Ma Rung Inn

Located deep inside the Da Nghit forest of Lac Duong District (Lam Dong Province), Ma Rung Lu Quan (Forest Ghost  Inn) is an intriguing stopover for nature-enthusiastic travellers on their journey to explore the Central Highlands.

Owner of the inn, Nguyen Thanh Liem, is a native of Da Lat. Fond of travelling, he explored almost every part of the Central Highlands when he was young. Due to his experience and thorough knowledge about the forests in Lam Dong, his friends call him “ma rung” (Ghost of the Forest). When Liem got older, he left the city and built a wooden house in the forest to live and garden in the primitive nature and to guard and protect it at the same time.

Ma Rung Inn was then established, attracting many tourists to come and enjoy the natural life in an intriguing way.

Going to Ma Rung Inn, guests are welcomed warmly like friends. During the day, visitors can enjoy the tranquil, picturesque scenery of nature as well as the fresh and cool atmosphere typical of Da Lat.

Ma Rung Inn has a wooden house used as a stopover for tourists. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

Beautiful wild flowers characterized for Da Lat inside the inn.

A path paved with blossoming rose myrtle flowers. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

A hanging bridge crossing a stream. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

Tourists take memorial photos on the hanging bridge of Ma Rung Inn. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

Foreign tourists enjoy the humble and natural beauty of Ma Rung Inn. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

Tourists watch ethnic people fishing near Ma Rung Inn. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

A relaxing corner inside the inn. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

Rooms for visitors designed according to local architecture are nature friendly. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

The poetic landscape of Ma Rung Inn. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

A tranquil lake and small wooden houses inside the inn. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

A tourist goes sightseeing by boat. Photo: Nguyen Luan/VNP

In spring, the area is covered with wild flowers growing along narrow alleys. In summer, the area is full of purple rose myrtles and weeping willow trees. In winter, white clouds hang on the tops of pine trees, making the image of the inn in the forest look hazy.

Crossing a wooden bridge, tourists can get to a hill to see, pick and enjoy tangerines grown there and behold the whole surrounding area of the inn.

When night falls, the owner and his guests build a bonfire by the lake, barbecuing and sipping Can wine. They often sing together and listen to the owner’s stories about the history and people of the Central Highlands and his own trips. The warm fire combines with the cool weather to make the night a great experience for tourists.

Story: Son Nghia – Photos: Nguyen Luan