Yok Don National Park
Vietnam’s biggest and most biodiverse protected area, Yok Don National Park stretches 115,000 hectares of dry deciduous dipterocarp forest, a resilient type of wet rainforest trees between the hinge of the Cambodian border and the Serepok River. Declared a national park in 1992, Yok Don is home to more than to 858 species of trees, 200 bird species, many reptiles, insects and 93 types of animal – unfortunately 32 of them are on the Red List. Of all its exotic animals, elephants are what Yok Don is best known for. It is possible to trek into the Yok Don National Park, take a wooden sampan across the Serepok River or simply spend time interacting with the elephants.
Dak Lak Ethnology (Ethnographic) Museum
Inaugurated in November 2011, the Dak Lak Ethnology (Ethnographic) Museum preserves and presents the culture quintessence of ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands. Surrounded by a shady garden, the museum looks like a Rong - a communal stilt house - or the long traditional house of the Ede. From afar, it looks like the traditional house of the M'Nong. Currently, the museum houses more than 10,000 objects and receives about 100,000 visitors a year, one third of whom are foreigners.
Explore serene Lak Lake
Vast, tranquil, surrounded by bucolic rural scenery and fringed by rolling hills, Lak Lake is the Central Highland’s largest natural freshwater lake. A hundred and fifty kilometres north of Da Lat and 40km south of Buon Ma Thuot, this charming spot is home to the five thousand people, mostly from the Mnong community, a tribe that relies on the lake for their livelihood and they can be seen fishing in traditional dugout canoes.
There are a number of activities available here, including musical gong performances and you can also get paddled out onto the blue, reed-covered expanse in a long boat.