Upstream of Dak Bla

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Kon Bah suspension bridge is more than 50m long and crosses the Dak B’Tu river

like a large hammock suspended in the middle of the green forest.

To get to the upstream of Dak Bla River, there are many different sections and small trails… You can start from Kon Klor suspension bridge; from behind KonJôRi village or from Kon K’tu village. But perhaps the most ideal point is to start from Kon K’tu village and go up because this is the most suitable route for a fun day of picnicking while still having the health to feel all the exciting things that await. front…

Follow the small road at the end of the village up to the rushing river and on one side is a vertical rocky cliff. You can feel the cold air still lurking in the grove of unmelted leaves or the spray of water being blown up from the river flowing under the underground rocks, causing the water to boil and splash right next to the road. Going about 2km further, you will pass a small stream across the road flowing into the river, before climbing up a small slope. Looking to the other side of the hill is a cassava field covering several hectares and right at the foot are terraced fields where the only source of water to supply the fields is from that hill. But perhaps the most interesting is a small, simple hut like a dot in that vast green space, perhaps the owner’s resting place after tiring work and also a place of peace. welcomes passersby who want to stop to breathe fresh air or want to chat a few words with its owner…

6.9.4The small hut is like a highlight in the green space.

Continuing on the road, you will meet a small village, which is Kon K’Tu Moi village, which has just been established according to the population relaxation policy. From here, visitors will climb to the top of Mount HPling, with an altitude of about 1,100m above sea level, perhaps the most challenging place during the picnic, the steep slope makes those who are not used to it sweat. smelly, panting a lot. But that will pass quickly when you find yourself on the top of the mountain, the feeling of having just conquered the height, of standing on the top of a high mountain, looking in all four directions and seeing only the vast blue, as far as the eye can see…. The gentle breezes seem to caress and caress, quickly drying the sweat drops on our clothes and also seem to help us recharge a new source of energy…

At the top is a winding but fairly flat trail, running through a thin patch of forest. The tour guide meticulously introduced each type of tree as he walked, especially the trees that indigenous people like to use for building houses, agricultural production tools, hunting… and groups of edible trees such as wild vegetables, rattan shoots…or how to set and avoid squirrel traps, wild boar traps…And then the mystery of the squiggly marks, old and new, hastily engraved on forest trees, it turns out that these are markings. ownership of the owners. When you see such a sign, you know that the tree already has an owner and no one who comes later will ever cut that tree down. Even after many years, the “tree owner” has passed away, but that tree will still be there. being respected by the community and reminding their children and grandchildren to know how to cut them if they need to…

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Two foreign tourists happily smiled on a small road

Start entering the picturesque Lo O forest.

Another interesting thing is that just after passing the thin forest, visitors will encounter a small road through the vast, dense, endless Lo O forest. Walking under the shady bamboo forest, there are places where the interwoven foliage obscures the sunlight from penetrating, occasionally the guide signals to stop to cut down trees blocking the way…

After leaving the forest, you will certainly be surprised to see a rather large rice field in front of you, located in the middle of a vast old forest and a few lovely stilt houses nestled on the edge of the forest, making us immediately think of a forest. Some lovebirds are enjoying a happy life, free day and night, happy with the mountain wind, the forest moon… just like the beautiful love stories described by writers in books and newspapers…

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A small stilt house on the edge of the forest is my resting place

whole family during the farming season.

Continue on the road just a few hundred meters to reach the rest stop, but it is quite difficult. Without a guide, it is difficult to reach the destination quickly because you have to cross the thatched grass that is too high above your head. people, the paths are very small, in many places you can no longer recognize traces of the trail, perhaps no one has passed through this place for a long time.

The feeling of being surrounded by a thatched grass forest will disappear when before your eyes is a traditional bamboo suspension bridge like a “giant hammock” that was strung across the river by nature, not created by human hands. . The quite long and beautiful suspension bridge is a frequent travel place of the Ba Na village named Kon Bah located on the top of the mountain across the river, in Gia Lai province and is a shortcut to villages as far away as the district. Kbang wants to go to Kon Tum by the shortest forest road.

Another special thing is that the river, called Dak B’Tu, used to be the boundary between Gia Lai and Kon Tum provinces, always dark whether rain or shine. The river originates from a certain area of ​​Gia Lai province and then flows to the legendary Dak Bla stream. At the river confluence, where the Dak Bla stream is adjacent, one can always clearly see the crimson color of Dak B’Tu before merging into the big river… Is it because of this strange meeting that the Ba Na people around the area I thought the two rivers were fighting and the word Dak Bla originated from here…?!.

6.9.7Tourists take a dugout boat from upstream Dak Bla.

And next to that river junction is a boundless majestic space, the always beautiful Dak Bla river next to high mountains surrounded by green forests. Sit on a stall in the middle of the forest or spread out a towel to have lunch right on the clean, smooth sandy beach, feel the sound of running water, birds chirping, cool breezes, close your eyes for a moment to feel the feeling. Life is so wonderful… all the worries and noise seem to disappear… and after or before lunch, visitors can immerse themselves in the clear water or can follow the Ba Na youth rowing canoes to catch fish, shrimp, and mushrooms. sand, crickets, mice… Especially see how they prepare it. Usually, they will grill or put in a bamboo tube a few sour, acrid leaves picked along the river, stream or in the forest, plus a little salt and chili, then stuff the leaves and grill them over the fire when they boil for a while. Take it out and eat it with the available brown rice… Along with that cooking method are dishes that will make visitors remember forever, such as river shrimp cooked with yellow ant nests or earthworms cooked with sour leaves… the flavors make others pay attention. and the unforgettable impression when invited to taste…

Say goodbye to the beautiful natural picture and return to the village on dugout canoes carved out of a large tree trunk, continuing to explore the green space along both sides of the river. Special traps for shrimp and fish with wheat leaves or wine residue should be placed in the trap to attract shrimp and fish. Or when the small boat passed Mop waterfall and Hlai waterfall in the fast flowing water, it made my heart sink and then immediately burst when the boat was rowed by a strong Ba Na boy with strong, full hands. Experience in squeezing through rising rocks, choosing a small stream of water to carry the canoe through the fierce water…

The boat will take visitors back to the starting point, the ancient village of Kon K’Tu or KonJori during the most beautiful sunset moment. Visitors can walk a bit on the wide sandy beach along the river, chat with children, and admire the unique daily life scene only found in this place…

What a beautiful space and interesting experiences during a day of trekking… there are no words to describe all the emotions a person feels when experiencing those wonderful things… But there is one thing. What is certain is that when tourists get on the bus to return to town, their soul still remains upstream in Dak Bla.

Article and photo: Tuong Lam

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