Da Lat – Lam Dong is endowed with many natural hills, pure streams, waterfalls, pine forests. In addition to the waterfalls which are very impressive to visitors’ mind to Dalat city, such as: Cam Ly, Datanla, Prenn waterfall, tourists cannot fail to mention “Nam Thien De Nhat waterfall” of the Southern Highlands, or Ponguor Waterfall – a masterpiece of nature.
The biggest waterfall
Pongour Waterfall is located at a deserted area, 50km from Dalat city. Otherwise, taking National Road 20, turning left at the km-post No. 260 (Đức Trọng District), going ahead about 6 kilometers, tourists will reach the eco-tourism site of Pongour Waterfall.
The entrance road has been partly upgraded by Dat Nam Company and, though not yet perfect, may offer tourists an easy access of the waterfall. From 40 meters above, the massive water speeds and booms down 7 floors into a big pool, creating sonorous thunder-like sounds, especially in the raining season it is more violent and truculent in fanciful dew.
The road leading to the waterfall is quite peaceful and romantic. If visitors come here on October, they will see yellow blooming flowers creating a curved path leading to the waterfall.
Unspoiled natural landscape is still preserved here. The waterfall surrounded by virgin forests covers an area of approximately 2.5 hectares with a diversified floristic composition. Here there are many ancient trees, and wild animals.
Overwhelmed by its majesty, Bao Dai King also recognized it as “the greatest waterfall in Vietnam” about 60 years ago. The Ministry of Culture – Sports and Tourism has decided to recognize this place a National-level beauty-spot on 13 April, 2000.
Mining legend Pongour
According to K’Ho magnanimous legend, in the old time, this land was managed by a beautiful woman named Kanai (a head of a Kho tribe). She was very good at conquering dangerous animals. Among those, there were four big rhinoceros which always obeyed her commands; to change waste land to cultivate and to fight against enemies. Suddenly, one spring, she was dead on the full- moon day of the first month. That made the four rhinoceros very sad, they didn’t eat anything just sit by their boss until they died.
Then, one morning, native people here saw that the place where she was born had a splendid waterfall. They told that Kanai hair turned into the water and rhinoceros horns turned into fossil stones to be arranged into order. It symbolized the attachment of human and nature.
Every year on the occasion of Mid-January festivity (Lunar months) tourists flock into the waterfall to enjoy the astmosphere of the spring with spring festivities, folklore games. This is a chance for better mutual understanding and love between one and the other.