VIETNAM TRAVEL

 

Central Vietnam

Demilitarised Zone - Dong Ha - Lao Bao - Quang Tri - Hue - Around Hue - Suoi Voi Bach Ma National Park - Lang Co Beach - Hai Van Pass Tunnel
Ba Na Hill Station - Suoi Mo - Danang - Around Danang - Hoi An - Around Hoi An My Son - Tra Kieu - Tam Ky

SUOl VOI (ELEPHANT SPRINGS)

About 15km north of Lang Co Beach, Suoi Voi (admission 10,000d, plus per car 10,000/per motorbike 2000d) is a secluded recreation area, where you can easily spend a halt-day traipsing through the forest and swimming in cool, crystal-clear streams. It's a pleasant detour and is recommended for motorbikers and cyclists who are braving their way along Hwy 1A. The main springs arc a short walk from the parking area. The natural pool is ringed by huge boulders - one vaguely in the shape of an elephant's head, and cosmetically enhanced to look more like it. The stream turns into a hydro-slide over the smooth rocks. Further exploration will lead to less-populated swimming holes, including the Vung Do Pool, about 200m beyond the main area. Foreign visitors here are scarce and on weekdays you may have the whole place to yourself. Weekends, however, are jam-packed with Vietnamese, notably young couples exploring the birds and bees. To reach the springs from Hwy 1A, turn inland at the road marker reading 'Danang 52km' (if coming from the north) or Thu Bai 44km' (if heading from the south). You will see the 19th-century Thua Lau Church just ahead of you. Keep the church on your left and follow the dirt road tor 5km to the entry gate. Buv a ticket here and hold onto it as you may be asked to show it more than once. From here it's a bumpy 1.5km to the parking area. Along the way you'll pass basic bungalows (no hot water) for rent at HoaThin 1 (tell: 054-891805; (150.000d). One suspects they're often used for, ahem, short-term stays on the weekends. There are some simple food stalls near the springs, but it's better to bring a picnic.