Vietnam Central Highland 14 Days / 13 Nights

Vietnam Central Highland 14 Days / 13 Nights
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Embark on the ultimate Vietnam adventure travel experience with a 14-day journey through the Central Highlands. Starting in bustling Ho Chi Minh, you will soon escape the city and plunge the heart of the region's stunning natural beauty. Roam the lush jungles of Buon Ma Thuot, where coffee plantations dominate the landscape, and discover the peaceful tranquility of the idyllic Lak Lake. Continue on to Kon Tum, a charming town steeped in rich cultural heritage, and explore its traditional wooden houses and ancient wooden church. Finally, find yourself on the stunning white-sand beaches of Nha Trang, basking in the golden sunshine and cooling off in the azure waters of the Vietnam coast. With 13 nights of accommodation and unforgettable experiences, this is an adventure not to be missed.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Experience the vibrant energy of Ho Chi Minh City! Immerse yourself in a world of captivating sights, sounds, and flavors.
  2. Escape to the enchanting village of Buon Ma Thuot and experience the extraordinary beauty of Rai Village. Immerse yourself in the captivating culture, embrace the vibrant colors, and indulge in the delightful flavors of this hidden gem.
  3. Discover the magic of Kon Tum's enchanting Kon Ko Tu village
  4. Unleash your adventurous spirit at Dakto, Plei Phun, and Pleiku! Embark on a journey that will captivate your soul and ignite your imagination.
  5. Quy Nhon! Immerse yourself in the beauty of this breathtaking coastal city. golden sandy beaches to vibrant local markets, Quy Nhon offers a unique blend of culture, adventure, and relaxation. 
  6. Dive adventure with our incredible Nha Trang diving tour! Experience the beauty and thrill of exploring underwater wonders like never before. 
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Ho Chi Minh Arrival
Ho Chi Minh Arrival

Upon your arrival, we'll be there to pick you up and whisk you away to the vibrant city. Once we've reached the city, we'll smoothly facilitate your check-in at the hotel. Rest easy knowing that you'll spend a comfortable night at our hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Meals: N/A.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

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Ho Chi Minh – Fly to Buon Ma Thuot - Rai Village
Ho Chi Minh – Fly to Buon Ma Thuot - Rai Village

Start your adventure by taking an afternoon flight to Buon Ma Thuot. there, embark on an exciting journey as you drive approximately 80 km to the peaceful rural village of Nam Ka. The final leg of the trip involves a picturesque 3 km walk to our accommodation for the night – a traditional long house-on-stilt in the charming Ede minority village of Rai.

Located in the heart of Dak Lak province, Buon Ma Thuot offers more than just its title as the largest Central Highland province. Explore its captivating natural attractions, including enchanting lakes, stunning waterfalls, and breathtaking national parks. Fun fact: Buon Ma Thuot was once a part of the Kingdom of Champa before being annexed by Vietnam in the 16th century. But wait, there's more – don't forget to indulge in the finest coffee that this remarkable destination has to offer!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Buon Ma Thuot.

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Nam Ka forest - Buon Triet Lake - Jatu
Nam Ka forest - Buon Triet Lake - Jatu

Embark on an incredible full-day trek through the lush forest, immersing yourself in the natural beauty that leads to the magnificent Buon Triet Lake. This stunning lake, covering 15 square km, serves as a vital water source for the local coffee and black pepper plantations. The 18 km trek is graded as easy, and the temperatures remain pleasantly comfortable. As we reach our destination, we will be greeted by pedal boats, which will take us on a delightful ride across the serene lake, before indulging in an invigorating swim.

In the evening, we will have the privilege of staying in Jatu village, home to the warm and hospitable M’Nong minority. The M'Nong people reside in charming houses built either on stilts or level with the ground. Every village is comprised of numerous households, with the village chief playing a pivotal role in community life. You will have the opportunity to witness their unique customs, including their love for drinking alcohol jars with pipes and smoking tobacco threads rolled in leaves.

Interestingly, the M’Nong society follows a matriarchal system, where the children inherit their mother's family name. The wife holds a central position of power within the household, emphasizing the importance of women in their culture.

Throughout this incredible journey, you will be treated to delicious meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, ensuring you have plenty of energy to make the most of this unforgettable experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Jatu Village.

