Sunday, August 3, 2014

Getting to Ban Cau waterfall in Pleiku, Vietnam

After a generous lunch with my couchsurfing host's family at their own home, we set off to go around Pleiku.

The only one I have in my list at this time was only the sea lake, so I asked Huy, my host, for any waterfall he may know. He mentioned Ban Cau Waterfall, and the pictures on the internet looks inviting. 

According to Huy, it's only about 10 kilometers away, so fairly doable.

The waterfall is a little remote, and getting to it requires passing through a muddy trail in the coffee plantation. We skid at some point in some turn, and in some, we had to both get off the bike, and push and pull it through instead.

Then, from the top of the hill, we had to trekk down for a viewpoint.

The trail was quite slippery as it has been raining whole day, so had to hold onto the bush, or else risk falling into the cliff that leads into the raging current from the waterfall.

Huy recalls how close he can come to the drop, but as today's current was just too strong we could only stand at some rock on a corer. The mist created by the pressure of the water drop was all over, and so pictures were even hazy.

Had it been summer, i could just imagine how the water would have been clearer, and view would have been perfect with the fertile greenery on its side.

A little while later, as it's fairly dark due to the weather and we wanted to have some more time for the sea lake, we climbed back up and left; And, again, we skid for a second time somewhere. 

Keen visitors shall take extra care when driving around the coffee plantation, and perhaps, time the visit when day is sunny. Mornings would be the best time too for some sidetrips to the plantations.

Make sure to have a gps device or map before heading, as you can end up in horrible and serious jigsaws in the plantations heading there.

This post is part of the #limbonisASIA tripSee link for more stories, detailed expenses and itinerary

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