Mang Den: “The second Da Lat” on the green plateau

Kon Plong is a high mountain district in the Northeast of Kon Tum province, established on January 31, 2002 on the basis of dividing Kon Plong district (old) into 2 new districts: Kon Plong and Kon Ray. The entire Kon Plong district has a total natural area of ​​136,160 hectares, a population of more than 20,000 people (including the indigenous ethnic groups Mo nam, Xe Dang, Ka dong, H’re accounting for more than 97% of the population) with 9 administrative units. Commune. Highway 24 from Kon Tum to Quang Ngai (and vice versa) is like a silk strip weaving between the highland mountains and hills, softly passing through the Mang Den eco-tourism area, which is increasingly being invested and expanded, making it easier for tourists. It’s easy to find this land rich in tourism potential.

mangden1Mang Den eco-tourism area surrounds the center of Kon Plong district with primeval forests, vast red pine forests stretching endlessly and dozens of magical, clear blue waterfalls, streams and lakes. Located at an altitude of nearly 2,000 m above sea level, Mang Den (in the local language, a large, flat land) connects the soaring Mang Den pass in the south and the poetic Violac pass in the north (the territory Quang Ngai) is the watershed point between East and West Truong Son, located in the tropical humid monsoon climate belt, cool and misty all year round with an average yearly temperature below 200C.

More than half a century ago, the French had intended to build a resort – resort in Mang Den. From the center of Kon Plong district, walking about 1 km, visitors can freely admire the wild and mysterious vegetation, seemingly untouched by human hands. In the distance (within a radius of 10 km), dozens of lakes and cool, clear blue stone waterfalls flow downstream. Sim mua grows close together, purple covering the trails leading into the primeval forests. In these forests there are still a series of ancient trees that people cannot hug, rare woods such as red pine, po mu and medicinal herbs such as agarwood and cinnamon; Wild animals such as pythons, chamois, porcupines…

Mang Den is also identified as the upstream of Ba River, flowing through the provinces of Kon Tum, Gia Lai and Phu Yen, accumulating alluvium as a place for settlement and productive labor of tens of thousands of people downstream. Indigenous residents still preserve very unique traditional cultural colors. Their village is peaceful in the middle of a magical green plateau with more than 60% coverage (very rare for primeval forests in other countries).mangden2

With the goal of becoming a highlight among the “Central Highlands Green Road”, the local government has completed the development plan for Mang Den tourist area with 11 ecotourism and resort clusters and destinations. The expected investment cost is nearly 2,000 billion VND. Initially, the locality has succeeded in building a pilot model of growing high-quality vegetables, flowers and fruits in cold countries to add color to the “second Da Lat”. In addition, the gold course project, resort villas, hot springs, stone statue garden of Central Highlands people, experimental area, biological research for students… next to the legendary Toong Dam lake with an investment capital of dozens million USD has also been deployed.

Mang Den is an ideal destination for tourists from all over. A poet, when he came to enjoy the magical landscape of Mang Den, felt: “Meng Den is chilly in the afternoon/ Where does the golden sunlight rush to go/ Mist spreads all over the road/ Pine hills are smoky and the rocks are hanging/ In the afternoon, Mang Den streams thousands of miles away echoes / The wind plays on the orchid branches / On the young grass carpet, the golden deer sleeps / Mang Den, who weaves thatch rattan”…

(Source: Binh Dinh Newspaper)

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