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Gia Lai Travel Guide

All Things Need To Know Before Travelling To Gia Lai

Gia Lai is an attractive destination for tourists from all over to visit, explore and learn about the rich culture of the Central Highlands. This highland land with majestic, dreamy beauty will definitely leave you with countless memorable memories. Let’s explore this beautiful land with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Gia Lai?

Gia Lai is located in the North of the Central Highlands region, this is the second largest province in area in Vietnam, only after Nghe An. At the same time, Gia Lai also owns the third largest city in the Central Highlands – Pleiku city, after Da Lat city and Buon Me Thuot city.

It is about 490 km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City and about 1,160 km southeast of Hanoi capital. Most tourist destinations in Gia Lai are concentrated mainly in Pleiku city and surrounding areas. With geographical location:

  • The North borders Kon Tum province.
  • The West borders Cambodia.
  • The South borders Dak Lak province.
  • The East borders Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen provinces.

2. How is Gia Lai unique?

If Lam Dong is famous for its romantic beauty, Dak Lak is characterized by the passionate flavor of the coffee capital. Gia Lai, on the other hand, possesses a unique and wild character like a mountain girl. When mentioning Gia Lai, people often immediately remember the vast, majestic natural landscape and captivating beauty.

Especially, this is also the gathering place where many ethnic groups live such as Ja-rai, Ba-na, Xo-dang, Thai, Muong,…This has created a diverse and unique culture. famous for its Central Highlands gong culture, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a “Masterpiece of oral tradition and intangible cultural heritage” of humanity. Gia Lai is truly an ideal destination to attract tourists.

3. When is the best time to visit Gia Lai?

Because Gia Lai belongs to the tropical monsoon climate zone, with high humidity, heavy rainfall, no storms and frost. So, the weather is divisive into two distinct seasons: rainy season and dry season. The average temperature all year round ranges from 20 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius.

  • Dry season: Starts from November to April of the following year. The weather is usually dry, with little rain and mild sunshine. This is the ideal time for you to visit Gia Lai:
  • March: This is the season when coffee flowers and yellow cassia flowers bloom most brilliantly.
  • From November to December: Wildflower season of the Central Highlands. The earth and sky are immersed in the yellow color of ripe rice fields.
  • From February to April: Admire the pure beauty of coffee flowers blooming in every corner of the sky.
  • Rainy season: Starts in May and ends in October. This period has many days-long rains that will affect your schedule to visit and explore Gia Lai.

4. How to get to Gia Lai?

4.1 Moving to Gia Lai

4.1.1 Traveling by plane

Gia Lai has Pleiku airport located only about 4 km from the city center. From Hanoi and City. Ho Chi Minh has flights to Pleiku, you can book airline tickets from companies such as Vietjet, Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar, Bamboo Airways,… To save time, traveling by plane is the best choice. the best.

4.1.2 Traveling by bus

You can choose a bus as a means of transportation from the city you live in to Gia Lai, which will help you save costs. Bus prices vary depending on departure point, bus company and time.

4.1.3 By motorcycles

Motorcycles are a vehicle for those who love adventure and exploration. If you want to conquer challenges and explore beautiful scenery during the journey to Gia Lai, you can choose this means of transportation.

However, traveling by motorbike is only for those who are in good health, have a steady handlebar, and have a long travel time budget. Before going, plan to prepare all your belongings, check your motorbike and don’t forget to check the weather forecast.

4.2 Means of transportation in Gia Lai

Traveling in Gia Lai is also quite convenient. If you don’t know the way around, you can take a taxi, rent a car or bus. Or if you want to be more proactive in your travel and time, you can rent a motorbike or bicycle at motels, hotels or car rental locations in Gia Lai.

5. Sightseeings in Gia Lai

5.1 T’ Nung Lake

IMG T Nung Lake 2

About 7 km from Pleiku city center, T’Nung Lake is the largest lake in the whole region with a huge volume of water. Although there are no rivers or streams flowing in, the average depth is about 16 – 20m.

