Buon Ma Thuot City and Dak Lak Province

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Buon Ma Thuot, the city of Dak Lak Province, is located on the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Buon Ma Thuot gets average height from 400m to 800m above sea level. Around the city, there are the huge jungle forests with a lot of potentials to develop ecotourism.

How is Buon Me Thuot City, Dak Lak Province?

Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak Province

Buon Me Thuot is about 377 km2, one of 14 first class cities in Vietnam. In Ede language, Buon Ma Thuot means the village of Father of Thuot. It comes from the name of A Ma Thuot (A ma is father; Thuot is name of the son). When Ede people have a son, they call the farther the name of his son. A Ma Thuot is the richest and most powerful person of the region.

Dak Lak Provice is the home of many many minority groups living here, When traveling to Buon Ma Thuot City, tourists will have chance to explore colorful and different cultures, and can have chance to ride the elephant or to visit other interesting tourist sites: Thuy Tien waterfall, the romantic Lake Lak, Jok Don national park, Jun village, Bao Dai’s former villa and the others.

The mountainous landscape of Dak Lak

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Dak Lak Landscape- photo: @tuan star

The landscape of Dak Lak is diverse, with high mountains, low plains and plateaus. The highlands are concentrated in the south and southeast, accounting for 35% of the province’s natural area. This area has the highest mountain is Chu Yang Sin with 2,405 m high.

The west and the end of the Truong Son range are a large plateau, quite flat with many lowland plain along the main river. The Buon Me Thuot plateau and surrounding area occupy 53.5% of the natural area.

The lowland terrain accounts for 12% of the natural area, concentrated in the districts of Krong Ana, Krong No, Lak and Ea Sup Plateau.

Srepok is the largest river in Dak Lak Province

Buon Ma Thuot - Day nur Waterfall

Dray Nur Waterfall – photo: @yahoo_lily

Dak Lak Province has a rather dense network of rivers and lakes, of which Srepok is the largest river. Serepok is formed on the territory of Dak Lak province and is composed of two small rivers the Krong Ana (Female River) and Krong No River (Male River). The flow in Vietnam’s territory of this large river is 126 km long.

Unlike the usual rivers flowing into the high seas, the Srepok River flows back upstream and then into Cambodia. Here, the river enters the MeKong River and re-enters the Vietnamese territory.

On the territory of Dak Lak province, Serepok river creates many majestic rapids, most notably the Dray Nur. This waterfall is like a giant water wall more than 200 meters long, 30 meters high with white foam. Dray Nur’s majestic, poetic views makes this place a popular destination for many domestic and foreign tourists.

Cofffee center in Buon Ma Thuot, Dak Lak

Buon Ma Thuot Coffee

The coffee plants have been grown in Buon Ma Thuot, Dak Lak since the 1930s when the French came. About 200,000 hectares are used to plant the coffee.

Dak Lak is one of the highest coffee yields in the world. This contributes to make Vietnam as the second country to export coffee. Many areas in Dak Lak Province to grow coffee, but Buon Ma Thuot coffee is still of the highest quality. Buon Ma Thuot is considered as the center of coffee. In addition to coffee, Dak Lak is also famous for avocado.

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