Top 5 places not to miss in Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam

Buon Ma Thuot fascinates many visitors with its untouched natural beauty. Aside from the immense coffee fields – the iconic scenery that Buon Ma Thuot is known for, the place is home to jaw-dropping natural landscapes, majestic waterfalls, colossal mountains, tropical forests and unique local culture, making it a must-visit destination on every Vietnam bucket list.

BUON DON – A TRADITIONAL NATURE-INSPIRED VILLAGE IN BUON MA THUOT

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A far cry from other villages in the lowlands, Buon Don located in Krong Na Hamlet, Buon Don District is famous for its idyllic and enchanting scenery. Make a stop at this ancient village and enjoy a range of exciting activities, for instance, take a stroll through the lush green forests, have a close encounter with giant elephants and marvel at the majestic natural scenery. Additionally, you will have the chance to experience the distinctive cultures and customs of different ethnic groups in Buon Ma Thuot. Sit around the fire, join in with the traditional dance of Buon Don villagers and sip a cup of authentic wine, then you will get a profound insight into the daily life in Buon Don.

DISCOVER THE LEGENDARY STORY OF LAK LAKE

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Your trip to Buon Ma Thuot would not be complete without paying a visit to the peaceful Lak Lake. This body of water is closely associated with a wide range of thrilling local legends of the M’Nong ethnic group. Surrounded by the mighty mountains and primaeval forests, connected to the Krong Ana River, covering nearly 500 hectares and 500 metres above sea level, the lake is one of the largest natural lakes in the Central Highlands. Lak Lake attracts an abundance of tourists due to its captivating and peaceful natural landscapes. Aside from its natural beauty and mysterious legends, tourists can travel on dug-out canoes to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the lake, explore the forests or experience the traditional culture of M’Nong villagers.

YANG TAO – “MOTHER ELEPHANT” ROCK: EXPLORE NATURE IN BUON MA THUOT

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Yang Tao is an extremely unique tourist attraction in the Central Highlands as it is home to two large monoliths; Father Elephant Rock and Mother Elephant Rock. Due to their exotic shape and size, the Yang Tao villagers commonly called it Da Voi (Elephant Rock). Located about 5km from the Mother Elephant Rock, the Father Elephant Rock intrigues a lot of tourists due to its age and untouched natural beauty. From ground level, travel through gentle slopes to reach the top of the rock. From above, you can get a spectacular bird’s-eye view of Buon Ma Thuot. Appreciating the magnificent natural scenery and snapping a few photos will bring you endless joy.

GIA LONG, DRAY NUR AND DRAY SAP WATERFALLS

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Situated between Dak Lak and Dak Nong Provinces, this group of three waterfalls, including Gia Long, Dray Nur and Dray Sap bears an unparalleled majestic beauty. From high above, thunderous flows of crystal-clear water crash down, creating a magical and poetic natural scene. The waterfall system is beautiful all year round and is an exhilarating travel destination for tourists of all ages. The waterfalls are home to plenty of interesting outdoor activities, where you can learn to understand and appreciate the signature culture of the Central Highlands, for instance, enjoy gong performances, local wine and musical experiences.

VISITING THE UNIQUE WORLD COFFEE MUSEUM

Wanderlust Tips Magazine | Top 5 places not to miss in Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam
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In recent years, the World Coffee Museum in  Buon Ma Thuot has become a popular tourist destination and should definitely be added to your travel bucket list in the Central Highlands. It is not only a destination for coffee lovers and enthusiasts all over the world but also a place to meet, exchange and reflect on the traditional culture. Additionally, the museum attracts many photography enthusiasts due to its exotic local architectural style. You will certainly not regret paying a visit to this unique museum and you will not forget sipping a cup of aromatic coffee from Buon Ma Thuot.

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