Dray Nur waterfall in Dak Lak Vietnam
Dray Nur waterfall in Dak Lak Vietnam

Dak Lak Travel Guide

Dak Lak is located in the heart of the Central Highlands of Vietnam, bordered to the north by Gia Lai, to the east by Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa and to the south by Lam Dong and Dak Nong, to the west by Cambodia. The provincial capital is Buon Ma Thuot City.

 Dak Lak has the average altitudes of 300-800m above sea level. The terrain of Dak Lak includes:

- Mountainous areas in the North-East, East and South-East. The terrain is higher to the South-East and lower to the North-West of the province. The highest peaks are of Chu Yang Sin Range with peaks from above 1,500m above sea level (Chu Yang Sin 2,445m, Lang Biang 2,167m...). These mountains separate Dak Lak from Lam Vien, Di Linh Plateaus (in Lam Dong Province).

- Plateau or high plain areas account for most of Dak Lak's land: M'drak Plateau and Buon Ma Thuot Plateau. M'drak is located to the east with valleys surrounded by low hills and with average altitude 450-500m above sea level.

Riding elephant at the Lak Lake, Dak Lak
Riding elephant at the Lak Lake, Dak Lak

Buon Ma Thuot Plateau is basically flat with rolling hills of which the altitude is 800m to the North-West and 300m to the South-East.

- Buffer zone between the plateaus and the river basins is located to the North-West, higher to the east (200-300m) and lower to the west near the Cambodian border (140m)

- River basins created along the rivers: Serepok, Krong Ana, Krong No.

Fishing at the Lak Lake, Dak Lak
Fishing at the Lak Lake, Dak Lak

The biggest river system in Dak Lak is the Serepok River (or Srepok) with 2 main branches: Krong No and Krong Ana, and which flows north-westerly into Cambodia and which creates sublime waterfalls in Dak Lak. Serepok flows through Ratanakiri and discharges its water into the Mekong River at Strung Treng. The Mekong River gets all this water and flows through the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. Another river system is the Ba River (which is also known as Ia Drang River, Da Rang River, Eo Pa, La Pa depending on the locales it flows through).

A long house of the Ede at Dak Lak
A long house of the Ede at Dak Lak

Dak Lak has a highland tropical monsoon climate with rainy season from November through April and dry season from May through October. The average temperatures are around 24oC with big difference between day time and night time (15-20oC) and annual rainfall is about 1,400-2,100mm. Humidity ranges per season: 85-95% during the rainy season and 70-80% during the dry season.

The province is home to 47 ethnic minorities: Mnong, Ede, J'rai, Thai, Nung, Tay, Hmong, Thai, Muong...

Scenic landscape in the countryside of Dak Lak Province, Central Highlands of Vietnam
Scenic landscape in the countryside of Dak Lak Province, Central Highlands of Vietnam

Tourist attractions & what to see
Coffee: Dak Lak is known for the best coffee in Vietnam thanks to its climate and soil.
Dray Sap, Dray Nur, Gia Long, Bay Nhanh, Trinh Nu… are among the most sublime waterfalls in the Central Highlands of Vietnam created by the Serepok River flowing through different elevations.
Yok Don National Park.
Chu Yang Sin National Park: highest peak of Dak Lak, 2,445m above sea level, 60km south-east of Buon Ma Thuot with climate variations on high altitudes and with different forest types.
Ea So & Nam Kha Nature Reserves.
Don Village known for domesticating wild elephants.
Lak Lake with bucolic settings and elephant riding tours.
Jun Village, Tur Village: by the Lak Lake.
Ea Kao Lake

Travel & Tours, holidays and vacatioins in Dak Lak
While most of Paradissa's travelers come to Dak Lak on our discovery and sightseeing tours, we do offer tours for travelers with special interests upon request. Paradissa’s tours in Dak Lak include:
Bike tours
Elephant riding tours
Homestay tours
Coffee tasting tours
Military tours, veteran tours, battlefield tours: Dak Lak along with the Central Highlands of Vietnam hold an extremely strategic position to Vietnam's national defense. There were fierce and key battles which took place in Dak Lak and the Central Highlands of Vietnam which helped to shape up the course of the different wars in Vietnam.

Accommodations
There is a wide range of hotels in Dak Lak including luxury hotels (3-4*) at Buon Ma Thuot, mid range and standard hotels in the province, homestay in the villages. Travelers, who insist on luxury travel services, can take day excursions to the attractions around Buon Ma Thuot and return to the comfort of your hotel at night easily.

Getting there and away, getting around
By air: There are daily direct flights between Buon Ma Thuot and Hanoi, Buon Ma Thuot – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Buon Ma Thuot – Da Nang,...

By road: Dak Lak can be conveniently accessed from Dak Nong, Lam Dong, Khanh Hoa, Gia Lai...