Central Highlands (Vietnam)
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The Central Highlands (Tây Nguyên) of Vietnam are a distinct contrast from the tropical south, with an arid climate, rolling hills, and blue skies. The region sees few foreign visitors, and many of them go to revisit old battlefields or see the indigenous tribes.
Besides the pleasant city of Dalat, it is the scenery and the ethnic minorities living here that draw travellers to this region. Although most people around here, different to their counterparts in the north-west highlands, only don their traditional clothing for special occasions, the shape and structure of the housings is much more diversified and striking. From long houses to bamboo huts, stilthouses and large communal houses, every region and ethnic has its own distinct style. Everyday life is the same simple agricultural routine, and you are likely to get invited for a mug of rice wine rather often.
Buses from the coastal cities of Nha Trang and Qui Nhon can get you to the region. Dalat is connected to every major city in Vietnam. Otherwise, you can take the bus to Buon Ma Thuot, Pleiku, Gia Nghia, Da Lat, Bao Loc... from Hochiminh city. However, you have to bear in mind that the quality of those buses may not be good, except the route to Da Lat which operated by Mai Linh express.