The girl lives in seclusion in Mang Den, traveling to each place for 1 month to become like a local

The girl lives in seclusion in Mang Den, traveling to each place for a month like a native

Thanh Thuy likes long trips, like going to Hue for 40 days or staying in Buon Ma Thuot and Mang Den for a month to experience “living like a local”.

A month of seclusion in Mang Den

Arriving at Mang Den (Kon Plong district, Kon Tum province) on a warm sunny day in early December 2022, Ngo Thanh Thuy (24 years old, from Bac Ninh) did not expect the weather to turn to cold rain. She felt the cold in Mang Den was different from the winter months she had experienced in the North. It was cold, rainy and windy, with fog and dark clouds spread across the road.

There are days when the weather is so harsh that strong winds blow away roofs, walls crack, and signs fall everywhere.

“I lived in that cold with a suitcase without any sweaters,” Thuy said.

The homestay she rented is about 10km away from Mang Den center. The road leading to the house has many curves and no lights. The dirt roads that had not been concreted were slimy every time it rained or the dangerous downhill slopes made her steering wheel wobbly, leading to a fall, leaving her unable to walk for a week. The delivery units also refused her many times with the reason that “there is no sugar in here”.

The girl lives in seclusion in Mang Den, traveling to each place for 1 month to become like a localThe girl lives in seclusion in Mang Den, traveling to each place for 1 month to become like a local

(Natural scenery at Mang Den from Thanh Thuy’s perspective).

Thuy started her journey by exploring the nature of Mang Den. Although the hills and mountains are not as majestic as the Northwest and Northeast; The streams and waterfalls are not as rolling as Ban Me, the scenery is not as poetic as Da Lat; But all the scenery attracts the young girl thanks to its simplicity and wildness, sincerity and generosity like freedom-loving souls.

Being a vegetarian and pursuing a green lifestyle, the girl was lucky to meet a homestay owner and his wife who shared the same style. They lived like a family, eating, drinking, and walking together on rare sunny days.

Although she has visited many places in 2022, Mang Den is the first destination she has lived with indigenous people.

“The host took me to meet friends, all of whom are very special people, with their own stories and their own reasons for staying in Mang Den. I travel alone, but during my one-month journey here, I am no longer alone,” Thuy confided.

All of these scenarios never existed in Thuy’s “dreamy thinking”. Not depressed, not running away, she accepted everything in the opposite way, making her life happier and more meaningful. Difficulties and challenges are just stepping stones, giving her growth experiences and new lessons.

The girl lives in seclusion in Mang Den, traveling to each place for 1 month to become like a localThe girl lives in seclusion in Mang Den, traveling to each place for 1 month to become like a local

(The 24-year-old girl spent her days living like a native in Mang Den).

Journey to discover Mang Den

Journey to discover Mang Den as suggested by travel blogger Ngo Thanh Thuy.

Transportation: From Buon Me Thuot City to Kon Tum City: limousine.

Kon Tum City – Mang Den Town: limousine or bus.

If traveling from another city, you can fly to Pleiku, then rent a motorbike to go 100km to Mang Den.

Accommodation and food: Thuy stayed at a vegetarian restaurant that combined accommodation.

Accommodation cost: 3.6 million VND/month.

Prices for dishes range from 60-85,000 VND.

The girl lives in seclusion in Mang Den, traveling to each place for 1 month to become like a localThe girl lives in seclusion in Mang Den, traveling to each place for 1 month to become like a local

What to do in Mang Den?

Mang Den Town: Xanh Yen Coffee Shop (73 Vo Nguyen Giap), Shalom’s Coffee (129 Vo Nguyen Giap), Di Café (63 Vo Thi Sau), Kon Pring Tourist Village, Dak Ke Lake.

Area 37 Households: Vegan Home Mang Den, E Ban Farm (farm growing organic oranges, yellow oranges, entrance ticket: 30,000 VND/person), Thien My Farm, Green coffee shop, Doan family shop, coffee shop Top View, Glamprose coffee and homestay model, In Another World, Ngoc Le mountain, Mang Den grass hill, Pa Sy waterfall, Dak Bla river.

Weather: Since January, the weather in Mang Den has gotten warmer, but visitors should still prepare warm clothes, especially scarves and hats.

Cloud hunting: In the morning, there are many cloud hunting spots in Mang Den, such as: Xanh Yen coffee shop, Glamprose, In Another World.

Total trip cost: 12 – 13 million VND.

“Everything in Mang Den is very different from everyday life, but I don’t feel regretful for choosing this land as a stopover on my journey of self-discovery,” the girl affirmed.

(The girl is attached to nature and people after a month of seclusion in Mang Den).

Travel to live “like a local”

Ngo Thanh Thuy is a freelancer, project manager and travel blogger. After her first trip in 2022, she shared her experiences on social networks, surprisingly received by everyone.

That journey helped her understand more about herself and realize the true meaning of travel. She wants to spread to other young people the experiences, lessons and values ​​received from the trips.

Before Mang Den, Thuy chose Hue for her first solo travel. Those were the days of April 2022, at the end of the 4 days and 3 nights trip, she seemed to open a “new door”.

“I feel connected to Hue. The scenery and people here urge me to find places that are peaceful, slow-living, and have long-standing cultural and historical value. So, I returned to Hue and decided to stay longer,” the female travel blogger shared.

The girl lives in seclusion in Mang Den, traveling to each place for 1 month to become like a localThe girl lives in seclusion in Mang Den, traveling to each place for 1 month to become like a local

(Thuy lived 40 days in Hue, immersing herself in the peaceful life here).

After 40 days of “living like a local” in Hue, Thuy feels that the trend of long-term travel brings her different experiences. She does not go to famous tourist destinations like regular tourists, but spends most of her time delving into local life.

She went to restaurants frequented by Hue people, got up early to visit local markets, learned about rustic dishes, cycled around the city,… felt the rhythm of life, watched and talked to her children. people here.

Later, Thuy decided that the next trips would last the same: exploring Buon Me Thuot for 30 days, ending 2022 with a trip to Mang Den lasting more than a month.

“Most of my experiences on long trips have been wonderful. Of course, incidents or difficulties cannot be avoided, but I see them as a lesson to become more mature,” Thuy confided.

(Female travel blogger explores Buon Me Thuot in 30 days).

Long-term travel forces the young girl to be able to adapt to new environments. Due to her sensitive body and susceptibility to allergies, Thuy focuses a lot on her health and increasing her resistance to comfortably live in many different areas.

“With no relatives nearby, I had to learn to handle problems on my own and ask for help from strangers. During long trips, many times I encountered accidents, but that’s also why I know that there are many kind people around me, ready to help for no reason at all,” she shared.

According to the female travel blogger, long-term travel brings the clearest feelings about the pace of human life and the natural scenery of each region. Before each trip, she does not need to prepare too much luggage, but the most important thing she always brings is the spirit to face difficulties and calmly accept everything.

“Only then will all my experiences become complete,” she said.