Lak Lake is known as the largest freshwater lake located in Dak Lak province, with a large area covered by vast primeval forests, is a destination to attract tourists.
Coming to Dak Lak, it will be a shortcoming if you don't visit Lak lake. It is a place of not only bold features of the land of elephants but also the enchanting flavor of the coffee. With a distance of about 60km from Buon Ma Thuot city, you can easily move here by various means.
Best ways to visit Lak lake
Lak lake is located in Lien Son town, Lak district, Dak Lak province, about 56km south of Buon Ma Thuot city along Highway 27.
You go along Highway 27 via Lac Thien Pass about 10km. When reaching Lien Son town, turning right a few hundred meters, you'll see the palace of former King Bao Dai. The house is located on a high hill overlooking the Lak lake.
Traveling to Lak lake
You will take the bus number 16, with route Buon Ma Thuot - Highway 27 - Dak Lieng junction, Lien Son town. From here, you can take a motorcycle taxi to Lak lake.
The price of entering Lak lake is quite low, only VND 10,000/person. You can rent a boat to paddle on the lake and watch the green forests covering the region.
Best time to visit
The Central Highlands in general and the lake, in particular, have a climate divided into the rainy season and the dry season. Of which, the best time for a trip to Lak lake is from December to February every year.
In the last months of the year, the Central Highlands has wild sunflowers blooming all over the Bazan roads, and many festivals are also held more frequently. Hence, you can visit and participate in these activities with Highlanders.
If you are a person who loves the vastness of white coffee flowers, you should visit this place around February to March. At this time, the coffee gardens are in full bloom and shine into the clear blue lake, making the Central Highlands bring a beautiful spring color.
The season of wild sunflowers in Lak lake
What to experience
Lak lake is a beautiful landscape of the Central Highlands. It is the largest freshwater lake in the region with the function of supplying fresh water to upland fields and regulating the sunny and windy climate. Lak lake is 500m above sea level. In the rainy season, the lake area is about 700-900ha, but it is narrowed to about 500ha in the dry season.
Tourism in Lak lake is attractive with clear blue water, surrounded by primeval forests with vast green color, creating beautiful scenery. The harmony between mountains and lakes, between plants and nature creates a beautifully natural picture in the mountains of the Central Highlands, keeping tourists' feet when visiting here.
If you come to Lak lake in the rainy season, you will see hundreds of streams, waterfalls pouring into the lake, making the lake surface larger. The deep water is the dominance of lotus and waterlily flowers, creating a very poetic and seductive landscape.
Experience elephant riding in Lak lake
Coming to Lak lake, you should also try the following interesting experiences.
- Riding elephants and exploring cultural features of M'Nong ethnic community along the lake in Jun village and M'Lieng village
- Floating around Lak lake with a wooden boat to watch the fish swimming in the lake
- Discovering gong culture
- Visiting Bao Dai Palace
Delicious specialties in Lak lake
Coming to Lak lake, there are many delicious dishes, of which the most famous as well as popular to tourists are the dishes from fish. They are mainly Lak lake gobies and featherback fish.
Lak lake in the rainy seasons
The featherback fish can be processed into many different dishes, but the most delicious and attractive one is the grilled chopped featherback fish. After being caught in the lake, the fish will be washed, removed the bones, and minced. Then, people add the necessary spices such as pepper, fish sauce, and secret spices to make the fish meat more delicious.
The characteristic of this Lak lake delicacy is that the fish ball is fried and eaten with the dill and basil, served with hot pot or soup. If you have the opportunity to visit the beautiful scenery in this place, remember to enjoy this specialty of Lak lake.