Kon Tum: Attractive tourist address on the tourist route “Central Highlands Green Road”

Kon Tum is a border mountainous province, north of the Central Highlands. Located at the intersection of Indochina, adjacent to Laos and Cambodia to the west with 280.7 km of border; The North borders Quang Nam province, the East borders Quang Ngai province, the South borders Gia Lai province. Geographical location gives Kon Tum province extremely favorable conditions to link regions to develop tourism in the Central – Central Highlands region and the Vietnam – Laos – Cambodia Development Triangle area, associated with The East-West economic corridor is extended. There is a very convenient transportation system: From Bo Y International Border Gate – Kon Tum province by road to: Da Nang Port 275 km via National Highway 14 and 14B, to Chu Lai Open Economic Zone – Quang Nam province 250 km via National Highway 14 and 14E, Dung Quat Port – Quang Ngai Province 300 km via National Highway 14 and 24, Quy Nhon Port 313 km via National Highway 14 and 19, Ho Chi Minh City 697 km via National Highway 1 and 14 ; Champasak province, Lao PDR, 250 km via National Highway 40 of Vietnam and National Highway 18B of Lao PDR; Ubon province of Thailand 340 km.


Road to the village – Photo: M.Duc

The natural conditions of Kon Tum province, especially the diverse terrain, have created for Kon Tum a quite rich and attractive tourism resource with types of tourism that can be exploited such as: Tourism sightseeing, entertainment, relaxation, ecotourism… Notably, Mang Den Ecotourism Area (Kon Plong district); Chu Mom Ray National Park (Sa Thay district); Ngoc Linh Nature Reserve (Dak Glei district), when mentioning Ngoc Linh Nature Reserve, it is impossible not to mention precious endemic medicinal plants with special value such as Ngoc Linh ginseng and Hong Dang ginseng. … with the full convergence of ecological, natural landscape, and environmental factors, Kon Tum province has been attracting a large number of tourists who love natural landscapes and scientists to study the resources rare genes. A special feature of Kon Tum province is that the Dak Bla river is like a soft silk ribbon flowing around Kon Tum city. Dak Bla river not only provides a source of water for daily life and agricultural production of the people but is also one of the travel exploration journeys of all tourists from near and far when coming to Kon Tum. The flooded areas of Ya Ly and Plei Krong hydropower reservoirs also provide interesting picnic destinations.

Along with natural tourism resources, human resources of Kon Tum province are also very special. Kon Tum is a land with a long history with a heroic revolutionary tradition with historical and revolutionary relics that have been ranked at the national level: Kon Tum Prison Historical Relics; Dak Glei Prison historical site; Historical relics and scenic spots of Mang Den; Historical relic of Dak To – Tan Canh victory; Plei Kan Victory Relic…with vivid and attractive historical data, currently being preserved, is an address to help tourists learn about the heroic and indomitable struggle tradition of the people. Kon Tum province’s ethnic groups and learn about ancient battlefields; The Indochina intersection and the Ho Chi Minh trail have entered the legendary history of the Vietnamese revolution, and are attracting great attraction to the type of memorial tourism and revisiting old battlefields.

Kon Tum province also has a rich cultural treasure of 22 ethnic groups living together, with the proportion of ethnic minorities accounting for 53% of the total population of the province, including indigenous ethnic groups such as: Dang, Ba Na, Ja Rai, Je-Trieng, Brau, Ro Mam…. rich in cultural identity. Each ethnic group has its own unique cultural characteristics, customs and beliefs expressed through customs and festivals, creating diverse, rich and unique cultural values.

5.11.14Pothi Ceremony (Grave Removal) – Photo: M.Duc

Besides the value of natural and human resources, Kon Tum province also has works and architectural relics with high cultural and artistic value: Kon Tum Wooden Church was built in 1913. is an architectural work of extremely unique combination of East and West; The Kon Tum Bishop’s Palace, built in 1935, currently displays and stores many publications and spiritual cultural memorabilia of the indigenous people; Bac Ai Pagoda was built in 1932, the pagoda was ordained by King Bao Dai as “The four Bac Ai pagodas”, Queen Nam Phuong came to pay a grand ceremony in 1933; Kon Klor suspension bridge spans the Dak Bla river. These works have become attractive tourist attractions for many tourists.

In addition, traditional cultural festivals such as: New communal house celebration festival; Buffalo eating festival; Water trough offering festival; Village abstinence festival; The rice warehouse opening festival… along with the Central Highlands gong cultural space has been recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity, contributing to enhancing the value of tourism products and attracting tourists. schedule to come to Kon Tum.

