Saigon – Dalat – Lak Lake – Buon Ma Thuot – Nha Trang (6 Days)
Central Highlands of Vietnam cover 5 provinces: Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Gia Lai, Kon Tum and Lam Dong, which are in the southern section of the Truong Son Mountain Range. The Central Highlands are the home of many ethnic minority groups who contribute into the diversity of Vietnam culture. Travelers will be surprised by lovely stretches of coffee farms, pepper vines or the beauty of lakes and waterfalls. The central highlands are really outstanding with Da Lat city- “the romantic city of love”, Yok Don National park, ethnic minority groups’ villages at Kon Tum and Buon Ma Thuoc, suspension bridges and huge wild jungles.
We pick you up from your hotel
VRT – HIGHLAND 02
6 days – 5 nights
Private and customized
* Accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
* All transport and transfer with new 16-seat Mercedes
* Breakfast and Lunch in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available
* Fully escorted English speaking tour guide
* All entrance fees and permission
* Domestic flight tickets, including domestic airport taxes.
* International flight tickets and airport tax
* Visas and visa fee
* Drinks and other meals
* Gratuities and personal expenses
* Camera fees (if any)
TOUR COST per Person (in US $)
All inclusive in Twin or Double Room / Meal (Daily Breakfast and Lunch)
Particularly suitable for uncomplicated tourists with low requirements
Accomodation: Guesthouses and 2-Star Hotels, clean rooms w. window, A/C and bathroom
Train: Soft berth, 4-bed compartment w. A/C (if any)
Boat trip: Private Boat (if any)
HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP
Travelers will be surprised by lovely stretches of coffee farms, pepper vines or the beauty of lakes and waterfalls.
The central highlands are really outstanding with Da Lat city- “the romantic city of love”, Yok Don National park, ethnic minority groups’ villages at Kon Tum and Buon Ma Thuoc, suspension bridges and huge wild jungles.
The land of wonders and hospitalities in the Central Highland is endowed with many interesting features such as hill ethnology, diversified ecosystem, boat excursion, elephant riding, biking, adventures to the primitive forests and villages with the typical characteristics of Highlanders. This Central Highlands tour will take you over mountains and rivers and give you a chance to experience first-hand the unique culture of the M’nong, Ede, Bahnar and Jarai Minorities as you visit their villages.
We offer you the very basic tours to the Central Highlands. It is very flexible. if you would like to extend your holidays longer to any destinations you wish to visit. Please feel free to contact us, we will make your wish come true. Thank you.
TIP OF THE TRIP
We offer active environmentally friendly package trips to travelers who like adventure, love to return to the nature and explore the cultural characteristics of the local ethnic minorities, involving trekking, wild- animal watching, kayaking, elephant riding. We organize special trips to remote ethnic minority villages in the Central Highlands. You can stay at the hill tribe villages and get into their shelters to learn about their cultures. We take you to the place where you can discover the natural beauties of Waterfalls, Lakes or historical, religious sites of Battle Fields, Zen Pagoda, Wooden Church….etc.
Not sure what destinations you would like to visits, so we offer you some basic trips to the Central Highlands. We will customize any requirements to your demand trips.
Please contact us, we will work it out to arrange a package trip or even a part of your travel including tour guides, accommodation and transportation. Otherwise, we can help you to organize your self- guided travel. We will give you some good advices to make your trips interesting and safe.
Day 1: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Upon arrival in Saison, we will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel to take the rooms for relaxing a bit.
In the afternoon, about 5.00 pm we will explore the city on foot: Notre Dame Cathedral, Main Post Office, City Hall, Ben Thanh Market, Opera House…before we stop at NGON Restaurant for Welcome Dinner.
Day 2: Saigon – Dalat
In the morning we depart by bus to the highlands. The interesting journey takes us past Tri An Lake. En route, we visit Dambri Waterfall near Bao Loc and explore tea, coffee and mulberry plantations.
Lunch at one of local restaurants in Bao Loc, then continue our journey to Dalat, lying at 1475 meters above sea level.
Dalat is popular with visitors because it has a cool and equable climate usually remaining between 10º C and 20º C throughout the year. This ‘eternal spring’ is responsible for its increasing importance as a fruit and flower growing area. First class blooms, soft fruits and vegetables are grown for export and airlifted all over Asia. Dalat has many natural and artificial lakes such as Ho Xuan Huong, Than Tho, Da Thien, and Tuyen Lam bordered by lines of pine trees, which are a well-known feature of Dalat. A trip to Dalat is not complete until one goes to the Dalat Flower Gardens. The temperate climate of Dalat is suitable for flowers such as orchids, roses, lilies, and camellias.
Overnight in Dalat City.
