Escape the heat in a beautiful setting
Published/Last edited or updated: 20th July, 2019
The Elephant Springs, some 53 kilometres from Hue, is an excellent spot to cool off and escape the heat of Central Vietnam.
Particularly on a hot day, the almost translucent natural pools dotted along the flow of the waterfall makes for a very refreshing dip. You can sluice yourself down the smooth rocks at the base of the falls, and there are plenty more spots upstream to explore. Ropes have been hung in places so you can grab onto one to float in the current without fear of being washed over the rocks. There are also a few spots where you can jump off boulders into the water—please do take care if doing this.
The Elephant Springs can be pretty deserted on weekdays and during off season, which is great if you’re looking for some privacy, but not so great in terms of getting some food and drinks—the food stalls around the falls may not be open on the quietest of days. When they are, you can enjoy a cold beer and munch on a scraggy boiled chicken while you’re wallowing in the water. When the stalls aren’t open, it makes sense to pack a lunch and BYO—if you are using a guide to reach here, ask beforehand for advice.
The falls are not hard to get to, but they’re not especially well-marked, and it might make sense to hook up with a guide—most of the Easy Rider trips between Hue and Da Nang or Hoi An will at least offer to make a stop here. Allow an hour, or a day—depending on how much time you have up your sleeve.
Address: Around 53km south of Hue on the road to Da Nang
Coordinates (for GPS): 107º59'20.74" E, 16º14'30.19" N
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Admission: 17,000 dong (including bike parking)
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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