12 hours of wandering Mang Den

Kon Tum Reed grass hill, Kon Pring community tourism village or Khanh Lam pagoda are reasonable destinations for half a day in Mang Den.

Mang Den (Kon Plong district, Kon Tum province) is considered the “second Da Lat” of the Central Highlands. This town at an altitude of more than 1,200 m above sea level has a cool climate all year round and a rich forest ecosystem, suitable for short trips to avoid the heat. Nguyen Thi Binh An, 37 years old, travel blogger in Ho Chi Minh City, suggests interesting places to visit for a day in Mang Den.

6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.: Dawn hunting at the reed grass hill

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The life of reed grass in the morning dew. Photo: NVCC

Reed grass hill is located on Mang Den pass – Highway 24, more than 2 km from Mang Den welcome gate. The top of the hill is covered with reeds and has a clear view to see the sunrise. This is also an ideal camping spot.

An advises visitors to depart at 5am, use Google Maps to find directions, and dress warmly because Mang Den is quite cold in the early morning. After arriving at the location of the grass hill on Google Maps, visitors need to pay close attention to see the small road leading up the hill. “This road can be used by motorbikes, but requires strong steering. If not, you should choose a wide, safe place at the beginning of the road to park your car, then walk up the hill,” An suggested.

In addition to watching the sunrise, this is also a cloud hunting spot in Mang Den. According to An, from June to August it is easy to have a sea of ​​clouds. If there is heavy rain at night and the temperature drops suddenly, then early the next morning there will be a high possibility of clouds.

8am – 10am: Visit vegetable farms

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Vegetable and fruit growing area on the farm in Mang Den. Photo: NVCC

Leaving the reed grass hill, visitors can visit the area with many vegetable farms about 8 km away. With a favorable climate, Mang Den is a “meeting point” for clean vegetable projects and new farms.

An said that vegetables and fruits here are grown in camps, which are set up and surrounded by thick nets. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit, take photos, and buy fruits and vegetables as gifts such as tomatoes, strawberries, mini cabbage, pumpkin, and celery.

Tourists should note that the roads leading to the farms are mainly dirt roads and are very slippery if it rains. Besides, some farms have entrance fees.

10am – 2pm: Explore Kon Pring community tourism village

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Grilled chicken with lam rice. Photo: NVCC

Return to Highway 24 and go in the opposite direction of Mang Den welcome gate, visitors will arrive at Kon Pring community tourism village. Nestled in the middle of the mountains and forests, Kon Pring is quite pristine and rustic, featuring a communal roof and beautiful small stilt houses surrounding it, located one after another.

Coming here, visitors will interact with villagers (mainly Mo Nam people), listen to village elders tell stories, visit families making traditional products such as dresses, brocade shirts, T’rung instruments, crossbow, basket.

To fully experience it, visitors should stay for lunch in the village and taste grilled chicken with bamboo-tube rice with a special marinade. There is also a homestay in the village to serve tourists who want to stay overnight.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Play Pa Sy waterfall, Dak Ke lake

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Pa Sy waterfall flows from a height of about 50 m. Photo: NVCC

Next, visitors move 9 km west to enter the area with many lakes and waterfalls of Mang Den, visit Pa Sy waterfall and Dak Ke lake. These are all gentle destinations, suitable for many tourists.

The ticket price to enter the Pa Sy waterfall tourist area is 20,000 per person. “From the parking lot, you cross a suspension bridge. Remember to go lightly, do not play or shake when on the bridge. Then turn left, go a little further and you will see the waterfall appear,” An said. The favorite photo spot here is a rock located right in front of the waterfall.

Meanwhile, the Dak Ke Lake area is designed as a garden of colorful trees and flowers, creating a pleasant atmosphere, suitable for tourists who like to check-in.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Watch the sunset at Khanh Lam Pagoda

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Khanh Lam Pagoda at sunset. Photo: NVCC

To end a day full of activities, visitors can visit Khanh Lam Pagoda, located about 3 km from Dak Ke Lake. Located on a hilltop, Khanh Lam Pagoda is a familiar spiritual tourist destination for tourists coming to Mang Den, and is also an ideal place to watch the sunset.

An added: “From the main gate at the foot of the hill, you climb 200 steps to reach the main hall, then go out the back door and you will see a hill of local people’s crops. This is a place where you can fully watch the sunset on beautiful days.”