Ban Don is a tourist destination located in Krongna commune, Buon Don District of Dak Lak province; it is about 40 km from Buon Ma Thuot city towards the highway 1, the northwest of province. It is also known by many people in the world as a place with a tradition of hunting and taming wild elephants.
Ako Dhong Village
Situated on the outskirts of Buon Ma Thuot City in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak is a village of Ede ethnic people called “Ako Dhong” which came into being in 1956. According to the Ede elderly, “Ako” means upstream and “Dhong” means valley. Ako Dhong means the upstream valley. The peaceful village is an attractive destination for local and foreign visitors thanks to traditional activities of Ede people and scenic lake and forest views.
Inside the village, visitors can explore a strange banana species that has a huge trunk with fruits inside. Passing the residential area is the farming area of villagers. Coffee is the major crop of Ako Dhong villagers. With a total coffee cultivation area of 26 hectares, villagers have a stable source of income.
Khai Doan Pagoda
Khai Doan is a pagoda of the Viet people living in Dak Lak Province. It was built between 1951 and 1953, in a large open area in Buon Ma Thuot. The pagoda's architecture is in tam character style, with a three-entrance gate at the front. The three-entrance gate consists of two floors with three arched doors. The sanctum of Quan Am was constructed separately from the pagoda's main structure, and has six sides featuring cloud and dragon decorated pillars. The central chamber is comprised of two sections; the front is built in the long-house style of the Western Highlands, with the pillars and rafters of the Viet. The back of the chamber was constructed in a modern style.
Vast, tranquil and fringed by rolling hills, Lak Lake is the Central Highland’s largest natural freshwater lake. It is home to the Mnong, a tribe that relies on the lake for their livelihood and they can be seen fishing in traditional dugout canoes. Lak Lake is a fantastic daytrip but the peaceful atmosphere and homestay opportunities make a case to linger. The drive there, through idyllic rural scenery, is stunning to boot.
Dray Nur Waterfall
Dray Nur waterfall in Kuop Village is about 25km south of Buon Ma Thuot City. The waterfall, which is 250m long and 30m high, is the most beautiful and largest of the three waterfalls on the Serepok River. From afar, Dray Nur offers a spectacular panorama.