The never-ending adventures of a travel writer in Vietnam, Cambodia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Central Highlands Roadtrip Part 1: Binh Thuan to Dalat

Below are the highlights from my 2-week solo motorbike road trip from Phan Thiet to Dalat to Lak Lake, to Buon Ma Thuat, with a diversion to Yuk Don National Park, then on to Plei Ku, Kon Tum, east to Quang Ngai, then finally a train ride to Phan Thiet.

I’m told I drove nearly 1000km (620 miles), and traveled through 6 provinces (Binh Thuan, Lam Dong, Dak Lak, Gia Lai, Kon Tum and Quang Ngai), and the territories of 9 different ethnic minorities (Cham, Rag Lai, K'ho, Ede, Ja Rai, M'Nong, Bahnar, Sedang and H'Re, not to mention the dominant Kinh or ethnic Vietnamese). This doesn't include the ride back by train.

My 4 (really 5) posts are presented in reverse order as it makes more sense for reading.

Rag Lai village in the mountain foothills on the north end of Binh Thuan Province.

Rag Lai men herding cattle

Pineapple grove outside Dalat

Forgotten hilltop French Cemetery outside Dalat

K'ho mountaintop village southwest of Dalat

K'ho woman selling a rich variety of hand-made textiles at Elephant Waterfall near Dalat

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