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Pristine waterfall straddles Vietnam-Laos border

By Hoang Tao   October 1, 2022 | 05:00 pm PT
A Doi waterfall is an underrated gem located on the Se Pon River, the natural border between Vietnam and Laos.
Pristine waterfall straddles Vietnam-Laos border

The waterfall is in Xy Commune, which is about 40 km from the center of Huong Hoa District, Quang Tri Province. The left side of the waterfall belongs to Vietnam and the rest to Laos.

Pristine waterfall straddles Vietnam-Laos border

Se Pon, 59.2 kilometers in length, divides Vietnam and Laos, starting and ending both in the latter. In Vietnam, the river flows through seven communes and towns in Huong Hoa District.

Pristine waterfall straddles Vietnam-Laos border

The concrete road was built along the border, so crossover vehicles could approach the waterfall, but people have to walk another 30 minutes through fields.

Pristine waterfall straddles Vietnam-Laos border

The waterfall is about 40 to 60-m high, and nearly 200-m wide. In spring and summer, it enjoys a gentle flow with clear water. In the rainy season, the current becomes much stronger, with the water filled with alluvium. In the middle of the waterfall, there is a large boulder, dividing into two branches that form the letter V.

Pristine waterfall straddles Vietnam-Laos border

Locals said the waterfall is shallow in summer, forming two lakes ideal for a dip. On weekends, people often come here to camp. However, the waterfall remains pristine and remote, with no available tourism services.

Pristine waterfall straddles Vietnam-Laos border

Visitors to A Doi typically enjoy fishing, or simple relaxation.

Pristine waterfall straddles Vietnam-Laos border

A Doi is located in the middle of the mountains.

Pristine waterfall straddles Vietnam-Laos border

A large green catfish was caught in the middle of the waterfall. A visitor said he once caught an 8-kg fish here.

Pristine waterfall straddles Vietnam-Laos border

A woman prepares wine yeast made from forest leaves. A Doi people are famous for their liquor made from forest leaf yeast, which has quite a pungent taste.

Pristine waterfall straddles Vietnam-Laos border

In addition to sightseeing, visitors here can also learn about the lifestyle, customs and habits of the Bru ethnic minority. The Bru are hospitable, and every year they host traditional events like the rice-harvesting and new season festivals.

Huong Hoa District People's Committee said the district is calling for investment in this location. A hiking route to the waterfall is also in the works.

 
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