Central Highland

Dalat

Dalat is the capital of Lam Dong province in Vietnam. The city is located 1,500 m (4,900 ft) above sea level on the Langbiang Plateau in the southern parts of the Central Highlands (in Vietnamese, Tây Nguyên). In Vietnam, Da Lat is a popular tourist destination.
Da Lat’s specific sights are pine wood (forming the name: “City of thousands of pine trees”) with twisting roads and tree marigold blossom in the winter. The city’s temperate weather stands in contrast to Vietnam’s otherwise tropical climate. Mist covering the valleys almost year-round leads to its name “City of eternal spring”.
Da Lat is also known as an area for scientific research in the fields of biotechnology and nuclear physics.
With its year-round cool weather, Da Lat supplies temperate agriculture products for all over Vietnam, for example: cabbage and cauliflower. Its flower industry produces two typical flowers: hydrangea (Vietnamese: cẩm tú cầu) and golden everlasting (Vietnamese: hoa bất tử). The confectionery industry offers a wide range of mứt, a kind of fruit preserve made from strawberry, mulberry, sweet potato, and rose.

Da lat railway station Da Lat Railway Station (Vietnamese: Ga Đà Lạt) is a railway station on the Da Lat–Thap Cham Railway line in Vietnam, serving the town of Da Lat in Lam Dong Province. It was designed in 1932 by French architects Moncet and Reveron, and opened in 1938. Largely unused since abandonment of the railway during the later years of the Vietnam War, it was returned to a limited level of service in the 1990s with the reopening of a 7 km (4.3 mi) section of track leading to the nearby village of Trai Mat, operated as a tourist attraction. It is notable for its unique architectural style, which incorporates an overall Art Deco theme with elements of native Cao Nguyen communal houses from Vietnam's Central Highlands.

Domaine De Marie: The Dominion of Mary (French: Domaine de Marie) Church and Convent, home to Roman Catholic nuns of the Mission of Charity, were built in 1938 with a similar pointed-roof style.

Lat Village: The nine hamlets of Lat village are 12km north of Dalat at the base of Lang Bian Mountain. Only five of the hamlets are actually Lat; the residents of the other four are members of the Chill, Ma and Koho tribes, each of which speaks a different dialect. Traditionally, Lat houses are built on piles with rough plank walls and a thatched roof. The people here eke out a living on 300 hec-tares of land, growing rice, coffee, black beans and sweet potatoes.

Buon Me Thuot

Buon Ma Thuot or Ban Mê Thuột, is the capital city of Dak Lak Province, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Its population is approximately 300,000. The city is the largest in Vietnam's Central Highlands region and is famous as the regional "capital of coffee".
It is also a useful base for treks to nearby Yok Don National Park.
Buon Ma Thuot is served by Buon Ma Thuot Airport.

 

 

 

Don VillageNestled in a crook of the Serepok River, just across the water from the York Don Natinal park, the Ede' village of Ban Don is on display for visitors. We found it to be a bit of a Potemkin's village, set up to please tourists and distract them from real minority villages in the area where they might get a peek at the ongoing tensions between the local tribes and Vietnamese government.

It's a pleasant eough spot - there's a traditional longhouse full of souvenirs to buy and the tribespeople that work there spend the day putting on musical shows using traditional instruments for group after group of tourists.

This is the place to head for elephant rides, which include fording across the Serepok River, which is pretty cool.  The elephants can hold two to three people, depending on their girth (the passengers, not the elephants). Stilt house homestays are also available for US$5 per night in basic but attractive little huts that come with squat toilets and mattresses on the floor with mosquito nets. You can also arrange to cross over to Yok Don from here for a trek through the park.

Lak Lake is located in Lien Son town (Lac Thien town), belonging to Lak District, Dak Lak Province. Lak Lake is about 56km to the South from Buon Ma Thuot city. It is the largest nature freshwater lake of Dak Lak and ranks behind Ba Be (Bac Kan) of Vietnam.

It is said that the mysterious land of Lak attracts a huge number of local and foreign tourists. in Dak Lak, local people considered Lak Lake as the symbol of Dak Lak's unique culture, which is reflected through the sound of lithophones (Vietnamese call "Dan Da" - percussion instrument made of stone, a traditional musical instrument in the Central Highland of Vietnam.

The ancient stories about the myth of Lak have been passed down from generations to generations of the Central Highland’s people. The story about Lak amazes lots of tourists who have been there. If some of you do not believe in the story you’ve ever heard, please come to Lake and ask whomever you met there. They will clearly sketch out to you the story about the fierce battles between the dragon and the eel in time immemorial. Listening to these old myth stories, sitting on boat over Lak Lake or riding elephants for sightseeing, enjoying traditional dance performance with lithophones and tasting the local specialties would be fascinated to everyone visiting this lake. Travelers are said to be lucky if they had chance to listen to “Dan Da”. The sound of this stone musical instrument has inspired many travelers to explore the mysterious land.

Pleiku

Pleiku is a town in central Vietnam, located in that nation's central highland region. It is the capital of the Gia Lai Province; Many years ago, it was inhabited primarily by the Bahnar and Jarai ethnic groups, sometimes known as the Montagnards or Degar. But now, it is inhabited primarily by Kinh ethnic group. The town is the centre of the urban district of Pleiku which covers an area of 261 km².

As of 2003 the district had a population of 186,763. The city is home to the Hoàng Anh Gia Lai football club. Pleiku is served by Pleiku Airport in the near outskirts of the city.

 

Kontum

Kon Tum province lies in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam and shares borders with Laos and Cambodia. It has an area of 9,934 square km and a population of approximately 330,000. The economy is primarily agricultural.

