All Kon Tum travel experiences from A to Z

Don’t think that only Da Lat or Buon Ma Thuot are worth going to the majestic Central Highlands and forget the mountain town of Kon Tum – “the sleeping fairy in the middle of the forest”, there are many mysteries and wilderness waiting for you to explore. break.

All Kon Tum travel experiences from A to Z

In addition to the natural landscape with many pristine destinations and rich traditional cultures of ethnic groups and legendary epics, Kon Tum also attracts tourists by owning the famous Indochina Junction – where “A rooster crows in the morning, all three countries of Vietnam – Laos – Cambodia hear it together.” With this travel guide, dakha.net hopes to contribute a small part in your journey to conquer Kon Tum.

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Photo: ms.sathy

Ideal time to travel to Kon Tum

Kon Tum has a typical climate of the highlands with a cool space all year round. Kon Tum’s climate is divided into two distinct seasons: the rainy season and the dry season. In particular, the rainy season usually starts from April to November, the dry season from December to March of the following year. Each season, Kon Tum attracts tourists with its own beauty: January is the season when rubber leaves change; In March, the coffee season begins to bloom; November and December is the season of bright yellow wild sunflowers covering the mountains and hills, the season of traditional festivals of all ethnic groups.

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Photo: WeTrek

Means of transportation to Kon Tum

Plane: If you want to go to Kon Tum by plane, you will have to fly to Pleiku airport, 50km from Kon Tum. Flights to Pleiku airport are one per day. From here, you take a taxi or bus to Kon Tum.

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Photo: New Newspaper

Road:

The Hanoi – Kon Tum route is about 1080 km long. On average, there are about 3 bus trips on this route every day starting from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. by 3 bus companies: Viet Tan bus, Dang Khoa bus, Hong Anh bus. Travel time is about 25 hours. Ticket price is about 550-600,000 VND.

The Ho Chi Minh – Kon Tum route is about 576 km long. On average, every day there are about 7 bus trips running on this route starting from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. by bus companies such as: Minh Quoc bus, Viet Tan bus, Thuan Phat bus, Long Van bus, Tay Nguyen bus, Tu Phuu bus, Viet Tan Phat bus, Dong Tien bus, Truong Giang bus, Nhat Tan bus… Travel time is about 12 hours. Ticket price is about 230-250,000 VND.

The Da Nang – Kon Tum route is about 350 km long. On average, there are about 2 bus trips on this route every day starting from 8:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. by 2 bus companies: Minh Quoc bus, Viet Tan bus. Travel time is about 8 hours. Ticket price ranges from 180-200,000 VND.

Hotel

For convenience in sightseeing, you should rent a room on main roads such as Phan Dinh Phung, Truong Chinh, Duy Tan, Tran Phu… The price of a comfortable room ranges from 200,000 to 300,000 VND. In addition, when coming to Kon Tum, you can stay at homestays in cultural villages such as Kon K’lor and Kon K’Tu cultural villages. If you are traveling in a large group, contact the village to stay. This is the most fun way to stay. .

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Vist location

Mang Den

Dubbed the second Da Lat of Kon Tum, Mang Den is a town in Kon Plong district, Kon Tum province, with primeval forests and many lakes and waterfalls. The climate here is cool and fresh, suitable for tourists to avoid the summer heat. Located at an altitude of 1,100 – 1,400m above sea level, amidst thousands of pine trees and forest flowers, the weather in Mang Den is always chilly. Coming to Mang Den, you will be walking on a winding road with green pine trees on both sides, faintly smelling of pine resin. The sound of birds chirping is echoing, the cool climate has the wild, majestic features of the mountains and forests.

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Photo: Apple

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Photo: lilinhly

Indochina junction

The legendary Indochina junction is the junction between the three countries of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. This is the place where backpackers still tell each other about the story of a rooster crowing, all three countries hear it. To get to the Indochina junction, visitors will have to go through a quite difficult journey with zigzag and winding roads.

