A corner of Pleiku Town, the center of Gia Lai, which is more than 500 km from Ho Chi Minh City, is covered by fog in an early morning of June.
Photographer Hoang Quoc Vinh said dawn, 5.30 a.m. to 6.30 a.m., is a great time to go photo hunting in the province. “Driving a bicycle or motorbike through green pine forests when the first rays of sunshine penetrate the mist is also an awesome experience,” he said.
A motorbike driver on a 800-meter-street in Chu Pah District lined by large green pine trees.
Wispy clouds gather over the Bien Ho tea estate to welcome a new dawn.
Bien Ho is one of the oldest tea estates in the Central Highlands province. The first plants were grown here by the French in 1921. Today it is owned by the Bien Ho Tea Company that grows 351 hectares of tea and more than 700 hectares of coffee. On harvest days, hundreds of farmers work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to collect the leaves and take them to the factory for processing.
Tea is a major agricultural produce of locals. Stay for a little longer in the morning, and you will have the opportunity to meet the workers who come to pick tea leaves.
Sacred and mysterious, the Buu Minh Pagoda, around 15 km to the north of Pleiku Town and a popular spiritual destination in the Central Highlands, seems to rise out of the clouds.
Phan Nguyen, a Gia Lai resident, said the fog was so thick these days that two people standing only a few meters away could not see each other.
The T’Nung Lake, around seven km from Pleiku, in an early foggy morning.
T’Nung, which means ‘the sea on the mountain,’ is the largest natural lake in the region, surrounded by verdant pine forests and is actually the caldera of a millions-year-old volcano. Despite its beauty, the lake remains largely unknown to most tourists.
An aerial view of the Tan Son Commune blanketed by clouds.
A video captures the beauty of T’Nung Lake, one of the popular tourist attractions in Pleiku Town.
A video shows an aerial view of the Bien Ho tea real estate in Gia Lai.
Photos by Hoang Quoc Vinh, Phan Nguyen