Emerging Hotspots in Indochina – Vietnam
Vietnam is a goldmine of relatively undiscovered treasures for travelers. Taking time to explore several areas of this amazingly diverse cultural hotspot, visitors will be rewarded with unique and authentic travel experiences.
Kon Tum is a province in Central Vietnam symbolized by the rong house, the communal home of the Bahnar people. An ethnic minority with their own language, traditions and customs, they make ceremonial music using pitched gongs. UNESCO has declared this enchanting gong playing custom “an intangible cultural heritage.” The Bahnar people’s tall, thatched roof rong house is the heart of their village and also serves as a court of justice. In addition to exotic tribal culture, this Kon Tum hotspot has ecotourism and spectacular scenery to explore while trekking.
The best way to explore the far north of Vietnam is by motorbike. However, with recent road improvements, this hotspot is now accessible via other transportation modes as well. This mountainous frontier is under military control and officially requires visitors to obtain a permit. Escaping the frantic traffic of Hanoi and driving north through the colorful markets of Meo Vac is an amazingly liberating feeling. Then encountering tribal people wearing traditional clothing in Dong Van confirms this journey is an incredibly authentic travel experience.
Tra Su Cajuput Flooded Forest
Located deep in the Mekong River delta not far from the town of Chau Doc is a fascinating mix of Vietnamese and Khmer culture. Tra Su Cajuput, an ecotourism hotspot located about 20 km from Chau Doc in Tinh Bien, is home to a wide variety of aquatic plants such as lotus, water lily and duckweed. Explore the serenity of the flooded forest while canoeing and listening to the sounds of rare bird species such as the Indian stork and rong roc bird.
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