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Vietnam: Central Highlands

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Central Highlands | Vietnam | Asia

[Visited: June 2002]

It was the desire to escape the “standard Vietnam trail” that made us say yes to two guides in Dalat when they proposed to take us up North on the back of their motorbikes. Then, we had probably the best days of our holidays. From Dalat, we started up north and visited several farms which grew such diverse products as pineapple, coffee and mushrooms. The road was still under construction in several places so the ride was pretty rough at times. But the views were great, rolling hills as far as we could see.

Picture of Central Highlands (Vietnam): Dray Sap waterfall, Central Highlands

As we approached Lak Lake, the sun was going down and we saw an orange glow illuminating the aesthetic ricefields and the women working on them. When I went running near Lak Lake the next morning, I saw the majestic sight of two elephants approaching me with their typical slow pace. As we advanced through the Central Highlands, we saw men slamming rocks to produce granite, coffee and tea plantations, and the making of ricepaper. We ended the day with a visit to two waterfalls in Dray Sap National Park.

Picture of Central Highlands (Vietnam): Rubber plantation in Central Highlands

The next day was a trip further north to Kontum in which we visited more tribal villages, plantations (rubber and pepper), enjoyed the landscape and some of its great lakes. In Kontum, we saw one of the oldest wooden churches in Vietnam – relic of the French. It was also here that I was stung by a scorpion. The next, last day was perhaps the nicest. A new, quiet road took us right through the jungle, more minority villages, and great views from high above over the seemingly endless green hills all around us. It was quite a shock to arrive at the busy coast.

Picture of Central Highlands (Vietnam): Fisherman on Lak Lake, Central Highlands
Picture of Central Highlands (Vietnam): House on edge of lake in Central Highlands
Picture of Central Highlands (Vietnam): Central Highlands landscape
Picture of Central Highlands (Vietnam): Lak lake landscape, Central highlands
Picture of Central Highlands (Vietnam): Rong house, Central Highlands
Picture of Central Highlands (Vietnam): Wooden suspension bridge in Central Highlands
Picture of Central Highlands (Vietnam): Wooden church in Kontum, Central Highlands

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