Buon Ma Thuot Travel Guide

All things need to know before travelling to Buon Ma Thuot

Considered as the centre of the culture of the Central Highlands. Buon Ma Thuot attracts visitors thanks to immense coffee fields, majestic waterfalls or the beauty of the legendary Serepok. With Origin Travel explore Buon Ma Thuot if you are planning to travel here.

How Buon Ma Thuot Is Unique?

Buon Ma Thuot under the French occupation was the center of Dak Lak province. Also the center of the Central Highlands.

Buon Ma Thuot has a long history, many documents have shown that this land exists very early. From the archaeological perspective of Buon Ma Thuot at least 4,000 years old. Through ethnic culture literature has a few hundred years Buon Ma Thuot and through historical records, up to now Buon Ma Thuot has 105 years of formation and development.

After the invasion and pacification of the Central Highlands. The French colonialists immediately embarked on the construction of the dominant apparatus. After signing the province of Dak Lak (22-11-1904), and the province from Ban Don to Buon Ma Thuot. At the beginning, only the provincial level, while the lower level is the village of ethnic minorities on the spot.

Buon Ma Thuot is the name of a village in the Ede Kpă, this land at the end of the XIX century only one village with about fifty houses, each house has from 30 to 40 people headed by the head of Ama Thuot Located by the Ea Tam stream. In the early twentieth century, Buon Ma Thuot was no longer a single trader, but had gathered to develop dozens more trades. However, Buon Ma Thuot was still a large trade center of the region at that time headed by Ama Thuyen, a powerful and prestigious ruler. The name Buon Ma Thuot also derived from that. Buon Ma Thuot is the village of Ama Y Thuot – the village of Father Y Thuot (E De: Ama means father, Y is the only son named Thuy – Buon Ma Thuot is the short name).

When Is The Best Time To Travel To Buon Ma Thuot?

  • Tay Nguyen has two distinct seasons, dry and rainy (from May to November). In the rainy season, roads are quite difficult because many roads are still earth roads. Dry season is usually the first months of the year, the weather is cool, not too hot.
  • In the Central Highlands, there are many festivals and festivals in the Central Highlands
  • Ban Don elephant racing festival is held in March every year

How To Get To Buon Ma Thuot?

Buon Ma Thuot is about 350 km from Ho Chi Minh City, about 1,400 km from Hanoi. You can choose to go by road or airplane.

Travel by air

There are many flights to Buon Ma Thuot. Such as. Vietnam Airlines, VietJetAir and Jetstar.

By road

From Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. There are direct bus services to Buon Ma Thuot and other districts of Dak Lak province. You can buy bus tickets at Mien Dong Bus Station or Giap Bat Bus Station. Time is about 8 hours from Ho Chi Minh City and about 1 day from Hanoi.

Visiting inside the City

  • The best option in by taxi
  • Taxi Ban Me: 0500 6272727
  • Taxi Quyet Tien: 0500 3813813
  • Tay Nguyen Taxi: 0500 3838838
  • Dak Lak Taxi: 0500 3818181
  • Accommodation in Buon Ma Thuot

There are hundreds of quality accommodation establishments and being put into operation for Dak Lak tourism. Particularly in Buon Ma Thuot City has more than 100 motels, so that even in the peak season, the number of accommodation is also quite enough for tourists to come here.

The Best Hotels In Buon Ma Thuot

  • Sai Gon Ban Me Hotel
  • Dakruco Hotel
  • Resort Coffee
  • Dam San Hotel
  • Hai Ba Trung Hotel

Top Things To Do In Buon Ma Thuot


Dray Sap waterfall is located about 39km from Buon Me Thuot city on the road towards the city. Ho Chi Minh City is the connecting point between the two provinces of Dak Lak and Dak Nong. You can travel by motorbike rented in the city or by car.

The height of the Dray Sap waterfall is about 20m and the width is quite impressive when it reaches nearly 100m. The majestic stream of water poured down from above forming white water with an impression of smoke.

The dry season in the Central Highlands has a rather dry and hot climate. When you come to Dray Sap waterfall, you will find that the water is always clear and clean, very suitable for an outdoor picnic.

If you visit the waterfall in the rainy season, the water on the waterfall is also full and stronger, you will fully feel the tropical ecosystem. However, the rain in the afternoon is often very heavy, you should also be wary.

Entering the pristine forest, passing the gorging streams, the convex rocks, sometimes meeting a waterfall falling from the cliffs makes us very excited. The deeper you go, the sound of the stream gurgling, the sound of rustling leaves or the sound of birds singing is replaced by the sound of the powerful pouring water. You will feel the very majestic scenery of the waterfall when going deep inside.


