Belonged to Gia Lai province and located 50km from Kon Tum, Pleiku is the Central Highland capital lying as a connecting point of some national roads including No. 14 (to Kon Tum and Buon Ma Thuot) and No. 19 (to Stung Treng and Binh Dinh). Due to the location right at the center of the plateau which plays a big role in the supply logistic military during the war, Pleiku was once the important basement of defense of the whole area as well as the main target to be attacked from the army in North Vietnam to administer the region. The name Pleiku also reminds the horrific evacuation of South Vietnamese troops and their family after the North Vietnamese Army occupied the Buon Ma Thuot before their victory over the whole Central Highland and ended the conflict in Sai Gon on 30th April 1975.

Typical ethnic culture in Pleiku

Today, Pleiku in particular and the area in general with its pristine scenery and typical ethnic culture is the place for an adventure discovery. The town and its surroundings offer attractive countryside and some delightful homestay locations. Coming here, tourists also have the chance to admire the breathtaking Phu Cuong waterfall and the peaceful Plei Bloum village overlooking a lovely river.

One of the cultural features here is local hill tribe cemeteries with tomb houses bounded by carved wooden effigies built for the deaths. People share their stuff to the death and look after the spirits with food until the tomb abandonment ceremony take place after few years with the belief that the spirit from that time will join the world of the ancestor. Furthermore, the roofs made from sweeping thatched of the traditional ‘rong’ communal houses of the Ba Na ethnic people are one of the most prominent characteristics of the Central Highlands.

Elephant riding - Pleiku

Coming to Pleiku and the area, you will have a chance to discover the pristine stunning scenery along with colorful typical culture and life which are memorable things in your journey to this beautiful highland.

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