DakLak is considered as one of the cradles nurturing the Central Highlands's Gongs Cultural Space, which is recognized by UNESCO as an oral and intangible masterpiece of humanity recognized by the world.
DakLak is the province with the largest coffee export area and product in the country, with an area of 182,343 hectares and an annual harvest of over 400,000 tons, accounting for 40% of the national output.
DakLak has a diverse cultural identity such as the long-standing oral stories of Dam San, Xinh Nha with thousands of sentences, used as the languages of the Ede people, the M'Nong people.
There are annually traditional festivals such as New Rice Ceremony, Grave-abandoning Ceremony, Ben Nuoc Worship Ceremony, Elephant Racing Festival, Gong Festival and Coffee Festival ...
VietCam Holidays is happy to recommend the most interesting places to visit as well as the most delicious specialties to enjoy.
The York Don National Forest.
Yok Don National Park stretches in both Dak Nong and Dak Lak provinces. Because of its large area, this place possesses a very rich and diverse flora and fauna ecosystem leading in the country, most notably the Khộp forest
The forest is divided into 3 very different zones. First of all, the particularly strict protection area of 80,947 ha. The second area is called ecological restoration 30,426 ha and the last area where administrative services is 4,172 ha.
Typical feature of Yok Don is the Khop forest ecosystem. Khop forest is a thin forest, every time in the dry season, the forest will shed its leaves. The total number of species reaches 858 with 116 species of woody plants with high economic value such as sandalwood, rosewood, teak, etc. And there are many kinds of ornamental plants, economic plants when providing materials for production of handicrafts.
The animals here also has an impressive number. There are 489 species including 196 bird species, 15 amphibian species, 67 mammal species, 100 insect species and 46 reptile species with distinctive characteristics of Southeast Asia. More specifically, Yok Don National Park is also home to 36 rare and precious animal species with 17 species listed in the red book that need to be strictly protected such as: Large herds of gaurs, wild bulls, Eld’s deer and elephants.
Chu Giang Sin National Forest.
Chu Yang Sin National Park is considered as attractive as York Don National Park. This is a high mountain region, where is the upstream of many large and small streams and rivers in Dak Lak.
With an area of nearly 59 thousand hectares which divided into many subdivisions, with strict protection subdivision of 19,401 hectares, ecological restoration 39,526 hectares and administrative service subdivision 20 hectares, national park is located in Lac Duong and Lam Ha districts of Lam Dong province, Lak district and Krong Bong district of Dak Lak province.
The center of the National Park is the Chu Yang Sin mountain, 2,442 m high, the highest peak of the southern Truong Son mountain range.
The abundance of flora and fauna species has recorded 876 species of higher plants, including 143 endemic species of Vietnam, especially number very precious species: pine Dalat, flat leaf Pine, Po mu, Kim giao, azaleas.
A total of 203 bird species and 46 mammal species were recorded at the National Park. Most importantly, the species that need to be preserved in the National Park are the black-shanked douc langur and the gibbon.
Buon Don is 40km west from Buon Ma Thuot City (Dak Lak) there is a long-standing land famous for hunting and taming wild elephants. That is Ban Don eco-tourism area in Krong Na commune, Buon Don district - where the community of ethnic groups: Ede, M'nong, Gia rai, Lao, Thai ...
Referring to Ban Don, we have to mention elephants, because the place is the home of elephant hunters and domesticated elephants in Vietnam. Their reputation was once spread throughout a large area of southern Asia. In Vietnam, elephants are the only means to live and be gentle animals in the family and this is also the place where the traditional elephant racing festival is held every year.
Coming to Ban Don, tourists can ride elephants to admire the jungle, wade the river or listen to the elders tell stories about hunting and taming wild elephants.
Buon Jun-Buon Le
Jun village is located in Lien Son town, Lak district, Dak Lak province. Lying on the side of the picturesque Lak lake, Jun village has a gentle primitive beauty of the Central Highlands village, keeping its traditional identities preserved for many generations.
Another pleasure when coming to this place is that tourists can take a boat on Lak lake, enjoy Lam rice and specialties of Lak lake such as fish, eel, snails and many rustic dishes with rich flavors of highland countryside. If you go to Jun village in the festival season, you will be immersed in atmosphere of the sound of gongs and traditional dance songs full of lyrical and romantic. Jun Village is an impressive tourist destination for those who want to learn and discover the cultural beauty of the Central Highlands traditional village.
Lak Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in Dak Lak province and the second largest in Vietnam after Ba Be Lake.
The indigenous people here also have a legend that says the lake is bottomless or through the Tonle Sap Lake. The lake is over 5 km² and is connected to the Krong Ana river. The lake surface is always green, the lake is surrounded by high mountains so the lake surface is always calm and has vast primeval forests with rich flora and fauna. According to Lak lake legend, it was created by a Lak ethnic hero of the M'Nong ethnic group.