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Photo: Janiubong

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Photo: mapio

When setting foot on the border area through the stairs, you will touch a marble milestone, 2 m high, weighing nearly 900kg, placed at an altitude of 1,086 m, one of two border markers registering three countries. Laos – Vietnam – Cambodia. Triangular landmarks, each side facing the territory of that country with a solemn national emblem.

Kon Tum Church

Kon Tum Cathedral, also known as the Wooden Church, was built in 1913 by French priests. It is currently used as a cathedral, where the throne of the bishop of Kon Tum diocese is located. Tum. This church follows Roman architecture combined with the stilt house architecture of the Ba Na people – a combination of European style and culture of the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The special thing about this project is that it is made entirely of wood, without using reinforced concrete or lime mortar for painting and plastering. The system of columns and rafters here are meticulously and elaborately carved, exuding the natural yet heroic temperament of the indigenous people.

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Photo: B É OKH UM M

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Photo: DuongNguyen Anita

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Photo: boygame2k

Kon Klor suspension bridge

Referring to the famous attractions of Kon Tum tourism, we cannot miss the Kon Klor suspension bridge – the bridge connecting the two banks of the legendary Dak Bla River. From this bridge, you can see the surrounding countryside, rice fields, corn fields, and sugarcane fields along with the river flowing right under the bridge. Visitors will feel like their souls are more open. .

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Photo: Le Anh Tuyen

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Photo: maithuway

Coming here, you can visit the Ba Na ethnic village – Kon Klor, drink with them a can of wine and then set out to cross the river via a suspension bridge to reach a rich alluvial land. These are banana gardens, coffee gardens and fruit trees. Crossing the winding road about 6km, you will reach Kon K’tu village, a Ba Na ethnic village that still retains its living features and pristine natural scenery.

Chu Mom Ray National Park

Chu Mom Ray National Park is located in the north of the Central Highlands and the west of Kon Tum province, on the territory of Sa Thay and Ngoc Hoi districts. This place has the highest biodiversity among current national parks with nearly 1,500 plant species, of which 131 species are identified as rare and in danger of extinction such as orchids, gymnosperms…

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Photo: lendang.vn

Dak Bla River

Dak Bla River in the hearts of Kon Tum people is a symbolic river because without Dak Bla River, there is no Kon Tum, in terms of history as well as geography. Coming to the mountain town of Kon Tum, you will be surprised with the image of the Dak Bla river like a soft, curving silk ribbon gracefully embracing the small city of Kon Tum, and it will be impressive to see how many Dak Bla rivers are surrounded by water. large, dugout canoes like forest leaves floating lazily on the river.

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Photo: tintaynguyen

Bishop’s Palace of Kon Tum

The bishop’s palace was built in 1935 and is a harmonious combination of traditional indigenous architecture and Western architecture. Except for the pillars under the floor built of reinforced cement, the entire rest of this building is made from precious woods, with very high durability. In particular, there is a traditional house here that is considered a small museum of daily life items, agricultural tools, and cultural objects of indigenous ethnic groups living in the area.

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Photo: Triip

Kon K’lor communal house

Kon K’lor communal house is a symbol of solidarity and community strength of the people. The house is 22m high, over 6m wide and over 17m long. With traditional design and materials made of wood, thatch, bamboo, leaves and elaborate and meticulous motifs and patterns, this place is an interesting destination for tourists.

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Photo: Gody.vn

Ngoc Linh Mountain is part of the Southern Truong Son range. With an altitude of 2,600m, this is a suitable place for people who love climbing and adventurous trips. In particular, in the Ngoc Linh range, there is a famous Vietnamese ginseng species called Ngoc Linh ginseng that grows concentrated in the mountainous districts of Ngoc Linh in Kon Tum and Quang Nam at altitudes of 1,500m to 2,100m.

Photo: Nguyen Dung

Photo: Nguyen Dung

Pa Sy Waterfall

Pa Sy waterfall eco-tourism area is located in Kon Tu Rang village of the Ro Mam people, Mang Canh commune, Kon Plong district, Kon Tum province, 6km northwest of Kon Plong district center. Pa Sy waterfall eco-tourism area has a wild beauty with primeval pine forests and a system of waterfalls and lakes. The climate here is fresh and cool all year round.

