Explore the Tranquil Beauty of Tu Mo Rong in Kon Tum Province

Situated at the foot of the majestic Ngoc Linh mountain, Tu Mo Rong district in Kon Tum province is known for its stunning and attractive natural landscapes.

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When tourists arrive at Tu Mo Rong, they will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the lush greens of the forests, discover majestic waterfalls, and try the famous Ngoc Linh ginseng.

Tu Mo Rong is home to more than 30,000 people, predominantly the Xo Dang ethnic group, which makes up over 95% of the population. The Xo Dang people have lived on this land for many generations and possess a unique, diverse, and rich culture with distinct characteristics. Their culture is showcased through folk visual arts, traditional communal houses, and musical instruments such as gongs, silk, ting ning, and Klong Put, accompanied by folk songs and dances.

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Siu Puong Waterfall, Dak Na Commune, Tu Mo Rong District. Photo: Nguyen Ban

At present, the Xo Dang people in Tu Mo Rong continue to observe their year-round festival events, which include life cycle rituals, agricultural rituals, and festivals related to the community’s existence and development.

If Mang Den in Kon Plong district is known for its cool year-round climate and interesting check-in points, Tu Mo Rong district preserves its wilderness, making it suitable for tourists who enjoy exploring new lands and learning about local cultures, especially the life of the Xo Dang people in the North Central Highlands.

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The foot of the Ngoc Linh mountain range is home to villages of the Xo Dang ethnic group that still preserve many cultural identities. The terraced rice fields, small hillside villages, and stunning natural landscapes add to the charm of this destination.

There are magnificent natural sights for tourists to explore, including the multi-tiered waterfall in Te Xang commune, Siu Puong waterfall, Dak Psi hydroelectric lake, terraced fields in Mang Ri commune and Dak Na commune, and Ba Khen Lake in Van Xuoi commune.

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In addition, visitors can enjoy other interesting experiences such as visiting ginseng and medicinal gardens on the high mountains, as well as learning about the revolutionary history of the Kon Tum Provincial Party Committee base in Mang Ri.

Tu Mo Rong is also home to Ngoc Linh peak, which reaches a height of 2,500m. Stretching across the Truong Son range and located on the administrative boundaries of three provinces – Kon Tum, Quang Nam, and Quang Ngai – this pristine and mysterious peak offers an ideal destination for exploration and conquest.

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Cloud hunting on Ngoc Ka mountain peak. Photo: Sggp

Tu Mo Rong is characterized by its complex topography, divided by rivers, streams, and high mountains. The region also boasts numerous terraced rice fields.

According to Van Hoa newspaper, Tu Mo Rong district will focus on developing two main tourism products in the future – eco-tourism combined with the experience of medicinal gardens and the exploration of the culinary culture of the Xo Dang people.

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Unique specialties of Kon Tum

Kon Tum leaf salad (Goi La Kon Tum)

This dish features a tray of leaves covering a single dish. The leaves range from familiar vegetables such as cabbage leaves, perilla leaves, fig leaves, apricot leaves, and basil leaves, to unique-tasting leaves found in the highlands of the Central Highlands, including mango leaves, guava leaves, sour leaves, and five paprika.

The side dishes served with the leaves include boiled pork belly, slices of carp, boiled shrimp, and pork skin. For a burst of flavor, a plate of salt mixed with fresh chili and fragrant black pepper is provided. Diners can choose their desired ingredients and roll them up to create a carefree and enjoyable eating experience.

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Grilled young veal (Be Non Nuong)

This is one of the most famous and delicious dishes in Kon Tum. The veal is tender and sweet, with each piece of meat grilled over charcoal and served with salt and chili for a delicious combination. The natural sweetness of the meat, paired with the chili salt, the aroma of basil, and the unique flavor of young bananas, makes this dish even more appealing.

Porcupine meat (Thit Nhim)

The B’Rau ethnic group in Kon Tum prepares many delicious dishes using wild vegetables and animal meat. One of the most special dishes is porcupine meat, which is not only delicious but also nutritious and can be prepared in various ways. Popular methods of cooking porcupine meat include grilling it over charcoal, cooking it in a porcupine bone soup with cornstarch, and wrapping it in dong leaves. Each dish has its own distinct and delicious flavors due to the firm, fragrant meat with minimal fat content.

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Charlotte Pho