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9 thoughts on “Dak Lak: The Heartland of Vietnamese Coffee”

  1. These days I’m more convinced that places which have yet to reveal its treasures to the world shouldn’t feel the urge to do just that and rather allow a manageable number of visitors to marvel at their beauty. Speaking of Dak Lak, I’m really impressed with what they have to offer: pretty traditional houses, a beautiful lake, and two amazing museums! I must admit I’m a bit envious of the latter since here in Indonesia it’s really hard to find a good museum especially in smaller cities. What a place Dak Lak looks like!

    1. I’m glad that you like the post, Bama 🙂 Definitely a place to go if you are interested in local cultures and want something off-the-beaten-path.

      Regarding museums, Dak Lak has surpassed many cities in Vietnam. Even in Saigon, it is rare to find a museum that is informative and looks cool. I can count three: the Museum of Fine Art, the History Museum and maybe the Independence Palace. The War Remnants Museums is also great, but I’m not fond of the architecture 😛

      1. I’ve been to the War Remnants Museum, and I must say I agree with you about the architecture. 😀

  2. Thank you for introducing us to this gorgeous and less-visited part of Vietnam! I’d previously heard of the names Dak Lak and Buon Ma Thuot but had never really Googled them or investigated further. And I did not know of the many indigenous ethnic minority groups living in the Central Highlands. The matrilineal culture of the Ede people reminds me so much of the Minangkabau people in Indonesia’s West Sumatra province. Traditionally it’s the women who inherit property and pass the family name from mother to daughter; the men have a long tradition of migrating to another part of the country to find work. I’m sure I could spend hours exploring the galleries of the Dak Lak Museum of Ethnology… and I do love a glass of cà phê sữa đá, so Dak Lak is definitely going on my wish list!

    1. You won’t be dissapointed, James. In Dak Lak, especially in rural areas, coffee is easier to find than any other drink 🙂 Another drink that is also popular in the villages is rượu cần (rice wine in the jar).

      Before going to Dak Lak, I thought patriarchy is the norm in Vietnam, even among the ethnic minorities. But I couldn’t be more wrong. Unlike their northern counterparts, most ethnic minority groups in Central Highland practice matriarchy. It was an eye-opening experience for me. The world is more diverse than I thought. And yet so many similarities 🙂

  3. What a lovely slice of Vietnam you’ve shared with us Len. One day I hope to explore your country in greater depth and Dak Lak sounds like a place I’d like to visit. Those long houses are particularly fascinating, and the scenery gorgeous.

    1. As an intrepid traveller like you, I am sure you will enjoy Dak Lak 🙂 The culture is much different from that of the Northern hill tribes. The landscape is less dramatic but equally beautiful. To be honest, I was also surprised by Dak Lak’s beauty.

  4. I have never hears of this Vietnam… its the usual touristy spots I have heard about before. But this area looks amazing! And if the coffee is good than even better!!

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