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Covering 600 hectares in Lak District, 56 kilometers south of Buon Ma Thuot City, Lake of Lak is considered as a huge silver mirror of the Central Highlands province of Daklak, fed by the Krong Ana River which homes many crocodiles and bird species,. Around the lake are rivers, streams, mountains and forests and the natural landscape lake remains virgin. The lake is surrounded by low mountains which make fantastic views. On the lakeside, a former palace owned by the last Nguyen King, Bao Dai, can be seen. From this palace, we can get a panoramic view of the valley.

Most of M’nong villages (Yun, M’lieng, Le...) hill tribesmen live in the south of Daklak Platea, along the Lak lakeside. They earn their living mainly by farming and fishing. Their culture is strongly influenced by Edeh’s. It is difficult to distinguish an Edeh from a M’nong if they don’t carry their traditional back-basket. M’nong back-basket is made of bamboo. Edeh back-basket is also made of bamboo but the bottom of the basket is formed by 4 rectangular pieces of wood.

According to M'nong ethnic people living in the region, previously piraguas were made from the biggest and hardest trees of the forests. Tree trunks were hollowed out and then coated with a type of anti-proof resin. However, people are now banned from chopping down trees for making boats but the M'nong people are still taking pride themselves on their dugout making technology.


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