If you love walking, trekking and swimming, Chapor Waterfall located inside a primeval forest in the coastal province of Ninh Thuan promises an exciting trip.
The waterfall is located in Ma Lam Hamlet in Phuoc Tan Commune of Bac Ai District and is 60km away from Phan Rang City.
The waterfall is full of water all year round, running through villages of the ethnic minority people Raglai. The name Chapor in Raglai people’s language means flying waterfall. People also call it Cha Pang or Piago waterfall.
This is a natural waterfall and stream and falls down from a height of 50m to the ponds below. It looks like a giant white silk cloth covering Ma Lam Mountain’s cliffs.
Tourists cannot resist the pure and cool water in the stream with a depth of about five feet. If tired of swimming, tourists can take some snaps or enjoy food on some huge flat-surface rock on two sides of the stream.
It’s quite difficult for tourists to get to the site as the local authority is currently trying to improve the road’s quality. There’s a bridge under construction, so there is no access to the site by car or coach, so tourists have to be prepared to walk three to four kilometers on a rough red soil street or ask local residents to take them to the site by motorbike for VND50,000 two-way for one person.
Sitting on the back seat of a high-speed bike through dusty roads in strong winds and being chased by barking dogs and tumbling down a sloping street inside the forest can be a thrilling memory to travelers.
It’s recommended to visit the waterfall during the dry season, as during the rainy season the road’s surface will be turned into mud. Tourists should prepare water, light clothes, sandals instead of flip flops to walk on rocks and anti-insect lotion to protect your skin from large leeches and poisonous mosquitoes in the tropical forest.
Since last year, the local authority has called on investors to develop the venue into a tourist site where travelers can enjoy better road facilities to visit the spectacular landscape of a primeval forest with diversified fauna and floral.
Despite the road’s poor quality, there are busloads of tourists from HCMC, Nha Trang and Binh Thuan rushing to discover the waterfall. So, why do you have to hesitate to make a trip to this new but very cool place with family and friends?. By Kieu Giang in Ninh Thuan
From the main street, tourists have to wade across a stream to walk to Chapor Waterfall
Rumbling white water from the lowest level of Chapor falls down a pure lake where tourists can freely swim and relax on some huge rocks
Ethnic minority children swim on a stream on the way leading to the site – Photos: Kieu Giang