Pongour Waterfall in Dalat, Vietnam

One of the highlights of Dalat was getting out of town to see one of the most impressive waterfalls in South-East Asia.

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Pongour Waterfall is located 45 kilometres south west of Da Lat. From Lien Khuong Airport in Duc Trong District (the airport that services Da Lat), travel 20 kilometres south on Highway 20. Turn left and travel 6 kilometres west to reach the entrance.

Pongour Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in Lam Dong province . Pongour is worth the journey and if you had to choose just one waterfall to visit while in Da Lat, we’d rank this over both Datanla and Elephant Waterfalls.

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Wide gravel pathways and steps lead through lush, landscaped gardens (no concrete animals here!) to the gaping valley below. There are two routes to the waterfall: a gentle dirt path and some steps, or a steep, long staircase. It makes sense to take the latter down and the former up. At the bottom there are dozens of rather unattractive trinket stalls and food outlets, but you’ll be glad that drinks are available here because it gets exceptionally hot and humid in this craterous valley. Beyond the trees, that provide shade for the stalls, is a wide and exposed, rocky basin.
This enormous chasm was once filled by the torrent of the Đa Nhim River. These days, however, its flow is controlled by the Đa Nhim dam, which you can see from Highway 20, about 10km east of Pongour falls. Unfortunately, this has also affected the majesty and might of the waterfall. What water there is gushes over a wall of rock, 100 metres wide and 40 metres high, and flows down across seven separate levels of terraced rock to the big placid pool at the bottom.

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The waterfall is still very, very pretty. It’s possible to climb up all seven levels of the waterfall, bathing in the shallow pools on each tier, but you should be very careful as some sections are slippery and treacherous (there are signs warning you not to climb – but everyone does it anyway).

The only thing that you need to be aware of  is that during dry season the volume of water is diminished substantiallu. You can actually walk through it….

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If you are going on an Easy Rider-type motorbike trip, Vietnam Easy Riders Group are willing to customise day trips and you can add Pongour Waterfall to your itinerary !

Some more photos ofPongour Waterfall: 

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