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Dak Lak is one of the five provinces in the Central Highlands, with an average elevation of 400-800m,  bordering Gia Lai province to the north and Lam Dong province to the south, Cambodia with 193-km border to the west, Dak Nong to the northwest, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces to the east. Its capital city Buon Ma Thuot, 1,410km from Hanoi and 350km from Ho Chi Minh city, is located at a height of 536m.
Dak Lak Province is located in the heart of southern Central Highlands and famous for coffee, rubber and traditional festivals. Dak Lak is also renowned for magnificent forests, rivers and lakes and majestic waterfalls in the midst of an enchanting gong culture. Daklak is considered as the craddle of the Space of Gong culture in Central Highlands of Viet Nam, recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2008, as well as  the capital city of coffee with the annual celebration of Coffee Festival.
Area: 13,125.4km2
Population: 1,771,800 people composed of 47 ethnic groups. The largest ethnic group is Viet people (70.655). The remaining percentage is composed of native inhabitants in Daklak consisting mainly of Ede, M’nong people and other ethnic majorities such as Ba Na, Gia Rai, Se Dang in small quantity.
Topography: Dak Lak is large with alternate valleys, plateaus, average and high mountains, and sloping from southeast to northwest. The average height is 650 meters above sea level. In the middle of the highlands, Buon Ma Thuot City stretches over 90km from north to south and about 70km from east to west with the surface of a wavy hill form. The slope is from 30-80 and average height is 475m with an area of 371km2, occupying 28% of the province. Most of the plateau area is fertile basalt soil.
Rivers: There are many rivers: Krong H’Nang, Ea H’Leo but the main one is Serepok river with 322km in length forming by 2 tributaries Krong Ana and Krong No.
Administrative units: Dak Lak has 15 administrative units: 1 city (Buon Ma Thuot), 1 town (Buon Ho) and 13 districts.
Climate: Dak Lak’s climate is pleasant - temperate with the tropical humidity of highlands, and is also affected by the dry southwest monsoon with two distinct seasons: a dry season November to April when it is cool and low humidity; the rainy season is from May to October (cool and wet, with 90% of the rain falling then, and very favorable for crop development, specially industrial trees such as coffee, rubber, pepper. Average annual rainfall is 1,800mm, mainly in the rainy season. Average annual temperature is 22.50C, with 370C the highest (the hottest month is April), and the lowest temperature is 140C (the coldest month is December).
Sights of interest
There are many advantages for eco-tourism as Daklak has beautiful and famous waterfalls, as well as many big lakes, superb landscapes, national parks, pure environment, cultural traditions of many ethnic groups in the province. Tourists are able to get in the primitive forests of the Chu Yang Sin, Yok Don National park, visit Buon Don ecotourist spot, villages of the native groups...
Don Village tourist spot: Don village (named Buon Don /or/ Ban Don in Vietnamese), located in Krong Na commune in Buon Don district, 40km from Buon Ma Thuot city, was once referred to as a large area along the river Serepok, famous for the professional elephant’s hunting and taming. At Don Village, tourists will have the opportunity to experience the cultures and customs of different ethnic groups, to enjoy Can wine and taking part in many other traditional cultural activities, visit Khunjunob’s grave house and the National Park of Yok Don – a wildlife conservation area of many precious and rare animal and vegetation species, or try elephant riding or canoeing on a dugout canoe crossing the Serepok to seven-branch waterfall. Visitors can also spend the night at a house-on-stilts of the inhabitant of the ethnic minority in Don village.
Lak Lake is a natural freshwater lake in Lak district, located at 500m above sea level, around 60km from Buon Ma Thuot.
Overlooking the Lak Lake is the old summer villa of Emperor Bao Dai, which has been renovated into a hotel. Around this beautiful lake is Jun Village, home to Mnong ethnic people. The villagers have a peculiar form of fishing where they attach metal rods to a car battery and run the rods through the water zapping and stunning the fish and then collecting them to keep in a tank at the village until they are needed.
At Lak Lake visitors can stay overnight in a traditional long house, have a fantastic elephant ride or a dugout boat trip to cross the water of Lak Lake. A dugout is a boat made from a hollowed tree trunk, popularly used by ethnic people. Vistors can also participate to a gong spectacle perfoprmed by ethnic villagers.
Yokdon National Park: located in Krong Ana commune, 40km west of Buon Ma Thuot city, is the largest national park in Vietnam. Its jungles bear the characteristics of tropical forests in Southeast Asia. The most attractive thing for tourist is its diverse kinds of forest. This park is the only in Vietnam where great numbers of precious animals are still preserved.
Khai Doan Buddhist pagoda, built from 1951 to 1953 by Khai Dinh, the twelfth Nguyen Dynasty King  to her mother. The main altar  comprises two sections; the front is built in the long-house style of the Central Highlands, with the pillars and rafters of the Viet, the back constructed in a traditional Hue house.
Museum of Ethnic Minority Cultures, at No 4 Nguyen Du street, has an important collection of valued cultural artifacts related to  44 ethnic groups living in Daklak province.
Akodhong village, an Edeh village with long traditional houses, located 1km north of Buon Ma Thuot city


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