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Kontum / Pleiku / Buon Ma Thuot

Step off the beaten track and into a land of deep spirituality. Travel to Vietnam’s Central Highlands, crossing through coffee plantations and farmlands dotted with villages. Encounter unique hilltribe groups, seeing their ritualist ceremonies and traditional lifestyles that have remained unchanged through the years.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Tour Highlights for Discover Vietnam’s Central Highlands
Encounter Vietnam’s ethnic diversity

Encounter Vietnam’s ethnic diversity

See stilted houses of the Gia Rai, Jo Long’s traditional weaving, Bahnar’s animist rituals and more in the Central Highlands. 

Stay in a hilltribe village

Stay in a hilltribe village

Sleep in Kon Ko Tu village, seeing traditional ways of life, drinking local rice wine and watching a tribal performance.

See the Central Highland’s landscapes

See the Central Highland’s landscapes

Drive from Pleiku to Buon Ma Thuot, passing rubber and coffee plantations, rivers, waterfalls and other unique landscapes. 

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ITINERARY

Discover Vietnam’s Central Highlands - 4 Days / 3 Nights

DAY 1 - Pleiku – Kon Tum

Exo TravelPleiku to Kon tum (90km): 1.5 hours

On arrival at Pleiku Airport transfer 50-minutes to Kon Tum and check-in to the hotel.

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.

DAY 2 - Kon Tum – Kon Ko Tu Village HomestayMealsMEALS [B|D]

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This morning take a 1-hour drive to visit the Sodra people in Kon Ray and Kon Bil villages. Their homes are long stilt houses built out of bamboo and straw, secured with rattan.

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 their 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.

DAY 3 - Kon Tum/Cho Mom Ray National ParkMealsMEALS [B]

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This morning, take one hour driving to Chu Mom Ray National Park – the only national park in Vietnam that is adjacent to Laos and Cambodia covering 56,2492 hectares. From here, go on a few hours trek deep into the forest to discover its diverse fauna and flora system. At noon, have a picnic lunch at a waterfall. Enjoy the fresh mountain air before trekking back to the station. Transfer to Kontum.

Overnight in Kon Tum.

DAY 4 - Buon Ma Thuot - Yok Don National Park (Sustainable Elephant ExperienceMealsMEALS [B|L]

Exo TravelBuon Ma Thuot to Yok Don National Park: 65km - 1 hour & 30 minutes Route can change subject to client interests.

Enjoy a day exploring the forest in search of the three elephants who now roam freely in the national park. The Yok Don elephants used to give rides to tourists, but now their welfare comes first – learn all about how these elephants were rehabilitated and living in their own environment.

Listen to the guide explain each individual elephant's personality, their background and why they are living in Yok Don. The ethnic minorities in this area have a long history of training and working with elephants and the guide can share these stories too.

During the trek, the guide will share their knowledge of the national park, pointing out the many species of plants and wildlife inhabiting this forest. Also learn all about the plants around the area that are used as traditional medicine by some of the local ethnic minority people

Encounter signs of the rare wild elephant community within the park, such as their footprints, foraging signs or dung. Enjoy a picnic lunch and then drive back to Buon Ma Thuot.

Overnight in Buon Ma Thuot.

DAY 5 - Buon Ma Thuot – Lak Lake – Dray Sap - DepartureMealsMEALS [B]

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This morning, drive 1.5 hr to Lak Lake. Visit Jun ethnic minority village, where people still follow their ancestral ways of fishing, weaving brocade, and water farming.

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 the flight to Ho Chi Minh City

(Note: Departurre time is dependent on the flight details.)

DAY 5 - Buon Ma Thuot – Lak Lake – Dray Sap - DepartureMealsMEALS [B]

Exo TravelRoute can change subject to client interests.

This morning, drive 1.5 hr to Lak Lake. Visit Jun ethnic minority village, where people still follow their ancestral ways of fishing, weaving brocade, and water farming.

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 the flight to Ho Chi Minh City

(Note: Departurre time is dependent on the flight details.)

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from the date of the offer. Past this date price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or another similar service (s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
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