Journey to discover and experience Siu Puong waterfall

Siu Puong – one of the beautiful waterfalls that is mentioned a lot on social networking forums and young people like to travel and explore nature recently. The waterfall is located halfway up the Van Peo mountain range in the north, in Dak Na commune (Tu Mo Rong district).

From Kon Tum city, go north along Highway 14 about 42km, to Dak To, follow Provincial Road 672 about 16km and reach the intersection of Dak Tram market, turn left onto Provincial Road 678 about 30km further to reach Dak commune center. Na. From here, we continue to travel by motorbike (which is the optimal solution) and takes about 20 minutes to reach the waterfall area.

On the way we will pass through vast, beautiful terraced fields. In the middle of the fields, there is a winding stream flowing through, looking very poetic and soft. Before reaching the parking area, we have to go through zigzag and winding roads in vast pine forests and a flat green lawn, which people here call “golf course” in the middle of the forest. . This place is actually the location of an old village. Due to the nomadic farming practices of the past, people moved to a new village, so now the grass grows smooth and green here, like a golf course. . After passing this grass field for about 10 minutes, we have to leave the motorbike in the middle of the forest to continue walking, crossing the forest, wading streams for about 15 minutes to reach the waterfall.

Journey to discover and experience Siu Puong waterfall
Siu Puong Waterfall is located halfway up the Van Peo mountain range

In the middle of four majestic mountains, appearing majestically, accompanied by the roaring sound of the waterfall and the white steam rising, anyone who comes here cannot help but be overwhelmed. The magnificent and extremely poetic natural scenery of Siu Puong waterfall is like a soft white silk strip standing out against the green background of the old mountains and forests.

The height from the top of the waterfall to the foot of the waterfall is approximately 240m. The waterfall does not flow from top to bottom but flows into many different levels. In particular, there are 5 main floors in a zigzag shape, the top floor is about 60m high, the remaining 4 floors are on average about 40m high each and 2 shorter floors, on average each floor is about 10m. The width of the waterfall’s flowing water depends on the rainy or dry season. The season when the water flows the most is around October, at this time the width of the waterfall reaches about 30m.

Because it comes from an old forest and the soil and rock layers are stable, the waterfall’s water is very clear and cool all year round.

Journey to discover and experience Siu Puong waterfall
The water of the waterfall is very clear and cool all year round

In addition, the waterfall is located at an altitude of more than 1,600m above sea level, surrounded by old forests, so the climate here is often very cold in winter and always cool in the remaining seasons. However, regardless of the season, when going to the waterfall we must always bring a thick jacket because the amount of steam emitted from the waterfall will make you susceptible to cold.

Indigenous people attach great importance to the waterfall’s water source. Legend has it that the waterfall’s water source is a sacred water source. People use this water source for daily activities. They strictly prohibit washing at the source. Menstruating women are not allowed to wade through the waterfall’s water. When burying the dead in the village, you cannot carry them across this water. Over time, the old customs have somewhat disappeared, but the water source here still has great significance to the Xo Dang people living in the basin of the waterfall.

In addition to the natural beauty of the waterfall and the forest here, when visiting the waterfall, we also experience a very precious level of emotions when we go with the indigenous people to pick some wild vegetables such as sour vegetables and green vegetables. , green vegetables are used to boil or grill with stream fish, rock snails, pork belly… and are used to prepare on the spot for the trip as one of the survival skills when going to the forest.

In addition, some dishes are prepared in advance and brought along on the journey to prepare when going to the forest such as grilled meat, grilled chicken, wild salt and pepper, bamboo tube rice, bamboo grilled meat combined with wild bananas, very impressive. and the delicious feeling is beyond words.

What especially impressed me was the sweet potato dish, grilled cassava in bamboo tubes, a new and different dish that can only be found here. Processing like this will preserve the original flavor of the potatoes and the potatoes will be very rich and fragrant, helping you quickly satisfy your hunger as a dessert while waiting for other dishes.

Another impressive thing is that there are many stops to prepare food, camp and rest on the way to the waterfall because there are many empty beaches, streams flowing through and beautiful rocky rapids, avoiding unnecessary activities. Unfortunately, it happens like a forest fire when tourists do not completely extinguish the fire during food preparation.

Journey to discover and experience Siu Puong waterfall
Indigenous people attach great importance to the water source of the waterfall

From the top of the waterfall upstream is a system of large and small waterfalls that are very beautiful. The water flows between mossy green cliffs all year round with ancient trees growing out. In winter, some trees change their leaves to red and green, looking from above like a wonderful landscape painting. The highest waterfall in the upstream waterfall system of Siu Puong waterfall is Siu Ngok La (Tiger Mountain waterfall). This waterfall has a height of about 70m, the white waterfall clearly visible on the vast green forest floor looks very impressive. However, this route is only accessible to visitors who are healthy and have good climbing skills.

According to Mr. Bui Van Vien, Deputy Secretary – Chairman of Dak Na Commune People’s Committee, said: In recent times, when the route to the waterfall was cleaned and cleared by youth union members in the area, it was more convenient to travel. Many tourists come here, especially on holidays and weekdays. In the near future, the Commune People’s Committee will propose to develop a plan to develop eco-tourism, explore the nature of this waterfall and neighboring waterfalls along with maintaining hygiene, protecting forests, and protecting the water source of the waterfall. . In addition, the commune also proposes to build nearby community tourism villages to introduce to tourists the unique cultural features of the Xo Dang people here through traditional festivals and daily activities. Renovate the village’s houses according to ancient traditions and preserve the village’s granary complexes – a unique cultural feature of most ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands.

Another interesting thing is that recently, the District Party Committee and People’s Committee of Tu Mo Rong district established a medicinal herb survey team in Dak Na commune. Through the survey, the group discovered about 20 hectares of schisandra trees growing in climbing clumps on ancient tree trunks under the natural forest canopy in Sub-zone 204 in Dak Na commune along with dozens of ancient hawthorn trees. naturally grows in a population near the Siu Puong waterfall area. This helps the district also have orientations to preserve and develop medicinal resources in this area with the aim of building this place as an attractive destination for eco-tourism, health care and growing medicinal herbs under the forest canopy. In addition to the above medicinal herbs, around this area there are also red ginseng, Ngoc Linh ginseng, lingzhi and many other rare medicinal herbs.

In addition to the journey to explore Siu Puong waterfall, we can stay in Dak Na to continue to explore other waterfalls such as Siu Mo Mam waterfall, C2 waterfall, medicinal gardens, and Xo Dang artisans to bring about impressive souvenirs of the trip./.