THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS || LAK LAKE
A hundred and fifty kilometres north of Da Lat and 40km south of Buon Ma Thuot, Highway 27 passes serene LAK LAKE, a charming spot that has become very popular with tourists. Five thousand people, mostly from the Mnong community, once lived on the lake itself, but have since moved into distinctive longhouses in shoreside villages. There are a number of (slightly cheesy) activities available here, including musical gong performances and elephant rides; note that the latter can no longer be recommended, since you’ll be sitting atop a metal cage that’s doubtless extremely painful for the poor pachyderm.
Still, the lake itself is a glorious place, as once attested by Emperor Bao Dai himself – he grabbed some of the best sites in southern Vietnam for his many palaces, so it comes as no surprise to learn that he had one here, in a prime spot on a small hill overlooking the lake. The palace is long gone, but the site is now home to a small hotel.
Lak Lake is a freshwater lake located about 50km in the south of Buon Ma Thuot City. The lake is situated near Lac Thien Town in Lak District. Lak Lake lies on a height of 500m above sea level, with total area of 700-900 hectare in rainy season. It is surrounded by a large growth-old forest with abundant biodiversity and Jun village with long-lasting and unique tradition.
Visiting Lak Lake, you will have chance to go around the lake by elephant. Sitting on giant elephant and exploring the beauty of the lake as well as daily activities and cultures of M’Nong people living on the lakeside is an unforgettable experience.
After discovering Lak Lake by elephant, you can take a dugout to row around the lake. If sitting on elephant helps you feel the immenseness of Lak Lake, sitting on small dugout will make you feel more lovable detail about the lake. You can see flocks of fishes in the super pure water, listen to the sound of fishes or the twitter of birds as well feel the quiet and peaceful space of the lake. If sitting on giant elephant is an unforgettable experience, sitting on unique dugout of local people will help you relax fully and harmony yourself with stunning and fresh nature.
There are a lot of other activities you can do on the lake and surrounding area, including fishing, ride mountain bike to explore the tracks through forest or village of ethnic people and swimming at Da Stream nearby the lake. Visiting to Lak Lake, you also can enjoy Space of Goong Culture. Around the camp-fire, you can listen the extraordinary goong performances and beautiful dances of M’Nong girls and boys as well as enjoy Can wine – a special drink of Central Highland’ community.
You can stay in bungalows built in growth-old forest. They are quiet and separate, but also furnished and modern. You can also choose to live with local people to experience the normal life of ethnic minority.
Lak Lake brings a lot of amazing fishes to make am azing foods. And the most famous one is bronze featherback – a featured fish living in freshwater lake. This fish caught from Lak Lake is always better than other lakes. It can used to make different dishes such as grilled chopped fish, hot pot and sour soup.