We started the day by visiting another Rong house with people who had missed them the previous evening. The detail of the ladder entrance was fascinating. There was a small bridge nearby and we established that it was wide enough for a classic car to pass a bike.
We drove through a pretty market garden area before stopping at Bien Ho Lake in a former volcanic crater for our first leg stretch and coffee. There was a better coffee later at ‘Java Coffee’ in Pleiku, a small town. The main reason for stopping there was to visit the Minh Thanh Pagoda - see photographs oF the Pagoda and of the Phoenix carving on the roof.
The next diversion was to a restaurant beside a lake for which I had found good reviews. When we got there we found that Tracey (the agent in Vietnam) and her team had organised us a deal on the meal which was delicious and good value. the restaurant was in buildings on legs over the lake.
The Dakruco Hotel is a very modern building in the centre of town. We were advised that there was no other possibility of a restaurant and dinner was a buffet organised in the hotel. Buon Ma Thuot is in the centre of a coffee growing area but we were too tired to go to the recommended cafe to sample different types of coffee. Some reviews on-line were less than complimentary and suggested that its name: Trung Nguyen Village Coffee, was pretentious as 'there was nothing village about it'! Of course we cannot comment as we didn't go there. There was a good bathroom for getting the laundry done and the car was cleaned.