Buon Ma Thuot Overview
Buon Ma Thuot is worth seeing. It is the provincial capital of Dak Lak. This province is about 360 kilometres from Saigon, deep in the Central Highlands of the country. Buon Ma Thuot is only visited by a few tourists although it is one of the biggest towns in the Central Highlands, . However, this town is a starting point for those who want to see the attractions in the area.
Buon Ma Thuot is small but crowded place. The population is about 300,000. This is home of ethnic minorities like the Jarai and Rhade peoples. The province is also historical place because it was the site of the last major confrontation between the North Vietnamese and South Vietnamese armies back in March 1975. These days, Buon Ma Thuot is better known for its coffee.
Beautiful waterfalls are one of the best attractions in Buon Ma Thuot. Gia Long and Dray Nur are very impressive but if you want to visit one waterfall, it should be Dray Sap, which can be found in a stunning rainforest.
Another attraction is the Yok Don National Park which is one of the largest nature reserve in Vietnam and visitors can find rare animals and birds here. Ethnic tribes such as the Ede and M'nong live here known the people who can domesticate wild elephants.
Other attractions in Buon Ma Thuot are the Ban Don Village and the Lak Lake. The former is a village famous for its tribal architecture, while the latter provides an idyllic scene where one can witness the slow pace of rural living. On the shore of the lake is June Village, where people live in roof houses on stilts.
Buon Ma Thuot is not a destination for nightlife. Visitors should not expect clubs, pubs and bars in a provincial town in the Central Highlands. There are no disco lights, pulsing beats or live music here.
However, the most attraction here is elephant riding. In Ban Don Village, there are guides who can take visitors to the Yok Don National Park and across the Serepok River by riding an elephant. Visitors will find that the big elephants are actually quite gentle, and love playing in the water. The M'nong people, living in the park will take care of the elephants.
Guests can also visit Dak Lak Province Museum and check out the Ethnographic Exhibit where you can learn a lot about the history, culture, customs and traditions of hill tribes in Buon Ma Thuot.
However, if visitors want to relax after a long day, they can go and enjoy the Dak Lak Waterpark.