Photo: Big skies around Pleiku.

Things to see and do

Phu Cuong Waterfall
A little over 40km south of Pleiku

Surrounded by lush vegetation, Phu Cuong Waterfall, or Tac Phu Cuong, is a dramatic cascade that slides over red rock and thunderously tumbles down 38 metres. The sight is truly breathtaking, and what’s even more impressive is that this waterfall is completely off the tourist radar – it remains natural, without the restaurants, shops and kitch that befall so many other sights in Vietnam. ... Read more about Phu Cuong Waterfall .

Bien Ho Crater Lake
8 km north of Pleiku

If you've got time on your hands, Bien Ho Lake (also known locally as T'Nung and Ea Nueng) is worthy of the eight kilometre journey north for a photo or two. A flooded volcanic crater, Bien Ho translates as “sea lake” and you’ll understand why when you glimpse the 230 hectares of pine-fringed waters. Head north on Pham Van Dong/QL14 for seven kilometres. Turn right/east on Ton Duc Thanh. ... Read more about Bien Ho Crater Lake .

Scenic drive: Pleiku to Ayun Pa

If you love scenic motorbike rides and getting off-the-beaten tourist track, this two-day journey is for you. From Pleiku (where?) to Ayun Pa (where?!?) expect an ocean of rice fields, big skies, one spectacular waterfall and nary another foreigner in ... Read more about Scenic drive: Pleiku to Ayun Pa .

Minh Tanh Pagoda
Nguyen Viet Xuan St, less than 2km south of Pleiku centre

Even if you think you’ve had your fill of pagodas in Vietnam, towering Minh Tanh’s bold red colour and ornate details are impressive. The front courtyard holds a tranquil garden with a water feature and plenty of bonsai and the complex is a pleasant place to explore, though it will not take more than 20-30 minutes. We were lucky to visit the temple during a very important festival and the ... Read more about Minh Tanh Pagoda .

Tours

Travel restrictions in the Gia Lai province mean that foreign travellers require a guide and permit to explore ethnic minority villages. The majority of tourists only breeze through Pleiku as part of an Easy Rider-type motorbike tour, while the small trickle of independent travellers that make it here don’t have much choice and are directed to pre-organised tours: Gia Lai Eco Tourist is the ... Read more about Tours .

Museums

Pleiku’s two bao tang or museums leave much to be desired for visitors. It doesn’t take long to go through the Gia Lai museum and Ho Chi Minh museum, both located on the same strangely deserted grounds. The Gia Lai museum contains stone tools, Cham artefacts, jars and laughably bad dioramas depicting ethnic minority life. There are no explanations in English. We’d love to tell you what is ... Read more about Museums .




Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Pleiku? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Vietnam.


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