Waterfalls around Dalat

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Tuyen Lam Lake

 Overcast skies made for a chilly mountain morning. No sooner than I set out from Dalat with a rented motorbike, a misty drizzle began. It wasn't enough to put on my Wal-Mart poncho but cool enough to zip my jacket all the way up. Just a few miles down the mountain, I turned onto a road that led to a pagoda complex which had a spectacular overlook of Tuyen Lam Lake. The lake sprawled for several miles and looked like it had several small islands. I didn't ride down to its shore since my gas gage was indicating in the red. The setting could have just as easily been in the Rockies or the Alps with its surrounding hills of pine forest.

 

I got back on the main road and coasted the motorbike downhill for four kilometers right into the parking lot of the Datanla Waterfall.

Down the Datanla gorge
Admission to the park was 10,000 Dong and it cost another forty to ride the Alpine Coaster. That was a real thrill. Tubular rails banked switch-back curves into a deep wooded gorge. The ride was wild, like a one-man roller coaster. Overhead signs at the sharper curves signaled when to brake by pulling a lever at either side of the plastic cart.

 

The Datanla Falls funneled into the narrow gorge in several stages. A footpath on one side had a few Alpine-style vender shacks. Like at the Cam Ly falls yesterday, a cowboy posed his pony for pictures. One woman sat on it decked out with a furnished hat, vest, and cowboy boots. Another park employee, dressed in a bear costume, took a break for a cigarette and game of Chinese chess. The trail led to a small bridge that crossed the stream to flat rocks near the base of the falls.

Prenn Falls from the cable car
Another trail climbed up that side towards the top of the falls but I didn't follow it. The gorge was an easy place to linger for a long while. Strapped back onto the Alpine Coaster, I got tugged steeply back to the top of the hill.

 

It was only a few more kilometers down the mountain road to the Prenn Waterfall. That park had a 15,000 Dong admission and another twenty for a cable car that went to the base of the falls and back. A trail led behind the thundering falls where the mist was no worse than the morning drizzle. The park extended for several hundred yards downstream. The usual horses were available as were ostrich and elephant rides.

 

I found a place that sold gasoline and refueled the motorbike. The ride up the mountain was quicker than coasting down. Traffic was light and I was able to enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery. I got back into Dalat much sooner than I desired; return trips always seem faster.

shirlan says:
Looks pretty spectacular!
Posted on: Feb 17, 2011
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Tuyen Lam Lake
Tuyen Lam Lake
Down the Datanla gorge
Down the Datanla gorge
Prenn Falls from the cable car
Prenn Falls from the cable car
Riding the Alpine Coaster
Riding the Alpine Coaster
Datanla Falls
Datanla Falls
Girl on a horse
Girl on a horse
The horse guy at Datanla Falls
The horse guy at Datanla Falls
The bear taking a break
The bear taking a break
Statue at Datanla Falls
Statue at Datanla Falls
Datanla Waterfall
Datanla Waterfall
Ride back up the hill
Ride back up the hill
Alpine Coaster ticket booth
Alpine Coaster ticket booth
Alpine venders at Datanla
Alpine venders at Datanla
Datanla admission booths
Datanla admission booths
Sign on the highway
Sign on the highway
Prenn Falls
Prenn Falls
Behind Prenn Falls
Behind Prenn Falls
Prenn Waterfall
Prenn Waterfall
Elephant at Prenn
Elephant at Prenn
Buggy at Prenn
Buggy at Prenn
Entrance to Prenn Waterfall
Entrance to Prenn Waterfall
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photo by: Biedjee