Among the many things to see and do in Da Lat is Elephant Waterfall.
It’s one of three waterfalls in the area, the other two being Datanla and Prenn waterfalls.
According to our sources, if we were to choose only one of the three, we should make it Elephant waterfall and here’s why.
Spectacular views along the route, great coffee (if you opt to stop) and then the waterfall at the end of it.
Before our last visit to Da Lat, we came across the name on Insta and in some research we did on Da Lat.
It looked like a great spot to kill an hour or so and we decided to add it to our to-do-list.
When we checked into Maxim Hotel, our friend Ha also recommended we visit the waterfall. His recommendations are usually on point and if he says they are well worth the visit, then we go visit.
Also, a local recommendation is usually a good endorsement. That’s how we know we’re onto a good thing.
Unfortunately, on that visit the weather wasn’t on our side. We ended up flagging the activity, much to our disappointment but on this visit though we hit gold!
Not only did we wake up to a beautiful sunny day but it rained the day before. This meant we were in for an epic waterfall show.
Approximately 25km from Da Lat is Cam Ly river and with it, Elephant Waterfall.
There are small tours that go out there but you can do it yourself for cheaper by taking a GRAB or renting a scooter.
The fastest way to get there is to find Hoang Van Thu street first. Follow that until it turns into Cam Ly and keep going until you hit a fork in the road. Follow the road to the left where it becomes DT725 and keep following that until you see Mê Linh Coffee Garden.
If you don’t want a coffee then keep going for another 10 – 15 minutes until you see a sign that points to a road on your right. The entrance is about 500 meters down the road on the left.
There are no guides or boards to tell you where to go. Neither is it hard to figure out. You just follow the only pathway down towards the waterfall.
The pathway is a makeshift of locally engineered steel bridges and steps carved out of the rock. It’s a fun walk but super slippery and pretty rough.
After rainy days the waterfall bathes the area in a beautiful mist that soaks everything! On a hot day it’s heavenly but it does make the pathway hard to traverse.
Our advice. Take good shoes with good grip!
This is a hands-on activity. So, make sure to wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty as there is no escaping it.
Half way down the pathway there is the big waterfall and a few smaller ones spewing off the sides. The pathway forks, left taking you up close and personal with the big fall. There you’ll find a steel platform looking out over the big waterfall. To the left of the platform is the way to the cave but we didn’t go in there. We didn’t have our waterproof gear with us and didn’t want to damage our camera gear.
Coming back to the fork, head downwards towards the foot of the big fall where there are some smaller falls.
There are plenty of great photo spots and it’s not hard to kill an hour or so there. You can even pack a picnic to enjoy in a shady spot if you want.
Elephant Waterfall is a nice cheap outing.
Parking the bikes cost us VND 5,000 (~USD 0.20 / ~AUD 0.30) per bike.
The nice attendant was more than happy to look after our full faced helmets. (We normally carry them around with us. But it’s not practical here and we reluctantly left them with the bikes. We’re super happy to report that they were still there when we go back.)
There is an entry fee of VND 20,000 (~USD 0.85 / ~AUD 1.20) per person and you can buy the tickets at the office as you go through the gate.
There is also a little souvenir shop with some refreshments on offer and you can take your if you prefer.
First impression was wow! The river is right there as walk into the garden area and you can go and stand right where the water flows over the edge. I can’t think of any other place we’ve been able to do that. And don’t panic, there is a fence to make sure you don’t go over the edge either.
Seeing the waterfall from above and below was great and we got some great shots. It was also MUCH bigger than it looks in the photos we’ve seen and that was a surprise.
We’re stoked we finally got to see it and it’s well worth a visit if you’re looking to kill a couple of hours on a good day. We don’t think it would be that great in the rain, but leave you to decide for yourself.
We certainly had a bit of fun here. It’s not a major attraction by any means but it’s a good little work out and you come away with some awesome snaps!
It’s well worth visiting if you are in the area.
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