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Dalat

Dalat is the capital of Lam Dong province in Vietnam. The city is located 1,500 m (4,900 ft) above sea level on the Langbiang Plateau in the southern parts of the Central Highlands (in Vietnamese, Tây Nguyên). In Vietnam, Da Lat is a popular tourist destination.
Da Lat’s specific sights are pine wood (forming the name: “City of thousands of pine trees”) with twisting roads and tree marigold blossom in the winter. The city’s temperate weather stands in contrast to Vietnam’s otherwise tropical climate. Mist covering the valleys almost year-round leads to its name “City of eternal spring”.
Da Lat is also known as an area for scientific research in the fields of biotechnology and nuclear physics.
With its year-round cool weather, Da Lat supplies temperate agriculture products for all over Vietnam, for example: cabbage and cauliflower. Its flower industry produces two typical flowers: hydrangea (Vietnamese: cẩm tú cầu) and golden everlasting (Vietnamese: hoa bất tử). The confectionery industry offers a wide range of mứt, a kind of fruit preserve made from strawberry, mulberry, sweet potato, and rose.

Da lat railway station Da Lat Railway Station (Vietnamese: Ga Đà Lạt) is a railway station on the Da Lat–Thap Cham Railway line in Vietnam, serving the town of Da Lat in Lam Dong Province. It was designed in 1932 by French architects Moncet and Reveron, and opened in 1938. Largely unused since abandonment of the railway during the later years of the Vietnam War, it was returned to a limited level of service in the 1990s with the reopening of a 7 km (4.3 mi) section of track leading to the nearby village of Trai Mat, operated as a tourist attraction. It is notable for its unique architectural style, which incorporates an overall Art Deco theme with elements of native Cao Nguyen communal houses from Vietnam's Central Highlands.

Domaine De Marie: The Dominion of Mary (French: Domaine de Marie) Church and Convent, home to Roman Catholic nuns of the Mission of Charity, were built in 1938 with a similar pointed-roof style.

Lat Village: The nine hamlets of Lat village are 12km north of Dalat at the base of Lang Bian Mountain. Only five of the hamlets are actually Lat; the residents of the other four are members of the Chill, Ma and Koho tribes, each of which speaks a different dialect. Traditionally, Lat houses are built on piles with rough plank walls and a thatched roof. The people here eke out a living on 300 hec-tares of land, growing rice, coffee, black beans and sweet potatoes.

Buon Me Thuot

Buon Ma Thuot or Ban Mê Thuột, is the capital city of Dak Lak Province, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Its population is approximately 300,000. The city is the largest in Vietnam's Central Highlands region and is famous as the regional "capital of coffee".
It is also a useful base for treks to nearby Yok Don National Park.
Buon Ma Thuot is served by Buon Ma Thuot Airport.

 

 

 

Don VillageNestled in a crook of the Serepok River, just across the water from the York Don Natinal park, the Ede' village of Ban Don is on display for visitors. We found it to be a bit of a Potemkin's village, set up to please tourists and distract them from real minority villages in the area where they might get a peek at the ongoing tensions between the local tribes and Vietnamese government.

It's a pleasant eough spot - there's a traditional longhouse full of souvenirs to buy and the tribespeople that work there spend the day putting on musical shows using traditional instruments for group after group of tourists.

This is the place to head for elephant rides, which include fording across the Serepok River, which is pretty cool.  The elephants can hold two to three people, depending on their girth (the passengers, not the elephants). Stilt house homestays are also available for US$5 per night in basic but attractive little huts that come with squat toilets and mattresses on the floor with mosquito nets. You can also arrange to cross over to Yok Don from here for a trek through the park.

Lak Lake is located in Lien Son town (Lac Thien town), belonging to Lak District, Dak Lak Province. Lak Lake is about 56km to the South from Buon Ma Thuot city. It is the largest nature freshwater lake of Dak Lak and ranks behind Ba Be (Bac Kan) of Vietnam.

It is said that the mysterious land of Lak attracts a huge number of local and foreign tourists. in Dak Lak, local people considered Lak Lake as the symbol of Dak Lak's unique culture, which is reflected through the sound of lithophones (Vietnamese call "Dan Da" - percussion instrument made of stone, a traditional musical instrument in the Central Highland of Vietnam.

The ancient stories about the myth of Lak have been passed down from generations to generations of the Central Highland’s people. The story about Lak amazes lots of tourists who have been there. If some of you do not believe in the story you’ve ever heard, please come to Lake and ask whomever you met there. They will clearly sketch out to you the story about the fierce battles between the dragon and the eel in time immemorial. Listening to these old myth stories, sitting on boat over Lak Lake or riding elephants for sightseeing, enjoying traditional dance performance with lithophones and tasting the local specialties would be fascinated to everyone visiting this lake. Travelers are said to be lucky if they had chance to listen to “Dan Da”. The sound of this stone musical instrument has inspired many travelers to explore the mysterious land.

Pleiku

Pleiku is a town in central Vietnam, located in that nation's central highland region. It is the capital of the Gia Lai Province; Many years ago, it was inhabited primarily by the Bahnar and Jarai ethnic groups, sometimes known as the Montagnards or Degar. But now, it is inhabited primarily by Kinh ethnic group. The town is the centre of the urban district of Pleiku which covers an area of 261 km².

As of 2003 the district had a population of 186,763. The city is home to the Hoàng Anh Gia Lai football club. Pleiku is served by Pleiku Airport in the near outskirts of the city.

 

Kontum

Kon Tum province lies in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam and shares borders with Laos and Cambodia. It has an area of 9,934 square km and a population of approximately 330,000. The economy is primarily agricultural.

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