Deluxe river view
5 days, 4 nights
This five-day adventure gives guests an in-depth insight into the unique lives of the hill tribes that call the Central Highlands home. This culturally-rich central area of Vietnam is home to breath-taking landscapes, rugged mountains and rolling hills that are dotted with ethnic minority villages. The main explorations see us discover Kon Tum and its typical Jarai and Bahnar indigenous communities and Dak Lak and Buon Ma Thuot’s spectacular landscapes and Ede and M’Nong villages.
In the morning, we leave Hoi An and drive to Kon Tum along the iconic Ho Chi Minh Trail, a network of paths and trails that wind through mountain and jungle. During the Vietnam War, it was used to transport supplies, ammunition, soldiers and weapons from north Vietnam through Laos and Cambodia to South Vietnam. We stop to photograph the stunning scenery along the way. Upon arrival in Kon Tum, we check-in and take a short city tour of the laid-back town. Highlights include the historic Wooden Church, which was originally built by French missionaries in 1913, the Catholic Seminary School and adjoining Minorities Museum, which provides plenty of information on the history of Christianity and conversion in the region, as well as some great examples of local culture. Dinner is at our overnight accommodation.
We start the day immersing ourselves into hill tribe life with a drive to the Jarai ethnic minority village of Pleiweh in Jachim. We take a leisurely stroll to learn about their lifestyle and explore a traditional graveyard to see the customs and unique funeral practices. We then return to Kon Tum for lunch, with early-afternoon at your leisure to relax or visit Kontum Museum. In the mid-afternoon, we drive to Kongklor Suspension Bridge, where the Bahnar ethnic minority villages of Konktu and Konjori are located. We visit Konktu and take a walk along Dakbla River (2 km), greeting farmers as they return from their work in the fields. We continue to Konjori, stopping at its imposing communal house, The Rong House. Dinner is at our overnight accommodation in Kon Tum. Option: For groups, we recommend having dinner at The Rong House, where you can experience a local meal and rice wine, accompanied by a traditional gong performance.
After breakfast, we head out on a seven-hour scenic drive to Buon Ma Thuot, one of the Central Highlands’ largest towns. Despite this, the town remains relatively off-the-beaten-track and serves as a gateway to the area’s natural wonders. Boasting a population of about 300,000 people, Buon Ma Thuot is home to a variety of ethnic minorities, mainly the Jarai and Rhade tribes. It is also an area that is planted firmly in Vietnam’s history books as it was the site of the last major battle between north and south Vietnamese armies in March 1975. A short city tour takes in Dak Lak Museum’s rich displays of local diversity and ethnic culture, before we continue to Akothon village, the first village of the Ede ethnic minority in Buon Ma Thuot. We then continue on our drive to Lak, for dinner at our overnight accommodation.
Today is reserved for an active exploration of our surroundings to discover its abundance of natural beauty. After breakfast, we drive to the nearby town of Yangtao (10 km), situated at the foot of looming Cu Yang Sin Mountains. We set off on a gentle trek to untouched Bim Bip Waterfall. As we continue on our hike up, a dense, tropical maze of layered, green canopy sits under a soft layer of clouds. As we venture further into the jungle, more beauty and mystique is revealed and as we stand under the lush, dewy trees, we can hear the melodious song of wild birds and the call of monkeys. After our stroll, the waterfall is the perfect place to refresh, with a small pool of inviting clear water to dip in. We enjoy a picnic lunch at the waterfall before returning to the lodge for optional leisure activities (reading, fishing, farming, cooking...) In the evening, we enjoy a traditional gong performance followed by dinner.
The ‘early bird catches the worm’ and setting our alarm ahead of dawn comes rewarded with a short boat ride on picturesque Lak Lake to enjoy sunrise and watch fishermen softly drift on the water in their slender wooden boats. This is a great time to watch village life awaken, nature spring to life for the day and watch the lake reflect the sky’s changing colours. We then return to the hotel for breakfast, before taking a guided village tour to explore the M’Nong ethnic villages of Nau and M’Lieng around Lak. This three-hour immersive adventure sees us learn about the hill tribes’ lifestyles, their daily farming activities and typical routines. We will be able to join villagers in their activities to get an authentic glimpse into their lives. We then return to our accommodation for lunch and to check-out before transferring to Buon Ma Thuot airport for an onward flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Deluxe river view
Tent Lake View
5 days, 4 nights
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