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Due to the lack of a mainstream touristy vibe, the destination offers a calm off-centre experience to travelers and dwells them into the authentic Vietnamese culture. The city holds significance in the Vietnam War history and has many war sites open for visits by tourists and the locals. The surrounding villages of Kon Tum are a cultural treasure and are inhabited by various indigenous hill-tribes. Some historical monuments and buildings like the Old French Seminary is one of many vestiges of the French colonial hold on Kon Tum in the 19th century.
Expect no overcrowding at all at the city of Kon Tum on account of it being more of a stop-over or a transit more commonly among tourists. But for allocentric tourists like bag-packers and culture dwellers, this destination provides the right intensity of the Vietnamese experience. The local school of the city of Kon Tum has created a real opportunity to interact with the locals by letting native English speakers to teach a class of English to the school kids. There are a number of decent hotels and cottages providing accommodation and restaurants and cafes offering food and drinks. The Dakbla Hotel restaurant overlooks the Dakbla river, adding beautiful views to the wine and dine experience. The city is well equipped with a decent number of ATMs, hospitals and a post office.
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The authentic Vietnamese culture mixed with the relaxed laid-back vibe of the small city of Kon Tum makes for a calm and interesting destination.
Due to heavy deforestation, the city of Kon Tum and the surrounding hills are not as lush and green as one would expect.
The nearest airport is Pleiku airport and there are plenty of bus services from the airport to the neighboring cities. The bus service providers often over-fill their buses and drive hastily. Car r... (Read More)