Although Ho Chi Minh hustles and bustles, it’s a particular brand of chaos that we at VUS understand isn’t for everyone. Clean air, a calm atmosphere, and a cool breeze are all things that can’t be bought in the big city. For a more authentic experience in Vietnam that is sure to be unique in a way the big city just can’t offer, check out this exciting opportunity to work in one of Vietnam’s gems: Kon Tum!
The province of Kon Tum is in the Central Highlands of Vietnam and borders both Laos and Cambodia. At approximately 10,000 km2 with a population of half a million inhabitants, there’s plenty of space and fresh air for everyone. With a prominent agricultural sector, fresh food abounds!
𝗞𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝘂𝗺 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝘃𝗲𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗱
If you’re in Kon Tum, you absolutely must treat yourself to one of their amazing salads. Traditionally served on a massive tray for groups, there can be up to 40 different kinds of vegetables all tossed in, with common ingredients such as cabbage and onions, but also many exotic ones to tickle your tastebuds such as mango leaves, perilla, dinh lang and fresh herbs that cost a fortune back home!
𝗦𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗸𝘆 𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗯𝗮𝗺𝗯𝗼𝗼 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗴𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗻
When it comes to the best of the best, you can’t miss out on this dish. This local delicacy involves sticky rice wrapped in bamboo shoots and fresh grilled chicken that even Colonel Sanders couldn’t do better. Often served alongside fish or tofu, it’s always a hit!
𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗴 𝗗𝗲𝗻 𝗿𝗼𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗽𝗶𝗴
If you’re going to try this out, you might want to bring a big group of friends; as many as you can find! Traditionally served as an entire pig roasted slowly over a charcoal pit, the pork is so tender it slides right off the bone. Each pig is stuffed with wonderfully fresh ingredients from the mountain and is almost unbelievably delicious.
At more than one hundred years old, the wooden Cathedral of Kon Tum attracts a large number of tourists and is also a known sanctuary for local Christians. Its unique design is a combination of Roman and the local ethnic Bahnar people, who traditionally build their houses on stilts. It is a unique, stunning blend of the East and West ideals of architectural prowess and is not to be missed!
𝗖𝗵𝘂 𝗠𝗼𝗺 𝗥𝗮𝘆 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗸
Named for the highest peak in the region, this large reserve is an absolute treasure for lovers of the outdoors. The area is abundant in wildlife including red-shanked doucs, elephants, tigers and other jungle cats, and boasts several beautiful hot springs to relax in after a long day’s hike to help your weary muscles recover. It’s definitely worth the adventure!
𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗴 𝗗𝗲𝗻 𝗘𝗰𝗼𝘁𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗺 𝗔𝗿𝗲𝗮
Only 60km northeast of Kon Tum City lies a beautiful ecotourism hotspot of the region, which is a great place to spend the weekend. Inside you’ll find the Mang Den pine tree forest and you’ll immediately understand why this spot is nicknamed, ‘The Second Dalat’, with its cool breezes, fresh air and average temperatures of around 20 degrees. It’s a memorable sensory experience spending the day in such a beautiful forest, with Pa Sy Waterfall flowing, the fragrant Hydrangeas, and an abundance of streams to cool off in.