|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Vietnamese Wikipedia. (March 2009)|
|Buon Ma Thuot
Thành phố Buôn Ma Thuột
Ban Me Thuot
|Province||Dak Lak Province|
|• Total||370 km2 (140 sq mi)|
|Elevation||536 m (1,759 ft)|
|• Density||920/km2 ( 2,400/sq mi)|
Coordinates: Buôn Ma Thuột ( listen) (formerly Lac Giao) or sometimes Buon Ma Thuot or Ban Mê Thuột, is the capital city of Dak Lak Province, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Its population is approximately 300,000. The city is the largest in Vietnam's Central Highlands region and is famous as the regional "capital of coffee".
Buon Ma Thuot is served by Buon Ma Thuot Airport.
In 1904 Dak Lak Province was established by the French and Buon Ma Thuot was selected as the provincial administrative centre, rather than the trading center of Don on the Srepok River. Buon Ma Thuot was originally settled by the Ê Đê, but due to the incoming Viêt 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.
Buon Ma Thuot is the site of Tay Nguyen University.
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