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.
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.
Click the image of a waterfall to read more about it:
LIST OF WATERFALLS
Click the name of a waterfall to read more about it:
My map with all twelve waterfalls marked on it:
View ‘Dalat’s Waterfalls’ in a LARGER MAP
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