These are three ancient volcanoes that stopped working hundreds of millions of years ago and are connected to each other. The blue lake surface and clear water are the reason why Lake T’Nung entered poetry with the beautiful name “Pleiku eyes”. T’nung Lake is a tourist destination that anyone must visit if coming to Gia Lai.

5.2 Ham Rong Mountain

IMG Ham Rong Mountain Gia Lai 2

With a height of over 1000m above sea level, Ham Rong Mountain is famous to the “roof of Pleiku”. When you come here, you will enjoy the cool and pleasant atmosphere of the Central Highlands mountains and forests. Coming here in the early morning, you can admire the chilly air and the mist drifting in a very special way.

5.3 Minh Thanh Pagoda

IMG Minh Thanh Pagoda Gia Lai

Minh Thanh Pagoda is an extremely famous spiritual tourist destination in Gia Lai province. This place has ancient beauty with curved temple roofs and many miniature scenes creating an extremely peaceful space. If you have the opportunity to come to Gia Lai, don’t forget to save moments of peace and tranquility inside the temple!

5.4 The Yaly hydroelectric reservoir

The Yaly hydroelectric reservoir is the second largest hydroelectric plant in Vietnam, after Hoa Binh hydroelectric plant on Da river. This work is relating with Yaly waterfall – one of the largest waterfalls in Vietnam with a height of up to 42 meters.

White water foam under the sunlight forms beautiful rainbow stripes. Coming here, you will feel the energy being loaded into your body, a source of fresh and vital energy.

5.5 Phu Cuong Waterfall

IMG Phu Cuong Waterfall Gia Lai 3

Phu Cuong Waterfall is considered the most majestic and magnificent waterfall in Gia Lai. Phu Cuong Waterfall has a height of 45m, pouring into the white, fast-flowing water originating from La Peet stream and flowing into the Ayun River.

When coming here, you will admire the poetic scenery of nature when golden rays of sunlight penetrate the white flow of the waterfall. For tourists who love adventure, they can experience climbing up a few high rocks and jumping down into the cool water.

5.6 Ho Che lake

Ho Che laid is like a natural picture combining a vast tea hill with an irrigation lake. Ho Che Lake has an area of ​​up to 1,000 hectares stretching to the horizon, surrounded by straight roads, which will be an extremely enchanting “background” for anyone who loves taking photos.

5.7 Chu Dang Ya volcano

Chu Dang Ya is also a volcano that stopped working millions of years ago. After spending millions of years, Chu Dang Ya’s lava layer has “enchanted” this place into a fertile red basalt land.

The best time to visit this place is when the mountain is covered with vast green fields of taro and sweet potatoes. Or the season of wild sunflowers that cover this volcano in a bright yellow color.

5.8 Kon Chu Rang Nature Reserve

Known as the precious gem of the Central Highlands mountains and forests. Coming here, you can admire 12 majestic waterfalls with a height of 10 meters and many rare plants.

5.9 Xung Khoeng Waterfall

Xung Khoeng Waterfall has a height of 40m, creating fast-flowing streams of white foam from day to night. You can sit on the rocks at the foot of the waterfall to dip your feet in the cool water and enjoy the fresh, pleasant air of the mountains and forests.

If you are passionate about exploring, you can move to nearby Chu Ho Rong mountain to climb to conquer an altitude of 1,600m. This is also a place where visitors can sit and watch the waterfall, take photos and enjoy the harmony of the mountains and forests here.

5.10 Kon Ka Kinh National Park

Kon Ka Kinh has been honored as one of the ASEAN Heritage Parks since 2003. If you are a nature lover and like to explore, do not miss Kon Ka Kinh.

On the trekking route, you will witness the rich flora and fauna and beautiful natural landscapes here. In particular, when reaching the top of Kon Ka Kinh, the majestic scenery of the Truong Son range will be captured in your sight.

5.11 Kon Jang Rang Nature Reserve

Kon Jang Rang Nature Reserve is considered a precious gem of the Central Highlands mountains and forests. This place is famous for having the most diverse ecosystem in the country. The reserve includes 1.6 million hectares of primeval forest with many rare plants. Coming here, you can also admire 12 majestic waterfalls with a height of 10 meters.

