Best things to do in Yok Don

Independent and group travellers are welcome at Yok Don. You can relax in our guesthouse or set up a tent near the headquarters which is close to the entrance to the forest. Here you can sit soaking up the atmosphere of peace and tranquility and enjoy local coffee and good foods.

Our friendly Vietnamese/English-speaking tour guides can show you the scenic beauty of Yok Don and tell you about traditional cultures of ethnic minority groups here in Buon Don District, Dak Lak province, which is famed for its spectacular scenery and ethnic diversity. Yok Don connects with a large stretch of forests of Cambodia. Therefore, for your safety and due to government regulations, it is compulsory for visitors to be accompanied by Yok Don National Park Staff while discovering the forests. Walking under the open canopy of dry deciduous dipterocarps and learning about the local fauna and flora under the guidance of an experienced staff should not be off your list.

There are some tours we have designed for you. In addition to the options below, you can contact our tour guides for further discussion and arrangement for your tailor-made tour.

Enjoy all the highlights of Yok Don and Ban Don tourist area in a limited time:

·     Walk through mixed evergreen forest

·     Learn about fascinating uses of some of Yok Don’s medicine plants

·     Enjoy a swim or fishing at Buddha Cascade

·     Lunch with Kiem Lam (Forest Protection Rangers) at Forest Protection Guard Post No.03

·     Cross the river by boat to Tri village to explore the famous suspension bridge which was built to mimic a traditional ethnic bridge-building design

Our most popular trail with the tour guides.

·     Walk through mixed evergreen forest

·     Learn about fascinating uses of some of Yok Don’s medicine plants

·     Opportunity for a swim or fishing at Buddha Cascade

·     Be on a dug-out canoe and back to the headquarters where you can view riverside activities of the Ede and Lao people living in Jang Lanh village 

Appreciate the natural beauty of Yok Don National Park

·     3.5 km hike to Seven-branch cascades, the only area where the Srepock river splits into 7 branches

·     Walk for about 7 km to Daklau stream, enjoy a swim and identify bird songs

·     Walk through semi-deciduous Dipterocarp forests and back to the headquarters

A night in the forests helps you enjoy the atmosphere of Yok Don National Park to the fullest. This tour will take you through our semi-deciduous forest. The walk is shaded against the sun throughout the year. You can expect the activities as follows.

·     36 km walk in total (18 km per day) through dry deciduous dipterocarp and bamboo forests

·     Plant identification

·     A swim or fishing at Daklau stream

·     Enjoy dinner with Kiem Lam (Forest Protection Rangers) at Forest guard post No.05

·     Spotlighting night walk

·     Sleep in Forest guard post No.05 or camp nearby

·     Dawn chorus identification available on request

·     Lunch at Forest guard post No.03

·     Visit Tri village to explore the famous suspension bridge which was built to mimic a traditional ethnic bridge-building design

Yok Don National Park has the only forest type in the world to lose leaves in the dry season. This overnight option will give you true appreciation of the unique deciduous and bamboo forest types.

·     Bus or motorbike to the river crossing point

·     Plant identification

·     A swim or fishing at Buddha’s waterfall and Dakrang stream

·     Enjoy dinner at Forest guard post No.02 

·     Spotlighting night walk

·     Sleep in Forest guard post No.02 or camp nearby

·     Dawn chorus identification available on request

Our only tour to show you the mystique of Yok Don Mountain. A mountain worshipped and feared by local residents owing to its ability to separate the good from the bad. Let’s see what Yok Don Mountain has for you.

·     Seven-branch rapids

·     Swim or fish at Daktol stream, Buddha’s waterfall and Dakkel stream near Yok Don Mountain

·     Climb Phu Ong mountain

·     Go camping

·     Guided spotlighting night walk

·     Dawn chorus identification available on request

·     Visit Forest guard post No.02

·     Visit Jang Lanh village

Yok Don is the only place in Vietnam to successfully capture and tame wild elephants in the past. Understand the history of catching and taming wild elephants by M’Nong ethnic minority and you get to know a legend of Central Highlands of Vietnam. Captive elephants, once tamed, are regarded as a family member and they are well taken care of by their mahouts.

Yok Don is the first place to change from the tourism model of elephant riding to that of elephant-friendly activities in Vietnam. Join the tour and you can watch elephants being themselves in their natural habitat, practicing natural behaviors such as mud bathing, roaming, eating, skin scratching, etc. Plus, you can also listen to fascinating stories of each individual elephants, get to know the personality traits of the elephants. Additionally, you will also get an overview of the state of captive elephants and wild elephants in Dak Lak province and in Vietnam.

Elephants of Yok Don National Park are the last generation of captive elephants in Vietnam. In the early morning, mahouts go find their elephants, take them to have a swim or a bath and prepare them for daily tourist activities. Our elephants can roam off the chain in the forests and enjoy their favorite foods such as bamboo, bamboo shoot, forest crocus, forest plants, etc. Seeing our happy elephants will definitely make your day.

List of the elephants under the management of Yok Don National Park:

·     Bun Kham (Golden Girl) - Female - 48 years old - tended by Mr. Muh Bun Bya

·     Y Khun (Lucky) - Female - 60 years old - tended by Mr. Y Mut Kdoh

·     Thoong Ngan (Bronze Medal) - Male - 23 years old – tended by Mr. Y Vy Xiem

·     H’Nol - Female - 60 years old - tended by Y Vat

General agenda

On arrival

Walk through our museum and learn about the history of  catching and taming wild elephants in the area

Discover the area around the headquarters

Stay at our guesthouse

Next Morning

Be ready to be amazed by our gentle giants

Activities with elephants in the forests

Besides participating in the activities mentioned, you can also join our separate activities such as bird watching tours, animal tracking tours, local cooking classes, basket weaving activity, traditional music and dancing show, trekking tours, forest camping, etc.

Please contact us for your truly unforgettable experiences in nature.

Email: yokdon.ecotourism@gmail.com
Phone: +84 961 38 23 23

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