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7 destinations in Vietnam's Central Highlands that can't be missed

09:40 | 28/05/2020

Ta Dung Lake, Dray Nur Waterfall, Coffee Museum or Tea Lake Sea among others are some fabulous destinations for tourists when visiting the Central Highlands in Vietnam.

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Ta Dung Lake, Dak Nong

7 destinations in vietnams central highlands that cant be missed
Ta Dung Lake, Dak Nong (Photo: Shutterstock)

Located in the premise of Ta Dung National Park with an area of over 22,000 ha, in Dak Glong district, Dak Nong province, Ta Dung Lake is the very first destination in your travel schedule to the Central Highlands.

The lake is most beautiful in the water storage season (July - December). At that time, the lake water rose, became clearer and the rains helped the trees on the islands go greener. Visitors can travel by boat to fully enjoy the landscape, visit the Ma fish-rafts, organize picnics by the lake, and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere.

Dray Nur Waterfall, Dak Lak

7 destinations in vietnams central highlands that cant be missed
Dray Nur Waterfall, Dak Lak (Photo: Shutterstock)

The waterfall is about 30 km from Buon Ma Thuot City. It is such a wonderful gift that nature bestowed on Dak Lak. Coming here, you will be overwhelmed by the lush and spacious natural scenery. In addition to taking beautiful pictures, you can have group picnics, go camping, or enjoy the specialties of the Central Highlands here. Photo: Baptiste Lejeune/Shutterstock.

Tea Lake Sea, Gia Lai

7 destinations in vietnams central highlands that cant be missed
Tea lake sea, Gia Lai (Photo: Shutterstock)

The tea lake sea is located in Chu Pah district, Gia Lai province, about 13km north of the center of Pleiku city. Because of its location on the north shore of the T'Nung Lake Sea, people in the region call this place "Tea Lake Sea". The name also represents the vastness of the tea hill. Early in the morning when the dew is still lingering on the leaves, visitors will see the pristine beauty and vitality of the new day. Photo: Nguyen Quang Ngoc Tonkin/Shutterstock.

Minh Thanh Pagoda, Gia Lai

7 destinations in vietnams central highlands that cant be missed
Minh Thanh pagoda, Gia Lai (Photo: Shutterstock)

Minh Thanh Pagoda is known as the most beautiful pagoda in Gia Lai province and is the pride of the people of Pleiku mountain town. Built in 1964, the pagoda was restored and rebuilt in 1997. After the restoration which lasted for more than 10 years, Minh Thanh Pagoda renewed itself with an oriental beauty influenced by Japanese, Chinese and Taiwanese architecture.

Mang Den Ecotourism Site in Kon Tum

7 destinations in vietnams central highlands that cant be missed
Mang Den tourist area, Kontum (Photo: Nguyen Khanh Vu Khoa)

The Mang Den Ecotourism Site is located at a height of 1,200m above sea level. Year-round, it has an average temperature of 18-20 degrees celsius. This feature has earned the area fame as "the second Da Lat tourist city" in the Central Highlands. The area nestles amidst primitive forests and a large area grown with age-old pine trees, spotted by natural lakes, waterfalls and springs.

Such rare species of flora as red pine trees and Fujian cypress, medicinal plants as cinnamon and Aquilaria plant, and wild animals as python and chamois have made the Mang Den area different significantly from Da Lat in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong or Sa Pa in the northwestern mountainous province of Lao Cai.

Kon Tum Wooden Church

7 destinations in vietnams central highlands that cant be missed
Cathedral, Kon Tum (Photo: Nguyen Khanh Vu Khoa)

Kon Tum Cathedral, also known as Kon Tum Wooden Church, is considered the most beautiful and antique relic. The Cathedral has always been the pride of Tay Nguyen people. Tourists in Vietnam travel coming to Kon Tum are often enchanted with the brown bell-tower of the Church imposingly rising towards the blue sky.

Welcoming visitors with winding foggy roads at dawn, which suddenly be brighten by warm sunshine at noon; with the romantic location on the charming Dak Blah River looming under the foot of the majestic Ngoc Linh Mountain, Kon Tum town appears as pure and strong as the existing nature of Tay Nguyen people.

Kon Tum draws visitors’ attention right at first sight with the brown bell-tower of Kon Tum Wooden Church, which imposingly rises towards the blue sky.

Coffee World Museum, Dak Lak

7 destinations in vietnams central highlands that cant be missed
Coffee World Museum, Dak Lak (Photo: Shutterstock)

Located in the heart of Buon Ma Thuot city, The World Coffee Museum officially opened to the general public on November 24 in 2018, attracting thousands of visitors who wished to gain insights into the history, culture, and development of coffee in Vietnam and throughout the world.

Visitors to the museum can find popular Nha Rong (communal houses) architecture which is indigenous of ethnic people in the Central Highlands. The museum is one of the highlights of the coffee city project, with the aim of attracting local and foreign tourists which in turn can help to accelerate socio-economic development across the locality.

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