Expedition through the Central Highlands 5 days 4 nights

Vietnam has many off the beaten track destinations and most of the time people only know about the northern part of the country. We are here to confide a secret… we have found an alternative destination in ‘the Central Highlands’. These wild lands located on the border with Cambodia, are home to many tribes and ethnic groups living in remote villages. On this tour, you will have the chance to visit Buon Ma Thuot and its famous coffee forest, watch the elephants in Ban Don village, and more in the countryside of Dalat, in addition to enjoying a special weather of four seasons. Finally, the tour will end in Hoi An which boasts a fantastic Old Quarter, with wonderfully preserved architecture.

Tour code: GDT01E
Type of tour: Private tour (from 2 pax)
Duration: 5 days 4 nights 
Public Price USD: $559 per person

TRAVEL ROUTE: Dalat – Lak – Buon ma Thuot – Pleiku – Kham Duc – Hoi An (Ho Chi Minh Trail)
 
  • Day 1: Dalat – Lak Lake (150km) (L/D)
    • Leave Dalat for Lak Lake at 8:30am. On the way, visit a typical vegetable and flower farms of Dalat, coffee plantations, cricket farms along the way, and a local silk-throwing factory where you can see the whole process of how silk is made, with the best quality you can buy here at an unbelievably cheap price. Then a visit to the Elephant waterfall to stretch your legs and feel the power of this beautiful fall out of Dalat. You also have an option to stroll your way through a quiet Buddhist pagoda nearby. Lunch at a local restaurant next to Krongno bridge.
      Arrive in Jun, a H’mnong ethnic minority village next to Lak Lake, in the afternoon. Here you’ll take a walk through the village to see the local life and learn about their culture. You can also have an opportunity to do optional activities such take a canoe on this nice tranquil lake and enjoy sunset on a nice summer day. Overnight in a homestay.

      Accommodation: Longhouse in Lak Lake.
       
      Elephant waterfall
      Expedition through the Central Highlands
  • Day 2: Lak Lake – Buon Ma Thuot (80km) (B/L/D)
    • Leave Lak Lake after breakfast for Bao Dai palace to get the view of the area. Drive 40km east of Buon Me Thuot to the area of Draysap waterfalls – the most stunning falls in the south and central Vietnam. On the way, you may visit some local factories and fields to learn more about the usual way of living in the highlands, such as a rice noodle factory, a pepper plantation, a rubber plantation, an incense factory and a bricks factory.
      Enjoy a nice hike under tropical trees to check out different falls and the surroundings of this area. Visit the center of Buon Ma Thuot, the capital city of Daklak province, where the Northern Vietnamese Army launched the first campaign to liberate the central highlands, before going further down South. We also pay a visit to the museum to see the cultural collections of all ethnic tribes living in the highlands. Evening free to do as you please, overnight in Buon Ma Thuot in a hotel.

      Accommodation: Hotel in Buon Ma Thuot
       
      Draysap waterfalls
      Expedition through the Central Highlands
  • Day 3: Buon Ma Thuot – Kon Tum (225km) (B/D)
    • Leave for Kon Tum from Buon Ma Thuot at 8:00 am, take a 60km back road through local villages to Buon Ho, then keep on the journey along road 14 to Kon Tum. Visiting local black pepper farms, rubber plantations & Sea Lake out of Pleiku on the way. Arrive in Kon Tum by 3pm. After check in our hotel, take a walking tour around town including Kon Tum wooden church, Ba Na village or Kon Klor Suspension Bridge.

      Accommodation: Hotel in Kon Tum
       
      black pepper farms
      Kon Klor Suspension Bridge
  • Day 4: Kon Tum - Kham Duc (175km) (B/D)
    • Pay a visit to the orphanage before leaving for Kham Duc. Along the way, stop at the famous Dak To/Tan Canh battlefield, Charlie Hill & Ngoc Hoi – one of the important junction of the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail. Enjoy the amazing jungle landscapes of Truong Son mountain hugging the trail. Arrive in Kham Duc by 3:30 pm. Check into your hotel and we suggest you to take a walk around this tranquil little town in the middle of jungle.

      Accommodation: Hotel in Kham Duc.
       
      Charlie Hill & Ngoc Hoi
       Kham Duc
  • Day 5: Kham Duc - Hoi An (115km) (B)
    • Leave for Hoi An after breakfast. Drive through rain forest & local villages before dropping down to the coast line. Arrive in Hoi An – a World Heritage Site – in the afternoon.

      Accommodation: Not included
       
      Expedition through the Central Highlands
      Expedition through the Central Highlands

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