Lak Lake or Lac Lake is a natural lake in Lak District, around 60km from Buon Ma Thuot, the capital of Dak Lak province in Central Highlands Vietnam. Surrounded by primeval forests, the lake is a popular eco-tourist site.

Lak Lake covers 500 ha and is about 500m above sea level. From afar, the lake looks like a soft silk strait adding to the charm of the central highlands mountain. The lake is surrounded with primeval forests featuring a wide variety of flora and fauna species, many of them listed in the Red Book. A large number of tamed elephants live around the lake.

Overlooking the Lak Lake is the old summer villa of Emperor Bao Dai, which has been renovated into a hotel. Around this beautiful lake, you will find Jun Village, home to the Jun ethnic people. The villagers have a peculiar form of fishing where they attach metal rods to a car battery and run the rods through the water zapping and stunning the fish and then collecting them to keep in a tank at the village until they are needed.

In addition to exploring the lake’s natural beauty, visitors to Lak lake can also discover the traditional culture of the M’Nong and their elephant taming work. The M’Nong organize a lot of ceremonies and festivals each year to show their love for their animals including a village admission ceremony and prayers for the elephant health. In particular, the elephant racing festival attracts a lot of tourists. The bravery and strength of M’nong men are reflected in the festival.

A visit to Lak Lake should include a homestay overnight in a traditional longhouse (“Nha rong”). Furniture in the house such as the ancient Kpal bench, H’gor drums, gongs and jars tells stories about their traditional culture and customs.

Jun and M’Lieng are M’nong hamlets which still retain many traditional customs including the craft of brocade weaving. Performances of traditional dances, gong and other traditional musical instruments as well as the local cuisines make the tour of villages around Lak lake even more tempting.

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