The wild beauty of the upper Kon Tum hydroelectric lake

In addition to famous spots such as Pa Sy waterfall, Dak Ke lake, Kon Tu Rang suspension bridge… tourists have a new choice, which is the upper Kon Tum hydroelectric lake.
The wild beauty of the upper Kon Tum hydroelectric lake

Dang Doan Sang (29 years old, office worker in Hanoi) just had a trip to experience the upper Kon Tum hydroelectric lake at the end of October. This is a semi-artificial lake created thanks to the project’s water storage process. hydropower plants in two communes Dak Tang and Ngok Tem – Kon Plong district. The lake surface is about 7 km2 wide, stretching more than 15 km along the main stream and many small branches of the Dak Bla river.

The wild beauty of the upper Kon Tum hydroelectric lake

The lake is an emerging destination, with wild, majestic and very peaceful surrounding natural scenery.

The wild beauty of the upper Kon Tum hydroelectric lake

To get to the lake, Sang said he traveled nearly an hour by motorbike over a distance of more than 15 km. Starting from the center of Mang Den town along provincial road 676 towards Mang Canh commune, he asked for directions to the Dak Rve – Kon Ray ranger station and then took a canoe on the lake bed.

“The distance to get here is not difficult, but there are many short slopes and turns that Google Maps does not show correctly. You should ask local people along the way to avoid getting lost,” Sang shared.

The wild beauty of the upper Kon Tum hydroelectric lake

The cost for a canoe trip around the lake is about 300,000 VND per person for a group of 10 people, not including meals. Visitors can contact local travel agencies in Mang Den for guidance on the best experience.

“Sitting on the canoe, watching the white foam of the water combined with sunlight create small rainbows on both sides of the boat, wherever we go, the rainbow follows, feeling like stepping into a fairyland. ”, Sang felt.

The wild beauty of the upper Kon Tum hydroelectric lake

Upper Kon Tum hydroelectric lake is located in the heart of Dak Bla river, in the middle of the lake are large islands and small islands undulating in the clear blue water. The flow of this hydroelectric lake is quite special when it flows back to the north, because it originates from the Dak Bla River, a rare river in the Central Highlands that has a reverse flow.

The wild beauty of the upper Kon Tum hydroelectric lake

To explain the river’s water flowing backwards, indigenous people passed down a folk tale about the love of a couple of J’rai and Bahnar people living upstream and downstream of the river. Because they were forbidden from being together, they threw themselves into the Dak Bla River. The boy’s blood flowed downstream to find the girl. The girl’s blood flows back to the boy’s side. In the middle of the river, the two blood streams meet, then follow the matrilineal custom of flowing upstream towards the upstream.

The wild beauty of the upper Kon Tum hydroelectric lake

The process of storing water for many years in the lake bed of the hydroelectric project accidentally caused hundreds of pine trees around the river banks to be flooded, no longer able to grow and turn ivory white. Along both sides of the road along the lake bed are white pines alternating with green pines behind.

The wild beauty of the upper Kon Tum hydroelectric lake

In the lake are scattered cages of freshwater fish such as carp, perch, and snakehead fish of indigenous people. In addition, thanks to the water temperature being always stable at a low level, the lake bed is also being used to experimentally raise a number of temperate fish such as sturgeon and salmon.

The wild beauty of the upper Kon Tum hydroelectric lake

After crossing about 15 km of the lake bed, the Ro Sia waterfall (Hydroelectric waterfall) gradually appeared, spewing white foam upstream.

The wild beauty of the upper Kon Tum hydroelectric lake

Stopping on a small island along the lake to rest, visitors will be immersed in green grass alternating between ancient pine forests and tiny five-colored flowers blooming.