and Kanhnogokotu, where animist beliefs are still a part of everyday life. The most famous sprits are the kings of water, fire and wind, represented by shamans who are involved in rain-making ceremonies and other rituals.
Depart the Kon Tum area on a 5 hour journey to Boun Ma Thuot, passing by countless coffee, rubber, and pepper plantations.
Close to Buon Ma Thuot, stop to enjoy the scenery and panoramic views of the lowland country. The region is inhabited by Jarai hill tribe, the largest ethnic group in the Central Highlands with an estimated population of 330,000 people.
After checking into the hotel, visit the local market with a huge array of fresh food, if time permits. It is a must to have some coffee on this journey. Buon Ma Thuot has lovely outdoor coffee shops to blend in with the locals and laze away the evenings. Overnight in Buon Ma Thuot
Distances and journey time:
Kon Tum to Buon Ma Thuot (280km): 5 hours
DAY 4: BUON MA THUOT - LAK LAKE - DRAY SAP - DEPARTURE (B)
On the way back to Buon Ma Thuot visit Dray Sap waterfall in the middle of hardwood rainforest (30 km from Buon Ma Thuot). According to legend Dray Sap, or Misty waterfall, was created by an enormous creature that used its trunk to disrupt the water.
Drive to Buon Ma Thuot airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City (depending on your flight details).
Distances and journey time:
Route can change subject to client interests
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