Dak Nong Province: A gem of ethnic culture, nature and adventure

06:00 | 06/12/2020 Culture & Tourism

(VEN) - A favorable geographic location, abundant natural resources and the cultural diversity of 40 ethnic groups are helping the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong attract investment, develop tourism and promote sustainable socioeconomic development. 

dak nong province a gem of ethnic culture nature and adventure
dak nong province a gem of ethnic culture nature and adventure

Dak Nong is the southern gateway to the Central Highlands region, providing a trade conduit to the Southern Key Economic Zones and coastal areas of the southcentral region. Like other provinces in the Central Highlands, Dak Nong has long been home to various ethnic minority groups such as the M’Nong, Ma and Ede.

Dak Nong attracts visitors to its diverse traditional festivals and community activities. Folk dances and the Ot N’drong epic and folk songs of the M’Nong people have been recognized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as items of Intangible National Cultural Heritage. The culture of the Gong in the Central Highlands region has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Dak Nong also has historical relics such as N’Trang Long and N’Trang Guh, which contribute to the cultural diversity of ethnic minority groups in the province.

dak nong province a gem of ethnic culture nature and adventure
dak nong province a gem of ethnic culture nature and adventure

Heritage and geology

Ton Thi Ngoc Hanh, Vice Chair of Dak Nong Province’s People’s Committee, said that tourist destinations in the province have been built according to three major topics: “Rhapsody of Fire and Water”, “Wind of Change Concerto”, and “Sounds of the Earth” in order to bring into full play its cultural, heritage and geological values. Dak Nong Geopark, which has been recognized as a UNESCO Global Geopark with its stunning volcanic caves, attracts not only Vietnamese and foreign tourists but also scientists and archaeologists.

According to Hanh, Dak Nong Province is calling upon organizations and businesses to participate in tourism and service development, especially in the Dak Nong Geopark. Along with conserving natural landscapes, cultural and geological heritage values and biodiversity, the province is promoting cooperation in tourism development and education in order to enhance community awareness of tourism, contributing to socioeconomic development in the geopark area.

Visitors to Dak Nong will have a chance to discover natural caves, gemstone and mineral mines, and imposing waterfalls. They can also discover tangible and intangible cultural values such as the cultural space of the Gongs in the Central Highlands region, Ot N’drong epic, Nau M’pring (folk songs) of the M’Nong people, lithophone performances and brocade weaving. Special kinds of food prepared by ethnic minority people also attract tourists.

dak nong province a gem of ethnic culture nature and adventure

Adventure sports also promise to attract visitors to Dak Nong Province. With plenty of lakes, waterfalls, Ta Dung National Park, Nam Cat Tien National Park, Yok Don National Park, Nam Nung Natural Reserve, Dray Sap special-use forest, Bay Tang (seven-layer) Waterfall, Luu Ly Waterfall, and Dray Sap Waterfall, as well as a special volcanic cave system, Dak Nong has great potential to attract adventure sport lovers.

With more than 70 percent of its population making their living from agriculture, Dak Nong can also promote homestays to give tourists a chance to experience local life and ethnic culture.

The Dak Nong Geopark is the third Global Geopark recognized by UNESCO in Vietnam, after the Dong Van Karst

Plateau Geopark in Ha Giang Province and the Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark in Cao Bang Province.

Hoa Quynh & Thu Huong