Suspension bridge ‘virtual life’ for tourists to the Central Highlands

Kon Tum Kon Tu Rang suspension bridge is 292 m long, about 12 km from Mang Den town, attracting many tourists to check in.

Bang Phuong, born in 1972, in Ho Chi Minh City, came to Kon Tum in November on a business trip combined with tourism and was taken to visit Kon Klor village, located next to the Dak Bla River.

“I feel like I’m lost in Hang Tau in Moc Chau or Da Lat. The weather is changing season, the temperature is below 20 degrees Celsius so it is very pleasant,” Phuong said. The scenery here is wild, with rivers, streams, and rice fields.

One of Mr. Phuong’s impressive destinations is the Kon Tu Rang bridge connecting the two banks of the Dak Bla River leading to Kon Klor village. The bridge is 292 m long, 4.5 m wide, built in 1994. In this area there are three suspension bridges: Kon Tu Rang, Pa Sy and Dak Ke, but only Kon Tu Rang bridge takes the best photos because of its combination. with the surrounding space and scenery. The bridge is orange-yellow at both ends, creating a highlight on the river. The bridge is not only an important transportation project, but also a cultural and tourist symbol of Kon Tum province.

Mr. Phuong said that to get here, you can travel conveniently by many means such as motorbike, car or bus. However, to get to the bridge you can only walk. “Please follow safety regulations when crossing the bridge such as not riding motorbikes on the bridge, not jumping up and down or swinging on the bridge ropes, and not carrying heavy or sharp objects,” Mr. Phuong said.

There is no fee to enter the Kon Tu Rang suspension bridge, but if you want to visit Kon Klor village across the river, you must pay a fee of 10,000 VND per person. Time to visit Kon Tu Rang suspension bridge is about 1-2 hours, depending on whether you want to take photos or explore the surroundings.

Mr. Phuong said that the Kon Tu Rang suspension bridge takes beautiful photos, many “virtual” photos look like they were taken somewhere other than Vietnam. To have the best check-in photos taken with the bridge, Mr. Phuong said first he needs nice weather and clear sky to see the surrounding scenery clearly. If you want to invest in a beautiful set of photos, you should have a telephoto camera or flycam, but otherwise, just take photos with a phone, tripod, or selfie stick.

To take panoramic photos from above, use a flycam. For long shots, you should stand higher than the bridge wall (on the slope) at both ends of the bridge to create the effect of length and depth of the photo. In addition, if you need to highlight a detail (for example, a cable stay or wooden planks on the bridge floor), choose a close-up angle, using close-up or macro style. If you need a photo of the bridge as if it is “moving”, you need to choose a tilted angle from the bottom of the bridge up or from the top of the slope down. If you want to take a selfie with your facial and body expressions while walking on the bridge alone or with friends, you should use a timer camera mounted on a tripod or a phone mounted on a “selfie stick” to take a selfie. proper way to take photos.

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Rugged rocks below the Kon Tu Rang bridge area. Photo: NVCC

At the foot of the bridge is the winding Dak Bla stream with a length of 157 km. Seen from above, Dak Bla looks like a strip of silk embracing a mountain town with a history of hundreds of years old. Dak Bla flows to Gia Lai, merges with the Po Ko stream and forms the Se San river and continues its journey toward Cambodia.

In the village there is a Kon Klor communal house. From the city center to the village, it only takes visitors about 10 minutes by car. Previously, this house was just a place for cultural activities of indigenous people. With a unique design, Kon Klor communal house has become a tourist destination.

In addition to consulting on taking photos on the way to Kon Klor village to check in at the bridge, Mr. Phuong said he can visit other famous tourist attractions of Kon Tum, such as wooden churches, Linh Son pagoda, Kon Ko ethnic village. Tu.

Because this place is close to the famous tourist destination Mang Den, Mr. Phuong recommends combining going to Mang Den and staying overnight in Mang Den. On New Year’s Eve, cherry blossoms are in full bloom. But depending on the weather, flowers may bloom later or earlier. If you come here in February, you will see mimosa and banyan flowers, and in March or April there will be purple poinciana. After this time, there are also myrtle flowers.

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Area 37 households, Kon Tu Rang village, Mang Canh commune were in a sea of ​​clouds when Mr. Phuong arrived. Photo: NVCC

One of the “specialties” here is also rattan hunting. To hunt clouds, you should wake up early, around 4:30 to 5:30. This is when the clouds are still low and the sun has not yet risen.

Tourists from Ho Chi Minh City drive by themselves along Highway 14, a distance of 600 km, through Binh Phuoc, Dak Nong, Dak Lak, Gia Lai. Passenger buses from Ho Chi Minh City depart from Mien Dong Bus Station with bus companies such as Long Van, Minh Quoc, Phong Phu, Phuong Thu. Ticket prices range from 250,000 VND to 450,000 VND. Travel time is about 10 to 12 hours. From Kon Tum city to Mang Den, there are many means of transport such as taxis, buses or self-driving cars.