On the side of Lak Lake, there are Jun village, M'Lieng village (the oldest and more wild village), Le village, the typical villages of M'Nong ethnic group, these villages are organized as an important tourist destination in Dak Lak such as those preserving and introducing indigenous ethnic minority culture. There are still many traditional long houses with thatched roofs and a herd of more than 20 elephants. Tourists come here not only to visit Lak Lake but also to enjoy the Central Highlands cultural features such as fire dances, Rice Crop dances, gong performances, elephant rides or using boats canoe on the lake or cross the lake.
Bay Nhanh Waterfall
The Serepok river flows here to meet a large rocky cliff divided into 7 small rivers flowing through rocks forming 6 islands among the tributaries, so called Bay Nhanh Waterfall. Looking down from high above, Seven Branches Waterfall is like a giant hand with seven fingers spread out between white rapid waterfall which "wrist" is about 500m wide, the water flows smoothly all year round.
The waterfall flows through Ban Don area and Yok Don National Park.
Dray Nur Waterfall-Dray Sap Waterfall.
Dray Nur Waterfall (Cai waterfall or Wife waterfall) is created by Krong Ana river (Cai river). Dray Nur Waterfall is over 30m high, the water flowing into the abyss creates a sparkling natural picture full of mysticism as the legend of its birth, associated with a love story full of tears.
It is said that in the past, there was a boy from Kuop village who fell in love with a girl across the Serepok river. The two loved each other but their parents were unaware.
Unfortunately, they were the children of two different old clans which had the enmity, then their love was not accepted. So disappointed, on a moonlit night, the two of them throw themselves into the Serepok stream to lose their lives together. Suddenly a stormy water rose, people around the area heard the screams of the mountains. The next morning, the river was divided into two branches, separating the path of the two clans.
Since then, the Duc and Cai rivers have been formed, carrying two Dray Sap waterfalls (now in Dak Nong province), Dray Nur (now in Dak Lak province) ... Day and night on the high rocky cliff, water from a 30 meters height flowing down steadily.
Gia Long Waterfall
Gia Long Waterfall, also known as Dray Sap Thuong, is a waterfall on the Serepok river in Dray Sap commune, Krong Ana district, Dak Lak province, and Dak Sor commune, Krong K’No district, Dak Nong province.
Although located very close to Dray Sap waterfall and has been invested a concreted road to the place, the tourism exploitation in Gia Long waterfall has not been properly invested, forgotten by tourists. At this point you will feel like you have just lost in the Amazon jungle.
The closer you gets to the waterfall, the more romantic the path is with forest flowers covering the road sides.
It is said that the last King Bao Dai rode the elephant here, he was so impressed by the beauty of the waterfall. He took the name of the first king of the Nguyen Dynasty for this place.
One more special thing when coming to Gia Long waterfall, visitors will encounter a typical type of magma geology, including many cylindrical rock blocks stacked, originating from volcanic eruptions, like Da Dia Reef in Phu Yen.
Thuy Tien Waterfall
Thuy Tien Waterfall, also known as Ba Tang Waterfall, is a waterfall in Ea Puk commune, Krong Nang district, Dak Lak province.
This is a beautiful, pristine landscape between mountains and forests with countless rocks lying on top of each other and the roots of the forest trees look very strange. Because there are 3 floors of water pouring, so-called Three-story waterfall. The first floor is narrow, small slope with easy steps up and down. The second floor is wide with many stone steps, and there are shallow lakes that can swim. In the third floor, water flows from above to a wide and deep lake surface, tossing white bubbles. The waterfall is located in an area of 30ha, stretching for nearly 1 km, more than 40m wide.
Khunjunop Elephant Hunting King( Tomb)
Khunjunob, whose real name is N'Thu K'Nul, born in 1828, a powerful and respected chief of the people. He founded Buon Don, made great contributions in the beginning of his creation and development. He gave the villagers the instruction of hunting and taming elephants. He had hunted hundreds of elephants, including a white elephant that he had given to the Royal Thai Family in 1861. The Thai king was very impressed and bestowed him the title of Khunjunob (King of the Elephant Hunting).
He also gave Bao Dai King a white elephant and he helped to found a team of hunting elephants named "Royal Bao Dai" for the King. He died in 1947, at the age of 70. Three years after his death (1950), the grave-abandoned ceremony for him was performed and his tomb was built according to Cambodian temple architecture. This is an architectural idea made by King Bao Dai. The tomb was completed with a total cost equal to an elephant with a long tusk at that time.
Yang Prong Cham Tower
Yang Prong Tower, also known as Green Forest Cham Tower, is the only Cham tower in the Central Highlands built in the late 13th century to worship the god Shiva in the form of Mukhalinga with the desire to pray for the growth of the population and full of happiness.
It can be said that this is a quite unique religious architecture of the ancient Cham people. Yang Prong Tower is located in the middle of many bamboo trees - the forest stretches on the banks of the Ea Hleo River, immersed a green color of the Central Highlands mountains.
