Yok Don National Park – the largest special-use forest in Vietnam
The land in the Central Highlands has many beautiful scenes from nature, of which the outstanding are special-use forests. If you have the opportunity to visit Dak Nong, do not miss the experience at Yok Don National Forest.
Destinations in Dak Nong is increasingly being discovered more and more, not only for tourists but also for scientists. The uniqueness and pristine nature of the largest special-use forest in Vietnam – Yok Don National Park is one of the attractions that attract tourists. If you want to experience elephant riding, participate in gong culture performances, or learn about the lifestyle of the mountain people, this place is a great meeting place in your journey.
About Yok Don National Park
Yok Don is a special-use garden located in the two provinces of Dak Nong and Dak Lak, specifically in Ea Po commune in Cu Jut district, Dak Nong province and Krong Na commune in Buon Don district, Ea Bung and Chu M’Lanh communes. Ea Sup district, Dak Lak province. Yok Don National Park was established in 1992 with an area of 1,155 km2 and is currently the largest special-use forest in Vietnam. With such a large area, inside the forest there is an extremely attractive ecosystem, becoming a tourist destination when coming to the Central Highlands.
Yok Don National Forest is located on two mountains, Yok Don and Reheng mountains, south of the Sesan River. In the forests are mainly natural forests and dipterocarp forests, in Vietnam this is the only place to protect the dipterocarp forest.
Over the years, scientists have conducted many types of research in national parks. In addition to the protection, maintenance and development of the ecosystem inside the garden, this place also promotes the development of different types of tourism such as ecotourism, sightseeing and exploration.
When should I visit Yok Don Garden?
Visiting Yok Don National Park at any time has its own interesting features of each season. In the forest, the climate is divided into two seasons: rainy season and dry season. The dry season is from November to April every year, at this time, the sunshine in the Central Highlands is very hot, but inside the forest it is always very cool. But if it is more ideal, you should go in the rainy season from May to October every year, this is the time when the vegetation inside Yok Don becomes abundant and fresh, in addition you also have a chance to see the grandeur. of the Sesame – drag – pok line.
Move to Yok Don National Park
Yok Don National Forest is about 40km from the center of Buon Ma Thuot city, so if you want to come here, you need to get to Buon Ma Thuot.
From Hanoi: All airlines have flights from Noi Bai to Pleiku airport. From Pleiku airport to Buon Ma Thuot city about 42km so you can take a taxi to. If you choose to travel by bus, it will take you longer but the fare is cheaper than flying, about 650,000 VND / person.
Moving from Ho Chi Minh City: From Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot city is closer, so most vehicles can meet, if you like to travel you can also go by motorbike.
After reaching the city center, you can rent a motorbike if you do not have one so that you can take the initiative in the way when entering Yok Don.
Activities at Yok Don National Park
Explore rich ecosystems
Within the National Park of Yok Don, up to 90% of the area is primeval forest, which is an ideal habitat for plants and animals. Inside the forest is divided into 3 zones: 80,947 ha of exceptionally strict protection zone; 30,426 ha ecological restoration area and the last area where administrative services are 4,172 ha.
According to the survey, there are 67 species of mammals, 196 birds, 46 reptiles, 15 amphibians and about 100 species of insects. Especially, inside the forest, there are 36/56 rare animal species of Indochina, 17 species listed in the world red book.
The flora here is diverse with 464 species, there are also some rare species such as orchids, which have over 23 species with different colors. Especially, inside Yok Don forest, there is dipterocarp forest where there is dry oil palm tree. For many people who still do not know about this type of forest, this is a type of forest when in the dry season, all leaves will be removed, typically in the forest, it is tea oil, hair oil, copper oil …
Experience life with the ethnic minorities
Not only keeping a diverse ecosystem, but Yok Don National Park also preserves many unique cultural values of the ethnic groups in the Central Highlands. At Yok Don, there are more than 6,000 people living, from many different ethnic groups such as Ede, Lao, M’nong ..
Currently, Buon Don is a place that is preserving and preserving many old traditional stilt house architectures – the Tay Nguyen communal house under the creations of the people here. If you do not like to go deep into the forest to explore, choosing to explore and learn about ethnic cultures is the best choice. You will be immersed in the gong dances, enjoy traditional dishes, .. promises to be unforgettable experiences.
Conquer majestic waterfalls
Inside Yok Don National Park, there is a waterfall that is often found by tourists, the Seven Branch Waterfall. The waterfall is formed thanks to the split of the Sesan – pok river, divided into 7 different branches. Seven Branch Waterfall flowing from above, even if standing from far away, you can still hear the fierce water flow. Coming here, the activity that many people love is taking a canoe, walking the river, fishing ..
Coming to Yok Don, you definitely cannot miss the elephant riding activity. Elephants in Yok Don currently account for 70/100 children of the country. Here you will be sitting on the back of the elephants walking around the forest, this is also a feature of the Central Highlands mountains.
There is also an activity called “elephant management training”, if you want to join you must wake up at 6 am and learn with the operator to recognize the movement of the voiqua by analyzing the chain, the food trail. of the elephant.
Conquering Mount Yok Don
The most commonly chosen sport activity is mountain climbing. If you are passionate about trekking and want to conquer the mountains in the Central Highlands, you can choose to explore the top of Yok Don, while exercising your health while watching the dipterocarp forest from above.
Spending a day of exploration at Yok Don National Park , the next night you can also experience the sight of wild enemies or enjoy the Central Highlands gong orchestra. Coming here will give you a relaxing day, reasonable relaxation, away from the smoke and noise of the city.
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