Dalat’s Waterfalls: A Guide

Introduction | Slideshow of Waterfalls | List of Waterfalls | Map

First Published May 2014 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle

Dalat is located in Lâm Đồng Province, a mountainous, forested, farmed and famous area in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Once a favourite hunting ground for Vietnamese emperors and European colonials, today the big wild animals have all but gone, but some of the natural beauty of this region survives. Despite rapid urbanization and mass cultivation of cash crops, especially coffee and tea, Lâm Đồng Province still has some spectacular scenery to offer the visitor, not least its waterfalls. Most of the waterfalls in Dalat’s immediate vicinity are extremely popular, with both Vietnamese and foreign visitors. For this reason I have avoided them for many years, fearing the kind of kitsch theme park that these so-called ‘eco’ tourist sites often become in Vietnam. However, there are other waterfalls within reach of Dalat, dotted throughout Lâm Đồng Province, which see far fewer visitors. All of these falls are at their best during the rainy season (April to September), and many of them are free.

One of Lâm Đồng Province's many waterfalls

Having neglected these waterfalls for so long, I decided to visit twelve of them in four days, in order to compile this list and guide to the waterfalls of Dalat and the surrounding area. In general, I was extremely and pleasantly surprised by what I found: not only are many of the waterfalls truly spectacular, but some of them are empty of tourists, while others that were once tourist traps are now completely abandoned; staircases, ticket booths and kitsch concrete animals all left to rot, gradually being reclaimed by the jungle. However, the following rule still applies: the further from Dalat the waterfall, the better it is. Below is my list of Dalat’s waterfalls, in order of my own preference: click on an image from the slideshow or click on a name from the list to read more about each of the waterfalls. To find out where the waterfalls are located, take a look at my map. For a vicarious tour of the falls watch my video.

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SLIDESHOW OF WATERFALLS

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LIST OF WATERFALLS

Click the name of a waterfall to read more about it:

1. BAO DAI WATERFALL: 50km from Dalat; Admission: free [MAP]

2. BO BLA WATERFALL: 80km from Dalat; Admission: free [MAP]

3. TIGER WATERFALL: 15km from Dalat; Admission: 10,000VNĐ [MAP]


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4. ELEPHANT WATERFALL: 30km from Dalat; Admission: free [MAP]

5. PONGOUR WATERFALL: 50km from Dalat; Admission: 10,000VNĐ [MAP]

6. DAMBRI WATERFALL: 130km from Dalat; Admission: 50,000VNĐ [MAP]

7. GOUGAH WATERFALL: 35km from Dalat; Admission: free [MAP]

8. LIEN KHUONG WATERFALL: 28km from Dalat; Admission: 5,000VNĐ [MAP]


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9. DATANLA WATERFALL: 6km from Dalat; Admission: 10,000VNĐ [MAP]

10. PRENN WATERFALL: 16km from Dalat; Admission: 20,000VNĐ [MAP]

11. ANKROET WATERFALL: 17km from Dalat; Admission; free [MAP]

12. CAM LY WATERFALL: 2km from Dalat; Admission; 10,000VNĐ [MAP]

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MAP

My map with all twelve waterfalls marked on it:


View ‘Dalat’s Waterfalls’ in a LARGER MAP

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33 Responses to Dalat’s Waterfalls: A Guide

  1. Sveta says:

    Hello Tom,

    thank you for such an informative overview of the waterfalls in Da Lat area!

    My boyfriend and me are going to cycle around the area on mountain bicycles.
    Do you think we could cycle to Tiger, Datanla, Prenn and Elephant waterfalls in one day? Are the roads too busy around the area?

    We are aware that is quite hilly there. However, we cycled around Phong Nha National Park and it was fine 🙂

    Thank you!

    • Hi Sveta,

      Yes, you could ride that in one (long) day 🙂 It is hilly, but I’m sure you can handle it after riding in Phong Nha 🙂

      The roads are fine, apart from the Prenn Pass which leads down from Dalat to Prenn Waterfall – it’s in good condition but it’s the main route to Dalat so it can get busy at certain times of the day, and many people drive irresponsibly by cutting corners etc So take care.

      I hope you enjoy it,

      Tom

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