Kon K’tu is a hill tribe village on the banks of the Bla River. Access is along an unsealed road that winds between the mountainside and river. On the return leg it is bucketing down and the road turns into a series of washouts and deep puddles.
Kon K’tu is surrounded by jungle. The village hall is tall: a sign of the village’s power. Dug out canoes line the river bank. These are used to travel the river for fishing and harvesting grasses. A small herd of cattle laze on the river banks, tended by a thin man. Our homestay host guides us around, saving us the trouble of obtaining a permit. Interestingly, this river flows west to Cambodia, not east to the sea. We’re told this is the only such river in Vietnam.