Ta Dung Lake: ‘Ha Long Bay’ of Vietnam’s Central Highlands

If you are looking for an idyllic piece of nature in Vietnam, Ta Dung Lake, Dak Nong is the ideal destination to add to your bucket list, where you can catch glimpses of stunningly beautiful landscapes and enjoy a wide range of enticing outdoor activities.

Situated between Dak P’lao and Dak Som Communes, Dak Glong District, Dak Nong Province, Ta Dung Lake is a giant freshwater lake, measuring ​​nearly 22,103 hectares. About 45km from the centre of Gia Nghia Town, Ta Dung plays an important role in the biodiversity and geography between the South Central Highlands and Southeast Vietnam. What’s more, Ta Dung Lake is home to an amazing range of islands and islets, making it appear like a miniature version of Ha Long Bay.

Wanderlust Tips Travel Magazine | Ta Dung Lake: “Ha Long Bay” of Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Wanderlust Tips Travel Magazine | Ta Dung Lake: “Ha Long Bay” of Vietnam’s Central Highlands

If you are planning a trip to Ta Dung, then you should visit in the rainy season between September and December. During this time, these undulating islands have both locals and travellers falling in love with the picturesque natural landscapes carpeted in lush tropical forests, making them suitable for outdoor activities and adventure experiences such as camping or hiking. Boasting an untouched natural beauty and peaceful ambience, Ta Dung Lake is truly the perfect destination for many travellers to the Central Highlands.

Wanderlust Tips Travel Magazine | Ta Dung Lake: “Ha Long Bay” of Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Wanderlust Tips Travel Magazine | “Ha Long Bay” of Vietnam’s Central Highlands
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Take a trip to Ta Dung Lake, where you can immerse yourself in jaw-dropping natural beauty. When it comes to popular tourist attractions in Ta Dung, Chu Bluk Cave is high up on the list. Featuring more than 100 caves in different sizes, Chu Bluk Cave currently holds the record as the longest volcanic cave in Southeast Asia. Additionally, Dieu Thanh Waterfall, also known as Lieu Nung Waterfall, is also a must to add to your Ta Dung Lake trip.

Comprising a group of 3 different waterfalls, Dieu Thanh Waterfall exudes an incredible majesty yet alluring charm. Apart from the compelling Ta Dung Lake, Krong No District is home to another very beautiful lake, called Ea Sno. With its unspoilt nature, serene ambience and captivating surroundings, Ea Sno Lake will win over your heart and definitely add something more to your trip.

Wanderlust Tips Travel Magazine | “Ha Long Bay” of Vietnam’s Central Highlands
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Aside from charming scenery, Ta Dung Lake intrigues both domestic and foreign travellers with delicious local cuisine. Particularly, the famous speciality of Dak Glong Guava boasts a distinctive, mouthwatering taste. Additionally, snakes head, fish and Ruou Can (wine drunk out of a jar through pipes) are all must-tries when travelling to the Central Highlands.

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