If you want to experience the feeling of riding an elephant, watching gong performances or admiring the majestic and unspoiled mountains, then come to Central Highlands. The Central Highlands has so many exciting and attractive destinations for us to explore. One of them is Yok Don National Park – one of the most extensive special-use forests in Vietnam today. Before you go, don’t forget to read the experience of visiting Yok Don National Park we share in this article.
- Brief introduction of Yok Don National Park
- The experience to visit Yok Don National Park that you should know
Brief introduction of Yok Don National Park
Yok Don is a large national park with an area of 7 communes, belonging to 3 districts: Krong Na commune, Buon Don district, Ea Bung commune, Chu M’Lanh Ea Sup district (Dak Lak province) and Ea Po commune, Cu Jut district (Dak Nong province). Yok Don is located about 40 km northwest of Buon Ma Thuot city center. Yok Don covers an area of 1155 km2 and is currently the largest special-use forest in Vietnam. With a beautiful, majestic natural landscape and a vibrant ecosystem, Yok Don Park is an attractive and famous tourist destination in the Central Highlands.
The experience to visit Yok Don National Park that you should know
When should we visit?
In general, you can visit Yok Don at any time of the year. Whether in the rainy season or the dry season, Yok Don still has its beauty and exciting things for you to explore. However, the best time to come here is in the rainy season, from May to October every year. This is the time when the vegetation in the national park thrives; the flowers bloom in colorful colors.
How to get to the Park
To reach Yok Don, you must first move to Buon Ma Thuot City.
By plane: Cheap airlines such as Jetstar or Vietjet are operating flights from Noi Bai to Pleiku airport. After landing at Pleiku airport, you can take a taxi to Buon Ma Thuot city about 42 km away. If you want to save money, you should book in advance.
By coach: In addition to the plane, from Hanoi you can go to Buon Ma Thuot by coach. Ticket price will be about 650,000 VND / 1 person / 1 time. However it will take more time than going a lot.
Compared to Hanoi, the distance from Saigon to Buon Ma Thuot is much closer. You also have many choices like airplane, bus, train.
Yok Don National Park is located about 40km from Buon Ma Thuot City. You can go by taxi, bus are okay. However, according to experience visiting Yok Don National Park, to make the trip more interesting and active, you should rent a motorbike and go by yourself.
Great experiences you should not miss
Discover rich ecosystems
Yok Don National Park possesses a vibrant and diverse ecosystem. According to statistics, there are now 67 mammals, 196 birds, 46 reptiles, 15 amphibians, and more than 100 species of insects. Among them, there are 38 rare and precious species have been recorded in the red book such as buffalo, bison, deer, chamois, etc.
Not only that, but Yok Don National Park is also the only place in Vietnam to conserve dry forests. There are many kinds of precious timber trees as well as herbs that are living and growing.
Ride an elephant
One of the most interesting activities that tourists love coming to Yok Don National Park is riding an elephant. Sitting on the back of giant elephants, you will have the opportunity to experience a lot of interesting things. Perhaps there are few destinations in Vietnam that bring you such an interesting and unique experience.
Discover the mighty waterfall
Inside Yok Don National Park, there is a beautiful waterfall called Bay Nhanh waterfall. The reason it is so called is because the Serepok River when flowing here is divided into 7 different branches. The water flowed from high above violently. Even if you stand hundreds of meters away, you can still hear the sound of flowing water. At Bay Nhanh waterfall, you will have the opportunity to experience many interesting activities such as fishing, swimming, …
Learn the unique cultural features of ethnic people here
Yok Don National Park currently has more than 6 thousand inhabitants. They come from ethnic minorities such as Ede, M’nong, Laos, etc. Understanding the life and exploring the unique cultural characteristics of the people here will certainly be an exciting experience for it’s you.