Once upon a time, in a village near a big river,
there was a young couple who were deeply in love.
They wanted to spend their life together but the girl’s father was a rich
village chief who wouldn’t allow his daughter to marry the young man from a poor
family. The chief then forced the boy to leave the village causing his daughter
great sorrow. She came to the river to cry every day, longing for her lover to
return but he never did. The girl died in desperation, turning into green leaves
on the hill and her tears flowed into the river forming a beautiful waterfall
that was named Dambri or "Longing for love".
This is the legend of Dambri waterfall, about 20 minutes ride from Bao Loc Town.
Many like to retreat to the more comfortable pace of Bao Loc to getaway from the
city for a few days. The cooler weather is another draw card.
From the center of the town, the road winds around the hills to the fabled
waterfall. Riding a motorbike is the best way to get there - the cool air on
your face, French colonial houses and the great smelling tea plantations along
the road. The waterfall is down in a green valley and the stairs can be a little
slippery. From half way down you can hear the roar of the roaring water like
thousands of elephants running, as if the grief of the girl is pushed to the
The seasonal heavy rains at this time of the year, have made the force of the
falls unstoppable. Water from the upper streams thunders down from the 60 meter
falls, smashing into white foam and mist on the water-worn stones below. The
majestic power of the waterfall is bordered all around by nature. After the
soaking at the waterfall’s misty base, you can go to the top to Chau Ma minority
village, where you can learn how to playing traditional musical instruments, and
make brocatelle fabric products under instructions of Chau Ma villagers.
The tea and coffee processor, Tam Chau of Bao Loc, that manages Dambri has
opened restaurants, souvenir stores, remade the paths and erected statues. There
is a gentle roller coaster and for tourists who are too lazy to climb the stairs
there is a lift right next the falls. Some people have criticized the developer
for interfering with the pristine beauty of the place.
With or without human interference Dambri is a natural wonder. The water from
the falls also supplies the local tea and coffee plantations.