Pongour Waterfall is one of the most famous waterfalls in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Having only been easily accesible for the last 18 years, these falls still have a serene beauty about them, hidden away from the masses of tourists who visit the other falls in this region and making it a great spot for an afternoon picnic or a romantic day trip.
Getting There: 47 KM outside of Dalat the easiest option is to rent a motorbike and drive, the drive takes about an hour.
Costs: entrance fee – 10,000 VND ($0.50)
Suggested Time: due to the distance of Pongour it’s usually pretty quiet. Visit anytime of the day for 1 – 2 hours.
Additional Information: you can’t swim in the falls due to the currents but it’s a great spot for a picnic!
Once called the most magnificent waterfall in all of Indochina by the French, the seven level waterfall, as it is otherwise known, flows down the mountain from a height of over 40 meters and spreads out over 100 meters wide cascading down 7 levels of rock. Pongour Waterfall doesn’t have an alpine roller coaster or an other gimmicks, and people make the nearly one hour drive out of Dalat purely for the natural beauty of the waterfalls themselves. The journey is relatively far but the drive is scenic, winding around pine tree lined roads through fresh mountain air making the hour go by quickly.
Up until 18 years ago the falls were pretty cut off from society and in order to visit them the locals would boat up the powerful river to get to them as the forest was too dense to pass. Now the forest has been partially cleared allowing paths to run down to the waterfalls. Following the path down you’ll reach a couple of small wooden bridges that lead over multiple streams to the opposite side so you can get amazing panoramic views over the entire waterfall.
The serenity of the falls is what draws people here. You can escape the swathes of tourists that surround Datanla or Elephant Falls and enjoy a later afternoon picnic, or enjoy the peace and quiet.