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Despite being one of the biggest towns in the Central Highlands, Buon Ma Thuot is only visited by a few tourists because it is off the beaten track. However, this town can serve as a starting point for those who want to see the attractions in the area.

Short facts

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Buon Ma Thuot

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The best time to visit

When The wild sunflower blossoms with brilliant yellow in December, it’s the perfect time to go to Buon Ma Thuot,or in February, March when the coffee flower blooms. In fact, its weather is classified into two distinct rainy and dry seasons, dry season starts from November to April next year, rainy season occurs from May to October, the average temperature is only 23-24 C. So you can arrange your time to come here at any time of a year.

You can even attend unique traditional folk festivals. Around December to March in Vietnamese lunar Calendar, the Banar in the Central Highland celebrates the buffalo kill festival, called Koh Kpo or Groong Kpo Ton to welcome the New Year, to praise the health for people and lush crops, Cafe Festival in March, elephant racing festival, buffalo kill festival in March of lunar year, water wharf worshiping festival of the Ede.

Getting to Buon Ma Thuot

Buon Ma Thuot is about 350 km far from Ho Chi Minh City, about 1,400 km far from Hanoi. so it is possible to go either by road or air:

  • Departing from Hanoi: you can book a flight to Buon Ma Thuot with Bamboo Airways at only from VND199,000 taking about 1 hour 40 minutes.
  • Departing from Ho Chi Minh City: it takes 7-8 hours to go by car or about 9-10 hours by motorbike. Bus fare ranges from VND 200,000 to VND 250,000 / way with multiple trips a day. If you want to spend a whole day to visit around upon arrival, you can choose overnight bus to take a rest on the bus.

We recommend you round-trip direct flights from Ho Chi Minh to Buon Ma Thuot at an affordable price only taking about 1 hour.

The airport is about 15 km far from the city center with many vehicles to choose.

Must-visited sites

  • Dray Sap and Dray Nur waterfalls: Just 25km southwest of Buon Ma Thuot, Dray Sap and Dray Nur are literally a few hundred meters from each other, but actually belong to two different river systems. Both falls pour dazzling white water from 30m (33 yard) high cliffs, and flow fiercely during the rainy season. They later merge into the Serepok River, hence earning nicknames of ‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’ waterfalls.
  • Ea Kao Lake: Ea Kao Lake, 12km from Buon Ma Thuot’s city center, is a large artificial lake that powers a hydroelectric plant, and is open to the public. The lake is a popular location for local photographers at dawn and sunset when fishermen set sail in their boats. Jungle, rice fields and coffee plants surround the lake, and brisk winds send the waves lapping against the banks.
  • Yok Don National Park: isthe most famous of its kind in southern Vietnam, the park has a huge and diverse green canopy, locally known as khop, a species of tree only found in tropical countries. Yok Don is also known for trees belonging to the oil family, which are burnt off during the off-season. The national park offers various tourist services, including tailor-made trekking tours through the jungle or up the mountain, as well as bike and boat tours on the Serepok River.
  • Dak Lak Museum: is the biggest in the Central Highlands, Dak Lak Museum showcases artifacts and documents from the indigenous groups in the region. The museum is styled after the stilt-house design of Dak Lak’s Ede ethnic group, thus reflecting its focus on ethnography.

Places to enjoy food

  • Com Saigon: 16/4-16/6 Hung Vuong.
  • Hanoi Bakery: 123-125 Le Hong Phong.
  • Pho Gia Truyen: 18 Quang Trung St.
  • Son Thuy: 38 Quang Trung St.
  • Trung Nguyen Coffee: 149-153 Ly Thai To St.
  • Zone 8: 37 Ly Thuong Kiet.

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