The Travel Ninjas at the Datanla Falls in Dalat, Vietnam

Datanla Falls, Dalat Vietnam ‐ Fun, Exciting, Beautiful

A visit to Datanla falls is just about the most fun you can have at a waterfall. They are not the biggest or most impressive waterfalls around Dalat, Vietnam – but Datanla is special. Datanla is like a little amusement park, with the waterfalls serving as a beautiful backdrop. And the falls are beautiful.

Datanla is actually a series of smaller waterfalls that cascade down the hillside at this large site. Their smaller size actually adds to the ambiance because they are nestled in some lush and lovely vegetation.

When these falls were first discovered long ago, it was a surprise as the falls were semi‐hidden in the dense foliage. In fact, the name Datanla means “water under the leaves” in an ancient dialect. And even today, Datanla maintains its charm as a pretty little natural gem “hidden” in the forest.

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The Travel Ninjas at Dantanla Falls in Dalat, Vietnam

Datanla Falls

Datanla is also as popular as it is pretty and charming. Located just 6km from Dalat city, Datanla falls are almost always filled with other tourists – and not just foreign tourists. A majority of the visitors to Datanla falls are Vietnamese people on holiday. Don’t fear the crowds though. The site is very spacious, and you won’t feel at all boxed in.

The activities and amusements take advantage of Datanla’s structure, as a series of descending, smaller falls. The first way down is on foot. Take this route if you want an immersive experience of the Vietnamese highlands. You can hike down the mountain trail surrounded by the beautiful greenery.

If that is too slow or taxing, you can get from the higher falls to the lower falls with my favorite – the alpine roller coaster. A round trip ticket is less than $2.

The Travel Ninjas taking the roller coaster to see the Datanla Falls

This “roller coaster” is more of a luge because you speed down the tracks at your own pace, applying your brakes at will. If you avoid the breaks, top speed is over 40kmh, which feels much faster and more fun than going 40kmh in a car. Be warned that the person in front of you can also control their brakes, and may be stopped in front of you.

If you want to ensure a fast ride, just hit your brakes at the beginning. Take a few photos and let the track clear out for a couple minutes. Then let it rip and enjoy the ride. The alpine rollercoaster totally exceeded my expectations. There are lots of sharp turns and switchbacks. I was amazed at how exciting it was.

You can also ride this coaster back up the mountain. The way back up is not as exciting as the way down, but the slower pace allows you to enjoy the gorgeous scenery as you glide by the flowers and trees.

You can even combine and mix the options for going up and down. For example, you can hike down on foot and then ride the coaster backup or vice versa. Or you can do both. A round trip on the roller coaster will take less than 10 minutes. Then you can hike down to enjoy the forest trail.

At the lower falls, you can take a cable car. This cable car system is not as new or as long the cable cars from Robin Hill to T rúc Lâm Monastery, but they will provide you with some great aerial views as you venture further into some isolated Vietnamese wilderness.

As you move down the mountain by these various modes, you can take breaks and have some fun. You can fling some arrows at the archery range or grab a meal at the full-service restaurant or – best of all – stop and enjoy the different falls.

But that’s not all. The smaller size of these falls also let you get up close and personal – if you dare. You can go canyoning, go rappelling, go rock climbing, slide down an actual fall on your bum, free jump from 10‐20m, and go abseiling.

None of this is possible on the larger more powerful waterfalls. So definitely take advantage and have some fun.

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  • ruthie
    Posted at 16:40h, 08 November

    Oh my gosh this looks amazing!! I would love to visit!!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:14h, 08 November

    Ruthie, it is indeed amazing! Definitely highly recommend visiting these awesome waterfalls.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:14h, 08 November

    Chrissy, yes it is absolutely beautiful. You definitely have to visit the Datanla falls when you make it to Dalat. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Chrissy
    Posted at 17:35h, 08 November

    Wow, how beautiful! This is definitely a place I would love to visit! Great pics! Thank you!

  • Mohit Agarwal
    Posted at 02:37h, 14 November

    The roller coaster ride sounds amazing for it runs as per your wish…..and I am sure the views from the cable car would be so picturesque…

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 03:02h, 14 November

    Mohit, the roller coaster was a lot of fun. Especially since you had control of how fast/slow you wanted to go. Yes, the views were gorgeous!

