The wonders of Ba River – Kon Tum News

I have written a lot about the Ba River. Yet every time I go down Highway 25, I feel like it’s still not enough, and I keep wanting to write something more.

The riverside village is beautiful and poetic.

The riverside village is beautiful and poetic.


National Highway 25 – Road 7 before 1975, 181km long, starting from National Highway 14 at Cheo Reo intersection in Chu Se town, Chu Se district, Gia Lai, and ending at National Highway 1 in Tuy Hoa city, Phu Yen province.

Highway 25 is like a soft silk strip, sometimes hidden in vast rubber trees, sometimes passing through coffee and pepper gardens, then gently passing through countless upside-down hillsides…

However, no matter where it goes, Highway 25 is still “faithful” to the Ba River. Only in places divided by terrain, Highway 25 and Ba River are temporarily separated for a section – like the moments of anger between a boy and a girl who love each other, only to later come back together, intertwined. , even more intimate.

I love all the rivers on this S-shaped strip of land. Because every river is beautiful, magical and dreamy. And because every river has witnessed countless tragedies in the nation’s history.

Song Ba – of course – is no exception…

Originating from small creeks and streams in the Kon Plong plateau, Kon Tum province at an altitude of 1,549m, the Ba River is like the muscular and proud Xe Dang and BarNah boys.

Ba River – the most magnificent river of the Central Highlands – South Central region.

From its origin point, Ba River winds through the plateaus in the northernmost region of the Central Highlands in Kon Tum province, then flows down to Gia Lai, passing through the districts of Kbang, An Khe, Dak Po, Kong Chro, Ia Pa, Ayun. Pa. Here, the river changes direction to enter Krong Pa district of Gia Lai province and then enters Phu Yen province in the west – east direction. At the end of the 374km long journey, Ba River merges into the big sea at Da Dien estuary (also known as Da Rang estuary), south of Tuy Hoa city.

Peaceful by the river.Peaceful by the river.

Peaceful by the river.

I don’t know when, Ba River has been a sacred symbol of the residents living along both banks. With a basin wide of 13,900km2Ba River is a place where indigenous ethnic groups such as De Trieng, Se Dang, J’rai, BahNar have gathered and lived for a long time… from here, forming the typical cultural features of the residents. native.

From the majestic waterfalls upstream to the bends, the peaceful flows downstream all carry a bold mark on the culture of the residents living here: These are immortal epic songs, epic and romantic chapters; Those are beautiful love stories of boys and girls of E-de, De Trieng, J’rai, BahNar…; that is the beautiful legend of the magic sword and the Fire King of the J’rai people; There are also peaceful villages on both sides of the river, which contain a unique and huge cultural heritage with curved roofs of Dragon houses, quiet statues of tombs, the sound of gongs, and la da. jar of wine, with laxatives around the sinuses…

The Ba River plays an extremely important role in the lives of the indigenous people where it flows. With the products God gave him, Ba River generously gave everything back to people.


I once had the opportunity to walk along this magnificent river, from upstream to downstream. Everywhere is beautiful. Everywhere I want to stop for a few days, just to be satisfied! But perhaps – for me, the most impressive point is still Ben Mong, the Pink Valley in Ayun Pa town.

I remember, a few decades ago, when there was no Ben Mong bridge connecting Ayun Pa with Ia Pa district, I used to come here. There is a boat that, day or night, sunny or rainy, slowly and diligently takes passengers across the river. I once sat on that boat of Mr. Chau Sanh Ngoc (often called Mr. Sau Ngoc), who was about sixty years old at that time.

There was also a time when he rowed a boat and took me from Ben Mong, down the Ba River to the Hong Valley at the foot of To Na Pass – the border between Ayun Pa town and Krong Pa district of Gia Lai province. That day was in the spring, the water was not big, just enough to keep the boat from hitting the rocks on the riverbed. The boat floated naturally on the gently flowing water. Occasionally, Mr. Sau Ngoc would put the rowing beam into the water and steer the boat from going to shore.

“Calling it Ben Mong is to distinguish it from Ben Mo on the left bank of the river, in Ia Pa district,” Mr. Sau Ngoc told me. He said: At that time, Ben Mo had a row of lush green fig trees. In the summer, it’s hot everywhere but Ben Mo is cool. Then one year, a fierce flood came, and the rows of fig trees collapsed and drifted along the fierce water flow. Ben Mo has since then only remained in memories…

Soon we arrived at the Rose Valley. There are also other very romantic names here such as Valley of Love, Valley of Purple Horizon…

I didn’t know before 1975, but on the trip down to Ben Mong with Mr. Sau Ngoc several decades ago, Hong Valley was still relatively wild with bunches of orchids high above the ancient trees, reflecting down on them. clear water stream. And wild apricot trees – occasionally appearing in the bushes is a wild apricot tree showing off its bright yellow color.

According to Mr. Sau Ngoc, it is called the Valley of Love because the scenery here is beautiful and the climate is cool, so many couples often come here for love. “But it is also associated with a very beautiful love story of the J’rai people here a long time ago!”, Mr. Ngoc said.

As for the Pink Valley or the Purple Horizon Valley, it probably originates from the change in color during the day, depending on the morning, noon or afternoon sunlight shining on the water, then bouncing off the forest on the riverbank to create different colors. colors at different times of the day.

The river in Hong Valley suddenly became vast, the water flowing blue. That day, Mr. Sau Ngoc brought a bunch of fishing nets. The attic was beamed along the boat, he stood up, slightly shook his legs, then waved his hand and threw the fishing net into the river. The boat rocked gently. The water surface where the fishing net fell broke into rolling waves… That night, Mr. Sau Ngoc and I removed fish from the fishing net and drank wine right in the heart of the valley…

Above the riverbank, Highway 25 still curves along the river, although suddenly from the mountain, it rushes out into a hill to become To Na pass, connecting Ayun Pa with Krong Pa. At that time, the fish in Rose Valley was very delicious. On occasion, I will talk about fighting fish in Ba River near An Khe, or pike fish in Hong Valley at the foot of To Na Pass.

Highway 25 gently curves along the Ba River.Highway 25 gently curves along the Ba River.

Highway 25 gently curves along the Ba River.


On occasion, I went down Route 25, along the Ba River, all the way to Tuy Hoa. Coming to Phu Yen province, Ba River changed its name to Da Rang River – from the old pronunciation of the name Ea Drang – ancient Cham meaning “reed river”. Here, bustling, peaceful villages quietly nestle beside the river.

Nearly emptying into the big sea, the Ba River is also generous when bending, forming a large delta of over twenty thousand hectares, creating the largest Tuy Hoa field in the South Central region. And yet, from the Dong Cam irrigation system, water from the Ba River is brought in to irrigate this large rice field…

Every time I return to Tuy Hoa and stay overnight here, I don’t stay in a hotel, but often stop by a small Homestay on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street. May Homestay – a gentle, cute name. Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street is in the city center, a few minutes walk and you will be standing in front of the sea.

The night here is unusually quiet, so quiet that you can even hear someone’s light breathing – out there, as if you can hear the whispers of the Ba River – Da Rang River when returning to the sea…