Considered as the center of Central Highlands culture, Buon Ma Thuot attracts visitors due to its immense coffee fields, majestic waterfalls, and the beauty of the legendary Serepok River.
Buon Ma Thuot has two distinct seasons. The dry season starts from November to April of the following year. The rainy season runs from May through October. Due to the relatively mild climate, the annual average temperature is 23 - 24 degrees Celsius. Therefore, you can visit Buon Ma Thuot any time of the year. Ideally, you would want to go during December to see its florid yellow flowers and interesting local festivals, or February to March for its coffee flower season and attractive elephant races.
In this article, I would like to share the special landmarks that you shouldn’t miss when visiting the coffee capital of Vietnam.
1. 14 Bridge
14 Bridge connects the border between Dak Lak and Dak Nong Province, but it is now closed.
This bridge is quite ancient. It was built during the resistance war against foreign invaders by the French colonialists. It still captures everyone's attention today because of its history.
2. Buon Kuop Hydropower Dam
This is the second largest hydroelectric dam in the Central Highlands. It is surrounded by enchanting landscapes especially when viewed from above.
In the early morning, the Buon Kuop Hydropower Dam is lying dormant on the Serepok River.
You will see the performance of the dam more clearly during the rainy season or at dusk.
3. Dray Nur Waterfall
Away from Buon Ma Thuot City about 30km towards Ho Chi Minh City. It can be said Dray Nur is the most majestic waterfall in the Central Highlands with a height of 30m spread over about 150m divided into two provinces Dak Lak and Dak Nong.
Dray Nur (also known as Wife Falls). The falls pour into the river deep that creating a magical nature. From a distance, the waterfall looks like a giant wall of water.
4. Dray Sap Waterfall
Dray Sap (also known as Husband Falls). In the past, the two waterfalls, Dray Sap and Dray Nur were connected by hanging bridges. Visitors can easily cross the bridge to go sightseeing. Today, they have unloaded the bridge so you have to travel an additional 2-3km in order to get to the other side.
In addition, the Dray Sap Ecological Tourist Area also has other fun activities such as bathing in the water springs, elephant rides, double bikes, and watching wildlife at the zoo with many rare species (tigers, lions, bears, gibbons, monkeys, antelopes, zebras, reptiles, and birds of all kinds ...).
5. Yang-tao Elephant Rock
Yang-tao Elephant Rock consists of a pair of Father Elephant Rocks and Mother Elephant Rocks, located about 40 km from downtown Buon Ma Thuot.
These rocks are two large rocks, shaped like a lying elephant. Therefore, people named them the Father Elephant and Mother Elephant Rock.
Stones are the soul of the M'Nong people. They believe that the stones are sent from a god who protects the life of the village.
6. Lak Lake tourist site
Lak Lake is a beautiful landscape of the Central Highlands. This is a huge freshwater reservoir that supplies water for hundreds of hectares of upland fields. It also makes the climate here cooler.
7. Buon Đon
Coming to Buon Ma Thuot, visitors should visit Buon Don village (Krong Na Commune, Buon Don District), which contains the culture of the Ede, M'nong, Gia Rai, Lao and Thai ethnic groups.
This is the home of the famous hunters and domestication of elephants. When you come to Buon Don you will be witnessing the only place where elephants become livestock. In addition, this is also the venue of the annual festival of elephant racing.
Here visitors can ride on an elephant through the jungle, wade in the water, or listen elders tell stories of hunting and domestication of elephants.
8. King Bao Dai’s Palace
This building is a relatively large modern three-story building built in 1951. It is used as a stopover when King Bao Dai and his family went to Buon Ma Thuot to relax and hunt.
The building was rebuilt as it is today with the architectural style bearing the traditional style of the Ede ethnic people. It is surrounded by a forest of ancient trees. Currently, the palace is a part of the Dak Lak Museum.
9. Bim Bip Waterfall
Located about 42 km from downtown Buon Ma Thuot in Yang Tao Commune, Lak District. Bim Bip Waterfall is a rare sight in the southeastern region of Dak Lak Province.
This is a very pristine waterfall nestled among the many trees in the wilderness. No tourism company offer packages to reach this destination.
This place is suitable for organizing picnics, trekking, and crossing the stream to explore the beauty of the wild.
10. "Giang Son - Cu Kuin" Ancient Church
Looking at it from a distance, it lies alone with the old yellow wall color. Besides, there is no shadow passing by, so there is a desolation.
11. KoTam Ecotourism Area
Located 10 km southeast of the city center, KoTam eco-tourism area displays the beauty of mountainous forests of the Central Highlands.
With a variety of ecosystems and many artificial areas, Kotam is an interesting destination for tourists when they arrive in Buon Ma Thuot.
This place will easily fascinate and enchant visitors with it’s wild but rustic space and scenery.
12. Museum of Ethnic Culture of Central Highlands
This place is considered as the miniature space of the Central Highlands.
When visitors arrive at the Museum, they will be presented with a panoramic view of the development history, the unique cultural values of man and nature of the wild plateau from the Stone Age to the present.
Today the museum is one of the most interesting attractions for domestic and foreign tourists when visiting Buon Ma Thuot City.
13. Ea Kao Lake
Ea Kao Lake is located in the suburbs of Ea Kao Commune, about 12 km southeast of Buon Ma Thuot City center.
Ea Kao Lake is a large artificial lake of irrigation value of Dak Lak Province and also a place of relaxation for many local people.
The Author and Photo: Truc Vo.
The Editor: Trang Miki.