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Vietnam’s mountainous midriff provides an enjoyable temperate alternative after a hot and humid stint in the south or on the coast. 

Although the population is relatively small the area has always been considered strategically important as it borders Laos and Cambodia to the west, so it is not surprising that during the Vietnam War, considerable fighting took place around Buon Ma Thuot, Pleiku and Kon Tum.

Landscape and scenery

Ngoan Muc Pass, VietnamThe region (home to many ethnic minority groups or Montagnards to use the collective name given to them by the French) is renowned for its cool climate, mist-laden mountain scenery, innumerable lakes and waterfalls and friendly locals, making a visit here very appealing.

Despite this the area has retained much of its natural beauty and has only been open to foreign visitors for a little over ten years.

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Places to visit in Central Highlands

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Central Highlands, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itinerary featuring Central Highlands

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Central Highlands, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Central Highlands

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    Places in and around Central Highlands

    Accommodation choices for Central Highlands

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Central Highlands. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • VIP Room (Streetview), Hoang Van Hotel, Kon Tum

      Hoang Van Hotel


      This is a welcome addition to the accommodation options in Kon Tum, providing a comfortable place to base yourself while exploring the surrounding countryside.

    • The pool at the Ana Mandara Villas, Dalat

      Ana Mandara Villas

      First Class

      This 70 room resort, restaurant and spa is set on a wooded hillside above the town of Dalat, with accommodation in seventeen fully-restored French colonial villas that date back to the 1920s.

    • Hotel Sofitel Dalat Palace, Dalat

      Dalat Palace

      First Class

      Built in 1922, the Dalat Palace is synonymous with this most famous hill station in Indochina. Entirely renovated, the Palace has kept its original sophisticated and elegant French architectural style.