6. Specialties when traveling to Gia Lai

6.1 Wild vegetable leaf hotpot

Wild vegetable leaf hotpot is a special gift from nature to humans. With a rustic, authentic flavor, this is not only a delicious Gia Lai specialty, but also a culinary experience not to be missed for visitors. Wild leaf hot pot is a delicate, traditional combination of indigenous ethnic people.

These leaves not only bring a unique flavor but also contain valuable nutrients that are good for health. Combined with meat sauce and spring rolls, the spicy taste of the leaves, the strong taste of meat sauce, and the dry taste of spring rolls create a unique culinary experience.

6.2 Yellow ant salt

Yellow ant salt is one of the specialties only available in Gia Lai. The main ingredient is yellow ants roasted with spices. People have to go to Krong Pa to find big, fat yellow ants, then bring them back to wash, dry, roast them with spices such as lemongrass, salt, é leaves,… then pound them. The flavor is very strange, stimulating the taste buds.

6.3 Gia Lai dry pho

When mentioning Gia Lai cuisine, it would be a pity to ignore dry pho. A proper and complete dry pho dish cannot lack the sweet and chewy pho noodles mixed well, supplemented with minced meat, shredded chicken and fried onions,…All are skillfully prepared by the chef. delicious and beautiful.

Served with a bowl of dry pho is a bowl of sweet broth simmered from chicken, pork or beef for many hours to get a delicious, well-rounded broth. Vegetables are an indispensable part that makes the dish more attractive.

6.4 Fire chicken

One of the Central Highlands dishes that cannot be ignored is chicken sa fire. The chicken is grilled to a golden brown, cooked evenly, the aroma of meat mixed with the aroma of lemon leaves, lemongrass,… will definitely satisfy any picky diner.

6.5 Melon striped pig

Striped pigs originate from wild boars domesticated by indigenous people. But because the Bahnar and Jrai ethnic people still raise them freely like wild boar, the meat is firm, fragrant, and sweet just like wild boar. Chefs can prepare 6 dishes including: batch-cooked pork; fried pork with fish sauce; steamed pork; Crispy grilled pork belly; bitter heart: bones cooked with bamboo shoots.

6.6 One sunny cow

Sun-dried beef is one of the dishes that cannot be missed when arriving in this land. Gia Lai beef is raised and glazed freely in the forests, which is why the beef here is very chewy, sweet and delicious.

After being slaughtered, cows will be able to choose the freshest pieces of tenderloin and muscle meat to prepare sun-dried beef. The beef is washed, cut into rectangular slices, marinated with ground chili, onions, fish sauce, salt, etc. for 15 minutes to let the meat absorb the spices, then dried in the sun.

6.7 Crab noodle soup

Bun mam crab brings a new flavor to Gia Lai cuisine with a broth rich in fish sauce and crab. After cleaning and removing the crab’s shell, grind it and filter to get the juice. This water will then be fermented for 1 day and 1 night and then cooked with bamboo shoots and boiled duck eggs.

6.8 Noodles with fish sauce

The blend of spices will create a unique flavor for the dish. The condiment served with vermicelli that gives the vermicelli its name is seasoning sauce.

When enjoying it, peple usually add the seasoned fish sauce with lemon, garlic and chili, to reduce the saltiness of the fish sauce and bring out the aroma of the seasoned vermicelli and fish sauce. They often serve a bowl of vermicelli with spring rolls, pork sausage, pork belly, rolled eggs, fried onions… and some accompanying vegetables such as bean sprouts, lettuce, cucumber,…

Mix all the spices and herbs well and add them to the bowl of vermicelli with fish sauce. You will feel the greasy smell of meat, the rich aroma of fish, the delicate smell of vegetables…

6.9 Wild sour bamboo shoots

Gia Lai is famous for the legendary wild bamboo shoot dish. In the rainy season, wild bamboo shoots appear quite a lot, so people pick them, wash them, slice them thinly, and soak them with hot chili, garlic, ginger, salt, and a little sugar.

