in the belt of the tropical monsoonal climate of the south of Asia,
with the two distinctive seasons: the rain season from May to
October, the dry from November to April and covered with basaltic
soil, the central highlands is home to thousands of rare and
precious species of both plant and animal categorizing not less than
35,000 kinds of plants and over 600 classes of animals, among them
17 have been listed in the Red Book.
central highlands are renowned for their cool climate and beautiful
mountain scenery with many streams lakes and waterfalls. This area
is also home to various ethnic minority groups. With its evergreen
forests, Da Lat (once called Petite Paris) is a famous honeymooning
spot. Further north is the Pleiku, Kontum and Buon Me Thuot area,
where domesticated elephants are still used for transport, and the
countryside is excellent for trekking.
central highlands is really a marvelous and mysterious land for
those who would like to explore the wonders of nature, who would
like to mix themselves into nature.
the capital city of Lam Dong Province, the southern province in
the Central Highlands, Da Lat is always listed as one of the
most ideal destinations in Viet Nam for both home and foreign
visitors. Founded in 1917 on Lang Biang, the highland discovered in
1893 by Alexandre Yersin, a French scientist, this city looks very
green, up and down on the hill with the thick forest of pine
trees. All kinds of European fruits and vegetation can be planted
Nam is proud of its old-aged civilization, heroic history, endless
and fertile golden rice-fields, etc., but it has only one Da Lat
which is well-known for her natural charm and beauty. Endowed with
fresh air, temperate climate all the year round and exclusive
landscape, this highland city has long evoked the endless
inspiration of poets, composers as well as painters, hence, many of
them do not hesitate to tenderly name the city as “City of
flowers”, “City of Eternal Spring”, “City of Love” or even
“Le Petit Paris”, etc.
effort one makes to describe Da Lat, they find it difficult to
express in worlds all the attractiveness and exclusiveness that she
possesses. Only when setting foot on her land do they perceive
the romantic and poetical features of this lovely city.
is the heart and soul of the Central Highlands, essentially
untouched by tourists save for the occasional backpacker and those
seeking to explore virgin hill tribe villages and the lush scenery
of the Truong Son Mountains. Known through the war, the town is
lovely with many pine trees and pepper farms. It used to be a
volcanic area. The soil is red and good for some industrial trees
like rubber, coffee plants. Nowadays, Pleiku has about 81,000
inhabitants with a large number of ethnic people. There is special
wine made by local people, which is always ready offered all
tourists with different tastes. Besides, tourists don't forget
enjoying traditional dancing shows when being in Pleiku. The
musicians are experts in playing their musical instruments which are
made from bamboo tube. The melody from them sounds really great.
is the place for adventurers, who want to see a part of Viet Nam
that hasn't sold out to brochures and tourist-luring gimmicks.
Riding elephants and trekking are the most popular programs for
the dry season - between November and May - the mountains look
pretty brown and thirst and the region around Pleiku is heavily
forested and possesses a lot of the wildlife that has been driven
away (or simply killed and stuffed) by the encroachment of humans in
places like Da Lat and Buon Me Thuot.
50 km north of Pleiku, Kontum is also populated mainly by Jarai,
Sedeng, Rengao and Bahnar ethnic minority hill tribes.
the northernmost province in the central highlands, covers an area
of 10.000 km2 with 250.000 inhabitants.
by nature, the land is embellished with many landscape both virgin
and romantic, besides, this mountainous region is inhabited
primarily by ethnic minority groups, whose traditional customs
certainly interest visitors coming from anywhere in the world.
a visit to Kontum, visitors will stay a while with a Bahnar or Jarai
family, to admire Rong houses (Traditional Communal Houses) of
which the unique design closely attaches to these peoples legendary
history and faiths, or even to join them in their traditional
festival. In addition, visitors can enjoy their holidays perfectly
by taking part in a special hunt in the primeval forest of Dakuy or
Hu Morei, visiting the village of Ronam whose population is only
counted 200, conquering the Western Highlands´ highest mount of
Ngoc Linh of which the summit is shrouded in mist all year round,
tasting the Ngoc Linh gingseng renowned for its medicinal properties
or bathing with natural hot water in mineral springs.
Me Thuot, was built right on the highland of 500 meters above the
sea level, is the center of the Rade minority. Besides, there are
many other ethnic groups as the M’nong, Bahnars, Sedang…
the most civilized and most populated region in the highlands. It
used to be a hunting ground and an important American base during
the area is well-known for its flora and fauna. Coffee here is
marvelous. It is interesting to walk around the coffee plantation
and count the different minorities that you come across. Tourists
can get a chance to tour the village and ride the elephants through
the primitive forest outside the town or go by small boat in Lak