Bon Tang (Four-Story) Waterfall, a system of four smaller cascades with a distance of 50 meters between two falls, amid a primeval forest in Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam is a must-visit destination for backpackers, trekkers, and those fond of adventure and experience travel.
An Lao District, which is considered the 'Da Lat of Binh Dinh' because of its cool climate year round with temperatures ranging between 22 and 24 degrees Celsius, enchants adventure travel lovers with Bon Tang Waterfall.
Bon Tang Waterfall is some 120 kilometers from Quy Nhon City, the capital of Binh Dinh Province.
After traveling by car to the forest edge, tourists can walk deep into the primeval forest to see the waterfall.
The way to the waterfall is interesting as tourists can walk under the shade of trees while enjoying beautiful songs of birds and cicadas.
They can also admire many kinds of wild orchids blooming next to small streams and ripe terraced rice fields of local residents in the distance.
After walking for about 45 minutes to reach a height of 500-600 meters above sea level, travelers will reach the first waterfall of the Bon Tang Waterfall system.
The waterfall flowing down from a height of some 40 meters looks like a silk band or a girl’s long hair amid the poetic wild nature.
Going up an extra 50 meters, tourists will meet the second stunning fall. Two other cascades are located 50-100 meters, respectively, higher.
Besides admiring imposing natural landscapes, tourists can wade in the pure and cool stream at the foot of the waterfall, admire stones in various shapes, and catch trapdoor snails—a specialty in An Lao District.
Tourists can also experience the special cultural space of the H’re ethnic minority group in An Quang Commune, An Lao District.
In An Lao, travelers should visit An Toan Commune, which is known as heaven’s gate in Binh Dinh, to hunt clouds.
It is also recommended to enjoy sim wine, which is made from the fruits of the local rose myrtle, ruou can, a traditional wine made from mixed ingredients such as wild leaves, white potatoes, rice, and pure water from local streams, onychostoma gerlachi, and diplazium esculentum.
|Bon Tang Waterfall is wild and mighty. Photo: Dung Nhan / Tuoi Tre
Those exploring the waterfall for the first time should ask for help from local residents to find the right way to reach the site. They should also prepare snacks, drinks, and especially drugs to prevent leeches.
Local residents use crushed lemongrass soaked in a mixture of salt, lemon, and water to touch leeches sticking to their legs and the leeches will immediately come unstuck.
The district considers Bon Tang Waterfall a potential tourist site and has drawn up a plan to exploit it, said Do Tung Lam, vice-chairman of the district People’s Committee.
|An aerial view of one of the cascades of the Bon Tang Waterfall system in Binh Dinh Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Dung Nhan / Tuoi Tre
Leaders of the district have recently surveyed the waterfall and required the planning of the area for tourism development. The district expects to publicize the planning in mid-2024 to attract investors, Lam added.
The An Lao District People’s Committee has a scheme to build a concrete road measuring one meter wide and six-seven centimeters thick through the forest to facilitate tourists exploring Bon Tang Waterfall.