Over the years, Buon Ma Thuot has been the southern gateway to the Central Highlands, and an increasingly important tourist destination in VietNam. With a booming economy based on coffee, tea, rubber and other natural resources the increasing number of tourists discovering the region are making an imprint on local provincial coffers.
Battles fought hereabouts foretold of the collapse of the former South VietNam Republic and the end of the American War in VietNam.
Now Buon Ma Thuot makes an ideal base for trekking, bicycling and taking in magnificent vistas of the province. The National Park of Yok Don is home to number of elephants as well as numerous other flora and fauna. There are many elephant trainers in the region and tourists are welcomed to see elephant training and even ride these majestic animals.
The optimum time to visit is between November and May when the weather favours tourism. It may not be Buon Ma Thuot at its greenest but it is more than ideal for visitors from overseas.
BMT is home to several tourist attractions including waterfalls, the remnants of the French occupation which includes a well-preserved jail.
Popular sights include:
- Cham tower
- Drai Sap
- Draynor Waterfalls
- Don village
For a different perspective on Vietnamese life you must not miss the Highlands.
Headquartered in Buôn Ma Thuột, Trung Nguyện coffee company thrives off the rich coffee beans grown in this highlands region. Their products have a strong presence domestically as travelers will likely see Trung Nguyên franchise coffee shop throughout Việt Nam. Trung Nguyện coffee is also shipped to overseas markets.