Buon Ma Thuot

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Country rank: 41 out of 45 Places To Visit In Vietnam

Sub-Region: South East Asia


Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Best time: November-April (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Buon Ma Thuot Airport (Check Flights)


"The Coffee Capital of Central Highlands"

Buon Ma Thuot Tourism

Buon Ma Thuot which was earlier called Lac Giao is the capital of the province of Dak Lak that is in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Dak Lak is the biggest city in the Highlands. The capital is a coffee lover’s delight and is known as the “Capital of Coffee.”  It also holds a biennial coffee festival that is frequented by coffeeholics globally.

Buon Ma Thuot is not only a reflection of the local culture that is usually found in villages. It is rich in scenic beauty too which can be seen in its waterfalls like the Dray Nur Natural Waterfalls, Dray Sap Waterfalls and Gia Long Waterfalls. Buon Ma Thuot is also home to national parks like Yok Don that foster flora and fauna and museums that showcase the history of the place. If possible try coming here in the month of March to be a part of the coffee festival. Buon Ma Thuot also encourages adventures like trekking. Even though this place is bountiful in its natural beauty but all you can do here is to go to villages away from the main city, enjoy the waterfall and be a part of the coffee fest (if you happen to be here at that time).

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  • Buon Ma Thuot is popular for its elephant riding. Taking place in the Ban Don village, the guides take you to Yok Don National Park and takes you through the Serepok River by joyfully riding an elephant. These fun-loving friends are extremely gentle and are looked after by the natives of the park. Now the fun part, elephants love playing with water and throwing on others. You can make the maximum out of it yet some precautions must be taken.

  • The best way to know a place is through its culture and people. Visit the Dak Lak Province Museum and go back in time to study the history, culture, customs and traditions of the native tribes showcased in the Ethnographic exhibit of the museum. If you are a water baby and have ample time in hand, do check out the Dak Lak Waterpark.
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  • Buon Ma Thuot is a neighbour to beautiful waterfalls - Gia Long and Dray Nur. Dray Sap is a surreal waterfall amidst a rainforest. Yok Don National Park is Vietnam’s largest nature reserve where one can find birds and animals even the endangered species.

  • The native tribes domesticate elephants here. You can visit Ban Don village which is distinguished for its tribal heritage and the Lak Lake showcases their slow lifestyle of the natives and their culture.

The Vietnamese war happened in the year 1975. The final battle of this war was called the battle of Buon Ma Thuot following which North Vietnam captured a major chunk of the Central Highlands. This battle led to the massive destruction of South Vietnam. Buon Ma Thuot was taken over by North Vietnam after being severely damaged and destroyed. However, after a few years, Buon Ma Thuot started to recover from the damage slowly. Even today, Buon Ma Thuot is majorly a rural settlement.

Finding a good place to eat is quite a task in Buon Ma Thuot. This is because some travellers prefer western food which is neither easily available nor offers a good variety. Try Bon Treu at Hai Ba beside Dam San tourist offers dishes with a modern western twist. Thanh Hung on Nguyen Dinh Chieu can be given a thought for an exquisite dining experience. If you are the one who wants to try local delicacies and that too at cheap rates, consider Damsan Hotel’s restaurant. Also, try Ninh Hoa which is a Vietnamese dish of meat and veggies packed in rice paper and drenched in peanut sauce. It can be easily found at Ly Thuong Kie. Noodles in Vietnam are par excellence and the most delicious ones are served at Quan Com Tieu Linh in Hung Vuong. The coffee here is par excellence. The local brew “Ruou Can” is highly recommended.

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