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A Trip To the Bahnar Villages of Kon Tum

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Bahnar hill tribe villages are scattered throughout the Central Highlands.Five easily-reached villages lie on the outskirts of Kon Tum, where the Bahnar live much as they have for a thousand years, speaking their own language and fishing the river from dugout boats.

The cultural and social center of each is village is the traditional RONG house, where villagers gather for ceremonies, weddings, meetings, and festivals. Originally built on stilts to keep out elephants and tigers, the rong houses are now kept locked when not in use, so I couldn’t get a glimpse inside.

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 Wooden statues made by local tribal members show men pounding rice.
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 Wooden statues made by local tribal members show men pounding rice.

The villagers don’t see many foreigners this time of year – my friend and I was met with smiles and the occasional “Hello, how are you?” from children. The Banhar dress and look like everyone else in Kon Tum — the only clue that you’re in a ‘ethnic’ village is the rong house and the noticeably deeper poverty.

The villagers don’t see many foreigners this time of year – my friend and I was met with smiles and the occasional “Hello, how are you?” from children. The Banhar dress and look like everyone else in Kon Tum — the only clue that you’re in a ‘ethnic’ village is the rong house and the noticeably deeper poverty.

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On the way out of town the next morning, I passed through several more villages. Each one has a single paved road running through the middle — all other roads are dirt or mud.

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So if you are looking for a place with an off-the-beaten-path and RAW areas to taking photo feel for a nice trek or contact me with a photo trips to Kontum and being able to stay in a minority village and interact with the locals, Kon Tum might be the right place for you.If you do dont forget to check out my

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