The Travel Ninjas at the Prenn Waterfalls in Dalat, Vietnam

Prenn Waterfall in Dalat Vietnam

Prenn falls near Dalat, Vietnam is full of surprises. We expected Prenn falls to be pretty and serene. And it was. We expected a few quiet moments enjoying the sights and sounds of the waterfall. And we had them. We did NOT expect the raucous fun of riding an ostrich – and an elephant – and then a water buffalo! But we rode all 3, as we enjoyed the beauty and serenity of the falls near Dalat Vietnam. It was the best of both worlds. We had some quiet moments under the falls that were very romantic and intimate. And we had some hilariously fun moments with the animals that were very public and captured for us by professional photographers.

The Quiet Side of Prenn Waterfall

The Travel Ninjas at Prenn Waterfalls in Dalat, Vietnam

The real charm and beauty of Prenn waterfall is its apparent fragility. Prenn waterfall looks like a delicate, liquid curtain billowing in a gentle breeze. The falling water appears so light and airy because Prenn is an overhang waterfall. The water flows right off the cliff edge and free falls to the lagoon below.

And you can sneak behind the liquid curtain.

The rockface behind the waterfall has been eroded over the millennia creating the overhang. You can walk under the overhang and get right behind the falls for a moment that is as peaceful as it is beautiful.

When we were at Prenn, we were able to spend several minutes alone behind the falls. The overhang at Prenn is completely natural. We marveled at the natural history of this special little spot.

We imagined the thousands and thousands of years it took the gentle waters of Prenn to carve out our romantic hideaway, and we just felt so lucky to be there – and together.

The beauty of Prenn extends beyond the purely natural, though. The grounds surrounding the waterfall is a nice, little park – a very well manicured park.

Some complain that the human intervention has spoiled the experience of “pristine, untouched nature,” but we disagree. You can have a very relaxing time strolling around the gardens, breathing in the fresh air scented by the towering pine trees, and enjoying the amusing gold painted statues.

Prenn waterfall looks like a delicate, liquid curtain billowing in a gentle breeze. Click To Tweet

You can even take a romantic carriage ride!Romantic Carriage Ride at the Prenn Waterfalls in Dalat, Vietnam

Or a cable car over falls.

To the Prenn staff, we say: “We love what you’ve done with the place.”

Even the rope bridge was also a lot more fun than we thought it would be. We knew it was safe, but every step was so wobbly – it was a mild thrill. We had a big laugh crossing it.

The Raucous Side of Prenn Falls

The animal rides at Prenn were such a blast! These were some of the most fun and memorable moments of the whole trip. We saw people riding ostriches in a movie several years ago, and since then, it has been on our bucket list.

It never even crossed our minds that we could ride ostriches in Vietnam. We thought you could only do it Australia or Africa, but we were so happy to be wrong.

So you think the ostrich is a shy animal that buries its head in the sand? That’s the stereotype, but in person, these birds are lively. I even got a big peck on the head when I turned to take a selfie with the big bird.

The timing was too perfect. We think they train the ostriches to punish people who take selfies. It was a big laugh for everyone around.

The Travel Ninjas riding an ostrich at the Prenn Waterfalls in Dalat, Vietnam

Riding an ostrich was a wacky thrill. The ostriches are eager to go, and they just blast off. We definitely were not prepared for such a quick start, but we just held on tight. They eventually slowed down, but the ride was just as zany.

With only 2 legs, their weight shifts side to side with every step. This makes for a pleasantly harrowing ride. You always feel on the brink of falling. Take it from us. It’s really hard not to laugh when you realize that you are actually riding a giant bird!

The elephant ride was not as wacky, but it was just as fun. We were supposed to ride through a nearby stream, but our elephant had other ideas. Our handler did his best, but weighing 3-4 tons, the elephant was clearly in charge. She paraded around with a regal and rhythmic sway.  The power and grace of this mammoth creature amazed us.

The Travel Ninjas riding an elephant at the Prenn Waterfalls in Dalat, Vietnam

Last was the mythical water buffalo. It is a leading symbol of Vietnam – one that the Vietnamese people still uphold. The water buffalo represents gentle strength and an enduring work ethic. It was an honor to ride one bareback.

The bareback water buffalo ride was the most intimate connection with an animal that day. The only thing between us and the buffalo were the blankets. And we only had them because the buffalos were just out of the water and soaking wet. Bareback! No saddle,  no driver, no training, and no problem.

The raw power of this gentle beast is unmistakable. With every step, the massive back muscles flexed and rippled and shifted us around as if we were weightless. It wasn’t a fast ride or a twisty ride, but every second you feel like you are on the brink of danger. These guys are some of the gentlest creatures around, but their sheer size and power are so intimidating. The bareback ride was exhilarating fun.

The Travel Ninjas riding water buffalo at the Prenn Waterfalls in Dalat, Vietnam

There is so much fun to be had at Prenn waterfall. It is one of the top 4 falls near Dalat Vietnam. We had a blast at Prenn. Don’t miss it whenever you visit Dalat.

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  • Lewi
    Posted at 11:14h, 04 November

    Prenn waterfall looks beautiful. I’ve always been a sucker for a nice waterfall

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:15h, 04 November

    Lewi, Yes, the Prenn waterfall was definitely beautiful.

  • Chris
    Posted at 12:37h, 07 November

    I’m not a fan of riding animals in such a manner.

    Once you read about the trauma and cruelty a young Elephant suffers to become so ‘tame’ it really causes one to re-assess…

    I love Vietnam as a country, but this is very much not my thing

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:05h, 07 November

    Chris, noted.

  • Mar Pages
    Posted at 05:31h, 10 November

    Yet another wonderful Dalat post, it looks like a lot of fun and the pictures are so colourful! Were you able to get here easily from your luxury hotel?

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 05:35h, 10 November

    Mar, there is so much to do in Dalat! So much natural beauty. It was actually quite easy to get to the Prenn waterfalls from our luxury hotel. It also helped that we had a driver who knew the best way to get there 🙂

  • Mansi K.
    Posted at 17:22h, 10 November

    Vietnam is definitely one of my favourite countries. Assuming the animals are treated well, this looks like such a unique and fun experience. I also did not know that you could ride an ostrich! Thanks for sharing

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:25h, 10 November

    Mansi, Vietnam has so much to offer! We continue to be impressed on a daily basis. We really hope that the animals are being treated well. Riding an ostrich was definitely a first for us!

  • Vyjay
    Posted at 06:44h, 11 November

    Prenn waterfalls look really spellbinding. The fact that you can get behind the curtain of water is really wonderful. The place looks like it retains its freshness in spite of the influx of tourists and commercialization.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:50h, 11 November

    Vyjay, we were pleasantly surprised to see how well kept this popular place was. There is so much to see and do at the Prenn waterfalls!

  • Johann
    Posted at 18:59h, 11 November

    Vietnam is such a wonderful place to visit and these falls look really pretty. It’s nice to see the different options you have way with the carriage car, cable car and rope bridge.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:38h, 12 November

    Johann, Vietnam is awesome! We were surprised at all that the Prenn waterfalls had to offer. We could have spent all day there and still not have participated in all of the activities. You will definitely not get bored here. 🙂

  • Ami
    Posted at 09:19h, 14 November

    I am quite fascinated by the behind the waterfalls scene. Seems like a fun thing to do. And the Ostrich ride amuses me. I always found them cute, but a ride…not too sure. I think I would just be content petting them.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:22h, 14 November

    Ami, it was quite the experience. Yes, riding the ostrich was scary next time we will go with just petting them as well. 🙂

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