Buon Ma Thuot is Vietnam’s coffee capital, surrounded by immense lakes and forests home to over 40 ethnic communities. Nestled in the mountainous central highlands, this non-descript town has grown into a prosperous hub thanks to its fertile surroundings. Crops grow in abundance here, from avocado to cacao and of course, rice. Its coffee plantations produce some of Vietnam’s best beans for this signature brew, which is served with condensed milk and celebrated at Buon Ma Thuot’s coffee festival.
Use Buon Ma Thuot as a base to discover the region’s vast beauty, from crashing waterfalls to tropical wilderness in Yok Don, a nature reserve where elephants and bears roam and you’ll find settlements belonging to the Ede people. Explore Vietnam’s largest lake, Lak, which is fringed by primeval forests. On its shores, H’nong villagers live in communal longhouses and still practise traditional gong festivals. Watch Fishermen sail the reed-covered lake in dugout canoes while farmers pick rice and coffee beans in the highland fields.
Buon Ma Thuot’s nearby lakes, parks and ethnic villages are best explored with a local expert, so talk to our Vietnam team about arranging ethical Buon Ma Thuot tours.