The Truong Son Mountain Range, including Dak Lak, Gia Lai and Kon Tum provinces, boasts a varied history, stunning scenery, great coffee and fascinating minority villages. This is a remote part of Vietnam, best for those looking for a chance to spend time with the local people in an authentic and adventurous setting.
This short tour "Highland Central to Saigon" is designed for those who wish to enter Vietnam from Laos's southernmost province of Attapeu, witnessing the vastness of Vietnam Highland Central, before heading to Saigon (HCMC) then exit at Moc Bai border into Cambodia.
Our guide will be awaiting for you at the border to offer assistance to the border customs and clearance. After that, we enjoy a 50-minute drive to Kon Tum, where you do a sightseeing tour with: Wooden Church of nearly 100 years old with the architecture style mixed between the local and western culture, Bishop’s House, Orphanage, Bana Village – one among the first minority groups in Central Highlands admiring the beautiful communal Rong house, Konklor Suspension Bridge, and Kontum Prison. Lunch at a local restaurant next to Cambodia border.
In the afternoon, venture out to visit Ja Rai villages. The Ja 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. Evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Gia Lai.
- Hoang Anh Gia Lai Hotel
Wooden Church, Communal Rong House, Kon Tum Prison
In the morning, spend time for visit Great Lake - surface area with about 250 hectares and 20-40 meters depth. Leisure around. If time is permitted, we will heading to Yaly Power Station for a visit.
Depart the for Buon 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 Ja Rai 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
- Dakruco Hotel
- Sai Gon Ban Me Hotel
Great Lake, local market
Today, after the breakfast, we will visit of the Draysap Falls called Misty Falls. After that transfer to Don village, which is located on the Serepok river bank. The village is well-known in the whole South-East Asia as the native land of the elephant hunters and tamers. Have lunch with special foods. After that, visit the big wooden houses decorated with delicate carvings and sculptures, and then a house-on-stilt built more than a hundred years ago. Return to the hotel then rest.
Drsaysap Falls, Don Village
Today, after the breakfast at hotel, we will visit the Jun village - an ethnic group of the M'Nongs who are very brave and experienced in hunting wild elephants. Dugout ride on the Lak Lake. After that, we head to Da Lat along the 27th national road. On arrival, free at leisure.
- Dalat Hotel Du Parc
- TTC Ngoc Lan Hotel
We will spend the whole morning visiting the highlights of this charming city. Start a full day tour to visit the old French Railway station, the Bao Dai Palace for a big villa in the 30's turned into a Museum, then Truc Lam Pagoda for one of the best landscape surrounding. Finally enjoy the time for leisure in the market filled with flowers and fruits. Head to HCMC then rest.
French Railway Station, Bao Dai Palace, Truc Lam Pagoda
Start your Story of Saigon with a visit to the War Remnants Museum. Here, your guide will tell the story of the city’s darkest and most tragic hours during the Vietnam War. The museum contains displays of military aircraft, weaponry and many photographs - some that are quite graphic in nature. Although many of Vietnam’s 90 million people are now too young to remember the war, its legacy is still felt strongly across Vietnamese society.
Next, visit the Reunification Palace, once a symbol of the South Vietnamese Government. It was here on 30 April 1975, that the war ended when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates. See the war room, the banquet hall and the presidential office with the unusual gifts which have been received. Then, continue to the Central Post Office, designed and constructed by the renowned architect Gustave Eiffel, and take a moment to send a postcard! Just behind the post office is the Notre Dame Cathedral, an iconic Saigon landmark built in neo-Romanesque style by the French between 1863 and 1880. Today it’s a favoured backdrop for Vietnamese wedding photographs.
Next, stroll down follow Dong Khoi Street, which figured prominently in Graham Greene’s famous Vietnam novel, The Quiet American, as Rue Catinat. The walk ends at the Saigon Opera House. From a bomb shelter to housing the parliamentary Lower House, the Opera House has had an interesting history. End your day with a speedboat trip along the city’s ancient canals where life carries on unchanged. Return to your hotel as the sun sets on this fascinating city.
- Lavender Saigon Hotel
- Little Saigon Corner
Central Post Office, Saigon Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral
This day we drive to Moc Bai border to exit into Cambodia. Tour ends.
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