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Photo: Dung Arsenal

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Photo: Cao Hoang Oanh

Located in the center of the tourist area is Pa Sy waterfall located at an altitude of about 1,500m above sea level. The waterfall is formed from the 3 largest streams in Mang Den, so it is called Pau Suh, which in the Ro Mam ethnic language means 3 streams clustered together into one stream. Later, the name of the waterfall was incorrectly read as Pa Sy.

Delicious Kon Tum dishes

Kon Tum leaf salad

This is a unique dish consisting of more than 40 types of forest leaves, thinly sliced ​​boiled pork, shrimp and a dipping sauce made from fermented sticky rice, dried onions, chives, and satay. The “correct” way to eat this dish is to take mustard leaves or apricot leaves and place them on the outside, add sour leaves and other leaves depending on the person’s preference, then roll them into a small funnel and put meat and shrimp inside.

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Photo: nga6989

Cement sticky rice

It’s just a familiar sticky rice dish, cleverly combined with wild bamboo shoots, but it has become a familiar breakfast dish for every person in Kon Tum. The way to make sticky rice with bamboo shoots is quite simple and not very complicated. After being dug from the forest, fresh bamboo shoots are peeled, washed and cut into bite-sized pieces. Through preliminary processing to remove the bad smell, the bamboo shoots are stir-fried with spices to become rich. Choose good quality sticky rice and soak it in diluted salt water mixed with turmeric powder to color it for about 8 hours, then bring it out until cooked.

Bitter tomatoes

Bitter eggplant is a rustic dish of the Kon Tum ethnic minority. Bitter eggplants are cut into thin slices, skewered through each stick and placed on the grill. When the eggplant turns dark brown, has a spreading aroma and is just cooked, still retaining a bit of bitter juice, slightly chewy, soft, dipped in dipping sauce. Wild salt and pepper or eaten with grilled wild meat is delicious. In addition, bitter eggplant is also cooked into many braised dishes with shrimp and shrimp caught in the river or bitter eggplant with eels and frogs. Every dish is delicious and has a seductive aroma.

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Photo: Indochina Voyages

Fish salad with yellow ants

Coming to Sa Thay district, Kon Tum, where the Ro Mam ethnic group lives, you should enjoy unique and strange fish salad with yellow ants. Many people feel scared when they hear the name of a new dish, but once they taste it, they want to eat it again. Stream fish are caught in the right size, the size of three fingers, cleaned, minced, and squeezed to dry out the fishy smell. Yellow ants choose the young ant nest, and bring the eggs back to pound and keep separate. Take salt, green chili, wild pepper and mix it with fish and ants, add a little rice powder to create a fragrant aroma. When eating, roll the fig leaves into your mouth and enjoy. The sweetness of the stream fish blends with the fatty taste of young ants and the spiciness of pepper and chili to create a delicious flavor.

Roasted Black Shoot Pig

The Mang Den pig breed of the indigenous people. Pigs are raised with natural food from the mountains and forests, so the meat is firm and very nutritious. The largest one when fully grown is less than 20 kg. Pigs are cleaned and their organs are removed; Then marinate with spices from ingredients from the Mang Den mountains and forests. The whole pig is roasted over charcoal fire until the skin is golden, crispy, and gives off a delicious aroma.

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Photo: Amazing Vietnam

Sturgeon cooked with bamboo shoots

In the Mang Den plateau, Kon Tum is an area with many lakes and cool water all year round. Therefore, sturgeon are raised and grow smoothly here. Sturgeon is a type of cartilaginous fish. The entire skeletal system of the fish as well as the fish head are made of cartilage. The meat of sturgeon is white, tough, has a greasy taste, has high nutritional content, and is easy to absorb. Coming here, you can enjoy fresh sturgeon caught from the lake. Sturgeon is cleaned, marinated with spices from medicinal plants of the Mang Den mountains, then steamed, stewed or grilled.