Choose your own adventure
Published/Last edited or updated: 24th December, 2020
Datanla Waterfall (Thac Datanla) itself is an attractive series of cascades—but the falls themselves are the secondary attraction in this case study of “how to enhance nature”. Nature just couldn’t be left alone.
Datanla is a choose your own adventure fun park. For 50,000 VND, you can zip down the hill to the bottom on a control-your-own-speed alpine coaster (think of it as a bobsled without the safety equipment). You can rent an ethnic minority costume for a photo op in front of the waterfalls or concrete animal statues. You can pay 40,000 VND for a cable car ride. Datanla Waterfall: you will either love it or hate it. Judging by the whoops and hollers of those on the coaster, many do love it.
The park is located five kilometres south of the city. You can take any local bus headed south on Highway 20/the Prenn Pass. Options include the bus to Duc Trong or Bao Loc. Cost will be around 10,000 VND. Catch them from the bus stand at the top of the central market (at the south end of Nguyen Van Troi, next to Eximbank).
Address: 5 km south of Da Lat
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º26'59.62" E, 11º54'11.38" N
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Admission: General admission 20,000 VND, children 10,000 VND.
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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