Buon Ma Thuot

Buon Ma Thuot is the capital town of the Dak Lak province, with 75,000 inhabitants. It is the centre of the Rade minority and the most populated region in the highlands. It used to be a hunting ground and an important American base during the war. Nowadays the area is well-known for its flora and fauna. Coffee here is marvellous. Many ethnic groups live here: the Rade, M'nong, Bahnars, Sedang... visitors can ride elephants through the primitive forests outside the town.

Draysap Waterfall
Draysap Waterfall is located 30km from Buon Ma Thuot and means the Fall of Mist in E De language. The fall was named so since the powerful flow of water creates foam and mist as it crashes into the water below. The echo of the falling water can be heard from afar all year round.

Lac Lake
Lac Lake, located 56km from Buon Ma Thuot, is in the southern part of the province, close to National Highway 26. The great body of water hemmed between low mountains has been home to many kinds of wading birds for a long time. On the lakeside at Lac Lake is a magnificent palace owned by the last Nguyen King, Bao Dai. Standing on the balcony of the second floor, visitors get a panoramic view of the valley and the lake below. The remains of the royal boat which was boarded for short cruises by the owner of the palace, Bao Dai, whenever he stayed there. Near the lake is Jun village - a village of the M'nong ethnic group. If you stay overnight here, you will have a chance to enjoy Gong Chieng music. The lake views are fantastic.

Buon Don
Buon Don is located northwest of Da Lat near the Serepok River, close to the Cambodian border, approximately 55 km from Buon Ma Thuot. Buon Don is well-known throughout Southeast Asia as the land of elephant hunters and trainers. Visitors to Buon Ma Thuot can see big wooden town houses, meticulously chiselled and carved. There are also wooden stilt houses brightly decorated with red paint. The prosperity brought by international trading can be observed at the the 13th century Cham towers next to tombs of ancient rich and powerful tribal chiefs whose influence and wealth spread by word of mouth as far as Myanmar, India and France.