Referring to Buon Ma Thuot, people often think of immense coffee fields. Besides, Buon Me Thuot also attracts tourists by majestic high waterfalls, mysterious national parks or the beauty of the legendary Serepok river.
Gia Long, Dray Nur, and Dray Sap Waterfalls
These waterfalls belong to Serepok river (Dak Nong province). Dray Nur waterfall, about 25km from Buon Ma Thuot, is a precious gift from the nature.
Dray Nur means female, so the local often call it the wife waterfall. Just passing a hanging bridge across Serepok river, you can reach Dray Sap, or husband waterfall. Both of them are beautiful and majestic. Not many people know about Dray Nur since they think that it belongs to Dray Sap; however, in fact, the river is divided into two main stream flowing into the two waterfalls and then integrate as one.
The village is located on a highland in Buon Don commune. In the past, mentioning to Don village, people often thought about massive land running along the Serepok. Girls and boys, the young and the old immersed themselves into traditional dances during festivals, as well as hunting and domesticating wild elephants.
Coming to the village, you can learn about the cultural life, customs, and norms of various minor ethnic groups, admire the architecture of Khunjunop tombs, ride an elephant to visit the Yok Don national park with the preservative area of rare creatures.
In addition, from the village, tourists can use a dugout canoe to take a short trip to the seven-branch waterfall. If they crave for learning more about culture and customs, the authority in the village are able to hold a festival night, including drinking wine with a pipe and doing traditional activities.
The legend of Lak lake has always been an interesting story for every traveler. It is a big freshwater lake with the width of 500 hectares, above 500m of the sea level. The lake is a unique ecotourism destination due to the dreamy nature of surrounding mountains.
Visitors can enjoy the natural scenery, fresh air, and adventures by riding an elephant or a wooden boat. All of these things has made this site becomes one of the must-include attractions of tours to Dak Lak and highland.
Thanh Tam Church
Addressed in no.2, Phan Chu Trinh street, Tan Loi ward, the church is the cathedral of Buon Ma Thuot diocese. With the architecture like the long house of the Ede ethnic group, the wooden church is a place for visiting and capturing beautiful scenes around it. The church can accommodate up to 1.200 people.
At first, there were about 45 families living near the church and farms. After the immigrants in 1945, the number of Christians increased by 4000 members. Today, the number is over 11.000. They earn money by trading, farming, teaching, and so on.
Ea Kao Lake
About 12km from the city center, the lake is formed by blocking Ea Knin, Ea Kao, Ea Chat, and Cu Mblim streams to build irrigation system for watering rice and coffee trees. Surprisingly, even though the system has operated since 1983, until these days, the lake is still pristine with various type of freshwater fish and shrimps inhabiting at the bottom. Surrounding the lake is layers of mountains and an abundant vegetation. Early in June, the low water level in the lake reveals parts of soft oxisol and green grass, which is exciting to contemplate and relax.
Thuy Tien Waterfall
Another name of this waterfall is Ba Tang (three-floor), which is situated in Krong Nang commune. This spot is beautiful and unspoiled with layers of rocks and tree roots tightly knit.
Since the water falls through three layers, so it is called three-floor waterfall. The first layer is narrow and quite flat with steps easy to climb. The second one is wide with a lot of rocks. Tourists can also swim here. In the last one, the water falls into a deep and big lake with white bubbles, then flowing into the winding stream.
Compared to the other waterfalls, Thuy Tien was unwell-known due to the inconvenient path. However, after the highway to Phu Yen province was upgraded, the waterfall attracts more tourists.
Ako Dhong Village
The village is about 2km from the city center, also known as Co Thon. In the language of Ede people, Ako means watershed while Dhong means valley. In general, via the name, the local want to be wealthy.
The elder villagers usually hold festivals under the long house with traditional songs and dances. The unique characteristic of this plateau has still remained in the village and attracted a lot of visitors to this basalt land.
Chu Yang Sin National Park
Lying at the final point of Truong Son mountain and being a part of endemic birds in Da Lat highland, the national park possesses diverse and highly endemic flora and fauna. Being a bridge between plain and plateau of the South Central, Chu Yang Sin National Park topography is strongly divided and covered with forest on high elevations (from about 600m to 2,442m).
This makes the park owns a splendid scene with more than 40 mountains in various heights, plenty of slopes, extensive forests, streams and waterfalls. In particular, the Chu Yang Sin mountain is the highest with the peak of 2.442m. it is the second highest point in the Central Highlands, following the Ngoc Linh peak in Kon Tum province.
Yok Don National Park
Yok Don is one of the largest nature reserves in Vietnam, home to many large mammals such as bisons, gaurs, buffalos, elephants, monkeys, gibbons, tigers, leopards, peacocks, pheasants, and eagles. In addition, Yok Don National Park also preserves many unique cultural values of the Central Highlands ethnic groups such as Ede, M’Nong, and Lao.
Coming to the park, visitors will have a chance to enjoy the typical activities of ecotourism such as elephant riding, walking, mountain biking in the primeval forests. Especially, at night, you can see wild animals. During the day, you can take a dugout canoe on the poetic Serepok river, visit the villages of the indigenous ethnic groups, drink wine, enjoy the sound of the legendary gong orchestra.
Yang Tao Stone of Elephant
Located in Yang Tao commune, about 40 km from the city center, the stone consists of father elephant and mother elephant standing in the middle of the mountains with thrilling, mysterious legends. Approximately, the stone of Elephant Mother is about 200m long, 30m high and weighs tens of thousands of tons. This is the largest monolithic rock in Vietnam.
It only takes about 15 minutes to reach the top of the stone by climbing over gentle slopes. From the top of the Mother Elephant, you can observe many local landscapes such as Yang Reh Lake and Chu Yang Sin Range. Although reaching the Mother Elephant is not difficult, you have to be very careful because there are not many ledges to hold. On windy days, climbing to the top of the stone is quite risky because the strong wind may blow climbers away.
Dak Lak Museum
Also known as the Central Highlands Cultural Museum. Built on Bao Dai Palace – a historical site of Dak Lak, the museum has about 1,000 artifacts and images which are organized into three main displaying spaces, including biodiversity, ethnic culture and history. The cultural architecture was built in modern style combined with national cultural traditions. In particular, the Dak Lak Museum is also one of the pioneering museums in using ethnic languages on the screen.
Trung Nguyen Coffee Farm
Trung Nguyen Coffee Farm is not only a famous place to buy coffee but also a mini park. The small landscape is beautifully and monumentally designed with big waterfalls, bridges, streams, ponds, and stilt houses attracting many tourists. You don’t need to buy any products or pay any fees to enter and explore the farm.