Eight majestic and breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls in Lam Dong province
Lam Dong province is not only famous for its dreamy nature and colourful flower fields, but also its majestic and wild waterfalls that can capture the hearts of many tourists..
Prenn Waterfall is located at 20 Lien Khuong - Prenn Highway, Ward 3 - about 12km from Da Lat city. Near the national highway connecting Saigon and Da Lat, the waterfall is considered a “natural welcome gate” of “the city of thousands of flowers”.
The village elders said that the name Prenn originally came from the K'Ho language which was called “Prenh” (bitter eggplant), but the people then mispronounced it as “Prenn”. The reason it has such a name is because in the upstream area of the waterfall there were many bitter eggplants. On the other hand, ethnologists believe that the name “Prenn” is derived from the Cham language, which meant "an encroached area". In the 17th century, the ethnic people in this area had to fight against the invasions of the Cham people in Panduranga (Ninh Thuan province), so that name was given to this majestic waterfall.
Prenn Waterfall in Da Lat city. Photo: tago.vn
The road down to Prenn waterfall is winding against the mountainside lined with lush green trees. The waterfall is about 30m high, so the flows of water rushing down from above will create countless white foam like a thin mist that brings a feeling of freshness and relaxation to visitors. You can walk on a small bridge at the foot of the waterfall to admire its beauty which is often likened to a “young woman's hair”. In addition, the sound of birds singing, the gentle winds through the foliage, and the sound of the waterfall creates an exciting atmosphere in the whole area. At the foot of the waterfall is pure green vegetation that adorns the vitality of this place.
You can walk on a small bridge at the foot of the waterfall to admire its beauty which is often likened to a “young woman's hair”. Photo: Amazing Dalat Media
Furthermore, you can participate in traditional games, row a pontoon boat, and watch Central Highlands ethnic music performances at Prenn waterfall.
Elephant riding is also a unique activity you should try when visiting Prenn. Photo: @sabin_moro
To the east of Prenn waterfall is Au Lac temple on a hill with a lucky feng shui. It is noted that this place worships the Hung Kings of Vietnam. Every year around March and April, the temple will organise the Hung Kings’ Festival with many unique cultural activities such as: traditional Quan Ho Bac Ninh folk singing, Thai dancing and K'Ho gongs performance.
Prenn Waterfall was recognised by the Ministry of Culture, Information and Communication as a historical and cultural relic in 1998.
Au Lac Temple. Photo: vietfuntravel
Entrance ticket price (in 2020):
- Adult ticket: VND 30,000/ticket.
- Children ticket: VND 15,000/ticket (children under 1.3m high).
- Ticket price for elephant riding for 15 minutes: VND 300,000/2 people.
- Ticket price for renting a pontoon boat: VND 35,000/boat.
The waterfall is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Pongour Waterfall is located in Tan Nghia village, Duc Trong district, about 50km south of Da Lat city. The waterfall is also regarded as the “seven-floor waterfall” as it flows through seven stone steps with a total height of nearly 40m. In the past, Pongour Waterfall was considered by the French as "the most majestic waterfall in Indochina". On top of that, King Bao Dai also awarded the waterfall the title of "Nam Thien De Nhat Thac" (the most majestic waterfall of Vietnam). By 2000, the waterfall was recognised as a national historical site and scenic spot.
King Bao Dai also bestowed the water the title of "Nam Thien De Nhat Thac". Photo: @orchidfame
This waterfall is associated with the legend of a girl named Kanai, who was originally a beautiful chief ruling the land of the K'ho people. Thanks to her merits, the locals could cultivate and have a better life. Legend has it that Kanai had four rhinos which helped her to reclaim the virgin soil and protect the villagers. When she died, these four rhinos also stayed with her until their death. After that, this place became a waterfall - which is the Pongour today. The locals believe that the waterfall is the smooth hair of Kanai, while the large stones represent the four rhinos. The waterfall is considered a symbol of the connection between nature and human beings.
