The Legend of the K'ho
Lang Biang isn't just a mountain where we grow our coffee, it's the setting of K'ho legend. The story begins where all good stories do, with a boy, K'lang, and a girl, Ho Biang, deeply in love. The spark was first struck when he rescued her from a pack of wolves. Although they wanted to marry, there was a problem, their families were in the middle of a fierce, unresolvable feud. Marriage was out of the question.
At this point the story splits into two equally tragic versions. In the first, they eloped and lived on Lang Biang mountain. After a few blissful years together, Ho Biang became ill, and desperate to save her, K'lang carried her to her tribe for help. Instead, they shot poisoned arrows. Ho Biang was hit shielding K'lang from the arrows, and died. In his grief, K'lang shed so many tears a stream formed, the Dankia (golden stream), and can still be seen today. The second version is hardly more uplifting, unable to marry, they commit suicide.
Their deaths were not in vain. In both versions, Ho Biang's father united the tribes into one, creating the K'ho tribe. One happy consequence was that intermarriage was no longer a problem with everyone in the same tribe. The graves of Ho Biang and K'lang grew into two mountains, forming the Lang Biang mountain range.
The Lang Biang range has the two highest peaks in the Lam Vien highlands: Lang Biang (2,167 m) and Bidoup Ban (2,287 m), also known as the 'roof of Dalat'. Both peaks offer a spectacular view of the city of Dalat and the lush surrounding valleys.