This short trip from the bustling Ho Chi Minh City will show you how varied Vietnam can be. We will visit the sparsely populated Central Highlands, where the time like stands still. Buon Ma Thuot is the capital and legend of the Vietnamese coffee. The Central Highlands are a series of flat plateaux bursting with stunning natural sceneries, lush green rice fields and bisected by the Ho Chi Minh Road, the legendary road used during the war to supply the Viet Cong in southern Vietnam.
Nha Trang, placed halfway between Ho Chi Minh City and Danang, is surrounded by an impressive landscape and some of the best beaches of the country. With coral reefs around its rocky islands, Nha Trang is the perfect place for the scuba lovers, especially if we keep in mind its benign weather conditions: its rainy season lasts only from September to December, having blue skies and sunny days for the rest of the year. The perfect beach destination!
Day 1: Depart Ho Chi Minh City to Lak Lake (L)
Overnight in Lak Lake.
Day 2: Lak Lake & Buon Me Thuot (BL)
After lunch in a local restaurant, visit some of the native ‘minorities,’ or hill tribes that reside just outside the park in Ban Don Village. Arrive in Buon Me Thuot in the late afternoon. Buon Me Thuot is the provincial capital, and also known as the ‘capital of Vietnamese coffee.’ (Vietnamese coffee, ca phe sua da, is traditionally served strong and sweet – blended with an ample amount of sweetened condensed milk, and served over ice). Though fairly modern, the city is also home to several ethnic groups, or “minorities,” who keep the area’s traditions alive.
Overnight in Buon Me Thuot.
Day 3: Buon Me Thuot to Nha Trang (BL)
Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 4: Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City (B)
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