The name “Pongour” is transliterated by the French from the K'Ho ethnic language, which means "the owner of the white clay land" as this area has a lot of kaolin - a white, friable and fire-resistant clay.
Pongour is one of the most majestic and unspoiled waterfalls of the Central Highlands. Photo: @world_best_spots
Pongour is one of the most majestic and unspoiled waterfalls of the Central Highlands. The waterfall is located in the middle of a large primeval forest with an area of about 2.5 hectares with a diverse ecosystem. A special feature is that the waterfall has flat stone steps arranged indiscriminately, causing the flows of water to be “torn” into hundreds of small streams with countless white foam. The road leading to the waterfall is very peaceful; if you travel here in around October - November, you will be able to see the leopard trees blooming with golden flowers along both its sides.
In spring, the locals will hold a spring festival at Pongour waterfall, which is an opportunity for them to hang out and participate in interesting folk games.
At the beginning of the new year, the locals will hold a spring festival at Pongour waterfall. Photo: vov
The entrance ticket to visit Pongour waterfall: Adults: VND 20,000/ticket; children: VND 10,000/ticket.
Hang Cop (Tiger Cave) Waterfall
Hang Cop Waterfall is located in Tuy Son hamlet, Xuan Tho commune, about 3km east of National Highway 20, in a pine forest with an area of about 308 hectares. The waterfall has many alternative names such as Da Sar, Long Nhan, Ong Thuan and Thien Thai.
It is said that in the old days in this wild forest, there was such a ferocious tiger that the locals did not dare to approach. One day, there was a boy from the Chil ethnic group who decided to go into the forest and shot an arrow at the fierce tiger. The tiger then ran straight into the deep forest and did not dare to turn back. After that, the waterfall in the forest was called Hang Cop (Tiger Cave) because it was near where the tiger escaped.
The waterfall has many alternative names such as Da Sar, Long Nhan, Ong Thuan and Thien Thai. Photo: @minhducnikon
To reach the waterfall, you will have to walk on winding dirt roads under the foliage of pine forests and a small rope bridge. Under the thin mist in the gorgeous sunshine, the Hang Cop eco-tourism area has a wild and majestic appearance. The waterfall is about 50m high and more than 10m wide. Following the steps to the foot of the waterfall, you will be able to admire the water from above rushing down into a deep lake, from which the clear water flows along a small stream hidden behind the trees into the forest.
The rope bridge leading to the waterfall. Photo: doannhanplus
In the rainy season, due to the abundance of water sources, the waterfall looks even more spectacular. Meanwhile, in the dry season, the water is less but its flowing power is still strong. Beside Hang Cop waterfall, there is a large cave with three compartments and one alley. The sound of the water hitting the cliffs is like a tiger roaring in the forest.
In the dry season, the water is less but its flowing power is still strong. Photo: @kerttuvirta
In addition, Hang Cop Waterfall attracts tourists thanks to its rich vegetation in pine and mixed forests. You can cross the suspension bridge to the pine hill to visit the village of ethnic minorities with unique customs.
The entrance ticket to visit Hang Cop: Adults: VND 10,000/ticket; children: free of charge.
Cam Ly Waterfall
Cam Ly Waterfall is located at the end of Hoang Van Thu Street, only 2km west of the city center, so it is very convenient for you to drop by. According to the village elders, the name “Cam Ly” stemmed from the K'ho language. As the Cam Le stream flowed through the village of the Lat tribe and formed a waterfall, the locals named it “K'Mly” to commemorate the merits of the chief governing their beautiful village. Over time, they mispronounced it as “Cam Ly”. Another theory about the waterfall's name states that “Cam Ly” was derived from Sino-Vietnamese language - "Cam" is “sweet”, while "Ly" is “infiltrated” - so “Cam Ly” means “a stream with fresh and sweet water”.
Cam Ly waterfall. Photo: @maryzhy
With a height of only about 10m, the water flows gently like “the hair of a beautiful girl”. With a combination of mountains, green forests and a gentle waterfall, a charming picture is created. From the bridge over the stream, you can admire the beauty of Cam Ly waterfall as well as the peaceful surroundings. In addition, you can participate in other activities such as horseback riding, taking pictures and walking around the waterfall.
