Elephant Falls of Dalat
Among the spectacular sights in and around Dalat, Elephant Falls are one of the the most well known destinations, included in the itinerary of many typical Easy Rider tours that route around the Central Highlands.
Despite what certain self-proclaimed tour guides try to tell you, the entrance is free of charge. So you pass the usual assortment of souvenir shops and street vendors, and make your descent on a slippery and mossy stone path. There is a handrail by the side and steps carved out of the volcanic rock, but don’t rush, watch your step and be extremely careful. More than one careless tourist made a part of the way sliding on his or her buttocks.
The path is treacherous and the constant thunder of the falling water accompanies the walk, which takes a couple of minutes. But at the end awaits the rewarding sight of one of the most dramatic waterfalls of Vietnam’s Lam Dong province. There might be larger waterfalls around the area, but the striking sight of the popular natural monument from below adds a certain impressive power to Elephant Falls.
If you don’t mind getting wet, you can climb and stand on one of the massive boulders in the stream and admire the sheer force of the currents from the vantage point.
Getting there is easy: you just follow Hoàng Văn Thụ street from the center of Dalat City westwards and when you reach the signpost for Tà Nung village, turn left. After a few kilometers you see the sign of Elephant Falls to the right. It’s right before a bridge.
The best way to go to Elephant Falls is by motorbike, but there is a bus connection from Dalat City to Nam Ban village. The journey takes roughly 45 minutes.