Buôn Ma Thuột is served by Buon Ma Thuot Airport.
|City of Buôn Ma Thuột
Thành phố Buôn Ma Thuột
Buôn Ma Thuột city square in June 2006
City of Buôn Ma Thuột
Location of in Vietnam
|• Total||377.18 km2 (145.63 sq mi)|
|Elevation||536 m (1,759 ft)|
|• Density||1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)|
Coordinates: Buôn Ma Thuột ( listen) (formerly Lac Giao) or sometimes Buôn Mê Thuột or Ban Mê Thuột, is the capital city of Đắk Lắk Province, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Its population is 420,000 in 2016. The city is the largest in Vietnam's Central Highlands region, and is famous as the regional "capital of coffee".
The city locates at 12.6667° N, 108.0500° E, right at the heart of the central highland of Vietnam, 1300 km from Ha Noi, 500 km from Da Nang, and 350 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Lying on a fairly flat highland, at an average height of 536m (1608 ft) above the sea, Buon Ma Thuot has a vital role in Vietnam's national security and defense system. Buon Ma Thuot is the capital of Dak Lak Province and also the biggest city in Central Highlands (Tay Nguyen).
In 1904 Đắk Lắk Province was established by the French and Buôn Ma Thuột was selected as the provincial administrative centre, rather than the trading center of Đôn on the Srepok River. Buôn Ma Thuột was originally settled by the Ê Đê, but due to the incoming Việt settlement after the Vietnam War and the active acculturation policy, less than 15% (around 40,000) are still Montagnards. An important battle took place there at the end of the second Vietnam war.
Buôn Ma Thuột is the site of Tay Nguyen University.