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Buon Ma Thuot Overview:

Buon Ma Thuot ( or Ban Me Thuot) is the City of Daklak Province. Its population is approximately 300,000. The city is the largest in Vietnam's Central Highlands region and is famous as the regional "capital of coffee". In 1904 Dak Lak Province was established by the French and Buon Ma Thuot was selected as the provincial administrative centre, rather than the trading center of Don on the Srepok River. Buon Ma Thuot was originally placed by the Ê Đê people. The name Buon Ma Thuot was from Ê Đê language, it means “ the village of Thuot’s father”.
Buon Ma Thuot is at 536 meters height above the sea level, around 350km to the Northwest and 1410km to Ha Noi. Its main economy is agriculture, specially the coffee.




Tourist Attractions in Buon Ma Thuot

Coffee in Buon Ma Thuot

Coffee in Buon Ma Thuot

The coffee trees were imported to Viet Nam around 1870 but were popularized after 1930 and at French’s Farms. The coffee trees were suitable with Bazal soil that’s why this industry was growing by the time.
Daklak nowadays covers by around 200,000 hectares of coffee and became the best supplier for this industry in Viet Nam. Invited for a cup of coffee is a feature of culture of people in Daklak.
There are many coffee shops in Ban Ma Thuot, each of them has a different feature but the most impressive should be the one of Trung Nguyen Coffee Company.
The Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival in Daklak was one of the biggest festivals in the highlands. It was started on 2005 to honor the role of coffee tree which brings the prosperously for people in Daklak. The festival also was as an advertisement about Vietnamese coffee to the worldwide markets.



Museum

Museum

The national Viet Nam Museum in Dak Lak is a historical site which was built in 1926- 1927, used to be Bao Dai Palace( Bao Dai was the latest King of Viet Nam) and was took over by the Government in 1950. This palace was rebuilt in 1940 with the style as the long house of Ede group, tile roofs, wooden floors. This place displayed many cultural objects of 44 Ethnic groups in Daklak.



AKô Đhông village

AKô Đhông village

Ako Dhong or Co Thon village is located right in the heart of Buon Ma Thuot City. This is a very nice village of Ede people. Their houses were built as planned with traditional style, the long house with the stair in front. Each house possesses a small garden which is full of flowers.
Nowadays, Ede people built the modern villas behind their old traditional houses. The Old houses still there but more or less, they already changed!



York Don National Park

York Don National Park

Yok Don National Park (Vietnamese: Vườn quốc gia Yok Don) is a national park located in Buôn Đôn District, Dak Lak Province, Tây Nguyên of Vietnam, 40 km west of Buôn Ma Thuột city. The park was established in 1991 to protect 582 km2 of a biological area of khộp lowland forest. The total area is 1,155.45 km 2 (not including a buffer zone of 1,138.9 km2). It borders Mondulkiri Protected Forest (Cambodia) to the west and is part of maybe the largest protected area complex in Southeast Asia.



Dray Sap Waterfall

Dray Sap Waterfall

Dray Sap Waterfall is on Serepok River, is located at Nam Ha Commune, Krong No District, Dak Nong Province, 30km to South of Buon Ma Thuot. This is a most interesting waterfall in the highlands.
Situated in a primary forest, the waterfall is surrounding by many years old and valuable trees. The water from height flowing down to a valley that created a huge of tiny droplets that looked like a foggy or smoke so it also named as “ Suong Khoi”. This waterfall attracted tourists by its nature and wonderful views. Human was not interfered much in this area.
Unfortunately, the source of water was blocked to serve for a project of hydropower station! The waterfall has less water than previously even in the rainy season.



Dray Nur Waterfall

Dray Nur Waterfall

Along with Dray Sap, Dray Nur and Gia Long are two other waterfalls on Sepepok River and located next together. Both of Dray Sap and Dray Nur possessed their beautiful and majestic view but Dray Nur was less well known than Dray Sap as people misunderstood that Dray Nur is a small part of Dray Sap.
Nowadays, Dray Nur was exploited by Trung Nguyen Coffee Company, the biggest coffee company in the highlands. From the entrance, step down along the snake road with the beautiful views, the waterfall opens in your eyes with its natural beauties.
There is an interesting trekking route from Dray Nur to Dray Sap or vice versa.



Buon Don ( Don Village)

Buon Don ( Don Village)

Buon Don was known as a famous place in hunting and training the wild elephants. It used to be as a capital of Daklak province. Nowadays, Buon Don is a tourist site of Buon Don District, Krongna commune, Daklak province, around 40km from Ban Me Thuot to the Northwest. The main residential people here are Ede Ethnic group.
Tourist can take an elephant ride crossing the Serepok River or walking around Don Village. Visit the tomb of King of Elephant to learn about his life.



Tomb of the Elephant’s King

Tomb of the Elephant’s King

This is the tomb of the King of Elephant and his family. His name , Khun Yu Nop, was attached with many legends about hunting and training the wild elephants. He was a famous person in Buon Don.The King of Elephant , or Khun Yu Nop, was a title which the King of Thailand has offered to N’Thu K’Nul, he caught and trained more than 170 wild elephants in his life. He was offered to the King of Thailand a “ White Elephant” as a gift and got that title from the King.



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