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Jun village - Lak lake - M'lieng village
Jun village - Lak lake - M'lieng village

We will begin our journey by private transport to Jun village. Prepare yourself for a unique experience as we ride across Lak Lake by elephant to M’Lieng village. This mesmerizing lake spans a whopping 500ha and is located just 56km away Buon Ma Thuot City. Unlike many tourist hotspots, Lak Lake remains untouched by mass tourism, offering an authentic and tranquil atmosphere. As we make our way between Buon Ma Thuot City and Da Lat, keep your eyes peeled for stunning vistas. Upon arrival at M’Lieng village, we will take a leisurely stroll through the village to immerse ourselves in the rich and vibrant daily life of the ethnic minority communities of the Central Highlands. To return to Jun village, we will board a boat, gliding through serene waters.
In the evening, we will retreat to a comfortable hotel in Buon Ma Thuot, allowing you to unwind and enjoy the luxury of a rejuvenating hot shower. As the night sets in, seize the opportunity to explore the bustling streets and treat yourself to some of the finest coffee that Vietnam has to offer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Buon Ma Thuot.

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Buon Ma Thuot - Kon Tum
Buon Ma Thuot - Kon Tum

This morning, there are some exciting things to do! Let's start by visiting the Ethnology Museum, where we can delve the daily lives of Vietnam's ethnic minorities. clothes to cultivated tools and musical instruments, there's so much to explore.

Next, we'll make our way to Khai Doan Pagoda, the last remaining pagoda the Nguyen Dynasty in the Central Highlands. The architecture here is a captivating blend of the Ede group's long house-on-stilts and the traditional houses found in Hue.

Afterward, we'll head to Buon Ma Thuot's vibrant regional market. It's the perfect opportunity to pick up some unique souvenirs before our afternoon drive to Kon Tum.

Once in Kon Tum, we'll settle our hotel. Though it's a charming and relaxed town with few sights of its own, what truly makes it special are the surrounding minority villages. Brace yourself for an immersive cultural experience as we visit the Sedang, Bahnar, Jarai, Gieh Trieng, and Rengao ethnic groups. Each village boasts a magnificent Rong, a grand communal house where special occasions bring the whole community together.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Kon Tum.

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Kon Tum - Kon Ko Tu village
Kon Tum - Kon Ko Tu village

Embark on an exciting adventure as you explore the captivating sights of Big Seminary and the Wooden Church. Transition a scenic drive to Kon Ko Lor II village, where you'll begin your hiking journey through the enchanting Kon Ko Ri village. Marvel at the picturesque rice and sugar-cane fields, and immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Bana ethnic people. Get ready to be awe-struck by the magnificent architecture of the Rong house, resembling an axe blade piercing the sky. As the day progresses, indulge in a delightful rubber boat ride along the river to Kon Ko Tu village. Immerse yourself further in the magical allure of the Bana minority as you spend the evening in the enchanting Rong house. Brace yourself for an incredible experience filled with village meetings, celebrations, and public gatherings, all within the traditional confines of the Rong houses nestled in the hill tribe villages.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Kon Tum.

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Dakto - Plei Phun - Pleiku
Dakto - Plei Phun - Pleiku

We'll start our journey by taking a private transport to Dakto hill, the site of a historic battle in the Vietnam - America war. Here, we'll have the chance to walk across a suspension bridge and visit some villages of the Se Dang minority. Afterward, we'll head back to Kon Tum, and then continue our adventure to Pleiku.

One of the highlights of our trip will be visiting Phun village, a traditional village of the Jarai ethnic group. Here, we'll explore the village's unique cemetery adorned with beautifully crafted wooden statues. Our next stop will be T'nung Lake, also known as Ia Nueng. Located in Bien Ho Commune, the lake is surrounded by breathtaking pine forests and mountains. With a width of 230 hectares (which expands to 400 hectares during the rainy season) and a depth of approximately 30 meters, T'nung Lake offers a stunning sight, especially in the tranquil morning when the sun casts its silver rays upon the water.

Finally, after our adventurous day, we'll check a comfortable hotel in Pleiku to relax and enjoy a delicious breakfast and lunch.

Join us on this exciting journey and experience the beauty and rich cultural heritage of the Central Highlands.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Pleiku.

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Pleiku - Quy Nhon
Pleiku - Quy Nhon

Embarking on a scenic journey, we drive to Quy Nhon today via Highway No.19. Along the way, we make a stopover at An Khe, where we'll visit the former bases that hold historical significance. These include the 1st Bn 7th CAV Base Camp, 3rd Bde "Garry Owen" Base Camp, Looking West 3rd Bde, The Barrier Line, 1/9 CAV Area, and Manyang passes. While enjoying the picturesque views, we'll have a delightful lunch. Our adventure continues as we proceed to Quy Nhon.

