Vietnam Central Highlands: Jarai Music and More

Khiri Travel Vietnam goes out of their way to find plenty of hill tribes residing in traditional houses. In a three-day tour we enjoy the villages of Kon Tum and Pleiku in Vietnam’s Central Highlands.

The area, sharing borders with southern Laos and the far northeastern tip of Cambodia, is also on the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail, allowing travelers to discover several places related to the Vietnam War. Not many tourists explore this remote area, which nevertheless is blessed with a beautiful landscape, ethnic minorities and their unique traditions.

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Khiri Travel Vietnam proposes the below one-of-a-kind experience with a homestay overnight in a Jarai village:

Day 1 PLEIKU – PLEIBLOUM
The tour starts in Pleiku city from where we drive to Pleibloum village. A scenic road takes us to a coffee plantation where we meet the workers and see how coffee is grown and roasted. Further down the road is Phu Cuong Waterfall – very refreshing. In the afternoon we arrive in Pleibloum, where a Jarai minority lives. We walk around, exploring their culture and customs. Houses are typically built on stilts, and we overnight in one of these long houses.

Day 2 PLEIBLOUM – DEKOP – PLEIKU
After breakfast, we leave Pleibloum for Kon Dong. A trek of around eight kilometers along valleys and hills allows us to explore the Bahnar villages of Dektu and Derol. The Bahnar, like many of the other ethnic groups living in this part of Vietnam, are known for their rich musical heritage. We enjoy them playing the traditional gong.

Day 3 PLEIKU: KON TUM Village
Today we make a tour around the highlands and visit the village of Kon Tum. On the way we pass Bien Ho lake (or T’nung lake), which is the flooded cater of a volcano and now the town’s reservoir. We are welcomed in another Jarai village. Life is gentle in Plei Phun. We stroll around and are invited by the villagers to join them in their ceremonies and learn about their daily work. Once we arrive in Kon Tum, it’s lunch first. Kon Tum was a settlement of the French. A wooden cathedral from 1913 still stands. We stop over at the restored church and visit Vinh Son orphanage. About 200 children live here, most of whom from the surrounding minority villages. Travelers can give a donation to allow for the purchase of books, food and other daily supplies. From here we return to the airport in Pleiku for an onward flight.

Pleiku can be reached via domestic flights from Da Nang, Saigon or Hanoi. For more information and bookings, please contact sales.vietnam@khiri.com.