From the centre of Buon Ma Thuot city. Tourists drive along Highway 14 for about 4km, turn left and go for another 8km until they meet the Y Wang junction, ask for directions to enter Ea Kao Lake tourist area.

Ea Kao Lake means the lake that never runs out. Because the lake is always full of water at all times of the year. When the rainy season comes, from May to November, the water rises to the irrigation dam. In the dry season, the water goes down the middle of the calf. The surrounding scenery is wild and rustic with green and green forests and mountains. Soft red strips of land covered with grass and flowers … all create a lively picture that you can admire even in the rainy or dry season.

Covering an area of ​​up to 120 hectares (not including the lake surface area). Although it is built with a modern structure, the whole project still bears the national cultural identity with diverse terrain from hillsides, slits, slope …

The point that makes visitors interested is the green space surrounding, the large lake, fresh air, creating an ideal ecological environment. The interior is divided into many small areas serving all the needs of visitors such as entertainment areas, motels, flower gardens, restaurants, botanical gardens, children’s areas, campsites, nature reserves. … Every area is conveniently arranged, rich and attractive in the landscape.


As one of the beautiful waterfalls on the Serepok river. It located on the border between the two provinces of Dak Nong and Dak Lak. Gia Long Waterfall is also known as Dray Sap Thuong. The origin of the waterfall name is derived from the time when King Bao Dai arrived here to travel. Inspired by the natural beauty of the waterfall, he took the name of King Gia Long – the first king of the Nguyen Dynasty to name this waterfall.

This tower attracts visitors for its pure and rare beauty. On the journey to explore Gia Long waterfall, you seem to be lost in a “forgotten world” with a vast and majestic natural landscape. From the top of the tower that is more than ten meters high, the waterfall flows day and night rushing white foam. The sound of waterfalls and birds chirping in the surrounding green primitive forests makes you feel like you are in a magical wonderland.


Not only is known as the new eco-tourism area of ​​Dak Lak province. But Troh Bu is also known as the most beautiful landscape garden in the Central Highlands.

Located in Buon Nieng 3, Ea Neurol commune, Buon Don district, only about 13 kilometres west of Buon Me Thuot centre.

Because of the natural landscape filled with trees and cool streams. Troh Bu eco-tourism area was born. Troh Bu’s main goal is to preserve the natural forest orchids, as well as some other rare plant species in the Vietnamese highlands. Although it is a privately owned botanical garden, people have taken great efforts in recreating the old forest environment and landscape for this place.

Stepping into Troh Bu. Visitors can not help but enjoy the many rich species of forest trees and the landscape is decorated very nicely and fancy.

The entrance gate of Troh Bu is quite special when grafted from many wooden trunks, bright red colour brings joy and luck to visitors.

Among the entrances of the tourist area are decorated with many fancy statues for the Central Highlands people.

As an ecotourism area, Troh Bu’s space is filled with plants and trees combined with an artificial lake to bring harmony and comfort.


Located in the heart of Buon Ma Thuot, prominent with sophisticated architecture, imbued with Hue imperial appearance mixed with modern features, long history. When stopping in the sacred Central Highlands, do not forget to visit the famous Sac Tu Khai Doan pagoda.

When coming to Sac Tu Khai Doan pagoda,. Visitors not only can learn about the meaningful birth history and special architecture of the temple. But also discover more “one-of-a-kind” works.

The statue of Shakyamuni Buddha in the middle of the main hall was built of bronze with a height of 1.1m; wooden lotus 0.35m high. Many Buddha statues were built in many areas around the temple.

Especially not to mention the bronze bell 1.15m high, 2.7m in circumference, weighing 380kg, cast in January 1954, the symbol of Sac Tu Khai Doan.

Up to now, although it has been through many decades, Sac Tu Khai Doan pagoda still retains the inherent ancient architectural features, added more elaborate new works.

Currently, Sac Tu Khai Doan committed suicide is the largest place of Buddhist worship in Dak Lak. It is a must-visit destination for sightseeing and worship when travelling to Buon Ma Thuot city.


Thanh Tam Church is located at 02 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Tan Loi Ward, Buon Me Thuot City. It is the cathedral of Buon Ma Thuot diocese, the first missionary facility in the highlands.

Coming to Thanh Tam Church, visitors will feel familiar with the design as the E De people’s longhouse. It is made entirely of wood, bringing the unique characteristics of the people of the Central Highlands. Thanh Tam Church has a length of 45m and a width of 12m, located on an area of ​​828m2, where there is a spacious space that can hold up to 1,200 seats. The church has a unique and delicate architecture so visitors can take souvenir photos with friends, relatives and family.