With a height of only about 10m, the water flows gently like “the hair of a beautiful girl”. Photo: @marcianni
Voi (Elephant) Waterfall
Voi Waterfall is located on the campus of Linh An Pagoda, Nam Ban town, Lam Ha district, which is about 25km southwest of the city centre. Despite its location in quite a populated town, the waterfall still retains its wild beauty. In 2001, Voi Waterfall was recognised by the Vietnamese government as a national scenic relic.
The waterfall is associated with the legend of a girl named Biang of the Sré ethnic group. When she was going to get married to Mr. Lang who was a handsome and brave chief of the Lat tribe, a herd of wild elephants flocked to the wedding. Unexpectedly, when arriving at the location of Voi Waterfall, they received the bad news that the couple had passed away, so all of the elephants screamed day and night and then became petrified at the foot of the waterfall. Taking pity on the elephants, the Mountain God cried day after day and his tears turned into waterfalls to comfort the elephants. This was the origin of the Voi Waterfall.
The large cylindrical rocks at the foot of the waterfall look like a herd of elephants. Photo: @goodlife.denis
In the middle of the green primeval forest, the flows of water from the magnificent waterfall with a height of nearly 30m and a width of nearly 15m rush down with countless white foam on the black rocks, creating a breathtakingly beautiful picture. It is believed that these rocks were the dead elephants. Around the waterfall, lush green trees and flowers blooming gorgeously have created a beautiful scene.
The majesty of Voi Waterfall. Photo: @catalin_chitu_22_photography
As the waterfall is located on the campus of Linh An Pagoda, its sounds mixed with the bell ringing brings a sense of tranquility to visitors. In addition, you can explore the primeval forest with a diverse cave system together with old trees interlaced with vines.
On National Highway 20 at Prenn Pass, turn downhill about 30m, you will see a small valley with the Datanla waterfall. About 8km from Da Lat city, the waterfall has been exploited for tourism since 2000 thanks to its unspoiled beauty.
The majestic Datanla waterfall. Photo: Happy Day Travel
Legend has it that in the past, fairies used to go down to Dalanta Waterfall to bathe because it had clear fresh water and was covered with many trees. When the locals discovered the waterfall, they named it “Da Tam Nnha” which means "under the foliage is water". When the French and Kinh people came here, they called it “Datina” and then gradually changed it to “Dalanta”.
There is another legend that says that during the Poreme period, the Cham people from Phan Rang came to invade the territory of the Chil and Lat people in the Langbiang Plateau. While the Lat people were about to lose the battle due to the lack of drinking water, they discovered the waterfall hidden behind the foliage. Thanks to the waterfall providing drinking water, they won the battle and succeeded in protecting their land and village. That is why the Lat people called the waterfall “Da Tam Nnha” to remind their descendants of the waterfall’s contributions.
The waterfall was initially called “Da Tam Nnha” but was then changed to “Dalanta”. Photo: @alyshiaturchyn
As the upstream area has a stable amount of water, Datanla waterfall is stunning in any season. The water rushes down from a 20m-high cliff through seven rocky floors before pouring into the crystal clear Suoi Tien stream. The layout of the waterfall is great for participating in adventure games such as waterfall-climbing, sliding activities, rope-climbing, kayaking and rope-swinging.
Rope swinging is one of the adventure games at Datanla waterfall. Photo: @divui.com
The ticket price to visit Datanla waterfall:
Entrance ticket: VND 30,000/adult; VND 15,000/child.
Round-trip ticket for sliding activities: VND 60,000/adult; VND 40,000/child.
Kayaking ticket: VND 800,000/person.
Rope swinging ticket: VND 350,000/person.