Wait until the sour bamboo shoots are delicious to taste before using. When eaten, the bamboo shoots have absorbed the moderate taste, have the sour and sour taste of bamboo shoots, are crunchy, have the spicy taste of chili on the tip of the tongue, and have the fragrant aroma of ginger.

6.10 Stir-fried Noodle Leaves with Bitter Tomato

Stir-fried Noodle Leaves with bitter tomato is a traditional dish of the indigenous people of Gia Lai, standing out for its creativity and sophistication in using unique ingredients. The cassava leaves used for cooking are cotton noodles, delicious to eat without getting sick. Bitter eggplant is a type of eggplant with a characteristic bitter taste that is suitable for stir-frying with cassava leaves to create a unique and mouth-watering dish.

To prepare Stir-fried Noodle Leaves with Bitter Tomato. Firstly, they wash and chop noodles, then stir-fried with spices such as onions, garlic, chili and fresh meats. Such as beef, pork or shrimp.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Gia Lai

Below are some suggested hotels and homestays for your reference if you want to stay in Gia Lai:

  • Khanh Linh Gia Lai Hotel. Address: 232 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Pleiku, Gia Lai.
  • Mekong Gia Lai Hotel. Address: 102/2 Le Duan, Phu Dong, Pleiku City, Gia Lai.
  • Duc Long Gia Lai Hotel & Apartment. Address: 119 Tran Phu, Tay Son, Pleiku City, Gia Lai.
  • Hoang Anh Gia Lai Hotel. Address: No. 1 Phu Dong Street, Pleiku City, Gia Lai.
  • Boston Hotel. Address: No. 212 Su Van Hanh Street, Dien Hong Ward, Pleiku City, Gia Lai.
  • Mekong Gia Lai Hotel. Address: No. 102/2 Le Duan Street, Phu Dong Ward, Pleiku City, Gia Lai).
  • Green Bamboo Hotel. Address: 18 Le Lai, Pleiku City, Gia Lai.
  • Queen Hotel. Address: 63 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Gia Lai.
  • Green Paradise Hotel. Address: Thong Nhat Street, Pleiku City, Gia Lai.
  • Hoai Thuong Hotel. Address: 113 Truong Chinh, Pleiku City, Gia Lai.
  • Xom Organic Farm Stay. Address: Village Road 5 (behind Gia Lai Children’s Hospital), Tra Da Commune, Pleiku City, Gia Lai.
  • Homestay Bien Ho. Address: Dop, Sao Village, Dak Doa district, Gia Lai.
  • Homestay Tien Son. Address: No. 100 Dao Duy Tu Street, Tien Son, Bien Ho, Pleiku City, Gia Lai.

8. Some important notes when traveling to Gia Lai

  • Gia Lai is a land with many mountains and forests, so you should choose neat, sweat-absorbent clothes and sports shoes for ease of movement.
  • The terrain is mountainous and steep, so when riding a motorbike, pay attention to your speed and steady steering wheel to stay safe.
  • Exploring the vast mountains and forests, learning about the customs and habits of ethnic minorities is always a wonderful experience. So, don’t miss it. In particular, do not arbitrarily enter the fields without the consent of the people.
  • Gia Lai has many attractive destinations, but they are scattered throughout the districts, quite far from the city center. Therefore, before your independent trip, you should learn about famous destinations. Then plan to be able to conveniently travel along each route, helping to save time and effort.
  • Because the facilities services in Gia Lai are quite poor. Therefore, according to Gia Lai travel experience, before the trip, prepare your luggage as fully as possible. You should still prioritize choosing to stay in the central area for convenient transportation and eating.
  • Gia Lai is famous for mountain and forest products such as coffee, honey, lingzhi mushrooms, cashew nuts, etc. Therefore, if you intend to buy it as a gift, you should find a reputable and strong address. Boldly bid to avoid being bought at too high a price.

Hopefully the Gia Lai travel experiences in the above article will help you on your upcoming trip. Wishing you and your family a smooth, convenient trip and many memorable memories with this beautiful plateau. If you need any more information before your tour Vietnam to explore the travel beauties of Gia Lai, do not hesitate to contact Origin Vietnam immediately.

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