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Buon Ma Thuot may not be as well known as other places in Vietnam such as Hanoi, but it is worth seeing. It is the provincial capital of Dak Lak (or Dac Lac) Province and approximately 360 kilometres from Saigon, deep in the Central Highlands of the country. 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.

Buon Ma Thuot is a small but busy place. With a population of about 300,000, it is home to ethnic minorities like the Jarai and Rhade peoples. The place is historically relevant because it was the site of the last major confrontation between the North Vietnamese and South Vietnamese armies back in March 1975. These days, however, Buon Ma Thuot is better known for its coffee.

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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 in the Central Highlands. Ban Don elephant racing festival is held in March every year.

Check the below table for the general idea of Buon Ma Thuot weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 25.1 21.5 18.3
Feb 28.6 23.4 19.1
Mar 30.3 25.2 20.8
Apr 31.5 26.5 22.3
May 30.2 26.1 22.7
Jun 29.1 25.5 22.5
Jul 28.1 24.8 22.1
Aug 28.3 24.9 22.1
Sep 27.5 24.4 21.8
Oct 27.3 24.2 21.4
Nov 26.2 23.4 20.8
Dec 25.1 22.1 19.4

Buon Ma Thuot’s current weather and 7-day forecast


Here are 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, 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 in Dak Lak. 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, this waterfall 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.

Budget options

Lucky Star Hotel 

Add: 2/9 Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam

Situated in Buon Ma Thuot, Dak Lak region, Lucky Star Hotel is set 1.6 km from Vincom Plaza Buon Ma Thuot. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge.

Lys Hotel 

Add: 49 - 51 Nguyen Thuong Hien, Buon Ma Thuoc City, Dak Lak Province, Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam

Set in Buon Ma Thuot, 3.6 km from Vincom Plaza Buon Ma Thuot, Lys Hotel offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace. This 2-star hotel offers ticket service. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.

All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. Featuring a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at the hotel also have free WiFi. Guest rooms feature a wardrobe.

An Asian breakfast is available every morning at Lys Hotel.

Mid-range options

Buon Ma Thuot Hotel 

Add: 03 Hung Vuong, Tu An Ward, Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam

Situated in Buon Ma Thuot, 300 m from Vincom Plaza Buon Ma Thuot, Buon Ma Thuot Hotel features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and ticket service for guests.

A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the hotel.

Buon Ma Thuot Hotel offers a hot tub.

Thanh Mai Hotel 

Add: 170 Ngo Quyen, Tan An Ward, Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam

Located in Buon Ma Thuot, 2.9 km from Vincom Plaza Buon Ma Thuot, Thanh Mai Hotel provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.
Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. At the hotel each room has a private bathroom with free toiletries.

Thanh Mai Hotel offers a continental or buffet breakfast.

The area is popular for hiking and cycling, and car hire is available at the accommodation.


Add: 20 Ngo Gia Tu, Tu An Ward, Buon Ma Thuot City, Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam

Located in Buon Ma Thuot, 2.5 km from Vincom Plaza Buon Ma Thuot, KHÁCH SẠN MỸ NGỌC provides accommodation with a shared lounge and free private parking. This 3-star hotel offers valet parking, a tour desk and free WiFi. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.

All units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. With a private bathroom equipped with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at the hotel also offer a city view.

The units include a wardrobe.

Deluxe options

Sai Gon Ban Me Hotel 

Add: No 01-03 Phan Chu Trinh Street, Buon Ma Thuot, Dak Lak, Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam

The 4-star Sai Gon Ban Me Hotel is located in Buon Ma Thuot City, also known as Vietnam's capital of coffee. A short 2-minute walk from Buon Ma Thuot Market, it has an outdoor pool, a sauna and karaoke facilities. Its modern rooms come with a 29-inch flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi.

Fully air-conditioned, all rooms are equipped with a personal safe and minibar. High-floor room have big glass windows overlooking the forest. En suite bathrooms come with a bathtub.

