In boiling hot weather of Central’s summer, soaking in cool blue water is absolutely great experience for tourists. If you are finding a place like that, Elephant Spring is an ideal choice for you.
Elephant Spring is situated in a picturesque location, surrounded by a dense forest and scenic mountain ranges. The natural setting is quite serene and peaceful, making it a great place to relax and unwind.
1. Where is Elephant Spring
Elephant Spring is located at km 879 on the way from Danang to Hue. Going from Da Nang about 50km, we will see km 879, turn left to go about 3km, across Loc Tien commune, Phu Loc distraict (remember this km index, because if you do not pay attention, it will be difficult to find the way to Elephant Spring).
From Hue, go through Phu Tuong Pass about 2.5km to km 879, turn right and go about 7km (dirt road) to Elephant Spring, a spring full of water with many large cascades pouring out under a primitive forest with quite thick vegetational cover.
2. How to get to Elephant Spring?
There are two options for you. If you like the feeling of backpacking, enjoy the scenery at the entrance to the stream. You can rent a motorbike or car to get there. The path is quite easy to find and the beautiful surroundings are something not to be missed. However, in Vietnam, mountain roads are quite difficult to navigate as well as quite dangerous. You should book a private car, surely not only more convenient, more active in traveling, sightseeing but also safer.
3. Things to do at Elephant Spring
With entrance fee from 10,000 VND/person, you can take a rest, watch the great waterfalls and the grandeur of a diverse primeval forest. At this tourist destination, you can see the beauty of the mountains and forests with many forest flowers such as rose myrtle and ancient trees along the streams.
3.1. Enjoy the beauty of nature
Elephant Stream is famous for its beautiful scenery and verdant primeval forest. At the Elephant Stream site, a rock shaped like a real elephant is drinking water at the foot of the waterfall with a hose. There is a lake called Elephant Lake. This is an amazing natural pool about 30 m2 wide, more than 2 m deep, located between two waterfalls. The surface of the lake is clear and cool and can be seen to the bottom.
The bottom of the stream has many large, small rocks and especially very slippery rocks. So even if you know how to swim, you should rent a life jacket, or play near the hut for safety. You can also rent huts downstream. There, the lake is shallow but still clean.
3.2. Spring bathing
The water is cool and fresh. The cascading waterfalls and natural swimming pool make it an ideal spot to dispel the heat and have fun in the water.
3.3. Outdoor activities at Elephant Stream
Visitors can also participate in interesting experiences such as catching rock crabs, stream snails in the cliff. Or when coming to Vung Dac, visitors can cling to the roots hanging down from above. Swing across the stream to enjoy thrills and take extreme photos with friends and family.
3.4. Participation in artistic activities
At Elephant Stream, you can participate in many interesting art activities. Here are some of the art activities you can participate in at Elephant Spring.
Art fairs: Elephant Stream can host regular art fairs to showcase local art products. You can find unique gifts and beautiful handmade products here.
Art exhibitions: Art exhibitions at Elephant Suoi provide opportunities to explore contemporary art and local traditions.
Music: Elephant Stream hosts musical performances on weekends and holidays. You can join to enjoy local and world music.
Contemporary Dance: Elephant Stream can also host contemporary dance performances. You can join or watch the dances being performed.
4. What to eat at Elephant Spring
Here, there are households living, they are both giving huts for hire, as well as providing food. My experience is 300,000 VND for a hut along a stream and a grilled chicken, chicken internal organs cooked in a big pot of vermicelli for two people to eat. The grilled chicken is extremely delicious. Or you can order fish, grilled frogs, stream snails cooked in many different types from boiled, stir-fried with lemongrass, stir-fried with leaves, … the dishes here are not too expensive and quite okay . In addition, you can also bring your prepared food, but coming here and definitely should not ignore these unique dishes.
5. Safety tips and precautions
There are some precautions that visitors should keep in mind when visiting Elephant Spring in Hue, Vietnam:
- Watch your step: The bottom of the stream is filled with stones, both big and small, and they can be slippery. Visitors should be careful when walking around the area to avoid any accidents or injuries.
- Bring sunscreen and insect repellent: Since Elephant Spring is located in a natural setting, visitors should protect themselves from the sun and insects by applying sunscreen and insect repellent.
- Life jacket rental: There are many rocks lying under water for a long time, so the other slippery is high. Therefore, even if you know how to swim, you should also rent a life jacket to ensure safety when playing in the water.
- Respect the local culture: Every locality has a different dress culture. So this is also one of the things that distant tourists need to pay attention to. Avoid noisy or disruptive behavior.
- Keep the area clean: Keeping the Elephant Stream clean is a community responsibility of ours. Please keep the area clean and do not affect the surroundings. That’s how to keep the Elephant Stream intact and beautiful.
Visitors should exercise caution and be respectful of the natural environment and local community to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience at Elephant Spring.
6. Best time to visit Elephant Spring
The best time to visit Elephant Stream in Hue is from 2 to 5 months. This time is when the weather is warm, dry and there is no rain. The conditions are ideal for visitors to explore the wonderful beauty of Elephant Stream. This time is also the time when flowers race to bloom, creating a colorful space, which will bring you a feeling of relaxation and peace.
It’s important to note that the weather can be unpredictable in this region, and heavy rains can cause the water levels to rise rapidly, making swimming unsafe. So it’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast before planning a trip to Elephant Spring.
Additionally, it’s best to avoid visiting during the rainy season (from September to December) when there is a higher risk of flooding and landslides in the area. The summer months (from June to August) can also be hot and humid, which may not be the most comfortable time to visit for some travelers.
Elephant Spring is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Hue, Vietnam, offering a unique blend of natural beauty, local culture, and fun activities for all ages.
If you are traveling in Hue to Hoi An by car, do not forget to visit Hue Elephant Spring, which has many activities such as swimming, sunbathing or rest at the hut and enjoy the rustic, unique local dishes. BNT Travel always accompanies you on the way to conquer Elephant Spring, ensuring you are safe on every trip.