Explore Kon Tum – Gia Lai 3 days 2 nights

A short trip to check-in Kon Tum – Gia Lai will bring you closer to the beautiful nature of the sunny and windy highlands.


With a terrain of mainly mountains, plateaus and valleys, the Central Highlands attracts travelers with many pristine destinations and tourist areas imprinted with national cultural identity. In addition, rustic local cuisine is also a highlight that attracts tourists to the vast region.

In particular, coming to the Central Highlands during the Lunar New Year, visitors will enjoy the cold, pleasant atmosphere and participate in special festivals of indigenous people. Gia Lai and Kon Tum are two of the five Central Highlands provinces that have close geographical locations, convenient for your combined exploration journey.

How to travel and schedule?

1.General schedule

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Gia Lai – Mang Den (Kon Tum)

Day 2: Around Kon Tum

Day 3: Kon Tum – Gia Lai – Ho Chi Minh City

2. Means of transportation

From Ho Chi Minh City, you can choose a plane or bus to Pleiku (Gia Lai). Because I chose the air route, it only took me more than an hour to travel to Pleiku airport. Meanwhile, departing by bus, after 12 hours, you will reach the mountain town.

After that, I rented a car to go to Mang Den (Kon Tum) for the day. Travel time from Gia Lai to Mang Den is about nearly 3 hours. The cost of renting a 7-seat car/day is about 1.5 million VND.

Explore Kon Tum - Gia Lai 3 days 2 nights
Weasel grass hills attract young people in Mang Den.

After the second day of exploring the check-in points in Kon Tum, I went to Gia Lai by taxi transfer service, costing about 250,000 VND. Alternatively, you can also go by bus. Travel time is about 1 hour.

In Kon Tum and Gia Lai, visitors can choose motorbike taxis, taxis, and motorbikes to freely experience the destinations.

Explore Kon Tum - Gia Lai 3 days 2 nights
Dak Bla River flows through Kon Tum and Gia Lai provinces, making it a popular sunset hunting destination for tourists.

Where to stay?

Due to the nature of my work, in Kon Tum, I chose Indochine hotel, located right in the city center for convenient transportation. 3-star accommodation is loved for its comfort, modernity and affordable price.

In Mang Den (Kon Tum), I had the opportunity to visit Nang Homestay. The two owners are cute and hospitable. The homestay has a very beautiful view of the pine forest.

Some other resorts in Kon Tum you can stay for a short trip are Mountain Lodge Homestay Mang Den, Chino Homestay Mang Den, Villa Hotel – Homestay, La Maison Homestay Mang Den…

Pleiku (Gia Lai) has many hotels from high-end to affordable for you to choose from. Tre Xanh, Elisa, Boston, Elegant are suggestions for staying if you intend to spend the night here.

Check-in location

1.Discover Mang Den – “The second Da Lat”

At an altitude of over 1,000 m above sea level, possessing many interesting stops, Mang Den eco-tourism area is known as Da Lat of Kon Tum. The wild and peaceful scenery here is a special feature that attracts tourists.

Mang Den has a cool climate all year round, with an average temperature of 16 to 22 degrees Celsius. With more than 80% forest coverage, the tourist paradise possesses beautiful natural scenery and rich flora and fauna. rich.

Places to visit here are Dak Ke lake, Pa Sy waterfall, peach blossom area right in the center, statue of Our Lady of Mang Den…

2. Sightseeing spots in Kon Tum

Kon Tum is known to tourists for its many nature reserves, eco-tourism, unique Central Highlands gong cultural space, nationally ranked historical relics, ancient architecture…

Destinations you can save for this journey are Kon Tum cathedral, Kon Klor communal house, Kon Klor suspension bridge, Kon Tum bishop’s palace.

3. Attractive destination in Gia Lai

Gia Lai attracts tourists with its vast primeval forests, majestic waterfalls and rapids stretching along the mountain slopes or vast tea and coffee hills. The green space and airy, fresh climate here are popular with travelers, especially young people who love backpacking.

If you have a lot of time here, you should visit interesting places such as T\’Nung lake, Dong Xanh tourist area, Yaly hydroelectric power plant, Minh Thanh pagoda, Ham Rong mountain, Nine Floor waterfall.

Delicious dish you should try

In Kon Tum, you can enjoy many dishes with rich highland flavors such as bamboo-tube rice, grilled meat, stream fish, and wild vegetables. In addition, leaf salad is a dish that pleases diners because of its sophisticated ingredients and unforgettable flavor.

Many delicious dishes Gia Lai Stimulating taste buds include dry pho, grilled chicken with bamboo rice, pepper hot pot, leaf salad, stinky crab vermicelli… If you like snacks like crispy fried rice, grilled quail, grilled chicken, snails, balut… You can’t miss the food court on Hung Vuong Street (opposite Pleiku post office).

Not only are there many delicious rustic dishes, the Central Highlands is also the land of excellent coffee. Visitors can visit shops with beautiful views, sip a hot cup of coffee, and feel the fresh, airy air here.