10 reasons you should ‘backpack’ to travel to the Central Highlands (Vietnam) once in your life

The Central Highlands, Vietnam is probably a name still too strange for those who love to travel. But give it a try once to this land. You will definitely love it!

The beauty of “Pleiku Eyes”

“Bien Ho – the sea lake” (T’Nung Lake) is one of the lakes with the most natural and poetic beauty in the Central Highlands. This lake was formed from a crater, looking far away still could not see the shore.

Bien Ho is regarded the eye of Pleiku. It is about seven kilometers from Pleiku City and 900 meters above sea level.

In the rainy season in the Central Highlands, the lake becomes larger as the water level rises to make small streams stretching down to mountain foot. Villagers from ethnic minority groups earn their living by fishing at Bien Ho.

The ideal time to contemplate the lake is in the morning when more than 200 hectares of the water surface of Bien Ho is filled with mist. The lake is like a pistil which is surrounded by beautiful colorful petals gently stretching to hills.

Bien Ho is more beautiful in autumn as wild sunflowers start blooming. Yellow flowers leaning against each other make the scenery more poetic. Because the flower blossoms at the end of the rainy season, they are regarded as seasonal forecaster.

Kon Klor suspension bridge

Kon Klor suspension bridge is located in Kon Klor village, Kon Tum city, Kon Tum province. This is the largest iron suspension bridge in the Central Highlands region, connecting the two banks of the Dak Bla river. Kon Klor is surrounded by mountains covered with green mulberry fields.

Kon Klor Bridge (Kon Tum City)

Kon Klor Bridge has connected the river banks to bring people closer together; the bridge that was put into use also terminates the trips by canoe; which has been going up and down for many years.

Visit the wild  Mang Den

Mang Den is a town in Kon Plong district, Kon Tum province, with primeval forests and many lakes and waterfalls. The climate here is cool and fresh, suitable for visitors to avoid the summer heat. Located at an altitude of 1,100 – 1,400m above sea level; more than 50km from Kon Tum town; amidst thousands of pine trees and wildflowers, the weather in Mang Den is always cool.

Mang Den Town, Kon Tum Province

Coming to Mang Den, you will be walking on a winding road with two sides of green pine trees, a faintly smell of pine resin. Floating in the space is the chirping of birds, the cool climate brings wild and majestic features of mountains and forests. That is why Mang Den is loved by tourists and is called Da Lat of Kon Tum.

Ta Dung Lake – Ha Long Bay of the Central Highlands

Ta Dung Lake was originally a valley on Ta Dung mountain, in Dak Som Commune, Dak G’long district, Dak Nong province. Like a prominent blue mirror among the wild mountains and forests of the Central Highlands, this place makes many visitors infatuated when arriving. Many people also nicknamed Ta Dung Lake as “Ha Long Bay of the Central Highlands”.

Ta Dung National Park (Dak Nong Global Geopark)
Ta Dung National Park (Dak Nong Global Geopark)

The journey to Ta Dung Lake is not too difficult. After reaching Gia Nghia town, you go further about 48 km along Highway 28 to reach the lake. Although the road is long but easy to go, riding bonbon in the wild mountain scenery along the two sides will leave you with an unforgettable experience.

Tea Hill of Pleiku Gia Lai

Bien Ho Tea Hill - Pleiku Gia Lai

Bien Ho Tea is the name that locals name for Pleiku tea hill; because it is the combination of irrigation lake and vast tea fields. The tea hill here is only about 10 km north of Pleiku city, located in Chu Pah district. This is also the first tea plantation of the French in Gia Lai, formed in the 20s of last century. Coming to the tea hill during the wildflowers season, you will be surprised by the beauty interwoven with the green of tea leaves and the yellow color of wild flowers.

Conquering Indochina junction

Bo Y border gate, where a chicken crowing in all three countries is heard is the address should not be missed if you have the opportunity to come to this land. As the border junction between Vietnam – Laos – Cambodia, this is an important national landmark.

There are many roads and means of transportation to reach Bo Y commune, Ngoc Hoi district, Kon Tum province. If from the North, you can fly to Buon Me Thuot (Dak Lak) and continue to find a bus to go to Ngoc Hoi. After visiting Bo Y international border gate, follow the road more than 10 km circling the hills and climb the steps to reach the landmark made of marble, placed on the top of the mountain at an altitude of 1,086 m above sea ​​level, to register three countries Vietnam – Laos – Cambodia.

Boating to explore Lak lake

Lak Lake is the largest natural lake in Dak Lak province, attracting visitors by its wild atmosphere and impressive beauty. The villages of the M’Nong ethnic group living around the lake will also provide you with a very unique cultural experience.

Lak Lake

But most impressively, Lak lake is the ideal place for you to perform relaxing activities such as boating around the lake, watching the Central Highlands gong performance, swimming, and especially watching sunrise and sunset.

Dak G’lun Waterfall

Located in Dak R’Til commune, Tuy Duc district, 60km from the center of Gia Nghia town, the beautiful Dak G’Lun waterfall launches itself at an altitude of more than 50m and quietly cheaply into two streams of water hanging suspended on the cliffs; it looks like a soft silk ribbon flying in the sun and wind in the middle of the Central Highlands mountains.

Dak G’lun Waterfall

Coming to G’Lun waterfall, you are not only surprised by the heavenly beauty of the cool waterfall; “proud” tossing white foam on the wide foliage, undulating rocky banks under your feet; but also makes you ” crushing “the peaceful space, quietly feeling the moments of relaxation, watching the green hills and the sounds that echo throughout the mountains and forests … that is the sound of the waterfall, the sound of birds chirping in the wind.

Yok Don National Park

Yok Don National Park

Yok Don is considered one of the largest special-use forests in Vietnam; located in the area of ​​two provinces, Dak Lak and Dak Nong. This place gathers many rare species of animals and has many natural lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. With the wild beauty and many unique features, it is interesting to visit the forest; you can ride an elephant to walk among the immense trees or cross the majestic Serepok river with an elephant.

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