If you’re in town in spring, don’t miss the Elephant Race Festival, which takes place on the banks of the Serepok River near Ban Don. It’s usually held in the third lunar month but preparations take place for weeks beforehand – those who own elephants in the area spend time fattening up their beasts on local fruit and crops. The race itself is usually brief but blazing, the elephants encouraged (or distracted) by the loud drumming of gongs. Ask at Dak Lak Tourist for dates and details.

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