6-Day Trip by Car to Hoi An

The remote and undiscovered Central Highlands contain some of Vietnam’s best-kept secrets. You will get off-the-beaten path and discover pristine lakes, clear rivers, vast swathes of historic jungle and isolated ethnic minority villages.


Day 1: Dalat – Lak Lake (160 km)

Pick up at hotel at 8:30 am, end at 5 pm Get off-the-beaten path travel through coffee plantations, pristine tropical forests and steep mountain passes to M’nong ethnic minority village next to Lak Lake. On the way, visit: Elephant Waterfall, Cricket farm, Rice wine making, Vegetable and Flower Farms, Silk factory, Linh An Pagoda with the big happy Buddha, Tea and Coffee Plantations. Take a walk to the other side of the lake for two hours trekking around the village to see their daily activities. Spend a night in a long house (home stay) at Jun village.

Day 2: Lak Lake – Draysap Falls - Buon Me Thuot City (110 km)

Elephant riding is available at the Lake (extra pay), with many opportunities of taking pictures of people farming and fishing. After a morning of sightseeing in Lak Lake, visit one of the old summer retreats of Emperor Bao Dai, then head to Buon Me Thuot just before lunch. Enjoy the local speciality of the central highland (fresh spring roll), and then have a swim at Dray sap Waterfall, with very fresh water, one of the biggest waterfall in Vietnam. Overnight in Buon Me Thuot or spend the night at Virgin Waterfall (in the Bungalow).

Day 3: Buon Me Thuot – Pleiku City (200 km)

Visit Museum of Ethnic Minority Cultures, Housed in the former residence of the French Consul, dating from 1927, this museum contains an important collection of costumes and ethnological artefacts relating to the region’s ethnic minority communities, notably the Ede and the M’nong. There is also a display on the revolutionary history of the region. Visit Buon Me Thuot market to see the daily activities of the local people. Travel through pepper farm and rubber plantation to Pleiku, famous for the volcanic crater (Sea Lake) and the old battlefields. Enjoy the special roasted chicken with rice for lunch. Arrive in Pleiku City by 4:30 pm.

Day 4: Pleiku City – Komtum City (70 km)

A half-day sightseeing in KomTum with: Wooden Church, Cave Church, Orphanage, Bana Village, includes the Rong house, Iron Suspension bridge. The spectacular mountain views are perfect for pictures along the Ho Chi Minh trail. One side of the trail is the high Mountain, other side is steep valley. Lunch at a local restaurant next to Cambodia frontier. The evening is free to explore the city.

Day 5: Komtum City – Phuoc Son (Kham Duc) (180 km)

Travel along the Ho Chi Minh trail to visit the Dakto village; a major battlefield during the American war and Charlie hill. Stop over in Daklei town to see Sedang minority village reside in this jungle area and try to cross the tiny suspension bridge. The spectacular mountain views of deep jungle forest on both sides of the road are ideal for photos. Lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Overnight in a comfortable local guest house in Phuoc Son (Kham Duc).

Day 6: Phuoc Son – Hoi An (160 km)

This is the last day on Ho Chi Minh trail, also a mostly downhill day through the jungle and mountain to the coast. On the way, stop at small waterfall, rice paddies and historic Cham tower. After lunch continue on our vehicle to Hoi An with an estimated arrival at 3pm. End the trip.

Price: $500/person
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Departure at
Your hotel in Dalat, End at your hotel in Hoi An.
Start at
8:00 am on the first day, Finish at 3 pm on the last day
What to Bring: Hat, sunscreen, camera, sport sandle or shoes
What is Included: English speaking tour guide, entrance fees, mini van and 5 nights accommodation.
What is not included: All the meals, Personal major medical including evacuation insurance coverage is recommended