Buon Ma Thuot

One of the largest towns in the Central Highlands, Buon Ma Thuot offers easy access to the area’s many natural attractions, including Yok Don National Park and its rare wildlife, idyllic Lak Lake, several spectacular waterfalls, as well as numerous Ede and M’nong hill tribe villages.

Like most places in the Central Highlands, Buon Ma Thuot saw some heavy fighting during the Vietnam war, but these days, it’s all about the coffee. With ideal soil and climate conditions, coffee from Buon Ma Thuot is considered by many to be the best in the country.
Places to See

Buon Ma Thuot

While the town of Buon Ma Thuot itself offers little in terms of sights, it is a good base for excursions to the many outdoor attractions in the surrounding area.
Yok Don National Park
Numerous rare animals, including elephants, leopards, and tigers, as well as other endangered species, and birds roam the forests of Vietnam’s biggest nature preserve. It is also home to various ethnic hill tribes, chiefly the matrilineal Ede and M’nong, who are famous for capturing and domesticating wild elephants.

Ban Don Village
Located on the edge of Yok Don National Park, this hill tribe village is a pleasant place to see traditional tribal architecture, and to learn more about the customs involved in the capture and domestication of wild elephants.

Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam

Dray Sap, Dray Nur and Gia Long Waterfalls
These stunning waterfalls can easily be visited on day trips. If you are planning on only visiting one of them, make sure to see Dray Sap as it is located in a magnificent rainforest.

Lak Lake
Set among bright green rice fields and forested hills, Lak Lake is a beautiful and idyllic place to sample the slow paced rural life style. Don’t miss a visit to June village, a small Ede hill tribe community on the shores of the lake, and its distinctive thatched roof longhouses built on stilts.