Yang Prong Tower is nearly 10m high, has a square ground of about 5m each side and its construction is based on style of flower buds. The entire tower is built with red bricks, especially without mortar or adhesive. On the east side of the tower is the main door which is also the entrance of the tower, the other sides of the tower are all fake doors. Inside the tower there are no statues of worship and no decoration.
Yang Prong tower was built in the late 13th century, all of which prove that about 700 years ago, the Central Highlands had not only indigenous people but also other ethnic groups living together. Yang Prong Tower is a monument of great significance to the ethnographers, history, architecture .
Buon Ako Dhong( Buon Co Thon)
Buon Ako Dhong in Ede language, "Ako" means upstream, "Dhong" is "stream". Ako Dhong is named "upstream of the stream" because the village is located at the source of the Ea Nuol stream. There are also many other names such as Ako Thon village, Co Thon village, Buon Akô D’hong, Buon Nha Ngoi. Ako Dhong is considered to be "the richest and most prosperous village in the Central Highlands" and "the most beautiful village in Buon Ma Thuot City" as well as "the only village( Buon) that still retains its unique appearance and characteristics, Ede village.
The main door of a long house always has a large floor yard called the passenger yard. Some long houses still have two staircases made of one tree wood, one for guests and one for family members.
The long house is built of materials like wood, bamboo and rattan; roofs made from thick grass, walls and floors made of bamboo trunks. But because these materials have their use time is short, easy to rot and catch fire. Then long houses have roof tiles. Walls and floors are made from wood and stairs made of concrete construction.
The Coffee Museum
The idea is to make Vietnam as a global coffee capital, to be able to turn this place into a meeting place for coffee lovers and enthusiasts around the world. At Coffee Museum today, thousands of artifacts and cultural elite of coffee from the world are being displayed.
The Coffee Museum is built as a museum from the future when visitors will experience all 5 senses: see - hear - smell - taste - touch. It is a place where you approach actively with contemporary values as well as life happenings, not just a museum following the old-fashioned way. The space in the coffee museum is designed very open: promoting many activities on the Body – Heart - Mind with the core content towards the spirit of Coffee. It will be an exciting destination for coffee lovers around the world, as well as the iconic construction of Vietnam. In addition to visiting coffee items then you can also directly taste the coffee flavor in very unique and special ways of processing by the Ede people.
The Ethnographic Museum Daklak
Museum of ethnic groups in Dak Lak, the most modern and largest museum in the Central Highlands, Vietnam. Built on the Bao Dai Palace itself - a historical site of Dak Lak, the Dak Lak Ethnic Culture Museum is a cultural architecture built in a modern style combined with traditional culture.
Miniature house space or familiar tools in the life of the people of Ede and M’Nong are also displayed at the museum. In addition, more than 1,000 exhibits at the museum will help you understand better the history, especially the culture of 44 ethnic groups living in the area. The Dak Lak Museum is also the first museum in the country to use four languages, including Vietnamese, English, French and Ede, for display and interpretation.
The Exile House Buon Ma Thuot
Buon Ma Thuot exiled house plays a particularly important role in the August revolutionary campaign in Dak Lak. The communist soldiers imprisoned by the enemy here have become revolutionary leaders in this red soil plateau.
Expanded and fortified on the basis of a Prison from 1900 to 1930, Buon Ma Thuot Prison became an exile for Vietnamese patriotic soldiers. Now, visiting Buon Ma Thuot Prison, you will see the evidence of the crimes of the French colonialists.
It is a Buon Ma Thuot specialty with a bitter taste. Those are wild rattan growing wildly in the forest. People just pick the young buds, plump, about two or three feet long. For processing, rattan is stripped of the leaves, soft baked and then shredded. Slices of rattan cooked with fish, meat wouldbecome delicious and attractive specialties.
Bamboo Rice- Roasted Chicken
The life of ethnic minorities in Dak Lak is mainly depending on the mountains, so the culinary culture of the people also come from the mountains. With natural ingredients such as bamboo, stream fish, free range meat, wild vegetables ... Dak Lak people make extremely simple processing to increase the freshness and deliciousness of the dish. The most common way to cook foods that people easily notice is grilling. Typical dishes of Dak Lak ethnic people is Bamboo Rice and Roasted Chicken.
Grilled Deer Meat( Venison)
For a long time, deer meat has become a specialty dish of the Central Highlands mountainous region of Dak Lak. Deer meat in Dak Lak is not the same as in other regions, deer meat has less tendon, ivory fat, meat is softer than young veal. Deer meat is often used to cook into many interesting and diverse dishes in which grilling is one of the best. Most of the restaurant in Buon Me Thuot have this dish in their menu.
Venison is sliced and marinated with spices, then grilled over charcoal. This dish is more special when served with grilled ginger, creating a unique flavor and stimulating taste. Grilled venison has a natural sweetness, softness, when eaten without dipping sauce, or without salt and pepper, with just a few slices of hot ginger is enough to make people fascinated.
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