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Buon Ma Thuot

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Buon Ma Thuot is a stop over destination between Kon Tum and Da Lat. Most travellers stop here en route to the nearby attractions: Yok Don National Park, Vietnam's largest nature reserve, a few striking waterfalls and heaps of minority villages which are home to 44 ethnic groups, the dominant ones being the Ede, Jarai, M’nong and Lao. Buon Ma Thuot can trace its origins back to a simple rural settlement: the Ede name translates as ‘Thuot’s father’s village’.

Buon Ma Thuot has long outgrown its rustic origins and is now a thoroughly modern and hectic city, and one that is surprisingly affluent. Due to its lower elevation the climate is warmer and more humid than Da Lat and the French, during the colonial times, saw its agricultural potential and the town developed on the back of coffee, tea and rubber plantations.
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Buon Ma Thuot may not be as well known as other places in Central Highland of Vietnam such as Kon Tum, Da Lat or Pleiku, but it is really worth your sightseeing.
Dzung Nguyen
Vietnam Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Buon Ma Thuot

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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.
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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.
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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.

Best Time to Visit Buon Ma Thuot

Buon Ma Thuot experiences a tropical monsoon climate with two different seasons. The rainy season begins in May and ends in October; the dry season begins in November and ends in April. The best time to visit Buon ma Thuot is during the dry season. The scenery is not as lush, but at least it makes getting around more convenient and less stressful.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
26
Feb
28
Mar
31
Apr
32
May
31
Jun
29
Jul
28
Aug
28
Sep
28
Oct
27
Nov
26
Dec
26
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
3
Feb
3
Mar
17
Apr
87
May
208
Jun
211
Jul
245
Aug
299
Sep
286
Oct
203
Nov
96
Dec
30
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
26ºC
3mm

FEB
28ºC
3mm

MAR
31ºC
17mm

APR
32ºC
87mm

MAY
31ºC
208mm

JUN
29ºC
211mm

JUL
28ºC
245mm

AUG
28ºC
299mm

SEP
28ºC
286mm

OCT
27ºC
203mm

NOV
26ºC
96mm

DEC
26ºC
30mm

Festivals, Events and Seasonal Reasons to Visit

  • 01

    That's largely down to its coffee: the surrounding region grows some of the best in Vietnam. Buon Ma Thuot plays host to a biennial Coffee Festival that sees gallons of the black nectar drunk amidst much merry-making.
  • 02

    Between April and July you’ll see the city surrounded by millions of lemon-coloured butterflies, wafting through the air like yellow petals.
  • 03

    Elephant Race Festival, which takes place on the banks of the Serepok River near Ban Don. It’s usually held in the 3rd lunar month but preparations take place for weeks beforehand – those who own elephants in the area spend time fattening up their beasts on local fruit and crops.

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