Looking beyond the beloved city destinations in Vietnam, you can plan an extraordinary experience by taking a glimpse at one of the country’s mystical waterfalls. Vietnam’s world-renowned waterfalls offer some of the most stunning views in Asia.
And because of the unique typography of the country, these waterfalls have an array of natural designs. Some look like a strong rush of water sliding from the soaring elevations of Vietnam, while others have a gentler glide over the terraced plateaus.
For those who are searching too add more natural landmarks to their travel itinerary, our top waterfalls will inspire you to go town-hopping throughout Vietnam. Some of these require a simple hike to reach, and some even offer camping nearby.
Here are among the most fascinating waterfalls in Vietnam, listed in no particular order:
Ban Gioc-Detian Falls
The Ban Gioc – Detian Falls is essentially one waterfall separated by two borders: Vietnam and China. Because of this, it has two names.
Unlike the Bac Waterfalls, the Ban Gioc has a lower elevation. However, in the second half of the year when rain and storm usually pass by the region, it has a stronger water flow. The water drops from 30 meters of height and is surrounded by mountain ranges. In front, there are rice paddies. The waterfalls increase the quality of life for the families nearby. It’s also one of the few waterfalls you can soak in.
Getting to Ban Gioc Waterfalls: Though it’s one of the most fascinating waterfalls in Vietnam, very few travelers make it here. The place is much more secluded than the other falls on this list. Ban Gioc is 90 km east of Cao Bang. Some buses get you from Hoa Binh to Ban Gioc, but the more recommended mode of transport is a motorbike. This way, you get to see all the stunning views this area has to offer (including its traditional bamboo water wheels in the middle of rice paddies).
If you want a more comfortable journey, you can ride two-level sleeper buses from Hanoi’s My Dinh Bus Station. This trip is about 8 hours. From the Cao Bang Station, you will need to ride a motorbike towards Highway QL3, then turn left towards Road DT205. This will then lead you to the town of Trung Khanh.
Though the journey is long, going to Ban Gioc Falls is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You get to feel the thunderous sounds of the falls by the time you arrive at the heart of the town, and you get to see the most beautiful landscapes of the town hugged by mountain ranges.
Address: TL 211, Đàm Thuỷ, Trùng Khánh, Cao Bằng
130 kilometers from Dalat, the Dambri Waterfalls lie within the beautiful Lâm Đồng Province. The falls have a commanding presence, with its strong currents and echoing sounds.
Legend has it that the Dambri Falls were created from the tears of a woman, Bri. Her lover, Kdam, was part of another hill tribe and they forbade their love. Kdam fled the forest because of deep sadness, and when Bri heard the news, she tried to look for him everywhere. Bri eventually went home, and they heard her cries throughout the hills. She waited for Kdam to come back, but he never did. Bri cried until she died and her body turned into stone. The waterfalls have become Bri’s tears.
Bri’s and Kdam’s love has become a symbol for both tribes. Eventually, the tribes allowed their descendants to marry across their own communities. The Dambri Falls is a symbol of love and harmony to the people of Dalat.
Getting to Dambri Waterfalls: From Dalat, take the Highway 20 leading up to Bao Loc. Then, turn right. This road will lead you to a signpost that says “Bao Loc.” Then, you can ride a motorbike or trek along the rural roads that feature amazing landscapes of coffee and tea plantations along the way. It’s around a 2-hour trip from Dalat to Dambri Falls.
Address: Thôn 14, Lý Thái Tổ, Đambri, tp. Bảo Lộc, Lâm Đồng
Datanla Falls can bring out the kid inside of us. This Da Lat waterfall is more family-friendly than the others on the list. The water is less vigorous and activities for tourists are much more organized in this area.
At the bottom of the falls, there are various things you can do. At the entrance of the area, there are wide parking areas, restaurants and picnic areas for sightseers and families. There are mini roller-coasters, cable cars, and rental shops for rafting, abseiling, and “free jumping.”
Though this looks like a safer waterfall to visit, authorities still warn tourists to not jump over the waterfalls. Between the two vertical cliffs, there’s a deep hole they call the “abyss” that’s over 40 m tall.
