Travel to Kon Tum, discover 8 extremely beautiful places

Just only 50km from Pleiku, Kon Tum is a worth place to visit thanks to its pristine and mysterious beauty.

1. Kon Tum Cathedral

Kon Tum Cathedral, also known as Kon Tum Wooden Church has always been the pride of Tay Nguyen People. You can visit the church all year round but in the blooming flower season is the best time to visit when the scenery is covered by splendid colors of the red and white flowers. Also, you are surely impressed by the brown bell-tower of the church imposingly rising towards the blue sky.

This 100 – year old Church is a special artistic architecture and considered as the most beautiful and antique relic, which was built in the architectural style of Roman and Ba Na. The material to construct the church is the best quality wood at that time such as rose-wood and ca chit; walls are made of soil mixed with straw and have no any concrete materials, etc. However, the cathedral is still standing today in its own beautiful appearance. 

2. Dak Bla River

Dak Bla River has an important role in the life of people in Kon Tum, as a symbolic river because if there isn’t Dak Bla River, there isn’t Kon Tom, in term of history and geography.

Coming to the hill street of Kon Tum, you will be impressed by the gently of the river, which resembles a long soft ribbon hugging the beautiful Kon Tum city. And you also feel the serene beauty of the river when seeing dugout floating on the vast water. 

3. Kon Klor Bridge

Locate in Kon Klor village, Kon Tom city, Kon Klor Bridge is the largest and most beautiful suspension bridge in the Highlands with 292m long and 4.5m wide, connecting the two shores of Dakbla River. The background surrounding the bridge is so beautiful with majestic mountains covered with lush green shrubbery. The Kon Klor bridge connected people on the riversides close together, but since it has been put into operation, then there had no dugout trip crossing the river. 

Also, when coming here, you can pay a visit to the Bah Nar – Kon Klor village to have a drink with special wine together with them. After that, continue the trip by passing over the bridge to get to another fertile land, which are the banana gardens, coffee plantations and fruit trees. About 6km to across over the roundabout road is the Kon K’tu village, which is the pride of residents here because it still retains ancient, majestic and pristine features. 

4. Mang Den Ecotourism Site

Located at the height of more than 1.000m above the sea level, Mang Den owns the cool weather all year round with the average temperature of 18-20 degrees celsius. Therefore, it is considered as the "the second Da Lat tourist city" in the Central Highlands.

Mang Den has the diversified and rich natural resource with more than 80% of the primeval forests and is the home of many rare animals and plants on the Red list in Vietnam and in the world such as rare red pine trees, pơ mu, trầm gió… along with other rare medicinal herbs including red ginseng, schisandra chinensis, etc. Also, a pine forest with the total area of 4.000ha is the best place for camping, and having a picnic.

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5. Pa Sy Waterfall

Pa Sy Waterfall is an ecotourism area belonging to Kon Tu Rang village of Ro Man people, Mang Canh commune, Kon Plong district, Kon Tum province, located about 6km northwest of Kon Plong district center. Amid the large system of lakes, waterfalls and primeval forests, Pa Sy Waterfall appears as a picturesque area with cool weather all year round. 

Pa Sy Waterfall is made up of three biggest streams in Mang Den, situated in the center of the ecotourism area at the altitude of 1.500 m above the sea level. The waterfall was called as Pau Suh in the ethnic language of Ro Man, which means three streams bunched up into. After that, the locals called it as Pa Sy because of misspelling.

6. Indochina T-junction

Traveling by motorbike is the most exciting vehicle for backpackers to the famous Vietnam’s Central Highlands; especially have a departure to the area of Indochina T-junction, a renowned site of Kon Tum.

When you are in this area, you will have chance to see and touch to the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia border landmark, which is 2m high with 900kg, located at the altitude of 1.086m. 
At the peak you will have a panoramic view of Indochina T-junction with lush, beautiful sceneries surrounding. The trip will certainly bring you the most challenging feelings as well as memorable experiences. 

