Around the highlands

The Central Highlands is famous for its splendid scenery, magnificent waterfalls, lakes and endless forests and mountains as well as the colorful culture of ethnic people. This time of year there’s a chill in the air, making it a perfect place to spend Christmas.

Here are some snapshots showing some of the Highlands sights.

Visitors take a cruise in canoes around Lak Lake about 50 kilometers south of Buon Ma Thuot City in Daklak Province. The lake is the largest body of fresh water in the province at about 550 hectares. As smooth as silk and backed by mountains, the lake is ringed by forest.

The rong House is a traditional ethnic minority house in the Highlands. The villagers use the house on stilts to hold festivals and it is the place where traditional crafts and customs are passed on to the younger generations. People also use it for storytelling and folklore. Photos: Dang Khoa

Visitors sit by a fire to enjoy ruou can (wine drunk from a jar through bamboo pipes), a custom of the Ede ethnic people in a village near Pleiku City in Gia Lai Province. Drinking wine is an Ede expression of friendship and solidarity. The villagers extend a friendly welcome to visitors with invitations to join in a bamboo dance, gong performance or just drink beside the fire.

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