Day 3: Dalat, “City of Eternal Spring”
In the morning we explore the colorful market. Then a bus brings us to the meditation pagoda Thien Vien Truc Lam, located in a beautiful mountain setting at the shore of a crystal clear mountain lake. Later a boat takes us to the islands. After a lunch under pine trees, we soak in the unique landscape on the back of an elephant. In the afternoon we take a ride on the legendary steam train route to Mat Trai Village. There we visit the Mosaique Pagoda. Return trip through the vegetable fields.
Day 4: Dalat – Lak Lake
Today we leave Dalat to head to highway 27 to Lak lake. We will stop en route to visit Mushroom Farm and Silkworm Factory before check-in to our bungalow resort or a traditional longhouse of the local population.
Lak Lake - Jun Village (the village of M’nong Ethnic Minority).
Lak Lake, located at Lien Son town – Lak district, one of the largest natural freshwater lake in Vietnam. Lak Lake has an area of about 500 hectares, situated at an altitude of over 500m above sea level.
Residents living around the lake are mostly the M'Nong, villages like Le, Jun, M'Lieng still keep their customs and traditions, and retain a lot of precious things in the traditional long house-on-stilts like the K’pan(long bench used for visitors or artisants), the H'gor(female-drum), gongs,etc….
Surrounded by the primitive forests of the Central Highlands , Lak lake is a higlight of the region, so, when visiting here, tourists can enjoy the diversity of fauna - flora. According to statistics, there are 548 species, in which 118 families of them, 132 species of birds, 61 mammals, 43 reptiles, amphibians, including some endemic and rare. Besides, Lak lake is shelter of numerous species of aquatic life, fish and shellfish which are major economic resource for local residents living in the area around the lake. This is really a splendid lake; a destination of Ecology - Culture unique attractions with a natural poetic beauty of the surrounding mountains and forests. Come to Lake Lak, visitors not only have opportunities to explore the natural beauty, ride an elephant visiting villages, row a dug-out canoe sightseeing around the beautiful lake and see local people fishing by their own ways but also enjoy Gongs shows, exploring the cultural traditions of indigenous people - The M'nong.
We take a boat to cross the lake to visit the Jun Village, walk through the village, go into their house to learn about their traditions, customs and cultures.
Back to the resort, take a shower, then we have home dinner at a family living by the lake. After dinner enjoy the traditional live music show of GONGS by M’nong people and drink wine from large urns through a pipe.
Stay overnight at Lak Lake.
Day 5: Lak Lake – Waterfalls – Buon Ma Thuot
In the morning we do elephant riding around the lake and through the village. Then we leave for Buon Ma Thuot. We stop in town for lunch and continue our trip to the waterfalls. We visit coffee, rubber and pepper plantations on the way.
The Dray Nur, Dray Sap, and Gia Long waterfalls situated about 30 km to the southwest of Buon Ma Thuot city. These three waterfalls are located on the Srepok river which mingled by the Krong No (Husband river) and the Krong Ana (Wife river). High altitude operation with rushing water and powerful sounds are really impressive for the visitors. Fogs spray out, soaring along with the forest landscape created majestic scenery. This group of waterfalls is not just a place for tourists to enjoy the natural beauty but also an ideal place for those who want to enjoy outdoor activities such as walking along the river from the Gia Long falls to the DraySap falls, or wading through the suspension bridge over the river from DraySap to Dray Nur waterfall. This is also a great place for picnic trips.
We come back to Buon Ma Thuot City to check-in to our hotel and stay overnight here.
Day 6: Buon Ma Thuot – Yok Don National Park – Nha Trang
In the morning the bus brings us to Yok Don National Park.
Yok Don National Park (Buon Don district) situated more than 40 km to the west of Buon ma Thuot city with 115.545hectares where is the conservation of natural resources of precious national forest ecosystem. Especially, deducious forest, with rare animals, natural lakes, rivers, waterfalls.
This forest has many different species of birds, rare animals, many varieties of orchids and herbs. Including, 62 animals, 169 birds, 46 reptiles, 13 amphibians, 464 species of plants, mostly orchid pearl; besides 56 species of rare animals, there are 38 species in this park, 17 of them named in the World Red Book. Some common species of wildlife such as elephant, tiger, panther, bear, wild buffalo, fly mink, gaur, otters, jackals, pheasants ... and other rare birds like the eagle, and land royal phoenix. Yok Don National Park is a place that receives the wild elephants from Tanh Linh forest - Binh Thuan province in 2001.
Over the years, this is an attracting spot for domestic and foreign tourists. Tourism types here included: Hiking, camping, elephant riding, bird watching, or seeing animals at night by pick-up trucks.
We take a walk through the village of Ede Ethnic Minority, cross bamboo suspension bridge then visit the house of the King of elephant hunting.
Back to Buon Ma Thuot for lunch then down to national highway 26 to Nha Trang. We arrive in Nha trang late in the afternoon. We drop you off at your hotel. End of the trip.