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GIA LAI

Gia Lai is a mountainous province located in the northern part of the Central Highlands, 800-900km above sea level. Gia Lai possesses an international key position in the economic development triangle of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The province shares border with Kontum province to the north, Daklak province to the south, Cambodia with 90km to the west, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen provinces to the East.
Pleiku, capital city of the province, is the economic, political, cultural and business center of the province.
 
 
 
Area: 15,536.9 km2
 
Population: 1,322,000 inhabitants (2011 Census)  composed of 38 ethnic groups in which major people are Viet, then Gia Rai, Bahnar, Tay, Nung.  Ethnic groups in small quantities are Muong, Thai, Dao, Hmong, Hoa and Edeh. 
 
Topography: The topography is gradually low from north to south and from east to west. There are three main types of terrain: mountainous, highlands, and valley, Mountainous area covers 40% of natural area; 33% of natural area are highland and the remaining is valley area.The lowest point is the Ba River basin at 100m above sea-level.
 
Hydrography: The total reserve of surface water in Gia Lai is 23 billion m3 distributed in the main systems of the Ba River, Se San River and a tributary of the Serepok River. Large water reserves of the three rivers together with the dense network of rivers and streams which are short and steep give strength to Gia Lai to develop the hydropower industry (total capacity of 3.383 MW), of which Se San River is the one of the three rivers having the largest hydropower potential in Vietnam (after Da River at 44% and Dong Nai River at 16% ).
 
Administrative organization: Gia Lai has 17 administrative units, including: 1 city (Pleiku), 2 towns (An Khe, Ayun Pa) and 14 districts.
 
Climate: Gia Lai has a tropical monsoon climate with two seasons: a rainy season from May to October and a dry season from November to April. Average rainfall is 2,350mm west of the Truong Son mountain range and 1,500mm east of the Truong Son range. The average temperature is 22-250C. The climate in Gia Lai is suitable for the development of industrial crops, agricultural-forestry business and for raising cattle.
 
 
Sights of interest
 
Thanks to geographical conditions with high mountains, natural as well as artificial landscapes, Gia Lai has a rich potential in tourism. Gia Lai is the source of Ba river flowing towards the coast of Central Vietnam and Se San river flowing towards Cambodia, along with many rivers and streams forming numberless large and small lakes, waterfalls, passes through primeval forests,  creating spectacular and unique sceneries, typical of the Central Highlands.
 
Besides the fascinating aspect of the nature, Gia Lai also has long history and old ethnic culture, mainly Jarai and  Bahnar  ethnics through the architecture of communal houses, traditional house-on-stilts, tombs, festivities, clothing and musical instruments...
 
 
Pleiku, capital city of Gia Lai province, is the convergence of National Roads No19, No14, No25. It is 170km east of Qui Nhon city and 540km southeast of Ho Chi Minh city. The city is 780 meters above sea level.  At Pleiku, visitors can relax in the rich vegetation, breathe pure cool air of the mountain as well as subtle fragrance of wild orchids, coffee flowers scattered in the armosphere.
 
Pleiku is as not beautiful as Dalat city, but has its proper charm. Regardless of the season, every evening has a winter climate with tiny dew drops falling slightly. A cup of coffee would be greatly appreciated!
 
 
 
T’nung Lake, 7km from the city center, on National Road No 14, is an important freshwater lake supplying water to the city. T’Nung lake was a volcano crater that stopped hundreds of millions of years ago. Its depth is 16-19m with an area of 230 hectares.
 
T’Nung lake is one of the most beautiful lake in the Highlands. Strong winds may cause waves on the surface, that’s why it’s called Sea Lake. But local people called T'Nung with the meaning "sea in the mountain".
 
 
 
 
Ayun Ha ecotourist spot: Ayun Ha is an artificial lake in Chu Se district of Gia Lai province. The lake was formed when the Ayun River was used  in  the construction of a dam and lake for irrigation. The lake has a surface area of 37 km2, 25km long and 5km wide. Lake Ayun Ha supplies fish to the regional Ayun Ha and Pleiku City. In addition, the lake also hosts activities such as water sports, organized the flotilla, sailing for tourists to visit, scenic lakeside picnic.
 
 
 
Phu Cuong waterfall: 49km southeast of Pleiku city, flows on the lava base of an inactive volcano. It is famous for its spectacular beauty when the sunlight shines on leaves, flowers, and especially the flow of water below that makes to light up the fanciful rainbow.
 
  
 
 
Pleiku Prison, located at Dien Hong ward of Pleiku.
In 1925, the French built the prison for common prisoners, mostly ethnic people. In 1940, the French used this place to detain people who participated to the revolutionary movements.
During Vietnam war, the prison is still used to detain political prisoners using many modern forms of torture. 
Pleiku prison has been restored and opend to the public as a museum and memorial to the revolutionaries who died there. Visitors may visit  the cells and punishment areas of the prison’s main barracks.
 
 
 
Plei Phum village, located at Iamnong commune, ChuPah district, 37km north of Pleiku, is the best place for tourists who wish to deepen the Jarai culture, the community Rong house, the grave’s cultural statues.
 
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