Getting there & away
Pleiku’s bus station is on the main highway, just over 2km east of town. However, you can usually flag down a minibus circling Ð Le Loi or Ð Hung Vuong without too much trouble. Regular buses head to Buon Ma Thuot (46, 000d, four hours), Kon Tum (30, 000d, one hour) and Quy Nhon (45, 000d, four hours).
There is also an international service linking Pleiku and Attapeu (US$10, 12 hours), departing Pleiku Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and Attapeu on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The nearest cities to Pleiku are Buon Ma Thuot (199km), Quy Nhon (186km) and Kon Tum (47km). There is a particularly barren stretch of land on the road from Buon Ma Thuot, the result of Agent Orange and overlogging. From Pleiku it’s 550km to HCMC and 424km to Nha Trang.
The local office of Vietnam Airlines (824 680; fax 825 096; 55 Ð Quang Trung; 7.30-11am & 1.30-4.30pm) can book tickets on the daily flights to and from HCMC (550, 000d) and Danang (400, 000d). The airport is very near the town and easily accessible by taxi or xe om.