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Kon Tum Overview:

Kon Tum is located on the North of the highland. The North borders Quang Nam Province, the South is Gia Lai, the East is Quang Ngai Province, the West is 150km long as a border to Laos and 127km long as a border to Cambodia. Kon Tum’s surface is around 9,614.5 km2.
A big part of Kon Tum is on the East of Truong Son Mountain range and inclined from East to West and down from North to South.
This area is a source of many big rivers such as Cai River that goes to Quang Nam, SeSan River goes to Cambodia, Ba river goes to Phu Yen.
Kon Tum Province included 9 Districts with 96 Towns, Wards and Communes. The 9 Districts are Kon Tum City, Dak Glei, Dak Ha , Dakto , Kon Plong, Kon Ray, Ngoc Hoi, Sa Thay and Tu Mo Rong. Those names were from Ethnic’s language.
Due to Bahnar’s language, Kon means a village and Tum means a lake. Kon Tum means Lake village as this area was to have a big lake.
Kon Tum is around 600km to the North from Ho Chi Minh City, 215 km to the West from Quy Nhon. It has a lowest residential population among the 63 Provinces in the whole country. The main tribes are Kinh, Sedang, Bahnar, Gie Trieng, Gia Rai...
Bahnar people were native people in Kon Tum. They were good hunter and were the first hill tribe who used buffalo for working in the field and learning the words.
Kon Tum is a developing province. About 50% Kinh people came and living there that changed their society. Not much difference between Kinh and other hill tribe people in Kon Tum nowadays. It is not easy to find a real traditional village but the houses with tiles and bricks… However, somewhere far in the urban area, still have many other people who life attached with nature, poor and unlettered.

Tourist Attractions in Kon Tum

Ethnic villages

Ethnic  villages

There are many kinds of Ethnic group in Kon Tum Province. They were all happily living in the forest and were changing their life due to the light of civilization.
Konkotu Village is the representative of Bahnar group in Kon Tum. It located around 11km from the City, crossed over a suspension bridge to another side of Dakbla River to the East. Konkotu is right on the bank of that river. As other Ethnic tribe, Bahnar group attached their life to mountain and forests. Bahnar people like dancing and playing a great number of traditional instruments. Konkotu is well-known as a place for tourist to visit. There is a “ Nha Rong”, a communal house where tourist can enjoying the traditional music show and join in the villagers for dancing.
Visit Sedang villages as Dakrijol , Dakripeng on the way up to the Northwest in Gak Glei or to Kon Ray for many other villages.
Hard trekking tours for 3-4 days through the forests or up to the mountain are available or overnight in their house for your experiences.
Hard trekking tours for 3-4 days through the forests or up to the mountain are available or overnight in their house for your experiences.

Kontum Church

Kontum Church

The Cathedral of Kon Tum or the Wooden Church was built in 1913 -1918 by a French Priest. It situated in the heart of Kon Tum City. The construction was combined between the Roman style and the Bahnar stilt house. That is a wooden construction and was made by the skill of the Artists from Binh Dinh and Quang Nam.
The decoration was close to the culture, the daily life of Ethnic groups. No concrete was used but just very good kind of wood. Its walls were made by clay and thatch but still in good condition in almost hundred years.
Behind the Church, there is an orphanage and some workshops such as carpenter workshop, embroidery workshop, textile workshop to train and offer job for unlucky people.

DMZ Areas

DMZ  Areas

Dakto: Dakto borders Ngoc Hoi District to the West, Sa Thay District to the South, DakHa to the East and Tu Mo Rong to the North. Dakto was the name of a hot spring and this is the residential area of Sedang Ethnic group. In 1972, Dakto was a battle field between the North and South of Viet Nam.
Charlie Hill: Charlie Hill is located between Sa Thay, Dakto and Ngoc Hoi Districts. This location was famous as many intense battles between North Vietnamese Army with American and South Vietnamese Army during the War of Viet Nam and the US. This area also was known as the “dead area “ with high concentration of Dioxin that was sprayed by the American Army.

Ngoc Hoi District

Ngoc Hoi District

Ngoc Hoi District is located in the North of Kon Tum Province. On the East of Truong Son Mountain Range, its Northern border is Dak Glei District, Northeast is Tu Mo Rong District, Dakto in the Southeast , Sa Thay in the South, Laos and Cambodia in the West. Across Truong Son Mountain Range, that is 34km long as the border with Laos and 13 km long as the border with Cambodia.
Its town named Pleikan, that is the Indochina Interchange between the line North – South and East – West included Ho Chi Minh road ( National highway 14) and the Indochina road ( National highway 40) via Bo Y border gate to Laos, Cambodia , Thailand and Myanmar.
Ngoc Hoi is growing very fast nowadays.

Mang Den

Mang Den

Mang Den is situated on about 1100m -1400m above the height of the sea level, Mang Den still is a wild area with primary pine forests, very nice climate around 18-20oC at the daytime.
Around 50km from Kon Tum to Quang Ngai ( on the South East China coast) via National Highway 24, on the top of Mang Den Pass, there is a plain which the Ethnic language means “ Mang” and “ Den” means a residential area. Mang Den possesses many lakes and waterfall that made it more beautiful and romantic. Due to the famers, the water and climate in Mang Den is suitable for raising the Salmon fish.
Nowadays, The Viet Nam Tourism Department and the local Government were plant for Mang Den to become a tourist Area which connects the coast to Highlands. This project is on processing with many villas as restaurants and accommodation.

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