Dambri waterfall tourist area is located in the northwest of Bao Loc city, Lam Dong province, which is about 120km from Da Lat city. In the K'Ho ethnic language, “Dambri” means "waiting" as the waterfall is associated with the legend of a young girl's steadfast and faithful love for her lover. The girl's name is Bri and the guy's name is K'Dam. Due to the conflict between the two tribes, their love was forbidden. One day, the guy was so sad that he decided to leave for the deep forest. When Bri heard the news, she immediately tried to find him but all of her efforts were in vain. After that, she went back to the village in despair while hoping that he would return. She kept crying day in and day out until her tears became the Dambri stream today. Out of sympathy for the couple's love, the villagers of the two tribes combined their names and gave it to the waterfall.
Dambri in the K'Ho’s ethnic language means "waiting" because the waterfall is associated with the legend of a young girl's faithful love for her lover. Photo: @the.independent
There are many ways to reach the Dambri waterfall, but you can walk about 138 steps to see the beautiful scenery around or you can take a cable car.
The water from Dambri Waterfall rushes down with countless white foam. Photo: @ya_filkina
Dambri is the highest waterfall in Lam Dong with a height of about 57m and a width of nearly 30m. If you come to the waterfall on a sunny day, you can explore the primeval forest with diverse flora and fauna, participate in games and make campfires. On a rainy day, together with friends or loved ones, you can sit and leisurely enjoy a cup of warm coffee while watching the mist spreading across the forest, which is a fanciful and poetic scene. Notably, you should participate in the sliding game with "the longest sliding way in Southeast Asia".
Notably, you should participate in the sliding game with "the longest sliding way in Southeast Asia". Photo: metrip
Bao Dai (Jraiblian) Waterfall
Bao Dai Waterfall is located in Ta Hine commune, Duc Trong district, about 60km from Da Lat city. The waterfall is also known as Jraiblian (meaning “high-rock waterfall”) hidden in the middle of Ta In mountains and forests. It is important to note, however, that Jraiblian was the original name of the waterfall. There is a legend of the waterfall associated with the uncle and nephew named Zuwar and Stak respectively. One day, they went to the stream to catch fish and then found a giant egg. After boiling it, Stak was allowed to eat first, however, just after eating, Stak was itchy all over his body - the more he scratched, the more it itched. Seeing this, Mr. Zuwar ran back to the village to call for help but when returning to find Stak, he found that his nephew had become a giant crocodile. After that, the villagers fed Stak but then he suddenly laid on his back and died. Weirdly, the sound of the waterfall “flowing” through the crocodile's tongue became a beautiful sound that made all of the villagers fascinated, so they gave up all their work to listen to this sound until they all died and turned into rocks at the foot of the waterfall. After this woeful story, the Churu people gave the waterfall the name “Jraiblian”.
The name “Bao Dai” was given to the waterfall by the locals as during his reign, King Bao Dai often went to the Central Highlands to hunt wild animals and Jraiblian waterfall was his relaxing place.
Bao Dai waterfall seen from afar. Photo: @ivan_ruppel
Bestowed by nature, Bao Dai Waterfall has a magnificent beauty yet is extremely poetic. Even standing 3km away from the waterfall, you can still hear the sound of rushing water. The path down to the waterfall is built from large cliffs and stepping through the "gate" of nature, you will be able to admire the hundred-year-old Chinese banyan tree “standing proudly” in the middle of the forest.
The road to Bao Dai waterfall. Photo: @bland82
When arriving at the waterfall, you will be amazed at its beauty - the water from three large branches of the waterfall rushes down with countless white foam reflected in the sunlight to create a shimmering rainbow at the foot of the mountain. The sound of the waterfall, the cheerful sound of forest birds singing, the gentle sunlight and the charming fragrance from the orchid on the cliffs all make this place like a scene from the fairyland.
The beauty of Bao Dai waterfall. Photo: place
The water rushes down loudly. Photo: @we.around.the.globe
Lam Dong is famous for its dreamy natural scenery with many majestic destinations, among which the waterfalls mentioned above will definitely impress visitors thanks to their unique beauty and mysterious associated legends.