13:08 | 09/02/2016 Society
(VEN) - Visitors love to visit Krong Na Commune’s Buon Don Hamlet in Dak Lak Province’s Buon Don District, well-known across the Central Highlands for tourism development based on the cultural traditions of ethnic E De, M’ Nong, Gia Rai, Lao and Thai groups.
Suspension bridges in Buon Don
Buon Don, an “island” hamlet
The 40km-long asphalted road to Buon Don Hamlet from Buon Ma Thuot City will surely impress first tourists to the Central Highlands, with E De people’s houses on stilts, coffee in drying and farm carts sparsely located alongside.
When arriving in Krong Na Commune, we were surprised to see Konia trees, the symbol for the Central Highlands. “These trees are rarely found in the Central Highlands now, but Buon Don Hamlet possesses two,” said the native driver.
Buon Don Hamlet is also known as an island hamlet as it is located by the side of the Serepok River and includes several islets. On the other side of the river is the national mysterious park of Yok Don, home to giant elephants.
It is said that Serepok is combined by Krong Ana and Krong Kno and has become an artery in the Central Highlands. Buon Don used to be a trade hub for locals and Laos and Cambodians.
Buon Don has now become an attractive eco-tourism destination in Dak Lak as well as in the Central Highlands, developed based on local advantages of ecosystem and cultural value.
Interesting suspension bridges
We were not patient enough to queue for an elephant ride across Buon Don and Serepok to Yok Don and had to cross suspension bridges over Serepok to the national park.
We could not resist discovering local cultural identities and eagerly went to visit ethnic showrooms and old houses on stilts while listening to tourist guide, and finally we joined a party to taste local wine and specialties.
In addition, Buon Don has a wildlife grazing area, the Dak Min Lake amusement park, eco-residential quarters and an agro-production and tourism zone. Because of limited time, we could just visit half of Buon Don and got some travel experience.
Buon Don in reality is somewhat different from description and Serepok now is not as wide as it used to be. The majority of visitors to Buon Don is eager for discovering local culture and traditions and may spend less for local tourism services.
Buon Don may discourage some tourists but it remains an indispensible destination for those who love to visit the Central Highlands to discover why coffee and pepper gardens still look green during dry season and how the locals still maintain their traditions and cultural identities despite time.
We really did not want to leave Buon Don, Serepok and Yok Don when coming back to the city and hoped that we will visit it another day to get more experience in the local atmosphere.