Dac Lac, the largest province in Tay Nguyen Highlands, is located southeast of the Truong Son Mountains and shares a 240 km border with Cambodia. Though the population of Dac Lac is not large, it includes several different ethnic minorities such as Kinh, E De, Gia Rai, and Mínong.
The area has a tropical climate with the distinct dry and rainy seasons. The rainy season lasts from May to November when the temperature varies between 20 and 25oC.
Dac Lac has many beautiful lakes such as Ea Kao, Eas No, Eo Don. Lac Lake is where the Mínong minority has been living for many generations. Dac Lacís historical vestiges include Buon Ma Thuot Prison, Dak Tua underground tunnels, and Bao Dai Kingís building. Daclac province is located in the Daclac plateau, one of the three large plateaus in the central Highlands. Daclac plateau, 600 meters above sea level, is blessed with basaltic soil. The southern part of the province is lower and has several bodies of water. Buon Ma Thuot which is 536 meters above sea level is the provincial capital of Daclac. It is situated in the middle of the largest settlement on the Central Highlands. The majority of the local inhabitants are the E De people, one of the several groups of ethnic minority on the Central Highlands. The peculiar trait of the city is that there are many town houses made of wood in the inner city while many other houses in the suburbs are those on stilt. The city is also surrounded by fruit gardens, rubber plantations, coffee gardens, and vegetables. Buon Ma Thuot is 1,399 kilometers south of Hanoi.
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