  • Melissa
    Posted at 06:16h, 14 November

    Great timing – I am off to Vietnam in a few weeks with my family – they would love that luge ride!!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:20h, 14 November

    Melissa, how exciting! You are going to love Vietnam.

  • Nomadic Foot
    Posted at 13:57h, 14 November

    i have been to so many water falls in India but still not enough. Vietnam is on my bucket list so will gonna see some water falls as well in my trip to Vietnam.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:32h, 14 November

    Nomadic Foot, yes you must see some of the waterfalls while in Vietnam. There are so many of them! We would love to visit the waterfalls in India. Hopefully, we will get the chance to visit soon.

  • Lauren | Justin Plus Lauren
    Posted at 20:11h, 14 November

    I’m truly a sucker for waterfalls. Someone just has to mention that a waterfall is somewhere and I’m there! This one looks super beautiful. I’ve gotta go!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:32h, 14 November

    Lauren, we seem to be addicted to waterfalls as well. Contrary to the song, we love chasing waterfalls! Yes, you definitely have to go to the Datanla Falls when visiting Dalat.

  • kallsy
    Posted at 20:36h, 14 November

    Seems like there is a lot to do near Datanla Falls! However I could find myself gazing at the waterfall itself for hours on end. The “roller coaster” looks fun as well! 😉

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:39h, 14 November

    Kallsy, there is quite a bit to do at Datanla Falls! The waterfalls are mesmerizing indeed. I lost track of how long we just stood there gazing at its natural beauty.

  • neha
    Posted at 21:58h, 14 November

    Majestic falls are so much delight to visit. I would love to visit here. Have been to many falls and absolutely loved all of them

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:13h, 14 November

    Neha, they sure are! There hasn’t been one waterfall that we have not loved. 🙂

  • Alice
    Posted at 03:04h, 15 November

    It’s the first time I heard about a roller-coaster as a way to enjoy the view of a waterfall! A perfect mix between fun and sightseeing: I like it!
    I’ve never been to Vietnam, but if I will, I will surely take your advice and try one of the many activities there at Datanla Falls.
    Thank you for sharing this!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 04:49h, 15 November

    Alice, that was a first for us as well! It was quite a pleasant surprise to find out that we would be taking a roller coaster down to see the falls. The excitement to see them grew even more at that point. Hopefully you will get the chance to visit Vietnam someday. You will love it.

  • Colleen
    Posted at 16:49h, 17 November

    Thank you so much for sharing! I’m planning a trip to Vietnam this spring, so this was super helpful! I can’t wait to read more posts from you! Datanla Falls is now on my list!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:46h, 17 November

    Colleen, how exciting! How long will you be staying in Vietnam? Will you be visiting South Vietnam, Central Vietnam, North Vietnam or all 3? You’re going to love it. 🙂

  • Punita Malhotra
    Posted at 23:18h, 17 November

    That roller coaster is just too cute. I would feel like i was in a ride at a children’s amusement park!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:50h, 17 November

    Punita, it was really cute! Throughout the entire ride you can hear (but not see) the waterfalls so it adds to the anticipation. So fun! 🙂

  • sudiptode
    Posted at 21:28h, 19 November

    I really love the use of coasters to see a falls system and the fact that you can control the speed of it. Your pictures are awesome. Do tell us a good time of the year to visit.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:49h, 20 November

    Sudiptode, thank you for your kind words! 🙂 That’s a great question and the answer is going to be…it depends. Dalat is very different from most other cities in Vietnam in that it is mild and cool all year which is great!

    If your main purpose is to sightsee and have a nice, romantic time then December through March is the perfect time to go as flowers are blossoming everywhere. They even have an annual flower festival which typically starts at the end of December thru the beginning of January. The waterfalls are nice but not as much water flowing.

    So if you are more interested in seeing really powerful waterfalls then the best time to go would be September, October, and November. Just keep in mind that rain is highly likely on most days during this time but if you’re prepared (ponchos, umbrellas, etc) then it’s not a big deal.

    If you are interested in participating in the adventurous canyoning activities such as sliding, abseiling and diving down sections of the 200-feet cascade but you’re a beginner then we would recommend the Dec – March. But, if you’re a hardcore, thrill seeker and really want a challenge then Sept – Nov is your best bet.

    April thru August are also okay although a bit warmer but still comfortable (and high season for tourists so expect higher prices).

    I hope this answers your question. Please feel free to ask any other questions that you may have and we will do our best to answer them. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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