Vietnamese waterfalls

Thac Pongour - Pongour falls
One of the lakes up in the mountains around Da Lat.

Waterfalls are not only beautiful, but they can also produce hydroelectric power if dams with a generating plant to produce electricity are built in the river. Environmentally this may be a sensitive issue, but as a whole it may be part of the solution.

Here is a view of the valley where Thac Prenn, the Prenn waterfall is located in the Da Lat area of the Lam Dong province.
Here is a view of the valley where Thac Prenn, the Prenn waterfall is located in the Da Lat area of the Lam Dong province.

In Vietnam, hydroelectric power supplies as much as 41.55% of the total electricity production in the country (World Bank compiled number). In comparison, neighboring Thailand only produces about 7% according to Wikipedia.

A statue of a golden warrior with a cross bow.
A statue of a golden warrior with a cross bow.
A pond surrounded by pines on the way to the Prenn falls.
A pond surrounded by pines on the way to the Prenn falls.

Thac Prenn

Thac Prenn – the Prenn waterfall.
Thac Prenn.
Thac Prenn.
A closer look at Thac Prenn.
A closer look at Thac Prenn.
Below the fall, swirling waters.
Below the fall, swirling waters.
Another way water is falling... (A copy of the famous Belgian "Manikin Pis".)
Another way water is falling… (A copy of the famous Belgian “Manikin Pis”.)

Thac Pongour

Thac Pongour - Pongour falls.
Thac Pongour – Pongour falls.
Thac Pongour - Pongour falls.
Thac Pongour – Pongour falls.
Thac Pongour - Pongour falls.
Thac Pongour – Pongour falls.
Thac Pongour
Thac Pongour

Coffe growing

Coffee is grown extensively in this mountainous region of Vietnam to fuel the thirst for beans to roast and supply to the numerous Coffee houses in todays Vietnam. Coffee and coffee houses are very popular. Cong Caphe is one of the most popular ones. In Saigon coffee houses can be found in apartments, like Coffee Apartment. Directions here if you would like to check it out.

Coffee beans are being dried outside of many homes in the area, front lawns, sideboards are all filled with drying beans.
Coffee beans are being dried outside of many homes in the area, front lawns, sideboards are all filled with drying beans.

Thac Voi

Entrance to Thac Voi - Elephant falls
Entrance to Thac Voi – Elephant falls
Sign at Thac Voi - Elephant falls
Sign at Thac Voi – Elephant falls
Thac Voi - Elephant falls
Thac Voi – Elephant falls
Thac Voi in all its beauty.
Thac Voi in all its beauty.
Thac Voi
Thac Voi
It is a steep climb down to "get to the bottom" of the falls - and even trickier to get back up
It is a steep climb down to “get to the bottom” of the falls – and even trickier to get back up.
The big female Buddha sits above the falls at the Pagoda.
The big female Buddha sits above the falls at the Pagoda.
Here is a "companion" figure to the big Buddha.
Here is a “companion” figure to the big Buddha.
Sun creating a halo around the head of the Buddha.
Sun creating a halo around the head of the Buddha.
A view of the falls and the valley.
A view of the falls and the valley.

Video of the Elephant Falls – Thac Voi.

Thac Voi – Elephant Falls, Da Lat Vietnam
The valley is filled with greenhouses and a hugh amount of flowers and vegetables are grown in the area.
The valley is filled with greenhouses and a hugh amount of flowers and vegetables are grown in the area.
A smiling Buddha at the waterfall.
A smiling Buddha at the waterfall.
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