Getting to Datanla Waterfalls: If you’re short on time, Datanla Falls is an easier route to follow in Dalat. Rent a motorbike or taxi and pass through Highway 20. Just a few kilometers from Dalat downtown, you can already reach the entrance of the tourist area. If you’re staying in one of the closer hotels, you can also rent a bicycle to get here. Once you arrive, pay the 10,000 dong entrance fee. This does not cover fees for the other activities you can find in the area.
Address: QL20 Đèo Prenn, Phường 3, Thành phố Đà Lạt, Lâm Đồng 66000
Dray Nur Waterfall
If you’re visiting Buon Ma Thuot, this is the best destination in the region. Dray Nur Falls is a priceless gift of nature. The falls have a romantic and mysterious grace, which appeals to many travelers.
The waterfall is only 30 meters high, but it’s 250 meters long. It’s the largest of the three waterfalls along the Serepok River. Because of its length, it offers a panoramic view of the landscapes. There are three-tiered lakes at the bottom of the falls. You can swim in the first lake because the water is shallow, but second and third lakes are no longer recommended for swimming. The second lake has sharp rocks at the bottom, and the third lake is too deep for casual swimming.
The Dak Lak Province is known for their mythologies and the waterfall is associated with one of its many legends. There’s a neighboring fall along the river called Dray Sap. According to folklore, there was a young couple who were madly in love. One day, they were sitting on top of a big rock when a monster appeared out of the water. The monster drove the man away and took the girl. The man came back to the rock only to find his lover gone. The rocky bank where the waterfall sits has been referred to as the rock where this happened.
Getting to Dray Nur Waterfall: 30 km south of Buon Ma Thuot City, the Dray Nur Waterfall is located in the Central Highlands of Dak Lak Province. Most visitors just ride a motorbike from the city to the falls. The roads have little traffic and are more established than other rural trails. As you go towards the main entrance, there will be parts of the road that can become muddy when it rains, so be careful if you’re driving.
Address: Đường đi thác Dray Nur, Dray Sáp, KRông Ana, Đắk Lắk
Yang Bay Waterfall
Explore the natural wonders of Nha Trang as you make your way to Yang Bay Waterfall. Known as the “Princess of the Mountains,” this fall is tucked in the middle of the forest. The route is trying, but since the waters from the fall flow through the streams that go through the dense forest, tourists get a rewarding feeling as the sounds of the falls grows stronger.
The Yang Bay Falls has a strong flowing water. This gives the area a cooler temperature, even during the summer. You will also see the scenery covered with cold fog and mist.
At the foot of the falls, there’s a vast lake where you can soak. Swimming is also safe since the water is usually so clear you can see the bottom stone plate as you dive in.
Getting to Yang Bay Fall: The trek towards the Yang Bay Waterfalls can be a challenge, but travel to the mountain is easy. It’s minutes away from Nha Trang Central Park, so most taxi drivers know this place. If you’re staying in one of the hotels in the city, you can rent a cab or ride a motorcycle. The location is 45 km away from central Nha Trang.
Address: Khánh Phú, Khánh Vĩnh District, Khanh Hoa Province
Experience the splendor of the so-called Silver Waterfalls of Sapa. This site presents the exquisite scenery of Sapa’s peaks.
Bac Waterfalls have been famous because of its unique imagery. From afar, it looks like a silver hair of a goddess falling down the facade of the mountain. The water begins at the reservoir at the top, then falls down the height of over 100 m below. The water then slides down to three tiers of land, so visitors can enjoy different views of the waterfalls throughout the hike.
Getting to Bac Waterfalls: From Sapa’s main downtown, you can ride a taxi or rent a scooter going to the Thac Bac Silver Waterfall. Most motorbikes are rented for the entire day. This will give you unrestricted hours if you’re planning to hike the route towards the top of the waterfalls.
The roads are rough, so be careful when driving (if you didn’t opt for a taxi/shuttle/Grab). You will arrive at the roadside of the mountain and easily get breathtaking views of the waterfalls. Go to the main entrance where they sell tickets for entering the space. As of writing, the entrance fee is 20,000 dong, which is used to preserve the entire territory.
Expect a steep set of stairs. This will continue up to the steel arched bridge, where you can rest and unwind. Others often have a picnic around this area too. This is the middle part of the entire waterfall.
Address: QL4D, San Sả Hồ, Sa Pa, Lào Cai
Thanks for checking out some of Vietnam’s most famous waterfalls. Take your time when soaking in the raw, natural beauty of this amazing countryside.