Vietnam is blessed with gorgeous views of nature. The country is known for its stunning beaches, lush forests, scenic rice fields, and beautiful waterfalls. One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Vietnam is the Phu Cuong waterfall, which is just outside the city of Pleiku, in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. While it may not be as popular as the Ban Gioc Waterfall and other waterfalls in the country, it is still worth visiting because of its unique beauty. And the best thing about Phu Cuong waterfall is that it is less crowded so you can fully enjoy an unobstructed view of nature. So here’s what you need to know about visiting the Phu Cuong Waterfall.
Overview of the Phu Cuong Waterfall
Located in the Phu Cuong quarry, at the Dun commune, Phu Cuong waterfall is about 40 km away from the city of Pleiku. This waterfall is 45 meters high and has a truly relaxing atmosphere.
What makes Phu Cuong unique is that the water came from the lava foundation of a volcano. The water dramatically cascades into red rocks before tumbling down into the river. Surrounded by lush vegetation, Phu Cuong Waterfall looks really breathtaking. In order to reach the falls, visitors have to climb a long staircase that’s made of steel. It might require a lot of effort, but once you get to the falls, you’ll realize that it’s definitely worth it!
Unlike other tourist places in Vietnam, this place is hidden from the tourist radar. Here, you won’t find any souvenir shops, cafes, and other touristy activities, which makes it a truly wonderful place to visit.
How To Reach the Phu Cuong Waterfall
As mentioned, Phu Cuong waterfall is located just outside of the city of Pleiku. Therefore, to reach this waterfall, you need to travel to Pleiku first. If you prefer the most comfortable way of visiting the city, you can take a flight from the major cities of Vietnam such as Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh. The city has a small airport, located about 5 km. away from the city center. Most of Vietnam’s domestic airline carriers have flights going to Pleiku.
But if you’re trying to save money on transportation and you have plenty of time in the country, traveling by bus is highly recommended. There are buses that depart from the city of Ho Chi Minh going to Pleiku, however, this is an extremely long journey and will take up to 15 hours. Minibuses and rental cars travel faster, which leaves from Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang. Unfortunately, there’s no train service to the Central Highlands yet, so you cannot travel to Pleiku by train.
When you reach Pleiku, the Phu Cuong waterfall is about an hour drive away from the city center. The best and the most convenient way to get there is to rent a motorbike and drive all the way. You can also get in touch with a local travel company to arrange transportation for you.
Tips to Visiting the Phu Cuong Waterfall
The best time to visit Phu Cuong is from the months of November until April. During these months, there are fewer chances of rain so the stairs are not too slippery, and thus, the waterfall can be accessed safely. It’s not recommended to visit during the wet season, which is from May until October because the water level is extremely high and the area leading to the falls is very slippery. Try to schedule your visit just after the rainy season has ended where it’s safer to climb into the rocks and view the water cascading beautifully up close.
Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and decent footwear when visiting the place. Remember, you will have to navigate through the rocks, pass through boulders, and climb to the stairs. You should wear something that will make it comfortable for you to do these things.
Other Attractions in Pleiku
Aside from visiting the waterfall, take time to check out other attractions in Pleiku while you’re there. For instance, you can visit the beautiful Bien Ho Lake, which is just a few kilometers away in the north of Pleiku. Another great attraction to check out is the Minh Thanh Pagoda, a beautiful pagoda at the city center that you can visit for free.
You can also venture into the ethnic minority villages of Banhar and Jarai ethnic minorities. For this activity, however, you need to hire a professional guide and obtain a permit. This village excursion will take you towards the mountainous tribal villages and get a close-up view of the tribe people’s way of living.
If you are into culture and adventure, then visiting the city if Pleiku is highly recommended. It’s a city that’s off the beaten path and home to some unique natural attractions, such as the beautiful Phu Cuong waterfall.