Kon Tum to Pleiku / Gia Lai

Having taken the scenic route to Kon Tum we opt to ride the more direct AH17 back. It’s a fast ride and after just one hour we have covered the 50km route. The scenery is pretty and much of the road passes through wild highlands country without the need to navigate wild roads. Advertisements

Kon K’tu

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…

Kon Tum

To be honest we don’t spend much time in Kon Tum proper. Viet Nam Phuot Homestay is an experience in its own right. Our host family treat us as old friends, not clients. We eat meals cooked by the father using vegetables fresh from the garden. There’s so much food and it is all delicious.…

Pleiku / Gia Lai to Kon Tum

Being unable to take a bus from Pleiku to Kon Tum we do as the locals suggest: ride the scooters. We could ride 50km down the highway but opt for the more scenic 80km route along DT671 and DT670. Chůr Đăng volcanic crater is a 20km side trip off our intended route. The crater is…

Pleiku / Gia Lai

We spend three nights in Pleiku, which is known locally as Gia Lai. The town only has a population of about 250,000. Few foreigners visit and, it is said that most who do only pass through en route to somewhere else. But Pleiku is a delightful base from which to explore the surrounding highlands. Food…

Lake Bién

Lake Bién translates to Sea Lake and is sometimes called the Gem of Gia Lai. It’s easy to see why. We arrive early to find the perfectly calm lake surface reflecting the sky. Later, when we return to eat our packed lunch, locals will be roasting chickens for their picnics over open fires. We spend…

Buon Ma Thuot to Gia Lai/Pleiku

A big red sleeper bus takes us, the only foreigners on board, from Buon Ma Thuot to Pleiku (aka Gia Lai). It’s a swaying four hour drive along mountain roads. We have top bunks on opposite sides of the bus. The views are brilliant, making this trip good for daytime travel.  The only stops we…