7. Ngoc Linh Mountain

Ngọc Linh is a high mountain of the Annamite Range in Vietnam with the height of 2.598m, straddles the two provinces of Quang Nam and Kon Tum. It is also regarded as the roof of Southern Vietnam. This mountain owns high biological species diversity, featuring with the weather and climate of tropical region.

Especially Ngoc Linh Mountain has Panax vietnamensis (Vietnamese: Sâm Ngọc Linh), a famous species of ginseng in Kon Tum and Quang Nam of Vietnam. It is found at the altitude of 1.500m - 2.100m.

8. Chu Mom Ray National Park

Chu Mom Ray National Park, formerly the nature preserve Chu Mom Ray, Kon Tum province is a national park in the system of special-use forests in Vietnam with the total area of 56.000ha. The park owns the highest biodiversity among the national parks of the country as well as is the only park in Vietnam located adjacent to the Virachey Cambodia’s National Parks and protected areas in Laos Southeast Ghong.

Coming to Chu Mom Ray National Park, you will not only have a great chance to discover the rich nature resources, or visit attractive sites: Truong Son road, landmark H 67- the base of soldiers in Tay Nguyen, Sac Ly hill, Phuong Hoang airport, Bo Y international border gate crossing, etc, but also learn more about customs, and habits of ethnic minorities living here.

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Top Beautiful Tourist Attractions in Asia - by Condé Nast Traveler

Condé Nast Traveler, one of the world’s premier luxury and lifestyle travel magazines recently has announced a list of 50 most beautiful destinations in Asia, including Sapa, Hoian, and Halong Bay of Vietnam.

Sapa: Sapa is one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam thanks to the beautiful terraced rice fields, cool climate and unique culture.

Hoian: This lovely ancient town brings visitors an interesting experience with ancient architecture, peaceful atmosphere and delicious dishes.

Halong Bay: This famous scenic spot attracts visitors by the unique beauty of natural scenery.

Bunaken National Marine Park, Indonesia: With marine biodiversity and colorful coral reefs, Bunaken is a really ideal destination for those who love diving.

Taj Mahal, India: This temple is considered the symbol of eternal love, and also the most famous tourist destination in India, which is highlighted with exquisite and gaudy architecture, built perfectly to tiny details. 

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia: Belonging to Bali Paradise Resort, Ubud is like a peaceful green oasis with beautiful terraces and impressive culture.

Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia: The islands give visitors great experiences with exciting activities such as hiking, scuba diving, and boating… amidst the stunning natural sceneries. 

Masada, Israel: This magnificent desert has many ancient ruins to explore.

Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan: The lush green forest appears as a picturesque fairyland offering visitors a sense of peace, and tranquility.

Singapore skyline: Singapore is often referred to as the Lion City, which is an attractive destination in Asia. This beautiful country is famous for skyscrapers, busy shopping center, unique culture and special cuisine. 

Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul, Korea: This ancient village is located not far from the bustling urban of Seoul. It is highlighted with the Korean traditional architecture and many interesting cultural traits.

Luang Prabang, Laos: This is an ancient and peaceful city in Laos and an ideal place for those who want to find a soul piece in Southeast Asia.

Langkawi, Malaysia: Langkawi is a beautiful island in Malaysia, where has blue sea and primary forest along with impressive temples, bridges…

Zhangjiajie, China: The unique vertical rocky mountains in this area make visitors the feeling of losing in the world of film Avatar.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia: It is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world as well as considered the most interesting destination in the world by prestigious magazines has cited. 

Sheikh Zayed  Church, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The impressive churches here are outstanding with white splendor color, which is an impressive point amidst the blue sky of Abu Dhabi. Visiting of the churches, visitors are certainly overwhelmed by magnificent and luxurious design of these architectures. 

Ko Tao, Thailand: This beautiful island is an ideal place for relaxing in Summer vacation thanks to the stretching white smooth sandy beaches, and pristine sceneries. 

Lhasa, Tibet, China: The heart of Tibet will give visitors many wonderful experiences of culture, cuisine and spirituality.

