Tourists nationwide are attracted to the exciting festivals of the Central Highlands. Notably, this year’s International Gong Festival is held in Gia Lai Province. This is an activity to honor the value of the Central Highlands’ gong culture space of Gia Lai in particular and of the Central Highlands in general.
The festival is aimed to preserve and revive the Central Highlands’ gong culture space as one of mankind’s oral and intangible masterpieces. The International Gong Festival 2009 draws the participation of 34 provinces and cities, and five countries in the region that have gongs.
The festival will take place from November 12 to 15, featuring 15 main activities, including gong performance from November 13 to 15 at March 17 Square and Dong Xanh Park, Buffalo Stabbing Festival at an eco-resort and Returning to the Root Festival on November 14, and gong performance from November 14 to 15 at Dien Hong Park.
The tour operated by Ben Thanh Tourist offers visits to Dray Nur Waterfall, the most impressive waterfall on the Srepok River, and Gia Long Waterfall, a national historical monument and scenery. Then tourists have an overnight in Buon Ma Thuot City.
On the next day, tourists depart for Pleiku and Kontum to visit the Wooden Church, a 150-year-old church made of iron wood in Kontum Town, and Yaly Hydro-power Plant, a great work of the century in Gia Lai. In the evening, tourists will join the International Gong Festival of the Central Highlands ethnic minorities and other countries in the world.
The tour moves on a visit to Buon Ma Thuot City. Tourists will feel interested in sightseeing Ako Dhong and Jun villages to learn about the life of the ethnic minorities. Especially, tourists will ride elephant around the village and visit Lak Lake forest, which is surrounded with primeval forest and diverse faunas and floras. This was a venue for the king to relax when he visited Buon Ma Thuot.
Then, the tour features visits to Daray Sap Waterfall Eco-resort on the Srepok River. There, tourist groups are free to play team games or enjoy the view of the Srepok River and the imposing scenery of the forest and mountain. Notably, tourists can take a dugout canoe ride on the Lak Lake.
Visiting ancient houses-on-stilts following the Thai and Lao architecture, learning how to tame an elephant, visiting long houses, 200-meter-long suspension bridge and Eano Island, swimming on Tien Beach, having dinner with rice cooked in bamboo pipes and enjoying cn wine are some highlights in the tour.
Before returning to HCM City, tourists stop by Buon Ma Thuot Market to buy the Central Highlands’ delicacies for their relatives.