Kon K'Tu - Call of the root
About this experience
Located in the north of Central Highlands, Kon Tum province is on the junction of Indochina, sharing the border with Laos and Cambodia. With unique location and geographical characteristics (most of the province is high mountains of Truong Son range), the province has emerged as a new attraction for travelers seeking for less known paths.
Eight kilometres from the centre of Kon Tum city lies the Kon K’Tu eco-tourist village, which often amazes visitors with its unique and primitive natural beauty. To the east lies the imposing Kong Muk Mountain and a stunning sand bank stretches along the Dak Bla River. Along the path to the ecological forest, tourists have a chance to take in fresh air and the beautiful scenery of H’Lay and Map (Fat) Falls. Paddling along the peaceful Dak Bla River in rubber boats or dug-out canoes is another enjoyable activity.
But this village is not just all about the beauty. Just like the name it bears (in Bahnar language, “Kon” means “village”, “K’tu” means origin, root. Together Kon K’tu means “native village”), the old village of Kon K’tu celebrates the successful preservation of the most original characteristics of the group’s culture.
- Get to know the culture of Bahnar people, one of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups.
- Emerge yourself in the beautiful landscape of a mountainous village.
- Enjoy delicious local dishes
- Experience trekking in the forest and/or paddling along the river in dug-out canoes
Your positive contribution
Sustaining local community financially
Community-Based Tourism (CBT) can leverage tourism benefits to help empower local people, improve local livelihoods and contribute to sustainable local development. Despite all these potential benefits, many CBT projects fail due to lack of financial viability. By booking this program, you are helping indigenous people obtain much needed financial stability in a sustainable way.
* Price: from $52/pax (for a group of 5 – 8 persons). For the best price, please contact us.
Day One: Trekking (12 km) and Homestay
9.00 a.m. Starting the exciting trip from your hotel in Kon Tum city, walking to the local famous Wooden Church, crossing Kon K’lor suspension bridge – the largest bridge in the province. Along the way you will be introduced to the history and development of the province. On the way we will visit the villages of Ko Nâm and Ko Pang.
12.00 p.m. Time for lunch! We will have a picnic lunch in the nature (self-arranged).
1.30 p.m. After lunch and some rest, we will continue walking to Kon K’tu village. Awaiting you is a delicious dinner and an stay overnight in authentic house-on-stilts of Kon K’tu village.
Day Two: Breakfast and return
7:00 a.m. Wake up to the mountainous surrounding and enjoy the simplicity of local life.
7.30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Check-out and say goodbye to your host. Motorcycle pick up at Kon K’tu village will then bring you back Kon Tum city.
✓ Pick-up / drop-off transportation as in the programs
✓ Overnight stay in a traditional house-on-stilts of Bahnar people
✓ Breakfasts, lunches and dinner as indicated in the itinerary
✓ English speaking guide
✓ Activities as indicated in each program
✘ Personal expense (extra drinks and snacks)
✘ Extra activities (not included in the itinerary)
✘ Handicraft souvenirs from the village
✘ Tips via personal support to the community fund
✘ Facilitator in other languages available upon request
✘ Surcharge might apply during national holidays (i.e. Lunar New Year)
- Starting time: 8.30 a.m.
- Meeting point: your hotel
- What to bring:
- Clothing: light and comfortable clothing for trekking.
- Personal hygiene kits, sunscreen, towel, mosquito repellent, trekking shoes and flip-flops
- Self-prepared picnic lunch as indicated in the itinerary
What's Kontum like?
- Kontum has feature climate of Central Highland – tropical monsoon climate. The temperature, with a range of 20–24°C, is lowest in January and the highest in April and May. The difference between the lowest and highest is a mere 6–7°C. The rainy season is from April to October and the dry season is from November to March.
- Kon Tum is on Central Highlands. It shares border with Laos, Cambodia on the west, Quang Nam Province on the north, Quang Ngai Province on the east and Gia Lai Province on the south.
- Forest covers 50% total of Kontum area with valuable wood, rare birds. Basalt soil is suitable to plant rubber, coffee, tea, sugar cane. The province has 26,000ha grassland that gives good condition to raise cattle.
Where is the community?