Overhyped, overpriced

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What we say: 3 stars

The trickle of tourists that do come through Pleiku tend to do so as part of pre-arranged tours, mostly through Gia Lai Tourist in the Hung Vuong Hotel. Half-day tours of Banhar and Jarai Ethnic Minority villages are available, as well as a day-long city tour, and a day-long tribal village hiking tour.

There are boat tours of Ayunha Lake, including a stop at Bat Cave island and a peek at Phu Cuong waterfall. Other tours include elephant rides and folk shows. Veterans tours are also on offer, but as ever, they're only of real interest if you happen to have actually fought in the war.

We found that almost all of these tours were overpriced and over-hyped. You can see all the sites on the city tour, for instance, on your own and you'll be glad you didn't pay anyone to show them to you. In our experience the ethnic village tours are the most interesting, and the one-day hiking tour through four Bahnar villages was the most tempting.

Gia Lai Tourist Travel Service Centre: 215 Hung Vuong St, Pleiku. T: (059) 874 571;(059) 873 354. F: (059) 824 891.

Last updated: 16th August, 2007

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