Pleiku / Gia Lai to Danang

The bus company collects us from our hotel at 7pm with a modern mini bus to take us to the bus station where there are 10 buses with coloured lights at the ready. All are heading to Da Nang covering three different companies. Our bus company’s four buses are lined up. The number plate is…

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…