Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Admiring Dray Nur Waterfall and discovering the Central Highlands

Buon Ma Thuot, located deep in the Central Highlands and about 360 km from HCMC, is worth the trip as it offers travelers clean natural beauty, a temperate climate, waterfalls, rivers, lakes and national parks.

Dray Nur Waterfall in the Central Highlands province of Daklak.

Serepok River, one of the biggest rivers in the Central Highlands at a length of 300 kilometers, creates many waterfalls such as Dray Sap, Krong K’mar and, especially, Dray Nur, a masterpiece of nature which is luring travelers.

Dray Nur Waterfall is located in Krong Ana district, about 25 kilometers south of Buon Ma Thuot City in Daklak province, and falls from its cliff for 30 meters before hitting the pool. Its name translated into English is “wife waterfall”.

The area around the waterfall has been developed with VND500 million in hotels, roads, modern staircases and entertainment services. The pool created by the waterfall is large enough for hundreds of people to play together in the fresh water and watch the river curl its way downhill and spray countless drops of water toward the tropical sun.

There’s a cave under the waterfall that offers exotic adventure. Picking one’s way over moss-covered flagstones and tortuous rock hills under the shade of seasoned trees to the cave, travelers are dazzled by the magnificent and poetic scenery of clear lakes that teem with fish.

Bamboo bridges link several waterfalls in the area.

Buon Ma Thuot is home to a number of ethnic minorities who have maintained century-old traditions. A trek through the villages and a night of drinking wine through a pipe and dancing with the locals by campfire is a must-do.

Tourists also should not miss Ban Don village where the people domesticate wild elephants and use them as transportation through the green forest. Biking and motor biking are also recommended ways to discover the Central Highlands.

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