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Kon Tum

Getting there & around

Kon Tum is easy to traverse on foot, but xe om are in ready supply. It shouldn’t cost more than 10, 000d to get anywhere on the back of a bike.

The local Vietnam Airlines (862 282; 129 Ð Ba Trieu; 7-11am & 1-5pm Mon-Sat) office can handle air-travel bookings; the nearest airport is in Pleiku.

Kon Tum’s bus station (Ð 279 Phan Dinh Phung) has plenty of services to Pleiku (30, 000d, one hour) and Danang (85, 000d, five hours). The newly opened Bo Y border crossing into Laos lies 86km northeast of Kon Tum. There are buses that leave Quy Nhon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, passing through Kon Tum en route to Pakse. These services are new and don’t seem to have a fixed stopping point or schedule as yet. The best thing to do is to inquire at the bus station for the latest details. Another option is to catch a bus to Ngoc Hoi (30, 000d, two hours, one daily) and then pick up a Lao minivan returning to Attapeu (80, 000k, three hours). Note that Lao visas are not available at this border, so you’ll have to arrange one in Danang or HCMC.

Hwy 14 north and south of Kon Tum is now in very good repair. Pleiku is 49km south and Danang 300km north.