Exploring Dak Lak: An Updated Travel Guide

Are you ready to discover the unique features of Lak district, in Dak Lak province?

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Say hello to new adventures and strange land at Dak Lak province: Lak district. Here are the most updated tourist guide s for your best local experience!

Trekking course to Chu Lang Lak summit

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Conquering the top of Chu Yang Lak mountain nearly 1,700m above sea level is one of the discovery journeys that are favored by many tourists when traveling in Lak district.

Our journey take an unexpected starts at 1700m above sea level. The top of the mountain is called Yang Lak. According to the natives, at this very place, in the beginning of time, God gave birth and ruled for this land.

The hike starts from early morning then a lunch break will be at an altitude of about 1000m. Afternoon rest follows by a mysterious journey in the large forest.

Soon after, hikers arrive at the campsite near the top of the mountain. The next day, at the break of dawn, tourists will continue to hunt clouds to take pictures in and then make their way down.

During the trip, following the edges of the forest, passing streams and coffee fields of indigenous people, visitors will be immersed in the natural scenery and mountain life.

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During the trip, following the edges of the forest, passing streams and coffee fields of indigenous people, visitors will be immersed in the natural scenery and mountain life. Photo: Yong VN

The hike completed the 2 days 1 night trip.

Through the trip, you will feel the hospitality of local people each step of the way. You also feel a sense of overcoming your limit, because the mountain is not too high, but the journey is very hard. Now is time to enjoy homely-made food and relax with the new friends you just made.

After the journey to explore the mountains and forests, coming to the Central Highlands, indigenous cuisine is a feature that attracts many tourists from near and far.

Must-try delicacies of M Nong Group

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Grilled chicken in the style of M Nong group Photo: Pai R’lăm

One of the highlight when traveling to Lak district is the cuisine of the M’Nong people.

Like many ethnic groups in the Central Highlands, the M’nong people have long created for themselves many rustic dishes like grilled chicken. Lam rice, grilled snakehead, fried fish, volcanic bamboo shoot soup.

Volcanic bamboo shoot soup, the name matches the deep red color, making an impressive presentation.

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Volcanic Bamboo Shoot Soup with branch of bamboo shoots. Photo: Pai R’lăm

When it is finished cooking, the colors of the ingredients blend into a slightly red color, which many indigenous people can call red bamboo shoot soup.

The processing method is also more special when choosing branch of bamboo shoots, because not any original bamboo shoot will do.

Also, since ancient times, when there was no salt, people often used kitchen ash to season food more intensely and unintentionally make the dish more delicious, turning into the deep red color.

Another important ingredient is kitchen ash that you have to choose burned from grass. It can also be a banana tree or a pine tree. Each plant produces a different flavor.

More, spices taken from the mountains have made the dishes more special, creating the cuisine of the M Nong people.

The endless charm of natural symphony

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Photo: Pai R’lăm

In addition to sightseeing, experiencing the local characteristics and cuisine, you can enjoy the cultural space of gongs music in the Central Highlands.

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Music performance by indigenous people for nightlife entertainment. Photo: Pai R’lăm

Indigenous culture immersed in local tourism is one of the main reasons tourists are so attracted to Dak Lak. They like the Central Highlands gongs because of their good timbre and melody, suitable for the mountain scenery.

Some said the sound of gongs is like a string to connect people together.

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Photo: Pai R’lăm

The sound of gongs has become a signature cultural feature, full of charm and attractiveness of the Central Highlands.

The local community is promoting the traditional customs and habits of local people and creating attractive tourism products. They will contribute to tourism development and provide long-term livelihoods for indigenous people here.

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