Located in the north of Central Highlands, Kon Tum province is on the junction of Indochina. Kon Tum shares border with Laos and Cambodia and most of the province is high mountains of Truong Son range. Many rivers pass through this district such as Cai river, Se San river and Ba river. The capital city has the same name as the district’s.
How to get there
If you are interested in going by plane you have to know that there is no straight route from big cities like Hanoi or Saigon to Kon Tum. You have to take a flight to Pleiku Airport which is 50km away from Kon Tum, and you will catch a bus to Kon Tum for 30,000 – 35,000 VND. From Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to Pleiku, there is a fight everyday which costs you 1,800,000 – 2,500,000 VND each ticket.
There are lots of interesting sites to visit at Kon Tum, if you have enough time, you should not miss a single attractions below.
Wooden Church Kon Tum: this church is located on Nguyen Hue Street, made at 1913 by a French priest. The church is an excellent combination of Roman architecture style with distinctive characteristics of a traditional house of Ba Na ethnic. As the name of the church defines, the whole building is built out of woods, mostly from ca chit trees. The walls of the church are formed by a material which is made by mortar mixed with straw – a traditional method of the central people. There is also a displaying area of ethnic and religious products, a brocade textile facility, and an orphanage. This is one of the most churches in Vietnam for its unique architecture and design.
The Rong House Kon K’lor: is located at the end of Tran Hung Dao Street, near the famous river Dakbla. Rong house is traditional communal house of Ba Na ethnic which is a pride of northern central highlanders. Rong house is built when a village is founded and all villagers must join to complete the house. A special thing about the house is that visitors when come to the village will see this house from all directions.
Cultural Village Kon K’Tu: right beside the Rong house is the suspension bridge Kon K’lor the biggest bridge crossed the Dakbla river. This bridge is a wonderful place to watch sunset on the river. Cross the bridge and go for 6km more, you will reach the cultural village Kon K’Tu. You should homestay here for at least one night to join and enjoy the cultural activities of the people here, taste their delicious foods and drinks, watch folklore performances. Boating on Dakbla by dugout boat is something you should try. The H’Lay waterfall is only 2km away from the village; you can totally go there by yourself.
Bo Y Border Gate: you now might ask why you should visit this border gate. It seems that there is nothing interesting about the place. Actually, this border has a milestone that forks 3 countries: Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Another name of this place says it all – Junction of Indochina. You go on 14 National Highway for about 80km from Kon Tum city. It is easier if you go by car, in case you go by motorbike, you must go for a longer way. ID or passport must be prepared in case the border guards ask of them. You will be climbing some steps before you reach the three-front milestone.
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