Pongur – the largest and most beautiful waterfall in Dalat
One of Dalat’s main attractions is the waterfalls in its surroundings. And the most beautiful and large is undoubtedly the waterfall Pongur.
To really appreciate all the beauty of nature surrounding the small town in the mountains that was once built by the French, you should definitely visit all the waterfalls:
- the most beautiful – Pongur
- most powerful – Elephant
- the most secluded – Gougah
- the most extreme – Datanla
- most popular – Prenn
Each of them deserves a separate narrative, so we’ll start with the waterfall, which is recognized by the Vietnamese and numerous tourists as the most beautiful – from the Pongour Waterfall.
Many waterfalls are quite typical and do not have any zest. But this can not be said of the Pongur waterfall. Despite the fact that its height is only about 40 m, it is wide enough and reaches 100 m in width. Descending on 7 natural terraces the water is able to bewitch, and the opportunity to sit down or stroll along several of them adds a special charm to the trip. Due to the close location of the cascades, there are practically no splashes and danger of getting wet during the walk. But we recommend you to be careful, because slippery stones and water flow threaten injury to an awkward traveler.
The greatest impression on tourists falls Pongur waterfall during the rainy season, which lasts from October to December. At this time it is the most full-bodied and reaches its maximum size. Many Vietnamese say that this was before the upstream dam was built. But even if you arrived at another time, you still will not regret that you traveled fifty kilometers and visited the waterfall, as well as the lake below.
How to get there
The entrance fee for the park is 10,000 dong
The Pongur waterfall is located fifty kilometers from Dalat. Unfortunately or fortunately, local travel companies do not organize group visits to this Vietnamese natural wonder. However, you can rent a car with a driver or book an individual excursion. On the way to the waterfall, you will meet other worthy and short-term stops, for example, coffee plantations.
If you travel by car or rent a motorcycle, then you have two ways: along the DT 725 motorway or a circular route – across the road to the most visited of the five – Prenn waterfall. Going on a short route, you need to get to the pointer Thac Ponguor and, turning off, drive another 6 km. Be careful, since the pointer itself can be skipped because of its not very convenient location. The newly renovated DT 725 road from Dalat will please with small traffic.
On the shore of the lake there is a picnic area, several shops with souvenirs and local coffee shops. And on the way to the top of the waterfall, which will take about half an hour, a tired traveler will be able to relax in the gazebos built near the road or on the benches. We draw your attention to the fact that it is forbidden to swim in the lake itself (although the Vietnamese totally violate this prohibition).
To the note to the tourist
The territory of the park in which the Pongur waterfall is located is quite large, there are practically no tourists here (since, as we have already said, group tours are not carried here). Therefore, on ordinary weekdays, there is practically no one on the waterfall, but if you suddenly decide to come to one of the Vietnamese holidays, be ready for the crowds of locals who gather near the waterfall for a picnic, eat and drink with big noisy companies.
Have a good rest and plan your travels correctly and wisely!
A small video about the waterfall: