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Traveling through 3 towns on my trip in Vietnam Highland to Mang Den, a visual centric trip.

Quan PhamQuan Pham1 month ago
Traveling through 3 towns on my trip in Vietnam Highland  to Mang Den, a visual centric trip.

This article is a bit different that other one I have wrote. I will still pin the stops, locations of the bistro, cafes like I've usually do, but this time, I'd let a bit of photography and videography to seep through the words. Granted that you can just see the photo, but I'd like to create an inspiration for the reader to pick up photography along each of your trips to fully enjoy the moment.

Mang Den is simply a small town, a stop in the highland they recently expanded after constructing a new road connecting Kontum to Quang Ngai, a coastline town. The Vietnamese Highland is a very interesting region, surprisingly it was acquired and assimilated to Vietnam in a relatively peaceful manner.

As you, a foreigner, or maybe a uninitiated Vietnamese, may not have noticed how stretched out, far reached this land looks on the map. The highland has just been recently added to the Vietnam land, and to my surprise, not from any great battles or massacre. Unlike to stretch of land along the coast line in the South of Vietnam, where the natives used to be the Cham, with their own nation called Campanagara kingdom, swallowed and massacered by the Viet, the Highlands native, or so called minority still live till this day.

A dozen of different ethnicitíe locate sparingly in this region, while the Viets, native in the lowlands has been increasingly overpopulate areas around highways, leaving these minorities with their villages and more distant locations.

Traveling with Camera

My Fujifilm X Pro 2 and a XF 27mm lens, 40mm Fullframe equivalent

My Fujifilm X Pro 2 and a XF 27mm lens, 40mm Fullframe equivalent

Our main reasons, and our main activities during the trip was to take photos, and videos. Traveling without photography is unbelivably underwhelming. I used to take trips in Europe, but I did not have my camera with my then, quite regretable to be honest.

The camera strap surprisingly blend very well with the rustic surrounding

The camera strap surprisingly blend very well with the rustic surrounding

Photography brings such life, and spirits into the trip. It makes you conscious of the surrounding, of the light (most importantly), of the people, what they do, how they dress, what is the best composition for this shot, the list goes on.

I brought a Fujifilm X-Pro 2, a 6 years old camera with wonderful image quality.

Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Phuc, my friend, holding a Fujifilm X pro 1, shot from my camera. We were around 100km to Buon Ma Thuot

Phuc, my friend, holding a Fujifilm X pro 1, shot from my camera. We were around 100km to Buon Ma Thuot

The 3 stops, Buon Me Thuot, Pleiku, Mang Den

Buon Me Thuot was pouring cat and dog on us

Buon Me Thuot was pouring cat and dog on us

We took the trip on my bike, a 110cc scooter, and to be honest, it was a thrill. During the whole trip I was praying my bike won't fail on me, which it didn't, thank God! The road was simply straight and quite easy, however a two way 600km trip was not easy on my scooter, I should have rent a dirt bike instead.

My 110cc Scooter, thank God it survived!

My 110cc Scooter, thank God it survived!

Buon Me Thuot

@db.anh Buon Me Thuot Museum

@db.anh Buon Me Thuot Museum

Buon Ma Thuot
Buon Ma Thuot, Dak Lak, Vietnam

Major city in Vietnam, this town has been through history. Used to be a major USA military base and head quater, now a major coffee hub og highland Vietnam.

On the way home we tried an alternative path, through a national park, and trotting along the Cambodian border. woth a look if you were riding a motorbike, preferably a dirt bike during this rainy season.

Vườn Quốc Gia Bù Gia Mập
Vườn Quốc Gia Bù Gia Mập, Vườn Quốc Gia, Bù Gia Mập, Bù Gia Mập District, Binh Phuoc, Vietnam

The food

Phở Khô Hai Tô 99 CN1
Phở Khô Hai Tô 99 CN1, Nguyễn Công Trứ, Tự An, Thành phố Buôn Ma Thuột, Dak Lak, Vietnam

Some very good food I have was in Buon Me Thuot. You would thank me to try 2 bowl pho, 1 soup, one noodle. Then try Vietnamese rice cake + BBQ. Then head down to the town and try sticky rice cake. And finally, try a lovely cup of Buon Me Thuot coffee.

Bánh ướt thịt nướng
Bánh ướt thịt nướng, Lê Thánh Tông, Tân Lợi, Thành phố Buôn Ma Thuột, Dak Lak, Vietnam
The white flaky, soft cake is made from steam rice grind into soft paste, grilled pork on top.

The white flaky, soft cake is made from steam rice grind into soft paste, grilled pork on top.

Night life is unfortunately not much to do. The bar is scarce, some handful bars have beers but that's it

Tiệm Bánh Đúc Bà Bột
Tiệm Bánh Đúc Bà Bột, Nguyễn Thượng Hiền, Tân An, Thành phố Buôn Ma Thuột, Dak Lak, Vietnam
A bit too sticky, still worth a try

A bit too sticky, still worth a try

Thị Pub
Thị Pub, Nơ Trang Long, Thống Nhất, Thành phố Buôn Ma Thuột, Dak Lak, Vietnam
Just take the beer, nothing else, just me on this

Just take the beer, nothing else, just me on this

Pleiku

Pleiku
Pleiku, Gia Lai, Vietnam

It gets chilly in the morning, we started from Buon Me Thuot at 5am, then have breakfast in Pleiku, 200km from Buon Me Thuot.

Phở Hà Nội
Phở Hà Nội, Trường Chinh, Trà Bá, Thành phố Pleiku, Gia Lai, Vietnam

Mang Den

Măng Đen
Măng Đen, Kon Plông District, Kon Tum, Vietnam
La Petite Măng Đen - Tiệm Cafe
La Petite Măng Đen - Tiệm Cafe, Võ Thị Sáu, Kon Plông District, Kon Tum, Vietnam
Mộc Lan Cafe Măng Đen
Mộc Lan Cafe Măng Đen, Võ Thị Sáu, Kon Plông District, Kon Tum, Vietnam

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