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Dak Lak

Area: 13,085 sq. km.
Population: 1,687,700 habitants (2004)
Capital: Buon Ma Thuot City.
Districts: Ea H'leo, Ea Sup, Krong Nang, KrongBuk, Buon Don, Cu M'gar, EaKar, M'Drac, KrongPac, KrongAna , KrongBong, Lak.

Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), E De, M'Nong, Nung, Tay.

Dak Lak Province is in Central Highland in 400 - 800m high above sea. It has border with Gia Lai in the north and east-north, Lam Dong Province in the south, Cambodia and Dak Nong Province in the west, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces in the east.

Dak Lak has a large natural area. 35% the province's area is 1,000 -  1,200m high mountain area while the Buon Ma Thuot Highland occupies 53.5%. The rich, flat red soil is a great advantage to develop long day - industrial trees like coffee, rubber, tea, and pepper..., to raise cattle and to grow forest. Alluvia soil is rice paddy and natural grass field. DakLak's forest has abundant wood reserve and various rare animal species as elephant, lion, tiger, beer... There are many beautiful rivers, high waterfalls and lakes.

Climate: The DakLak's climate is temperate with the annual average temperature is 240C. There is a difference of only 50C between the hottest month and the coldest one. The dry season lasts from November to April next year. It is quite cold, windy, and dry. The rainy season lasts from May to October with high rainy amount.

Ethnic groups:
There is not only imposing cultural heritage of native ethnic groups such as E De, M'Nong with remarkable epics such as Dam San, Dam Bri, Xinh Nha, genie lunar New Year pole, but also valuable tangible cultural heritage: dan da (stone musical instrument), gongs, T'rung, Klong Put...

Dak Lak has 44 brother's ethnic groups living together. Although the ethnic groups do not form separate inhabiting territories, they are concentrated in certain regions with individual identity and tradition, created unique folk culture of particular characteristics of Central Highlands.

Traditional culture of Dak Lak: is very plentiful and really attractive, especially historians, culturists, phonetics. Besides, traditional professions such as sculpting statues in tombs, knitting brocade, and original cultural rituals such as celebrating harvest festival, elephant race, and gong festival.

Road: Dak Lak is 183km from Nha Trang (by National Highway No. 26), 180km from Pleiku (by National Highway No. 14), 352km from Ho Chi Minh City (by National Highway No. 14), 200km from Dalat (by National Highway No. 27), and 1,390km from Hanoi.
Air: Buon Ma Thuot Airport is 10km from the city centre. There are daily flights from Danang and Ho Chi Minh City.


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