Undoubtedly the biggest attraction in Bao Loc is Dambri Waterfall – a series of huge waterfalls nestled amongst Vietnam’s central highlands. Bao Loc isn’t a major tourist spot and is often overlooked by foreign tourists travelling in Vietnam, in-fact we only saw two other foreigners during our 4 day stay there. I had no previous knowledge of Bao Loc so when I realised the famous Dambri waterfall was only a quick motorbike ride away, I knew I had to check it out. And DAMN(-bri) am I glad we went (sorry, I’m literally not sorry for that).
Dambri Waterfall made its way onto my radar due to its fame as one of the biggest waterfalls in Vietnam: The main plunge drops an insane 90 meters! 90 meters y’all. Visiting Dambri during the wet season meant the flow was intense, and the spray drenched us like a shower.
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VISITING DAMBRI WATERFALL
Where is Dambri Waterfall?
Dambri Waterfall is located only 20km outside the city of Bao Loc, in the Lam Dong province of Vietnam. The waterfalls close proximity to Bao Loc makes the city a great place to base yourself if you’re wanting to visit Dambri. Bao Loc city is very local and doesn’t have a huge amount to offer tourists aside from the beautiful scenery (however me and my friends absolutely adored our time there thanks to the most incredible local friends).
Related Post: A Travel Guide to Bao Loc (coming soon)
The next closest city to Dambri is the more popular tourist stop of Dalat so you could opt to stay there, but be prepared to drive much further to explore Dambri if you do stay in Dalat (nearly 3 hours each way).
How to Find Dambri Waterfall, Bao Loc
To visit Dambri waterfall you will need a motorbike or to hire a local driver to take you. Your accommodation should be able to set you up a with a rental bike if you aren’t already motorbiking through Vietnam. Motorbike rental should cost around 100k VND per day ($4.30). Browse the accommodation options available in Bao Loc here* or check out my full guide to Bao Loc to find out where I stayed (coming soon).
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The 20km drive from Bao Loc only takes around 30 mins, and guides you through rolling hills covered in fields of tea and coffee. We saw hardly any traffic on the country roads and the roads themselves are mostly well maintained and tarmacked, though there was the occasional section that was rocky.
We didn’t have any issue with phone signal on route to Dambri waterfall, but I always recommend downloading the area map offline on Google Maps before you head off into the countryside. This will allow you to search for things and get directions even if you are in offline mode.
The drive took us longer than it was meant to, partially due to stopping to enjoy the scenery, but mostly due to my motorbiking inability (I was having a disastrous motorbiking day). And so story-time begins:
My visit to Dambri waterfall was, in typical Frances-style, a bit of a misadventure. I set off from Bao Loc in high spirits, excited for a day of exploring the countryside with my new friends – little did I know what I was about to put my poor little motorbaby through. This was the only day on my whole trip that I had any bike issues (likely due to coming off my bike on the mountain pass between Vung Tau and Bao Loc the previous day). Everything seemed fine when we left, but as soon as we hit the outskirts of town my bike seized up, coming to a complete stop and refusing to start again…turns out I had a major oil drip and the engine had gone completely dry overnight. NOT a happy motorbike. Thankfully we were at the top of a hill, with a local mechanic at the bottom so I freewheeled down the hill and the mechanic worked his magic. Problem 1: Solved ✓
Time to hit the road again in search of Dambri waterfall. Except that would be too simple, right? One thing you need to know about me is that I’m shocking with directions – I genuinely struggle to remember right VS left and I’m basically just lame at reading maps. Anyways, by some wild fluke I misinterpreted the google directions (wait me? neeeeeever) and lead my friends down a dirt track…the kind of dirt track that you need an off-road bike for. FYI none of us have off-road bikes. In retrospect, driving downhill on muddy, rocky dirt tracks in 3rd gear wasn’t one of my wisest decisions. And that was how I fell off my beautiful motorbike for the 2nd time in so many days, damaging it even further.
God, I am my own worst influence sometimes.
Anyways, that lead to problem number 2 which was having to get the indicators reattached and the oil drip fixed yet again. By this point we were in the middle of the countryside and not within easy reach of mechanics. So we ended up pretty lost on detours. But there are worse places to be lost than the stunning Bao Loc countryside. And we made it in the end.
Visiting Dambri Waterfall and Dasara Falls
Dambri is actually one of two waterfalls located outside of Bao Loc. The site is really well facilitated for visitors to explore the two different waterfalls. The entrance roads are well marked and designed to deal with high volumes of tourists (which often happens during public holidays in Vietnam). The entrance area of the site (from which you can access both waterfalls) is facilitated with a selection of restaurants and cafes where you can grab some food before, during or after exploring.
Tickets to visit Dambri waterfall cost 180k VND ($7.75), which also includes access to Dasara Waterfall.
The first and smaller of the two waterfalls is called Dasara Falls. This waterfall is accessible via a little rollercoaster. Is it tacky? Of course. Is it good fun? Well duh. The coaster is included in the ticket price and I’m actually not sure if you can opt to not take the coaster and trek to the waterfall – I didn’t see any clear hiking trails.
The coaster takes you on a loop back to the main part of the site, where you can spend time partaking in some typically Vietnam tourist attractions – like the swan pedalo’s or the mini-wheel or fairground rides (oh why Vietnam?). We skipped this area all together and headed on towards the main attraction of Dambri waterfall.
You first approach Dambri from above, being taken down to the pool in a glass elevatory.I wasn’t able to get so many photos of Dambri waterfall because the spray was so intense! We all got completely drenched so I highly recommend bringing a waterproof with you. (A waterproof is wise for travelling to this region anyways because of the cooler and wetter weather).
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Watch our day exploring Dambri waterfall
The lowdown on Visiting Dambri Waterfall:
Motorbike Rental: ~100k via your accomodation
Address: Thôn 14, Lý Thái Tổ, Đambri, tp. Bảo Lộc, Lâm Đồng
Entrance tickets: 180k VND / $7.75
Opening hours: 6:30am –5pm
Time to explore: 2 hours around the waterfalls, plus travel time (approx. 30 mins each way, depending on how fast you drive and whether you stop to enjoy the scenery).