Datanla Waterfall

Datanla Waterfall Dalat Viet Nam

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According to a legend, the waterfall had a deep cave hidden in the forest so it was one of the shelters of a troop of local inhabitants in the war with the The Chams; thanks to this waterfall the troop can reside a pressure on their force. Therefore, the minorities call it Datanla meaning the water under the leaves, the eater under the stone. The natural place where the waterfall is located is very beautiful, and full of green- pine woods. Datanla waterfall has a 20-meter drop and According to the legend. There is also a deep chasm called Dead Cave at its foot. Otherwise, taking the advantage of the waterfall, a native military in the war with the The Chams people took refuge and preserved their force, according to the legend.

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The name of the waterfall, Datanla, means water under the leaves, name that explains the origin of the falls, based on three Vietnamese legends.

The first legend of Datanla waterfall

Datanla waterfall, where the valiant man K’Lang and his mountainous beloved Hobiang met each other, witnessed the fierce battle between K’Lang and a group of wild beasts, including 2 evil-cobras, 7 wolves and 2 foxes. According to folk-tales of ethnic community group here, it was the most fierce fight had ever taken place in trees were fallen and the wind was “shouting” thunderously. Lang held a knife to cut off the heads of these snakes, and then took a bow and arrows to shoot wolves and foxes. Many deep pits were created at the foot of the waterfall and one of those deep pits is named Death Canyon. Since then Datanla has become a dating place for couples and it later creates the legendary Lang Biang Mountain.

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The second legend of Datanla waterfall

Datanla used to be called “Da Tam N’nha” by the native people. The Kho who had been living there told that: in the old time, fairies usually came there to take a bath. But people didn’t know that there was a stream under the leaves. So, when native people discovered “the water under the leaves”. Later, the word “Da Tam N’nha” was pronounced to “Datania” and then changed to “Datanla”. It has become the official name until now.

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The third legend of Datanla waterfall

It’s a legend that, under the rule of Poreme, The Chams people from Panduranga (Phan Rang) usually attacked Lat people, and Chil people living in the Lang Biang Plateau because The Chams people wanted to invade their lands and arrested slaves. While Lach was going to lose because of a lack of water, they accidentally discovered a waterfall “under the leaves”, so the Lat peple won in the battle and protected their people. At the end, to show their gratitude to the waterfall, Lat and Chil people always reminded their descendants about Datanla in their folk-tales.

Activities at Datanla waterfall

The roller coaster system at Datanla waterfall is regarded as the unique one in Dalat city. Its length is 1.000m, and there are sensor brakes to slow down the speed of the sled which goes too fast to keep a safe distance between sleds. A sled is enough for 2 people with hand brakes to adjust its speed. The average speed 10-20km, and the high speed is 40km. Visitors wishing to visit Datanla must walk through hundreds meters of steep tracks and it took 10-15 minutes to go on foot, but now it takes only 2 minutes to go up and down the falls. Adventurous couples want to experience the maximum speed (40km / h) to enjoy marvelous feelings when the sled tear wind to go down very fast down to the bottom of the ride.

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Datanla roller coaster is used both as a thrill attraction and also as a real transportation system. The coaster is used to reach and visit Datanla Falls which are at the bottom of a gorge. Unlike other roller coasters, the departure is located at the top of the track and the sleds have to go down the slope to reach the bottom of the ride. Then visitors leave the sled to visit the falls, and after their visit visitors take another sled which takes them back up to the top with a cable car system which is a real funicular.

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Alpine roller coasters are quite famous now and you may find many of them in mountain resorts where they are used as summer sled attractions. They are built by Wiegand, a German company. They are small roller coasters where individual sleds are pulled up to the top of the ride with an automatic cable car system. Then the sled is dropped in a steep slope with many curves.

We walked down the hill to get to the falls at the bottom of the gorge and we took the coaster back up to the top and apparently we missed most of the thrill of the ride.

With the average speed (10 - 20km/h), visitors are pleased to watch a mysterious and dreamlike tourist destination which is 5km from Dalat city and is still keeping its original beauty. Visitors also listen to birds’singing and sounds of pine trees.


Rope climbing at Datanlla Waterfall is an adventurous sport to explore and test visitors’ courage in Death Cave.

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Datanla greets visitors with a spectacular 7-tiered waterfall.  A pure blue stream flows over granite ridge and then flushes down the large stone to create white foams, and a 7-color rainbow. Chestnut said that fairies usually bathed in the falls because it was covered by several tiers of leaves.

Death Cave with noisy sounds, white foams and slippery cliffs creates psychological pressure for tourists, yet role-climbing service is held fairly sophisticated, secure. Especially, there have also insurance belts for the coached to help visitors whenever.


 Holding roles tight, stepping on the cliffs, visitors have great fun to control the roles and they can stop to admire the strangely shaped rocks, the brilliant flowers in rock crevices, and the beams of unique leaves.

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When visitors place their feet to the bottom of the Death Canyon, they will be floating on the stream and the stream flows push them to a different area – Luu Thuy groge. If visitors are in good health and want to challenge their courage, you should conquer seven floors of Datanla waterfall.

After trying roller coasters, role-climbing over the falls to discover another world of Dalat tourism, tourists follow the path in the forest to return its starting-point. The fresh cool air and green primitive forests, grass fields turning into brilliant yellow color in the sun, and wild sunflower hills blooming yellow, etc are claimed to help visitors quickly recover their power after the adventure games

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