Liên Khương is a dusty, busy, and unattractive town, 20km south of Dalat. From the horrible highway that passes through town, you’d never guess there was an imposing waterfall here. But Liên Khương is, like most towns in the Central Highlands, built on a river, and, before the highway, it was the river that was the focus of town. Just after the Đa Nhim River passes through Liên Khương, it crashes over a vast escarpment of jagged rock, some 200 metres wide. The deluge of muddy, brown water sends a smokey spray into the air which drifts over to the trees and vegetable gardens along the river bank. After the falls, the river continues to cut its course, with added vigour, through a heavily farmed landscaped, parallel to the highway. It’s not the most spectacular falls in this list, but it’s an attractive and ‘unexpected’ one nonetheless.
Bizarrely, the entrance to Liên Khương falls is through a shopfront (look for a sign on your left [south] just after passing a big traffic circle: the shop is called Thu Thảo, and the address is 323 QL 20, TỔ 7). Pay the shop attendants 5,000VNĐ ($0.25) and they’ll lead you down concrete stairs, through their home, and onto a long, steep metal staircase through banana trees and bamboo to the river. It’s a pretty walk down, but a tiring hike back up. After walking through some vegetable patches you’ll see the falls. There are rocks strewn about the base of the waterfall, so it’s possible to jump from one to another, making your own way up and across the cascade. It’s a pleasant spot, all the more so because no one, except local fishermen, seems to visit this waterfall. Most of the dams on the Đa Nhim River are further down stream, so there’s always a decent flow here, but after heavy rains it can flood and become extremely dangerous.
It’s easy to visit this waterfall by hired motorbike from Dalat. Drive 28km south on Highway 20 and look for the address mentioned above. [MAP]
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