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 waterfallsHaving 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

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

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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]

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]

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!

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  6. Katie says:

    HI Tom,
    Im back with another question: do you know which waterfalls you’re allowed to swim in, if any?
    Another great read.
    Thanks,
    Katie

  7. Sam says:

    Awesome page mate, went to a couple of the waterfalls today, wouldn’t have found them without this, especially Lien khuong, pretty funny going through someones shop. Going to go find that dumpling noodle soup in Da Lat tonight.

    Cheers.

  8. Josh Fayton says:

    Hi Tom,

    My girlfriend and I are heading to Dalat in a few days, we’ve almost finished the ocean road from Saigon. Can you recommend camping any good camping near any of the falls? We’ll probably stay in Dalat a few days, camp the falls then camp the northern pine forests like you did. Did you eat anything besides instant noodles when you camped? I can’t really think of anything to bring…

    Thanks,

    Josh

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  10. Ginny says:

    I’m planning a trip to da lat in may, but I have no idea how to get to the falls. Did you just rent a motorbike and for how much? Are there any alternatives on how to get to the falls?

  11. dan says:

    hi Tom
    I plan to visit Dalat around 20th Jan and want to visit 4 waterfalls you mentioned above :Bao Dai+ Dam Bri+Elepant +Pangour . Can you give some advice if I start from Dalat? Also, I am a little bit worried that there won’t be so much flow of these waterfalls.
    Thank you for your information.

  12. Wallace P. says:

    I am amazed by your blog entries on the waterfalls in Da Lat! Informative and looks really good! I wish I can explore all 12 like you! I will be going to Da Lat sometime early December and I am planning to visit one of the waterfalls. Any waterfalls there do you recommend for rafting? I personally like Pongour Fall a lot! But I wonder will there be any water sports there?

  13. Bessie Leong says:

    Hi, your website is great! I was wondering if you know if November is a good time to go visit?

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  15. An says:

    Hi Tom,
    so I went to Elephant waterfall today. The admission fee is 10000 VND so it’s not free.
    It’s amazing! and the coffee at Reng Reng cafe is very good as you recommended. Thanks again! :)
    An.

  16. Mat says:

    Will be in this area soon for filming the falls. Is there a certain time of the year that the water is browner? I am guessing February it driest so perhaps less water and less chance of it being brown?

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