Đắk Lắk is the 4th biggest provinces in Vietnam, whose capital city is Buôn Ma Thuột, which is 1,410 kilometers away from Hanoi and 350 kilometers from Saigon. Dak Lak is seen to be one of the earliest cradles rearing the Central Highland Bronze Gongs Cultural Space, a traditional genre proudly recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of mankind proclaimed in 2005.
This is when you should sort out your trip to Dak Lak
The climate condition of Dak Lak has been divided into two basic seasons. The dry season with its sunny skies comes from November and leaves at the end of April, while heavy rainfall hits the land in May and ends in October. On the whole, the weather in Dak Lak is temperate with an average temperature of 23 Celsius degrees.
Three different ways to arrive in the province
The most common mean of transportation is sleeper buses or coaches. From Hanoi, you can depart from Giáp Bát Bus Station with an average price at around VND 700.000 per ticket. Meanwhile, for those leaving from Saigon, you may need to arrive firstly in the East Coach Station (Bến Xe Miền Đông) and claim your tickets at VND 300.000. Danang, Vietnam’s Central metropolis offers you various routes to Dak Lak ranging from VND 250.000 to 350.000.
If your time budget is not that generous, then hunt for a cheap ticket to land in Buôn Ma Thuột Airport. From there, hop on a taxi to reach Dak Lak Downtown.
Five icons of Dak Lak tourism
As a typical mountainous region, Dak Lak offers you a wide range of tourist attractions and outdoor adventure activities in such a hilly land. Here are the five must-see landmarks in Dak Lak for first-time travelers.
As cited in the title, Dak Lak is known to be one of the largest coffee kingdoms in the country – most of which gather in the Central highland section. Hence, visiting Đắk Lăk grants you an opportunity to observe the infinite coffee plantations, as well as to taste the finest specialty coffee in Vietnam. Furthermore, getting to learn more about the detailed coffee cultivation progress makes your journey to this venue absolutely worth it. Do not forget to come over Dak Lak Province when March comes around.
Trung Nguyên coffee village
If you have been to the biggest municipalities in Vietnam and getting to meet up with some local guides, chances are you may be advised to grab some Trung Nguyên coffee powder as a type of souvenir. Trung Nguyên is arguably one of the best coffee brands in the country, and Dak Lak is where you are able to taste the finest of it. A broad diversity of coffee in Dak Lak is available to be offered. Trung Nguyên Coffee Village is regarded as a miniature museum representing a model of a Central Highland ethnic village decorated with vivid daily items such as the bronze gongs, traditional villages, and a lot more.
Bản Đôn – Đôn Hamlet tourist center
Đôn Hamlet is always on the list of quintessential landmarks in Vietnam Central Highland region. Not only it is granted with breathtaking scenery from magnificent woods to mighty rivers and giant elephants, Đôn Hamlet is also where you get to consume the best authentic dishes of the region such as grilled chicken and Ama Kông wine.
Yok Đôn National Park
The very next option to be introduced is Yok Đôn National Park. Do not forget to request a local guide for an actual and informative excursion to this site. Yok Đôn belongs to Buôn Đôn District which is only 40 kilometers away from Buôn Ma Thuột City center towards the North.
What can you be participating when picking Yok Đôn? One of the most exciting things to do here is biking around the primitive woods of Yok Đôn. When night falls, you may feel like watching wild animals while daytime takes you on a trip along the poetic Serepok River. The very offer that most Vietnamese fancy a lot is drinking Rượu Cần, a long-founded fermented wine which is drunk out of the long pipes from a huge jar.
Sitting approximately 56 kilometers away from Buôn Ma Thuột City to the Southern side, Lắk is the largest natural lake all over the region of Central Highlands and recorded to be the 2nd biggest in the country after Ba Bể Lake. Lắk Lake is romantically fenced by the primitive jungles.
What do you think is the most captivating outdoor activity here? The answer is hopping on the dug-out boat and watching the schools of fish dancing in the pristine water. Fishing is allowed and accordingly, you can feel free to turn your achievements into an aromatic dish.
Here is what you should order to consume when visiting Dak Lak
Cơm Lam (Sticky grilled rice in bamboo tubes), Đôn Hamlet grilled chicken, Lắk Lake chopped fish sausage, wild herbal veggies, hemibagrus from the Serepok River, Rượu Cần, and Ama Kông medicinal wine are the biggest icons of Dak Lak Province.
In terms of native beverage, do not hesitate to try out its authentic honey, banana wine, and the dried young bamboo. There is also the phenomenal yet controversial weasel coffee
You can almost combine Dak Lak along with your visit to Dalat or set the city of love beside and save time for this lesser-visited province.