5 Days Central Highland Exploration

posted Jul 6, 2012, 1:22 AM by An Bui   [ updated Jul 6, 2012, 1:22 AM ]
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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City / Buon Ma Thuot
Day 2: Buon Ma Thuot / Lak Lake
Day 3: Lak Lake / Buon Ma Thuot / Pleiku
Day 4: Pleiku / Kontum
Day 5: Kontum / Pleiku / Ho Chi Minh City



Day 1: HO CHI MINH CITY / BUON MA THUOT

Pick up at your hotel and depart to Buon Ma Thout along the Ho Chi Minh Trail which forms the border with Cambodia. On the way, stop to visit Drei Sap waterfalls and the Ede village of Tur near Buon Ma Thuot. Overnight in Buon Ma Thuot.


Day 2: BUON MA THUOT / LAK LAKE

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the town’s Ethnology Museum. Transfer to Lak Lake. Enjoy an elephant ride and cross Lak Lake to Mlieng village, home of the Mnong minority. Here you can walk in the village and discover traditional long houses. Overnight in Lak Lake in a traditional long house (community centre).


Day 3: LAK LAKE / BUON MA THUOT / PLEIKU

After breakfast, depart for Pleiku through the Ta Grong Pass and numerous tea and coffee plantations. The contrast between the green of the coffee plantations and the red laterite soil makes for some beautiful photos. Visit a Jarai village and their intricate funeral art. Each tomb is surrounded by several wooden carved statues representing each stage of life (subject to authorisation). Overnight in Pleiku.


Day 4: PLEIKU / KONTUM

After breakfast, depart to Kontum. Upon arrival, visit the seminary and Kontum’s charming wooden church built in 1913. The prayers are written in the three main languages of the minority people (Banhar, Sedang, Jarai) and if you are fortunate enough you may attend a Holy Mass which is always packed out with devotees all wearing their most beautiful clothes. Later visit the Banar villages of Kon Jari and Kon Kotu and visit the Communal House. Overnight in Kontum.


Day 5: KONTUM / PLEIKU / HO CHI MINH CITY

Breakfast at the hotel. End of our services.
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