For the night, we'll be staying at a beautiful beach resort in Quy Nhon. It's the perfect spot to unwind, relax, and soak up the tranquil atmosphere.

Did you know that the First Team, after becoming the Army's first airmobile division, quickly found themselves back in combat during the Vietnam War? They arrived in Nha Trang via C-124s and C-130s between the 19th and 27th of August 1965. To establish a temporary base camp near An Khe, an advance party joined forces with advance liaison forces. This temporary base camp was just 36 miles inland the coastal city of Qui Nhon, where the rest of the 1st Cavalry Division eventually arrived on the 12th and 13th of September, coinciding with the division's 44th anniversary. By entering the war once again, the mounted soldiers proudly wore the famous and feared patch of the First Cavalry Division. Little did they know that this tour of duty would become the longest in combat history.

Join us on this captivating journey and experience the rich history and natural beauty of Quy Nhon!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Quy Nhon.

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Quy Nhon - Nha Trang
Quy Nhon - Nha Trang

Embark on a morning journey to the mesmerizing beach city of Nha Trang via Highway 1, with the flexibility to stop at captivating spots along the way. Once in Nha Trang, settle your hotel and indulge in an enchanting evening of leisurely exploration around the city. Spend the night in the vibrant city of Nha Trang.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang.

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Nha Trang diving tour
Nha Trang diving tour

Good morning! Today, we have an exciting plan to kick-start your day. We'll embark on a private boat trip to the stunning Mun Island, renowned for its abundant coral reefs, making it an ideal spot for diving enthusiasts. Dive below 5 meters and be mesmerized by the captivating beauty of the coral. This island is carefully managed by the Marine Protected Area (MPA) of Nha Trang, ensuring its preservation.
While on the boat, enjoy a sumptuous seafood lunch and take the time to swim and relax in the crystal-clear waters. We aim to return to the city around 4:00 PM, giving you plenty of time to unwind and settle your hotel in Nha Trang City.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Nha Trang.

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Nha Trang – Fly to Ho Chi Minh
Nha Trang – Fly to Ho Chi Minh

Enjoy your leisure time until transferring to Cam Ranh airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's vibrant and bustling metropolis. Get ready to experience the excitement as millions of people go about their daily business. We'll visit the iconic Reunification Palace, admire the splendid French colonial architecture, and take a delightful cyclo ride. The rest of the day is yours to explore this captivating city at your own pace. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

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Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta
Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta

Start the day by leaving your hotel at 7.30 am for a scenic 3-hour drive to Cai Be. Along the way, take a quick break at Trung Luong Bonsai garden to relax and soak in the atmosphere. Once you arrive, hop on a motorized boat to visit the fascinating popcorn cake and rice paper making family. Don't miss the vibrant floating market of Cai Be as you continue your boat journey towards Vinh Long province. Here, you'll get a chance to observe the diverse fish traps and learn about lazy fishing techniques.

Cruise through the serene shady canals and disembark to witness a captivating music show that showcases the cultural life of the Mekong region. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a charming home or bonsai garden. In the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll to immerse yourself in the peaceful countryside ambiance. Along the way, make stops to learn about various fruit trees and indulge in their flavors.

Embark on a boat excursion to visit the brick and pottery factories, witnessing the local craftsmanship. Later, return to the car around 3 pm to continue your journey to Can Tho, the vibrant capital city of the Mekong Delta. Take an engaging walking tour of the city, exploring the local evening market and capturing the bustling trading activities through your lens. Finally, check-in at the hotel and spend a relaxing night in Can Tho.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho.

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Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh
Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh

Embark on a captivating 3-hour cruise to two vibrant floating markets, Cai Rang and Phong Dien. Kickstart your day with a visit to Bun Tau noodle factory, followed by a short trek leading to a local rice-husking mill. Don't miss the chance to capture stunning photos while crossing one of the delicate monkey bridges along the enchanting canals. Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the floating markets, where local people gather on the Mekong River to showcase and trade their farm products. Wrap up this remarkable journey with a delightful lunch stop at My Tho, before heading back to Ho Chi Minh.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Can Tho.

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Ho Chi Minh - Departure
Ho Chi Minh - Departure

After enjoying a leisurely free time, you will be transferred to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight onward. Don't forget to start your day with a delicious breakfast.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: N/A.

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