Bien Ho Lake
Bien Ho Lake

Gia Lai

Gia Lai is located deep in the Central Highlands of Vietnam with Pleiku as the provincial capital city. The average altitude of the province is 700-800m above sea level. Gia Lai is bordered to the north by Kon Tum Province, to the north-east by Quang Ngai Province, to the east by Binh Dinh Province, to the south-east by Phu Yen Province, to the south by Dak Lak Province and to the west by Cambodia.

Like other provinces of the Central Highlands, Gia Lai is characterized by pristine nature with dense forests and coffee plantations. There are a number of national parks and nature reserves in the area. Nestled in the woods are ethnic communities who have called Gia Lai home for centuries. The province is inhabited by a number of ethnic minorities such as the Kinh, Bahnar, Giarai, Gie Trieng, Xo-Dang, Co Ho, Nhang, Thai, Muong......of which most preserve very traditional cultures that never fail to charm the visitors.

Gia Lai was completely hammered in the Second Indochina War (aka American War, Vietnam War). There were fierce battles taking place here and there of which the marks of war are still vivid today.  Traveling through the province, you cans visit many former battlefields.

Climate
Gia Lai Province has a temperate climate. There are 2 main seasons per year: the dry season from December through April and the rainy season is from May through November. The average rainfall is 1200-1750mm per annum in the region west of the Truong Son Range and 2200-2500mm in that east of the Truong Son Range. The daily temperatures normally fluctuate between 22-25 Degrees Celsius.

Gia Lai Major Tourist Attractions
To Nung Lake/ Bien Ho 6km north of Pleiku town is supposedly the remains of a once fierce volcano. It covers an area of 320 ha and has an average depth of 20m.

 

T'Nung Lake Bien Ho

 

Xung Khoeng Waterfall, 30km southwest of Pleiku offers a stunning scene of thin strips of water dropping down from 40m then the water meanders its way through primary forests and rugged rock cliffs down the mountains.

Chu Prong Mountain, 10km southeast of Pleiku with the peak of around 1600 above the sea level. The mountain reward the adventure travellers with stunning view of the surroundings from above.

Former battlefields: Pleime, Cheo Leo and Ia Drang. Ia Drang Valley northwest of Pleime was where the US Army and the People's Army of Vietnam first encountered. The trails from Pleime to Dakto would bring you back to the most fierce battles. Paradissa Travel reserves a special tour for veterans to travel back in time.

Travel and Tours, holidays and vacations in Gia Lai

Gia Lai possesses untouched nature and a temperate climate which will not fail to satisfy the culture-seekers and the eco tourists alike. The province is home to many ethnic minorities with well-preserved cultures. Your visit to their communities will be a memorable experience.  Paradissa Travel has got a number of tours to Gia Lai Province including easy sight-seeing tours, leisurely bicycle trips, mountain biking adventures, and motorcycle tours.

For veteran travelers and those interested in battlefields, Paradissa offers half a day tour to the Ia Drang Valley (Valley of Death) from Pleiku, or several-day battlefield tours to different former war sites in Gia Lai Province and in Vietnam. Please contact us for further details.

Accommodation
There is a wide range of accommodations in Pleiku from basic-facility hotels to luxury 3 or 4-star hotels. Alternatively you can choose to stay with a local ethnic family in one of their traditional houses. This way you can adventure back to their rich traditions and culture. The amenities are nothing, but the cultural experience can be unforgettable.

Restaurants & bars
There are various choices for dining in Pleiku City from street food stalls to fine-dining restaurants. There are quite a few beer shops, bars, cafes, karaoke for you to choose from while staying in town.

Getting there and away
By air: There are daily direct flights between Ho Chi Minh City - Pleiku and Da Nang – Pleiku. The direct flights take around 1 hour. The daily direct flight Ha Noi – Pleiku takes 2 hour. The airport is 25km from the town.

By road: Pleiku is 186km from Quy Nhon, 197km from Buon Ma Thuot, and 550km from Ho Chi Minh City.

Pleiku is 75km from Le Thanh (Gia Lai Province, Vietnam) – Oyadao (Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia) international border-crossing.