Central Highlands (Vietnam)
Vietnam's Central Highlands 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.
- Dalat - the old French hill-station with "eternal" spring climate
- Kontum - where communal life centers around the towering rong-houses
- Buon Ma Thuot - home to the most famous Vietnamese coffee
- Lac Lake - ride an elephant around the long houses of the Ede.
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 it's 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.