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Dak Lak Province

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Country  Vietnam
Area  13,062 km2
Region  Central Highlands
Capital  Buon Ma Thuot
Population  1.797 million (Jul 1, 2012)

Dak Lak is a province of Vietnam. The name is also spelled Dac Lac, which is more in keeping with Vietnamese spelling, but the official spelling is Dak Lak. It is located in Vietnams Central Highlands, and is home to a high number of indigenous people who are not ethnically Vietnamese (Viet).


Map of Dak Lak Province


Dak Lak Province in the past, History of Dak Lak Province

The area now known as Dak Lak was originally controlled by the Kingdom of Champa. When Champa was conquered and annexed by Vietnam in the 15th century, Dak Lak was brought under loose Vietnamese rule. Later, in 1540, a noble named Bui Ta Han was appointed by the Vietnamese authorities to direct the settlement of the area by ethnic Vietnamese, bringing the highlands under more effective Vietnamese control. Military outposts were established in the area to guard against possible aggression from the west. Later, when Vietnam was occupied by the French, the French established a large number of plantations in the area. Resistance to French rule was strong in Dak Lak, with various minority tribes leading a number of significant rebellions. The most notable was a 23-year campaign led by N’Trang Long, a M’Nong tribal leader. Later, Dak Lak was part of South Vietnam, and saw considerable action in the Vietnam War.

Dak Lak Province in the past, History of Dak Lak Province

Until recently, Dak Nong was a part of Dak Lak, but is now a separate province.

A chronology of key events

  • End of the 19th century, Dak Lak belonged to Kon Tum, part of Laos
  • 22 November 1904, Dak Lak province was created and administrated by Annam
  • 9 February 1913, Daklak province again part of Kon Tum
  • 2 July 1923, a new Dak Lak was formed. It only had villages.
  • 1931, it consisted of 5 provinces: Ban Me Thuot, Buon Ho, Dak Song, Lak, MDrak
  • 2 July 1958, Dak Lak (Darlac) is composed of Ban Me Thuot, Lac Thien, MDrak, Dak Song, Buon Ho
  • 23 January 1959, Quang Duc Province was created with the separation of Dak Song

  • Part of MDrak district was added to Khanh Hoa Province

  • 20 December 1963, Phuoc An District was formed, with capital at Phuoc Trach, then to Thuan Hieu on 1 September 1965.
  • 1976, new Dak Lak was formed with elements Dak Lak and Quang Duc.
  • 26 November 2003, Dak Lak was dissolved again into Dak Lak and Dak Nong.
  • Geography

    Dak Lak Province Beautiful Landscapes of Dak Lak Province

    Dak Lak is based around the Dak Lak Plateau, around six hundred metres above sea level.

    Dak Lak Province Beautiful Landscapes of Dak Lak Province

    About 60 km south of Buon Ma Thuot is Lak Lake. Overlooking the lake is the old summer residence of Emperor Bao Dai which has been renovated into a hotel. Surrounding the lake is Jun Village, home of the Jun people. The villagers have a peculiar form of fishing where they attach metal rods to a car battery and run the rods through the water zapping and stunning the fish and then collecting them to keep in a tank at the village until they are needed.


    Coffee, fruit, and rubber play an important part in its economy. Recently, there have been efforts to harness the provinces considerable potential for hydroelectric generation. The Jun people take advantage of the small tourist trade that passes through, giving elephant rides through the village and across the lake.


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