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  • Highland Central to Saigon

    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.


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    • Kontum | Wooden Church of nearly 100 years old, Bishop’s House, Orphanage, Bana Village, Communal Rong house, Konklor Suspension Bridge, and Kontum Prison.
    • Gia Lai | Ja Rai villages
    • Buon Ma Thuot | Great Lake, local market, Draysap Falls called Misty Falls, Don village, Lak Lake
    • Da Lat | French Railway station, Bao Dai Palace, Truc Lam Pagoda
    • HCMC (Saigon) | War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Dong Khoi Street, Saigon Opera House

    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    Bo Y border - Kontum - Gia Lai

    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.

    Recommended Gia Lai Hotels:

    - Hoang Anh Gia Lai Hotel

     Wooden Church, Communal Rong House, Kon Tum Prison


    Day 2

    Gia Lai - Buon Ma Thuot

    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

    Recommended Buon Ma Thuot Hotels:

    - Dakruco Hotel
    Sai Gon Ban Me Hotel

     Great Lake, local market


    Day 3

    Buon Ma Thuot - Draysap Falls - Don Village

    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


    Day 4

    Buon Ma Thuot - Lak Lake - Da Lat

    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.

    Recommended Hotels in Dalat:

    - Dalat Hotel Du Parc
    TTC Ngoc Lan Hotel


    Day 5

    Dalat Sightseeing - HCMC

    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


    Day 6

    HCMC

    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.

    Recommended Hotels in Saigon:

    - Lavender Saigon Hotel
    - Little Saigon Corner

     Central Post Office, Saigon Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral


    Day 7

    HCMC - Moc Bai border - Exit into Cambodia

    This day we drive to Moc Bai border to exit into Cambodia. Tour ends.

     

     

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    NOTES:

    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Vietnam Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Vietnam Senses Travel Team

     

    Location
    Accommodation

    GIA LAI
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    Hoang Anh Gia Lai

    • The passionate ballad by musician Nguyen Cuong has captured the soul of many tourists who visited the beautiful highland city. Pleiku - with its almost always foggy atmosphere, its wintery evenings, its winding roads encirling the various hills and mounts - emerges like a breathtakingly beautiful painting. Tourist are also lured by the various cultural festivals such as Cong Chieng Festival, Pa Thi Festival, ect... As well as its famous landscapes, among them Bien Ho Lake and Yaly Falls..
    • With its Grand Opening in December of 2005, Hoang Anh Gia Lai Hotel located downtown has become an indispensable part of this romantic city, adding to it the auras of modern life: it is the fist internation 4 - stars hotel in Pleiku.
    • Welcome to our beloved Gia Lai hometown and especially our Hotel. Whether you're here for a once-in-a-lifetime expedition, for a rejuvenating vacation or simply just for a wonderful time, you will be satisfied with our professional staff and friendly services.

    BUON MA THUOT 
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    Dakruco Hotel

    • Located in Daklak's capital, Buon Ma Thuot City, Dakruco Hotel offers spacious rooms, free wireless internet access and a spa.
    • Situated in the central highlands, Dakruco Hotel is a 10 minute drive from the airport.
    • Rooms are equipped with an LCD TV, walk-in dressing area and a large bathroom with a double vanity.
    • Dakruco's facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, gym and a sports center offering tennis courts, ping-pong and badminton. Other amenities include conference facilities and an on-site restaurant.
    • This property is also rated for the best value in Buon Ma Thuot! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

    DA LAT
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    Dalat Hotel Du Parc

    • The hotel was originally built in 1932 and has been elegantly restored to its original Colonial grandeur. The rooms are well sized and tastefully finished, the lobby area is very pleasant and you are just a few minutes by foot from the lakeside.
    • Whilst it's fair to say the Dalat Hotel Du Parc lacks the class of its sister hotel, the Sofitel, as a guest you get to share many of the hotels facilities and benefits.

     SAIGON
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    Lavender Saigon

    • The décor throughout is sleek, fresh and bright, and the rooms are simply furnished but feature everything required for a comfortable stay.
    • In terms of hotel facilities, the in-house restaurant offers a varied menu of Asian and western cuisine (although there’s a good choice of alternative restaurants within walking distance), there’s a small fitness room and, rather uniquely, a foot massage area which is ideal for soothing weary feet at the end of the day.