Sai Gon Ban Me Hotel is 1 km from Dak Lak Museum and Akthon Village. It is 3 km from Trung Nguyen Coffee Village. Gia Long, Dray Nur and Yok Don waterfalls are all within an hour's drive away.

Guests can buy a local souvenir at the gift shop, relax wtih a massage, or exercise at the gym. Day trips and airport transfers can be arranged at the tour desk.

Asian and Western dishes can be enjoyed at the on-site restaurants. Drinks are served at the 4th floor pool-side bar.

Alternatively, room service is available from 06:00 - 23:00 everyday.

Dakruco Hotel 

Add: 30 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam

Located in Daklak's capital, Buon Ma Thuot City, Dakruco Hotel offers spacious rooms, free wireless internet access and a spa.

Situated in the central highlands, Dakruco Hotel is a 10-minute drive from the airport.

Rooms are fitted with an LCD television, walk-in dressing area and a large bathroom with a double vanity.

Dakruco's facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and a sports centre offering tennis courts, table tennis and badminton. Other amenities include conference facilities and an on-site restaurant.

Muong Thanh Luxury Buon Ma Thuot Hotel 

Add: 81 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, Tan An Ward, Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam

Located in Buon Ma Thuot, 2.6 km from Vincom Plaza Buon Ma Thuot, Muong Thanh Luxury Buon Ma Thuot Hotel provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a fitness centre and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are room service and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, entertainment staff and a 24-hour front desk.

Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel each room is equipped with a wardrobe and a private bathroom.

A buffet breakfast is available daily at Muong Thanh Luxury Buon Ma Thuot.

The accommodation offers a terrace.

Guests can enjoy playing table tennis and tennis, or take advantage of the business centre.


Add: 383/2 Tran Phu, Thanh Nhat Ward, Buon Ma Thuot City, Dak Lak Province, Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam

Set in Buon Ma Thuot, Dak Lak region, Nhà Nghỉ THẢO NGUYÊN XANH is situated 2 km from Vincom Plaza Buon Ma Thuot. Featuring a garden, this 5-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. There is free private parking and the property offers paid airport shuttle service.

At the hotel, rooms come with a wardrobe. At Nhà Nghỉ THẢO NGUYÊN XANH, all rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.

The accommodation offers a sun terrace.

Although it is somewhat out-of-the-way, Buon Ma Thuot is more than worth visiting. It is famous for its smooth and rich coffee. There are so many nice café hidden away on side streets throughout the northern part of the city - just wander around and see what you can find. Try to drink like a local – order a either extra strong or extra sweet coffee, with condensed milk and ice.

There are limited dining options in Buon Ma Thuot, but you can find few places offering some excellent Vietnamese dishes. Try those found in Ly Thuong Kiet, close to the inexpensive hotels; Quan Com Tieu Linh in Hung Vuong and Thanh Hung on Nguyen Dinh Chieu. If you would like to get some Western food, Bon Trieu is worth a try. There are number of beer bars around Buon Ma Thuot, most can be found in the central area.

Vietnamese traditional food

It's not easy to scare up some good grab in Buon Me Thuot. The market may look promising, but most of the wares are fresh fruits, veggies, and raw meat.

Ninh Hoa is a famous Vietnamese dish in Buon Me Thuot, including meat and vegetables wrapped in rice paper and soaked in peanut sauce. Noodles in Buon Me Thuot are not the most excellent but also worth to try.

Place to eat:

  • Quan Com Tieu Linh, on Hung Vuong
  • Thanh Hung, on Nguyen Dinh Chieu


What should not be missed in Buon Ma Thuot is the coffee. The town's coffee is smooth and rich, with a hint of chocolate. Locals drink it either extra strong or extra sweet, with condensed milk and ice.

Place to eat:

  • Trung Nguyen Village, Ly Thai To St.
  • Cafe 50A on the corner of No Trang Long and Ly Thuong Kiet
  • The Forget Me Not Café, 29 Le Hong Phong St.

Getting there

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.

Contact us for the latest flight schedule and price. Or you can check via some online platform such as or

Here you can find some tips to book the cheapest flight

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.

We recommend you check the latest bus schedule and price via

Getting around

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


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