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GiaLai Travel Guide


GiaLai is located in the Central Highlands. It shares the border with Kon Tum Province on the north, DakLak Province on the south, Cambodia on the west, QuangNgai, BinhDinh, PhuYen provinces on the east. GiaLai is source of Ba and SeSan rivers with Yaly hydroelectricity plant. It owns many springs, lakes, waterfalls, rives, and primary forest.


There are two seasons: the rainy season lasts from May to November and the dry season lasts from December to April. The annual average temperature varies between 21 and 25șC. The west of TruongSon Ranges has annual average rainfall is 2,200 - 2,500mm. The east of TruongSon Ranges has annual average rainfall is 1,200 - 1,750mm.


Coming to GiaLai, visitors have a change to discover many impressive, poetic scenes. They are KonKaKinh, KonChaRang tropical forests, XungKhoeng Waterfall, PhuCuong Waterfall, DaTrang, Mo springs and AyaunHa Lake. Located on the top of an extinct volcano, BienHo (ToNung Lake) is called the 'Pearl of Pleiku'. Its water is so clear that visitors can see fish swimming under blue water.

The province is also proud of funeral houses, LaPhum, D'koTu traditional villages with special Rong house. Whenever going to this windy and sunny land, visitors are likely to see the unique architectural style of the statues in funeral houses, and to investigate the local customs and practice mysterious to them. Apart of that, tens of thousands of visitors are attracted to DongXanh Cutural Park in which many typical varieties of flowers and trees of Central Highlands are planted.

GiaLai has historic sites such as King Quang Trung's guerilla base, Nup hero's homeland, Pleiku Prison, Pleime, CheoLeo, and LaRang battlefields.

Ethnic groups

Many ethnic groups live together. Kinh make up 52% of population, GiaRai (33.5%), BaNa (13.7%), then GieTrieng, XoDang, CoHo, Nhang, Thai, Muong...

GiaLai has long history and old ethnic culture, mainly GiaLai and BaNa ethnics. This uniquely character stamps of rong house, house on stills, tomb-house statue architectural styles, traditional festivals, customs and musical instruments. In attractive events like PoThi (leaving-the-tomb) ceremony, buffalo stabbing festival, xoang dance the ethnic groups show their customs with colorful, mystical pattern, perform many traditional dances and uniquely musical instruments (horn, gong lu, gongs).


Pleiku is 186km from QuyNhon, 197km from BuonMaThuot, and 550km from HoChiMinh City.

Vietnam Airlines has daily from Danang and HoChiMinh City to Pleiku Airport. Pleiku Airport is 25km from Pleiku City centre, 45km from KonTum.


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