Initially, about 45 households were living in the area near Thanh Tam Church, scattered on the plantations, who were from many other localities to live. Only after the migration movement in 1954, the number of parishioners reached 4,000. Up to now, the number of parishioners over 11,000 people, of which the Kinh has 10,579 people, the Ede ethnic group is 521 people …


The bishops’ residence in Dak Lak is an old architectural work, built with mainly wood material, with a unique fish-scale tile roof. The special thing that makes the unique physique of the bishop’s building is the distinctive design of the local architecture – the communal house in the Central Highlands. In terms of creativity, the bishop’s building is considered a highly creative and artistic work, when it is very skillfully combining between the architecture of the communal house in the Central Highlands of the Gia Rai people, to the longhouse of the E- de ethnic people. In it, areas such as guest houses, living houses, and chapels are inspired by the Ede longhouse.

Coming here, visitors will not help to enjoy it when witnessing first-hand the unique, harmonious beauty of this project.

Surrounded by a green garden with many trees. Buon Ma Thuot Bishop House is considered a unique architectural work located in the middle of the landscape garden. Both simple and unique, superficial and very close to the cultural and religious life of the local people, Buon Ma Thuot bishops have always been a destination that captures a lot of love from far away visitors.


Located in the centre of Buon Ma Thuot city, the Buon Ma Thuot (Dak Lak) exiled house was one of the most brutal of the prison camps. That the French-built to imprison and exile patriotic Vietnamese.

Despite being detained in harsh conditions and brutally tortured. The colonial government’s brutal tricks could not crush the resilient and indomitable will of patriotic soldiers.

At the Buon Ma Thuot exile house, the communist inmates united, overcame their physical and spiritual pain, organized many struggles against the harsh French colonial regime. Besides, persistently study, enlighten the revolution, turn the exile into a school of culture and politics.

Up to now, the monument still intact the old architectural model. They are including the gates, cells, tubs, the prison’s house, the infirmary, the kitchen and the fence. After many restorations works, the exiled house of Buon Ma Thuot has become one of the attractive places to visit. The current cells are the place to display pictures and some artefacts to help visitors better imagine the difficult. But heroic years of the revolutionary soldiers here.


Coming to Trinh Nu waterfall, visitors will be told about the legend of the M’nong village of the local people. Long ago, there was a beautiful H’wing who fell in love with a handsome and healthy boy in the village. They love each other, swear to the sea, but meet many difficulties in love. The girl immersed herself in the waterfall to keep her full of beautiful love. That is the reason why it is called the Virgin Waterfall.

Follow the winding roads, the stone steps, you can go along the flow of the Virgin waterfall to see the blue-green landscape here. After tired, visitors can take a break in the lovely leaf huts to mingle with nature, plants and cool water. Virgin Waterfall is simply a river rapid. In the dry season, the waterfall seems to be nestled on the rugged rock steps to wait for the rain to come, the water is pouring down, wild and extremely intense. All bring to Virgin Waterfall a wild beauty captivating human hearts.

Surrounding the waterfall are quartz rocks with various shapes, making the water more clear. Ruffling each cool water, visitors can feel the purity of the mountains and forests of the Central Highlands. The flat rocky beaches are often chosen by tourists as a camping ground to grill the fragrant meat after struggling under the fresh stream.


Also known as the Museum of Ethnic Culture in the Central Highlands. Built on the main Bao Dai Palace – a historical relic of Dak Lak.

The museum has about 1,000 artefacts and images, organized into 3 main exhibition spaces (biodiversity, ethnic culture and history). This is a cultural architecture built in a modern style combined with special ethnic cultural traditions.

Dak Lak Museum is also one of the pioneering museums in the use of indigenous languages ​​in the display.

Follow the winding roads, the stone steps. You can go along the flow of the Virgin waterfall to see the blue-green landscape here. After getting tired, visitors can take a break in the lovely leaf huts to mingle with nature, plants and cool water. Virgin Falls is simply rapid. In the dry season, the waterfall seems to be nestled on the rugged rock steps to wait for the rain to come, the water is pouring down, wild and extremely intense. All bring to Virgin Waterfall a wild beauty captivating human hearts.

Surrounding the waterfall are quartz rocks with various shapes, making the water more clear. Ruffling each cool water, visitors can feel the purity of the mountains and forests of the Central Highlands. The flat rocky beaches are often chosen by tourists as a camping ground to grill the fragrant meat after struggling under the fresh stream.

It’s Great For

  • Adventure tour lover, Solo traveller, Old & Young people

Above are the most beautiful tourist destinations in Buon Ma Thuot – Daklak. Hopefully, with the information provided, you will design yourself an attractive schedule when having the opportunity to stop in this “coffee capital”.

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