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Kon Tum

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Air

Regular flights touch down and take off from the Pleiku airport, connecting to Hanoi, Saigon, and most other domestic airports. From Pleiku, it's only about a two-hour trip to Kon Tum.

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Bus

The bus station is located 2 km from the centre of Kon Tum on Phan Dinh Phung Rd. Minivans to Pleiku depart regularly all day from 07:00 to 18:00, 30,000 dong. They can be flagged down anywhere on Phan Dinh Phung Rd between the bus station and the bridge, but arriving at the bus station will ensure you a more comfortable seat.

You can head to the Bo Y border with Laos from Kon Tum via the town Ngoc Hoi -- vans leave Kon Tum for Ngoc Hai when full from 07:00 to 17:00, 30,000 dong, 2 hours -- service from Ngoc Hoi to the border, however, is not very frequent, so you're best to leave Kon Tum early both to get a connection from Ngoc Hai to the border and also from the border onwards to Attapeu.

The other option is to catch a through bus to Attapeu at 10:00, departures from Kon Tum on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday only, US$20, four to five hours. Make sure you have a valid Laos visa before you hit the border -- no visa on arrival is available.

Other departures include:
Da Nang Departs at 07:00, 17:00. Takes around 5 hours. Costs 85,000VND.
Buon Ma Thuot Departs at 07:00, 12:30, 13:30. Takes around 5 hours. Costs 50,000VND.
Quang Ngai Departs at 06:30. Takes around 5 hours. Costs 80,000VND.
Qui Nhon Departs at 06:15, 08:00, 09:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:30. Takes around 5 hours. Costs 50,000VND.
Nha Trang Departs at 06:30. Takes around 9 hours. Costs 75,000VND.
Da Lat Departs at 05:00,. Takes around 8 hours. Costs 96,000VND.
Saigon Departs at 17:30, 19:00. Takes around 11 hours. Costs 130,000VND.
Hanoi Departs at 07:15. Takes around 24 hours. Costs 240,000VND.

Updates from Travelfish readers

  • Have read here that Laos visas on arrival are not available at the border when travelling from Kontum.

    However, in other forums, information says that this is not true.
    'On arrival' visas are available. (I plan to cross at the BoY border crossing.)

    Can this information be validated?
    The other forum replies suggest that the information at Travelfish is not up to date.

    Update by qifitness (1)
    Written on 22nd February, 2014

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