Travel Vietnam Central Highland off Road
Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights
Depart / Return: Ho Chi Minh City / Ho Chi Minh City
Visit: Saigon, Buon Ma Thuot, Lak Lake, Kon Tum, Pleiku, Qui Nhon, Nha Trang
Day 1: Saigon Arrival
Pick up upon arrival and transfer to the city for hotel check-in.
Overnight at hotel in Saigon.
Day 2: Buon Ma Thuot - Rai Village (B, L, D)
We are picked up at Buon Ma Thuot in the afternoon. Driving about 80 km to the rural village of Nam Ka before walking the final 3 km to our home for the night. Our homestay is in Rai village, which is an Ede minority village. Our accommodation, a traditional long house-on-stilt of Ede group, is very simple but clean and comfortable.
Day 3: Nam Ka forest - Buon Triet lake - Jatu (B, L, D)
Today, we have a full day for trekking through evergreen forest to the lovely Buon Triet lake. The trek is 18 km but is graded easy and the temperature remains quite comfortable. We are picked up by pedal boats and enjoy a ride across this beautiful lake before enjoying an afternoon swim. This evening is spent in Jatu village where our hosts belong to the M’Nong minority.
Day 4: Jun village - Lak lake - M'lieng village (B, L, D)
We will take private transport to Jun village. Enjoying a ride across Lak lake by elephant to M’Lieng village. Walking around the village to discover the daily life of ethnic minority in the Central Highlands. Back to Jun village by boat. This evening is spent at a hotel in Buon Ma Thuot where you can take the delights of a hot shower. By night, you take a walk on streets and enjoy some coffee which has the where you can take the delights of a hot shower. By night, you take a walk on streets and enjoy some coffee which has the best quality in Vietnam.
Day 5: Buon Ma Thuot - Kon Tum (B, L, D)
There are some interesting things to do this morning. Visit Ethnology Museum where we can see many things come from the daily life of ethnic minorities in Vietnam such as: clothes, cultivated tools, musical instruments... We continue on to Khai Doan Pagoda, the last one of Nguyen Dynasty in the Central Highlands. The architecture of this pagoda is mixed between long house-on-stilts of Ede group and traditional house in Hue. Visit Buon Ma Thuot’s bustling regional market. You can buy some souvenirs before driving to Kon Tum in the afternoon.
Overnight at hotel in Kon Tum.
Day 6: Kon Tum - Kon Ko Tu village (B, L, D)
Visit the Big Seminary, the Wooden Church and drive to Kon Ko Lor II village. Start hiking through Kon Ko Ri village, across rice and sugar-cane fields. You will meet Bana ethnic people and discover the architecture of Rong house which looks like an axe blade pointing in to the sky. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a ride on the river by rubber boat to Kon Ko Tu village. This evening is spent in Rong house that belongs to the Bana minority.
Day 7: Dakto - Plei Phun - Plei Ku (B, L, D)
The private transport will take us to Dak To. Walk across a suspension bridge to visit some villages of Se Dang minority. Back to Kon Tum and transport to Plei Ku. Visit Phun village, a traditional village of Jarai ethnic group with a typical cemetery in the Central Highlands. The tombs are decorated by wooden statues. Going on to T’nung Lake before checking in hotel in Plei Ku.
Day 8: Pleiku - Quy Nhon (B, L, D)
Today we drive to Quy Nhon via Highway No.19 with stopover at An Khe to visit the former bases: 1st Bn 7th CAV Base Camp, 3rd Bde "Garry Owen" Base Camp, Looking West from 3rd Bde, The Barrier Line, 1/9 CAV Area and Manyang passes, having lunch on the way. Proceed to Quy Nhon.
Overnight at beach resort in Quy Nhon.
Day 9: Quy Nhon - Nha Trang (B, L, D)
Morning departure for the beach city of Nha Trang by Highway 1, stopping at any point that interests you along the way. Arrive at Nha Trang, check into hotel. Free evening for strolling around the city.
Overnight in Nha Trang city.
Day 10: Nha Trang (B, L)
Morning, we will take private boat trip to visit Mun island. Sea food lunch served on board. Free for swimming, relaxing. Coming back to your city at about 04: 00pm in afternoon.
Overnight at hotel in Nha Trang city
Day 11: Nha Trang - Saigon (B, L)
Free at leisure until transferring to Cam Ranh airport to take flight to Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam's largest city has an exciting buzz as millions of people rush around on their daily business. We'll see the historic Reunification Palace and some great examples of French colonial architecture from the comfort of a cyclo. You will be free at the rest of day to make your own exploration to discover the city.
Overnight in Saigon.
Day 12: Saigon - Mekong Delta (B, L, D)
Leave your hotel at 7.30 for a 3-hour drive to Cai Be with stop en route at Trung Luong Bonsai garden for a tea break. Upon arrival, board a motorized boat to visit the popcorn cake, rice paper making family before visiting the lively floating market of Cai Be. Then continue by boat towards Vinh Long province to see the diverse fish traps in order to learn a kind of lazy fishing. After cruising along small shady canals, we step ashore and take a chance to watch a typical and interesting music show of the Mekong cultural life. Lunch is at the home/ bonsai garden.
Afternoon, take a walk for about half an hour to enjoy the rural peaceful atmosphere of the countryside life, on the way we can also stop en route to learn more about fruit trees. Continue by boat to visit the brick and pottery factories. Back in the car at about 3 pm to drive to Can Tho. On arrival in the capital city of the Mekong Delta, do a walking city tour, including the local evening market to take photos of the busy trading activities before checking in the hotel.
Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 13: Mekong Delta - Saigon (B, L)
Early morning board for a 3-hour cruise to Cai Rang and Phong Dien, 2 big floating markets with stops at a Bun Tau noodle factory and a short trek before arriving at a rice-husking mill. You can even try passing one of the many fragile monkey bridges along the canals photo shot. At the floating markets, you will discover a typical way of displaying and advertising farm products of local people gathering on the Mekong river to trade their goods. Drive back to Saigon with a lunch stop at My Tho.
Day 14: Saigon - Departure (B)
Free at leisure until transferring to Tan Son Nhat airport to take departure flight onward.
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