Located in the central
highlands, Buon Ma Thuot remains it’s
attractions as one of the most colourful
destinations in Vietnam. Famous throughout the
world for its coffee, Buon Ma Thuot is the
capital of Dak Lak province
Buon Ma Thuot is inhabited by some ethnich
minority groups such as Ede, Bana, Mnong and is
known as the only place in Vietnam where
elephants still live in the forests
A lot of travelers go to Buon Ma Thuot to ride
elephants, and they must visit Don village or
Buon Don, long been known for its hunting and
elephant trainers M'Nong. Long time ago,
elephants were raised to help local people in
daily life, they worked on the rice fields,
collected woods from the jungle, went hunting,
transport….When the village became known as a
tourist destination the elephants are mostly
used for tourism.
Travellers may be surprised to see elephants
walking the streets with locals and tourists on
their backs. The residents of the central
highlands consider elephants as sacred animals.
In this region, the villagers believe that
elephants are the equals of men and that they
must be respected. Kill elephants for food is
Buon Don region has about 300 domesticated
elephants, including 45 dedicated to tourism.
Each year, during the third lunar month, the
Central Highlands host a festival famous for its
The festival also offers other representations
such as a football match elephant, elephants
swimmers or tug of war between elephants. The
festival attracts many spectators. It is
therefore advisable to book a hotel room during
A trip to Vietnam is the opportunity to discover
an extraordinary nature. The ride an elephant is
an excellent way. Tourists can hire a keeper for
a elephant ride through the forests and rivers.
If you're feeling like a bit of adventurous, you
can rent an elephant across the river Serepok.
Then cross the bamboo bridge 100 meters long.
Just remember to buy packs of sugar cane and
bananas to feed the imposing mount.
The ride on elephant back is truly memorable.
These friendly animals are a great way to see
the countryside. But it sways a bit. Warning to
those who suffer from seasickness!
It is quite possible to visit the region as an
independent but there are also many travel
agents and guides.
Investigations are currently being conducted
throughout the country to assess the situation
and organize their elephants protection.
How to get there
The village is 50 km from the capital of the
region: Buon Ma Thuot.
By air: There are daily direct flights from Ho
Chi Minh City and Danang to Buon Ma Thuot,
travelers are recommended to take a flight.
By road: Buon Ma Thuot is 190 km from Nha Trang,
Dalat 210 km, 197 km from Pleiku, 350 km from Ho
Chi Minh City and 230 km from Quy Nhon.
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