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Overview of Dak Lak Province – Part 2 Print
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 15:32

2012_Apr_10_-_Pic_1VIETRADE - Forest resources

Dak Lak Province has one million hectares of agricultural and forestry land, 620,000ha of which is covered with forest. The coverage rate of forest is 50%. There is also Yok Don National Park, the largest one in Vietnam, at 115,500ha. There are, in addition, four special-use forests: Chu Yang Sin National Park (Krong Bong – Lak District), South Kar Nature Reserve (Lak District) and Lak Lake – the historical environmental-culture forest (Lak District), and Ea So Nature Reserve (Ea Kar District), each spanning 20-60 thousand hectares.

Dak Lak has not only mountains covered by forests of biological diversity (closed broadleaf forest, evergreen forest, coniferous tropical forest, semi-evergreen rain forest, sparse forest, mixed bamboo forest, and natural grass) with more than 3,000 species of plants, 93 mammals, 197 species of birds, but also has red soil suitable for the development of long-term industrial crops.


Mineral Resources

Dak Lak Province has potential in minerals, especially minerals for industrial development of construction materials such as:

- Kaolin reserves used as raw material for ceramics. There are 37 million tons (34 million tons at the M’Drak mine at Ea Kar District’s Knop mine; there are 3 million tons, mainly in M'Đrắk, Ea Kar).


- Two mines of feldspar with total reserves of 3 million tons. (M’Drak’s Hnang Krong mine has 0.74 million tons; Ea Kar District’s Iak Bo mine 2 million tons.) Feldspar is mined for distribution to ceramic producers.


- Construction sand and gravel is in rivers, streams, river depressions and streams in the western districts of Krong Ana, Lak, Krong Bong, Krong Pak, Ea H'leo, and Buon Ma Thuot. The North Chu Pong mine (Ea H'Leo) alone has identified reserves of about 8 million m3 of sand and gravel.


- Building stone including granite in Ea H’leo, Krong Bong, with a reserve of nearly 1 billion m3, basalt,... are now being exploited, but at an unreasonable and wasteful rate of exploitation.


- Peat with 20 areas containing peat, scattered in the province. Peat deposits are in Ea Pok, Buon Ja Wam, Cuor Dang, Krong Ana, and Ea Ktur etc.  


Besides the minerals listed above, Dak Lak can also exploit a number of other minerals such as lead, zinc, and fluorite.


2012_Apr_10_-_Pic_2Tourism resources

Dak Lak is a mountainous province with great tourism potential:

- Ecotourism and scenery: Dray Nur, Gia Long, Dray H’Linh, Krong Kmar Waterfalls, Yok Don National Park, Chu Yang Sin, Ea So Nature Reserves, Lak Lake, Dak Tuor Cave, and Upper Ea Sup Lake etc.  


- Cultural tourism and history: Buon Ma Thuot Stockade, Dak Lak Ethnological Museum, and the Sand Table of the Buon Ma Thuot Victory.


- Tourism festivals: gong festival, elephant race festival, buffalo-stabbing festival, and other festivals of the ethnic minorities.




Dak Lak has a fairly developed road and airway system, including many important national highways; both link to the Central Highlands and to the sea, and the northeastern area of Cambodia.



The province has 380km of national highways, consisting of:

- National Highway 12, 126km long, goes from the boundary of Gia Lai Province to the boundary of Dak Nong Province.

- National Highway 26, 119km long, goes from the boundary of Khanh Hoa Province to the boundary of Buon Me Thuot City.

- National Highway 27, 84km long, goes from the boundary of Buon Ma Thuot City to the boundary of Lam Dong Province.

- National Highway 14C, 68km long, goes from the boundary of Gia Lai Province to the boundary of Dak Nong Province.


Along with investment from the government for the Ho Chi Minh Highway, there are many investment projects to benefit from the advantages of this route like investing in the construction of the Bo Y International Border Gate (IBG) (Kon Tum) and the inland roads to form a branch of the Trans-Asia route of Kun Ming (China) - Myanmar - Laos - Thailand to Bo Y IBG to create an international trade relationship between the north-eastern Thailand provinces with southern Laos, Vietnam’s central coast and the southeast areas. Besides, many provincial routes are newly built and upgraded running to the border of Cambodia.


Dak Lak has bus routes to all destinations in Buon Ma Thuot City, and from Buon Ma Thuot City to the center of all districts in the province and to Gia Nghia Town (Dak Nong Province). Dak Lak is strengthening, restoring and upgrading the road projects, completing the network, starting to consider a number of new construction works which are urgently required, ensuring a road network density over 0.6km/km2. The Plan for up to the year 2020 calls for all provincial district roads and urban roads to be asphalted or concreted, and 50% of the communal roads are to be concreted.

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