The area is home to several impressive waterfalls and serene pagodas, and here are my top picks for the best things to see and do in Bao Loc and nearby.
With a majestic height of 90m, Dambri is the most beautiful and highest waterfall in Lam Dong province.
The waterfall is about 16 km from Bao Loc and 190 km from Ho Chi Minh city, so you can easily visit it as a day trip.
Surrounding the waterfall is a primeval forest with a pristine area of 300 ha with many rare plants and animals.
Dambri is beautiful both in the rainy season and in the dry season.
In the rainy season, a large amount of water falling from upstream creates a sound echoing between the mountains and forests. Even a few kilometers away, you can still hear the sound.
On the contrary, the Dambri waterfall falls more gently in the dry season.
Coming here, you can visit, swim in the waterfall, or try different outdoor activities such as rowing, cycling, slides, and experience the Cong Chien culture in the Central Highlands.
Dambri waterfall entrance fee and opening hours
It’s open from 6 am to 5 pm.
The package is 200,000 VND per adult and 100,000 VND per child.
The ticket package includes
- Entrance fee
- Ferris wheel
- 2-way Alpine coaster slide
- Boat area
Linh Quy Phap An Pagoda
Nestled in the middle of majestic mountains, Linh Quy Phap An Pagoda is a great place to visit in Bao Loc. Its surrounding green space offers peaceful and magnificent scenery.
The most prominent feature is the Shinto gate, also known as Heaven’s Gate.
Standing at the entrance, you can enjoy a dreamy view with bloating clouds, giving the feeling that setting foot in the sky is real.
It’s compared to the mysterious ‘Gate of Heaven’ of the mountains and forests of the Central Highlands,
Nam Phuong lake
About 2km north of Bao Loc city is Ho Nam Phuong, the largest lake in Bao Loc with an area of 100 ha.
It’s separated into Nam Phuong 1 and Nam Phuong 2 by a 150m-long dam.
The lake offers a peaceful atmosphere with clear water, an impressive mountain view, and trees reflected on its calm surface.
The chocolate land
In the area of Nam Phuong lake, you can also find a site called chocolate land. Its unique feature comes from the typical red Basalt soil of the region.
Here, you’ll see several small pieces of “chocolate” land. The cracks form small plots of land like sweet chocolate bars.
Hundreds of water sources run through those cracks, making them strangely fascinating.
Tam Chau tea field
It’s the largest tea-growing area in Lam Dong and the primary provider of Oolong tea in the region.
Here you will feel the fresh, cool, and peaceful air on the windy highlands. Immerse yourself in the large green space, visit the tea production area and enjoy a cup of hot, fragrant tea here.
Pink algae lake in B’lao
Visiting Bao Loc without stopping at Tao Hong Lake would be a huge miss. It’s a small lake next to Tam Chau tea hill, known for its pink algae.
In October, these 11 types of algae sprout from the lake bed, subtly lotus pink, blooming into clusters of petals spreading throughout the lake.
Di Da pagoda
A place of pilgrimage and Buddhist study, Di Da Pagoda is located in Dang Dung village, Da Ton commune, Bao Lam district, about 30km from Bao Loc.
The pagoda is designed in harmony with three styles of Buddhism, Chau Ma, and High Lands architecture. The roofs are carved with patterns and inside the temple are dignified Buddha statues.
Its design reflects the style of communal houses in the Central Highlands, showing the sacredness of heaven and earth.
The miniatures of the temple are also charming and serene. The terraces, the tea fields, rows of trees, and lotus ponds are placed in a delicate and aesthetic position.
How to get to Di Da pagoda
To get to Di Da Pagoda and Tam Hop waterfall, you can follow this route:
- From the center of Bao Loc city, head in the direction of Dambri waterfall and then turn right to Di Da Tang Vuong Park
- Di Da pagoda is about 5km of red dirt road.
Tam Hop waterfall
After visiting the pagoda, you should head to Tam Hop waterfalls, located behind the campus of Di Da pagoda in Dang Dung village, Da Ton commune, Bao Loc.
The waterfall is a combination of 3 large streams of water pouring down from a height of 70m.
It looks like a white silk strip in the sky from afar, splashing white foam and blending with the misty fog.
The most beautiful time to visit Tam Hop waterfall is probably in the rainy season, around the end of July.
At this time, the rain brings lots of water to the falls, creating a strong flow. The waterfall rumbled day and night.
Thanh Mau Cathedral
Wandering around Bao Loc city, don’t forget to stop by Thanh Mau Cathedral, one of the most popular attractions in the city.
From the outside, it looks pretty similar to Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City. However, you’ll see the differences in miniature trees when you enter.
The cathedral is designed in a symmetrical architectural style, creating a dignified setting.
In front of the cathedral is a statue of the Virgin Mary. And on both sides is a walkway to the backyard, a place to study and play sports.
- Address: The Thanh Mau Cathedral is located at 581 Nguyen Van Cu, Loc Phat Ward, Bao Loc.
Madagui Forest City
A part of Cat Tien National Forest, Madagui Forest City is just 150 km from Ho Chi Minh.
It’s a fantastic destination in Bao Loc for nature enthusiasts who love to experience and explore wildlife.
Here you can admire the vibrant flora system with ancient trees and an extensive collection of nearly 50 different types of bamboo.
You can also try different activities such as climbing, horseback riding, boating, or visiting the wildlife reserve. Also, don’t miss the trip to Thien Phuc Son cave to see the creation of the rock there.
Another bonus is that you can camp overnight in this area and head out for a night’s adventure.