Gobi Desert, Mongolia: The vast endless sandy areas next to the majestic mountains create breathtaking and spectacular scenery for the Gobi desert.

Beside the above nations, Myanmar (or Burma) is also a place which is worth to discover in a unique way. consider one of Myanmar River Cruise to explore this country in an upscale style.

Phơri’s House in Hanoi - No Word Can Express!

Located in Quang Minh town, Me Linh district, Hanoi, Phơri’s House will be the best place for relaxing during the hot temperate of Vietnam in the space of nature with river, lush trees, lawn and pool.

The house is surrounded by lush green vegetable gardens and wildflowers. Besides, it has the position near the riverbank and provides large grass and swimming pool. All of them make you the most relaxing moment in the spacious space of nature.

You can both relax on the grass with some interesting books and enjoy fresh fruits at on – site. And then, you will have chance to enjoy the lunch with rustic dishes of Vietnam made from ingredients in the garden.

Each of the room has view overlooking the garden; especially the house is equipped with bathroom in open style. Thus you can leisurely release yourself in the bathtub while listening to a soothing music melody and admire the sceneries outside.

Besides, it provides a mini cinema and outdoor swing for you to entertain.  Indeed, Phơri’s House is the ideal place for those who like the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.

However, you should raise awareness of environmental protection by using cloth bags instead of plastic bags when staying in the house.

The price is affordable from $25/room/person/day; $45/room/ two persons and surcharge $15 for the 3rd person. Breakfast is served with ingredients from the garden, lunch and dinner are also provided with the price from $5 - $7/person.

Also, Phơri’s House offers an outdoor party, BBQ with fruit juice and fresh ingredients bought from Sapa and the garden. The price is $15/person. To book room in advance you can contact to Ms. Hao (0918398599).

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Discover Binh Ba and “Tam Binh” Islands in Summer

If you are interested in the sea, and would like to have new experiences at the unspoiled lands, then the site of “Tu Binh” would be the ideal choice for your journey to Vietnam.

1. Binh Ba island

Binh Ba is the small island, located about 60 km from Nha Trang, and belonging to Cam Binh Commune, Cam Ranh city, Khanh Hoa province.  To get to Binh Ba island, you have to depart from Ba Ngoi wharf to have boat trip (you need to note about time departure to avoid missing boat). 

However if you travel with a group of many people, you can hire private canoe for a safe trip and time-saving as well. 

Further details about Binh Ba island:

In the period from March to September is the best time for visiting Binh Ba island.

Here you would have a perfect holiday in the convenient hotels with the price ranging from 70.000VND (3.14 USD) per person on normal day. Besides, home – stay is also the suitable choice for saving expenses. 

Coming to Binh Ba, you will have the chance to enjoy famous seafood including lobster and fresh seafood with the cost from 1 – 1.8 million VND (44.81 - 80.66 USD) / lobster. There are two types of lobsters depending on your demand.

Several exciting activities for you to entertain in Binh Ba island such as visiting bathing beaches, or diving and snorkeling for sightseeing coral reefs. Here you will have your own space on the white sandy beach, blue water, and play with cool waves. Besides, don’t forget to admire the beautiful sunrise on Bai Chuong or Chuong Beach, Bai Nom or Nom Beach – the ideal place for couple and Bai Nha Cu – the best place for taking photos. All of them are the main beaches on Binh Ba Island with the romantic sceneries and clear water. Especially let’s experience a fantastic night together the locals with interesting activities such as go fishing, and shrimp, etc.

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2. Binh Lap island

Binh Lap island belongs to the gulf of Cam Ranh city, Khanh Hoa province. It is best known as Maldives in Vietnam thanks to the stretching white sandy beaches, the crystal-clear turquoise of water.

To get to Binh Lap island, you can depart by car, or if you want to have an adventure, motorbike would be a perfect choice. 

However, Binh Lap tourism is still in poor condition. Thus there are not many accommodations for overnight; especially resorts have the price very expensive. Tent rental is a smart choice for two persons on the beach with the price ranging from 400.000 VND (17.92 USD) /night or you can stay overnight in the popular accommodations. 

