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Phu Cuong Waterfall

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Surrounded by lush vegetation, Phu Cuong Waterfall, or Tac Phu Cuong, is a dramatic cascade that slides over red rock and thunderously tumbles down 38 metres. The sight is truly breathtaking, and what’s even more impressive is that this waterfall is completely off the tourist radar – it remains natural, without the restaurants, shops and kitch that befall so many other sights in Vietnam. Prepare to be amazed.

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A sneak peek of the falls. Prepare to cross rocky terrain to get the full on view.

A sneak peek of the falls. Prepare to cross rocky terrain to get the full on view.

Located off QL 25 down an unassuming country road, a set of rusty metal stairs leads down to an enormous boulder garden. Carefully make your way over the rocks to get an unobstructed view of the falls. Though there was evidence that a few people do visit the spot (rubbish left behind from picnics), we had the falls completely to ourselves. And what’s really refreshing, aside from the mist tickling your face, is that there were no concrete animals, no swan boats or other such tourist-oriented additions.

Natural splendour.

Natural splendour.

It’s difficult to visit during rainy season (May to October) because of high water and wet, slippery rocks – if you want to try your luck, be very careful. The best time to go is just after rainy season has ended, when it is safe to climb over the rocks and the cascade is still full – the pounding of the water will make your heart race. There’s less water as dry season progresses.

Road to the falls, off of QL24.

Look for this road to the falls, off of QL25.

From Pleiku, ride south on QL14 (same road to Buon Ma Thuot, Dak Lak) for 35 kilometres to Chu Se. At the fork in the middle of Chu Se, veer left to travel on QL25 and after about 6.5 kilometres, look for a narrow paved side road on the left hand side with a sign for a monastery “Tinh Xa Phu Cuong” (the lat/long is 13.661881, 108.122944). Head down this road, veering left, passing terraced rice paddies along the way until you reach a gate – rouse the sleeping gate keeper to give him 10,000 dong – and continue to a sort of bridge flanked by old, damaged rest huts. The stairs are a bit hidden on the left hand side. We suggest you wear decent footwear as you’ll have to navigate over rocks and boulders that can be scorching hot in the sun.


Phu Cuong Waterfall
A little over 40km south of Pleiku
Admission: 10,000 dong

Location map for Phu Cuong Waterfall

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