With rich tourism resources, Kon Tum has all the elements to develop various types of tourism such as eco-tourism, cultural tourism, and tourism to the roots.

In recent years, Tourism has been identified as one of the strengths for economic development of Kon Tum province. With many beautiful natural landscapes, geographical location, and climate, Kon Tum province has great potential for the tourism industry to develop, especially eco-tourism and resorts. Currently, in addition to intra-provincial tourist routes, Kon Tum province also participates in inter-provincial and international tourist routes: The “Central Highlands Green Road” tourist route is connected to the “Heritage Road” of the Central and Central regions. “The legendary Truong Son – Ho Chi Minh road” to form a “Transnational tourism road”; “Vietnam Heritage Road” route. International tourist route: “Indochina Heritage Road”; The “Friendship Tourist Road” route departs from Kon Tum through Bo Y International Border Gate to Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and back to Vietnam. The total number of tourists to Kon Tum province in 2011 reached 146,000, of which 68,450 were international visitors, accounting for 46.8% of the total visitors. In general, tourism activities in Kon Tum province have developed quite well in recent years, the number of tourists increased by an average of 26.5%/year; Has gradually planned, invested in infrastructure and exploited a number of attractive tourist routes and destinations among 68 cultural and historical tourist attractions, 10 revolutionary historical relics and 21 tourist attractions. ecotourism and resort destination.

Travel business units in the province also began to exploit tours: Travel down the Dak Bla river, sleep in communal houses, learn about the customs and habits of Ba Na and Ja Rai villages; Tours to revisit the ancient battlefield of Dak To – Tan Canh, tours around Kon Tum city to visit the wooden church, Bishop’s Palace, boat trips to explore Ya Ly lake… Tours across Vietnam such as Kon Tum – Laos – Thailand initially made its mark in the Vietnamese tourism industry. Along with that, the system of restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, and transportation has also ensured the rest, shopping, and travel needs of tourists.

According to the direction of tourism development in Kon Tum province in the period 2011-2015 and by 2020, Kon Tum province will promote tourism development on the basis of promoting the advantages of geographical location and natural tourism resources. natural and humanistic, available infrastructure and tourism facilities; Tourism development is a driving force to promote other industries to develop together, helping to quickly transform the province’s economic structure. Promote socialization of tourism, mobilize all levels of industries, socio-political organizations and the entire community to participate in investment in tourism development. Strive to welcome 330 thousand visitors by 2020, including 100 thousand international tourists.

Forming and putting into operation Mang Den tourist area, Dak Uy special-use forest, Ya Ly hydroelectric lake bed, Bo Y international border gate economic zone, Ho Chi Minh road and nature reserves, national parks family.

5.11.15Pa Sy-Mang Den Waterfall – Photo: M.Duc

Diversify tourism products and develop effective tourism business associated with environmental protection such as: Sightseeing, researching Vietnamese cultural values, participating in festivals, and pilgrimages towards Vietnam. Origin: Cultural heritage, traditional arts of the Vietnamese community and many ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands, festivals and spiritual activities, revolutionary historical relics (Kon Tum prison, Dak prison Glei, Provincial Party Committee Base…), traditional craft villages. Visit and study typical ecosystems and biodiversity: Chu Mom Ray National Park, Ngoc Linh nature reserve, Dak Uy tourist area. Visit, relax, and have fun in landscape areas: Dak To mineral water area, Ya Ly lake area, Dak Bla tourist area, Mang Den tourist area. Treatment and health recovery; Official travel, conferences and seminars; Caravan Travel; Community tourism. Actively expand and participate in domestic and international tours and travel routes.

Nature has gifted Kon Tum with many majestic landscapes; Geographical location gives Kon Tum potential, advantages and strengths that cannot be found anywhere else. To promote and effectively exploit those potentials, advantages and strengths, contributing to successfully implementing the goals set out in the Resolution of the 14th Kon Tum Provincial Party Congress, orienting the province’s socio-economic development. Kon Tum by 2020, in addition to investment from the state budget, the locality needs to mobilize resources from the domestic and foreign business community to invest, cooperate in investment, and link investment in developing provincial tourism. Kon Tum, at the same time, strengthen promotional activities and introduce images of Kon Tum to domestic and foreign tourists to attract domestic and international tourists to Kon Tum./.

Van Phat

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