Binh Lap island is not only famous for tasty seafood but also famous for renowned chicken. Also, there are many beautiful beaches for sightseeing such as Binh Chau Beach, Ngang Beach, Con Beach.

3. Binh Tien Beach

Binh Tien beach belongs to Cong Hoa commune, Ninh Hai district, Ninh Thuan province. Located about 70km South – North of Nha Trang, Binh Tien Beach enchants visitors by the pristine beauty of stretching white sandy beach, cool water. Besides, when coming to Binh Tien beach, you will be impressed by the winding pass, lush forests on limestone mountains. 

If you travel with couple, don’t forget to take a walk by foot on the beach for admiring the beautiful sunset and feeling the breath of the sea. This would be the fantastic moment during your stays. Moreover, camping is also the most relaxing activity in the quiet space of the beach.

4. Binh Hung island

Binh Hung island or Ty/Chut island is one of the three islands belonging to Tam Binh islands in Cam Binh commune and Cam Ranh city, and nestled at the foot of pass connecting Binh Tien to Vinh Hy. 

Further details about Binh Hung island:

You can visit Binh Hung island all round year, except for September and October because that is the stormy season. 

There are many exciting activities for entertainment, especially a fire camp on the beach. Accommodation is available such as home – stay at the fishing village, or floating raft house on the water. 

Lobster is the famous seafood at Binh Hung island – the same as Binh Ba. Besides, you should try other special seafood with strange and delicious taste including “cầu gai, nhum”.

Kinh Beach is the fantastic place that you shouldn’t miss during your stays at Binh Hung island. It is very suitable for the holiday of family and children to relax and entertain in the cool water. If you would like to discover further, Trang cave is also an ideal site with the stream of fresh water.

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Travel to Cat Ba Island, Enjoy 4 Not-to-be-missed Experiences

1. Camping At a Deserted Beach

One of the most appropriate experiences for the youth visitors when traveling to Cat Ba is to hire a boat or kayak, then paddle to the remote beaches outside of Lan Ha bay to have night camp. Certainly the feeling of being “Robinson in the uninhabited island” will be the most memorable experience for young visitors in Cat Ba.

2. Climbing the Mountain

Climbing is one of the best extreme sports in Ca Ba, especially for adventure lovers. Climbing venues include Dau Be Island (after 2 hours traveling by boat from the port of Cat Ba, the cliff at Ben Beo (about 2km far away from the center of Cat Ba, Ba Trai Dao island (about 22km to the south away from the tourism port)… However, you can also climb mountains right at Monkey island if you don’t like adventure. 

3. Walking Around Cat Ba Town at Night

The daytime activities in Cat Ba are very various and lively, but nightlife in Cat Ba is very limited. Beside the small bars and pubs in the town center for active people, taking a walk along the beach at night is also an interesting thing you should try. The fresh air from sea breeze will make you relaxed completely. You can hire a double or triple bike to go around with your family. Besides, the area of stairs which connects from Cat Co 1, 2, 3 to each other is one of the romantic places in the evening.

4. Squid Fishing

Squid fishing at night in Cat Ba is an exciting entertainment, but it cost expensive price. The expense for a short trip is about 500.000VND (22.46USD). You can ask the owner of your hotel about the supplier of this activity or ask directly to the houseboats or the ferryman in the port of the town.

5. Visiting an Old Village

Maybe you have crossed to an old village while kayaking or sailing around Lan Ha bay. Cai Beo is the oldest and largest floating village in Cat Ba, Vietnam. Certainly you will never forget the peaceful images of smiling faces and waving hands of locals when kayaking through the floating village. They are very hospitable and willing to invite you to visit their houses. The village is located near the Cai Beo wharf and not difficult to move there. Besides, in Cat Ba there is also an ancient village named Viet Hai, which is very famous for ecotourism. 

There are 3 ways to get to Viet Hai village: kayaking, taking a boat with the price of 300.000VND (13.48 USD)/trip and trekking through the Cat Ba National Park.