Admire The Mesmerizing Beauty Of Lak Lake
Lak Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Vietnam, located in Dak Lak, a province in the central highlands of Vietnam. With an area of approximately 500 hectares, this is also one of the largest freshwater lakes in the country. The lake reflects the beautiful mountain scenery that surrounds it and despite the beauty, it luckily remains relatively undeveloped, which brings travelers a sense of wilderness and tranquility.
|Lak Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Vietnam, located in Dak Lak, a province in the central highlands of Vietnam. Photo: Vinpearl|
Originating from the Chu Chang Sin mountain range and connecting to the Krong Ana River, Lak Lake is located in Lien Son town and is the second largest natural freshwater lake in Vietnam, just after Ba Be Lake (Bac Can). Covered by green primeval forests and towering mountain ranges, Lak Lake has extremely rich flora, fauna, and aquatic resources.
The ideal time to visit Lak Lake is from September to December. The weather at this time is relatively cool and pleasant, which is suitable for outdoor activities.
Visitors can rent a boat to explore the beauty of Lak Lake, breathe in fresh air, and feel the slow, peaceful life of the local people living near the lake.
|The ideal time to visit Lak Lake is from September to December. Photo: Vinpearl|
Besides enjoying the lake, tourists will also find many minorities of the Mnong ethnic group here. Many of these people used to live on the lake, but nowadays they live in houses on stilts in villages around the lake. Most Mnong villages can be found on the southern shores. Here travelers will find men in wooden boats fishing with nets and baskets and women and children collecting knee-deep in the water crayfish, crabs, small fish, and snails.
Visiting the village provides a unique insight into their culture, which has barely changed over the years. The two most famous villages are Buon Jun village and Buon Le village, near Lien Son town. They also organize a number of activities, including music gong performances. For Mnong rituals, music is an essential part, with gongs being the most important musical instrument.
Elephant riding is one of the top things to do in Lak Lake Vietnam. With over ten gentle giants ready to serve tourists, this activity offers a unique perspective of the surrounding villages, rice fields, and the lake. Visitors can choose from various service packages, ranging from 15 to 60 minutes, to immerse themselves in the enchanting beauty of the region.
|Surrounded by lush greenery, Lak Lake Vietnam offers a peaceful escape. Photo: Vinpearl|
The best way to explore the lake is by traditional dugout canoe. These are canoes made by the local Mnong minorities and used for fishing. There are a number of places around the lake where tourists can rent these. Sitting on a canoe that glides gently and slowly on the lake is also an unforgettable experience.
According to the legend of the Mo Nong, in the past, the fire god won over the water god after a fight lasting many farming seasons, causing villages of the Mo Nong to get into drought. Meanwhile, there was a guy born between the loves of the Mo Nong girl and the fire god. To redeem himself from his parents, the boy went to look for water sources to save the villagers.
|The best way to explore the lake is by traditional dugout canoe. Photo: Local Vietnam|
After many days and nights crossing rugged mountains full of wild beasts, once rested he spotted a small eel trapped in a rock slot waiting for the withered death. He saved the eel. In return, the eel has led him to a vast lake and the Mo Nong people have settled there.
With the abundance of raw materials, M’nong people cook a lot of special traditional dishes such as bitter eggplant and anchovy salad, Lam rice (rice cooked in a bamboo tree), Tro soup, and Reu Da soup.
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