6 Must-Visit Waterfalls in Vietnam

22, February, 2018

6 Must-Visit Waterfalls in Vietnam

From the breathtaking waterfalls of Pongour to those of Ban Gioc, Vietnam is a country filled with a fascinating selection of waterfalls. Visiting the falls on the Vietnam holiday is perfect for travellers in search of tranquillity, a peaceful picnic spot, or perfect for dipping.

Here are a few of the most amazing waterfalls in Vietnam:

Ban Gioc Waterfall
Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of the most majestic falls in Vietnam. The falls are split over three magnificent layers that blend with trees and rocks to create a truly picturesque background, as well as one of the largest cross-border waterfalls. Located in the north of the country (Trung Khanh, Cao Bang Province), the falls have two sides: one in China and the other in Vietnam.

With a drop of nearly 70 metres and over 200 metres wide, the Ban Gioc waterfall is a stunning sight to experience on the Vietnam tours package. Get up close to the waterfall by visiting the large natural pool that is great for a cooling swim, but it is essential to stay clear of the main falls.

The Ban Gioc Waterfall is relatively easy to access by motorbike or bus and is approx 370 km from Hanoi city. See the waterfall by signing up for an organised tour with a travel itinerary of Hanoi - Ba Be lake - Ban Gioc.

Suggested tour: HS02: Ban Gioc Water and Ba Be Lake - 3 days / 2 nights

Elephant Waterfall
Located in Nam Ban village, the Elephant Waterfall is about 30 km from Dalat’s city centre. It is difficult to get up close to these falls because of the bracing spray, rugged, and quite treacherous pathway. But those willing to make the effort will certainly appreciate the mesmerising vantage point. On arriving at the foot of the falls, it is possible to see the towering waterfalls that stand at a height of over 30 metres.

Even though these falls aren't the biggest, the ability to view from the bottom makes the volume, power, and scale of water appear that much more impressive. A great place to watch the torrent of water is on one of the giant boulders lying midstream – although anyone standing there will get very wet.

Visiting this beautiful spot is popular with travellers on motorbike tours in the central highlands.

Pongour Waterfall
The untamed beauty and ambience of Pongour waterfall is spread over a wide area of 100 metres with its multi-layers split between 7 rock levels. The layered formation of the falls make it possible for visitors to easily get behind or under the falls, which is certain to be appreciated by those wishing to get a break from the heat.

The falls are located in Duc Trong, Lam Dong Province and approx 50 km from Dalat city. The falls are easy to access by bus or hiring a motorbike for the day.

The immediate surrounds of the mighty Pongour include hundreds of vivid wildflowers that lead to the foot of the isolated waterfall. The falls are best seen in the rainy season to see the full magical flow of the water pouring down the layers and creating its distinct white foam and cool fogginess. Alternatively, a visit in the dry season is great to see the clearest water.

Even though the Pongour Waterfall isn't as well-known as other falls in the country, it is very appreciated for its all-round natural beauty.

Thac May Waterfall
Thac May Waterfall is a relatively untouched, magnificent and mysterious travel spot for couples and adventurers who wish to discover the less-known destinations. This waterfall has nine separate falls which are very distinctive and easy to see in the low season and look much-like a series of cascading clouds.

The waterfall is a true gem and located in Thanh Hoa Province which is about 100 km from Hanoi. Travelling to the falls is possible by bus or motorbike but the route isn't that well maintained, but the extra effort to reach this peaceful place is certain to be very rewarding.

The preferred time to visit Thac May waterfall is August or later when the days are sunny and the water is clear blue, while at night it is possible to hear its murmurs. Also, if travelling to the region earlier in the year – May or June – it is worth visiting Pu Luong, which is home to the Thai and Muong ethnic groups. This trip is in the region of 70 km from the falls and gives a perfect opportunity to see the lush colour of the Pu Luong terraces in its new season.

Thac Bac
Thac Bac (also referred to as Silver Waterfall) is easy to reach for travellers planning to visit Sapa on their package holidays to Vietnam. It is about 12 km from Sapa's city centre and possible to reach by private car or motorbike with a travel time of 25-30 minutes.

This particular waterfall is created by the water that flows from the Lo Sui Tong mountain peak. Thac Bac overlooks the Sapa valley at a height of nearly 500 metres and is easily seen on the beautifully clear, sunny days.

A primary reason to visit Sapa is trekking which is certain to appeal to the scenery enthusiast and adventure seeker.  While trekking through Sapa it will be very easy to make the excursions to visit to the falls for a period of relaxation.

Yang Bay Waterfall
Yang Bay waterfall is located in the heart of the mountain ranges and forests which is only 45 km from Nha Trang.  Yang Bay is quite unique in that it combines two waterfalls: one is hot water and the other is cold which creates a vapour like look on one side and the other is the white rushing water.

For travellers on the Vietnam travel that venture to the foot of the waterfall, there are several clear water lakes that are perfect for a relaxing swim. Any Nha Trang tour can benefit from making a short visit to this waterfall.