Waterfalls say sad love stories
Waterfalls say sad love
foreign tourists at the beautiful Draysap Waterfall, Daknong Province
The long car ride home over
rough roads was excruciat-ing, though the scenery was lovely, driving past
picturesque wooden Highland houses, many with pretty red tile roofs and ornately
carved woodwork. The rich, red basaltic soil provided a vivid contrast against
the brilliant green rice fields, the coffee farms and forests.
The countryside was also
sprinkled with occasional splashes of red, from hibiscus flowers or flame trees,
and striking violets from lavish bougainvillea bushes that grew in abundance
between the rural smallholdings with their banana, cashew nut, pepper, coconut
or jackfruit trees.
Welcome to the
glorious multi-colored patchwork that is the Central Highlands of Vietnam,
guaranteed to bring a touch of Joie de vie to anyone who visits.
We traveled to
Daknong and Daklak provinces from HCMC via the Bau Lach Grasslands in Binh Phuc
province, where we met up with a larger group of tourists who had visited the
area many times before. Some of them said that although it was their second or
third visit to the region, they always left with a gloriously different
impression of the landscape, especially from around Trinh Nu and Draysap
waterfalls that are situated in Daknong Province.
We arrived at the
Trinh Nu Waterfall, 25km southwest of Daklak Province�s Buon Ma Thuot City, just
in time for lunch, which proved to be a perfect timing. After a hearty feed we
were all up for a bit of exploring and we weren�t disappointed.
The waterfall is
located on the Knong No River, close to where it joins the Srepok River, just
past a series of rapids formed out of the rugged rocks that pile up either side
of the riverbanks.
However, thanks of
these obstacles, nature has created a wonderful natural sight, with the romantic
name of Trinh Nu or Virgin Girl Waterfall.
contemplated the beauty of nature, some in our group asked, �Why is it called
Well, according to
local legend, there once was a beautiful young girl, who overcome by grief
caused by romantic obstacles and difficulties, decided that her life was too
hard to bear, and that the only solution was to jump off the waterfall. Out of
pity for the poor young thing, the locals decided thenceforth to name the
waterfall in her memory, thus we have Trinh Nu waterfall.
After listening to
this rather sad story, several of the more delicate members of tour group cried
their eyes out.
�I am really moved by
the story,� said one, adding, �I must take a photo to remember.�
Obviously time to
crack on, so at about 2:30 p.m. the gallant band of explorers pressed forward
towards our next destination, Draysap or �Smoke� Waterfall, widely considered to
be the one of most beautiful sights in the Central Highlands.
The waterfall gets
its name from the heavy mist that often gathers around the 10-meter high,
80-meter wide natural feature, that is located in a remote, relatively untouched
and densely forested part of the Srepok River, a tributary of the mighty Mekong
The waterfall is
formed at the conjunction of the Krong No and Krong A Na (or Husband and Wife in
Ede ethnic culture) rivulets, which, perhaps unsurprisingly, also has a romantic
story to tell. The gorgeous Miss H�Mi from the Ede ethnic group was as beautiful
as an angel.
Many rich and important men
asked for her hand in marriage but she refused them all, because she was also in
love, only with a poor but good-natured farmer. Then, one day when they were
both working hard on his farm together, a huge hideous monster appeared from the
sky above and plunged into the nearby river. The abominable creature made an
enormous splash that hit the young farmer making him unconscious.
When he woke up he searched everywhere for his beloved Miss H�Mi but couldn�t
find her. Inconsolable with grief, he remained rooted to the spot and turned
into a big tree. The tree then grew into the forest and the river turned into
the waterfall. More tears.
The area around the
waterfall is covered with many big rocks and so an ideal place for a picnic or a
few photos whilst listening to the gentle sound of the water falling from above.
One young foreign
couple in our group said that the stories were both very sad but romantic, and
on our way back home most of the group agreed with them, adding that it had been
a lovely holiday and well worth the visit.