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Gia Lai Travel Guide

Gia Lai is one of the central highland provinces of Vietnam blessed with wild beauty, unique and diverse culture of several ethnic groups like Ba Na, E De, Muong, Thai, H'Mong, Gia Rai, Dao, etc. A Vietnam tour package to Gia Lai, tourists can see picturesque mountains, lake, colorful festivals, impressive architecture, massive rubber or coffee plantation which promise a great adventure.

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How to get there

By road: Gia Lai borders with Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Kon Tum, Dak Lak and Cambodia. There are different ways to get to Gia Lai, but tourists can travel from Da Nang via Kon Tum, from Nha Trang via Phu Yen, or from Da Lat via Buon Me Thuot. There are public buses, but as you travel to the less-visited destination in Vietnam, Holiday to Indochina advises you to take the flight.

By flight: Gia Lai has domestic airport - Pleiku and there are flights from Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh city. Tourists can book this flight with a tour operator in Vietnam because they can also provide some travel tips when traveling in Gia Lai.

Best time to visit Gia Lai

There are two seasons in Gia Lai. The rainly season is from May to October and the dry season is from November to April. Gia Lai is about 600-800m from the sea level and blessed with cool climate all year round. The best time to visit Gia Lai is from December to March when the rubber trees change leeves which is beautiful and romantic like a painting.

Things to see in Gia Lai

T'Nưng lake: Known as eye of Pleiku or sea lake, T'Nưng lake is actully formed on the mouth of an volcano, offering blue water, picturesque scenery and great biology. A boat trip to explore this wild beauty of this lake is highly recommended if you visit Gia Lai.

Phu Cuong waterfall: A spotlight of your Vietnam tour, 45km from Pleiku city of Gia Lai province, flowing on the old magma, Phu Cuong waterfall is an amazing place to go for picnic. Tourists can ride elephant to the waterfall, swim on the cool water then visit village of Ba Na ethnic.

Dong Xanh park: Surrounded by green fields, Dong Xanh is like a small central highlands of Vietnam where tourists can discover tradition, culture, daily life, architecture of different ethnic groups living in the region. Long house, Rong House, Tomb house, festivals are introduced here especially the space of Gong which recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Dong Xanh is a must-see place in any Vietnam tour package to Gia Lai.

Culture: The ethninc groups in Gia Lai preserve their culture and tradition strongly and nowhere in Vietnam tourists can experience an autentic culture than in Gia Lai so it is must to book a homestay when in Gia Lai or choose the right time to see a festival.

Coffee: Capital of coffee in Vietnam where tourists can drink the best coffee and do not forget to buy some.

Accommodation in Gia Lai

Gia Lai is not the destnation for Vietnam classic tours, but an discovery trip. Holiday to Indochina suggests that you choose homestay. However, if you want comfort, Hoang Anh Gia Lai hotel is the best choice. If you have the plan to visit Gia Lai and the central highlands of Vietnam, Holiday to Indochina can help to create a private and tailor made tour package. Please send your enquiry at