The climate :
Kon Tum Town
KomPlong, Ngoc Hoi, Dak To, Dakglei
The climate of Kon Tum is typically tropical with high humidity. The
average rainfall is 1,880 mm. The dry season lasts from November to
April, and the rainy season, from May to October. Famous sites
include Yaly Waterfalls, Kon Tum Prison, and Ho Chi Minh Trail.
province lies in Central Tay Nguyen Highlands and shares a border with
Laos. More than 50% of the Kon Tumís population comprises numerous
minorities such as Xo Dang, Ba Na, Gie Trieng, Brau, Gia Rai, and Ro Mam.
Kon Tum is the largest
plateau on the central Highlands. It is more than 800 meters above sea
level. The majority of the local inhabitants are made up the Ba Na, one of
the several ethnic minority groups in the Central Highlands. The second
largest group is the Kinh which is followed by the Gia Rai people.
The provincial capital of Kon Tum is the townships of the same name which
is located on the northern part of Central Highlands. The town is situated
on the river bank of the Dac Pla river, a tributary of the town is in a
small flat land area which is just 525 meters above sea level.
Kon Tum was an administrative centre of the French colonialists who ruled
the Central Highlands as early as the 19th century. Some French
missionaries arrived in Kon Tum as earlier as 1651. They came in a greater
number in 1838 to pave the way for the French troops to invade the country
. to oppress insurrections repeatedly launched by the Vietnamese people
the French built a big prison in Kon Tum where many staunch
revolutionaries were jailed. Vietnamese soldiers in the French army were
dispatched to guard the prison and a severe prison regime was applied
there. The forming of the highway 19 that runs through the central
Highlands to lowland areas to the east were the result of flesh and blood
of prisoners from the Kon Tum prison.