Being in the presence of a large waterfall is an exhilarating experience. Aside from the moisture, it’s a fantastic chance to get up close and personal with Vietnamese nature. These waterfalls are catered to tourists all across Vietnam and most are accessible year-round in either guided or self-guided tours.
Touring Waterfalls in Vietnam
Thanks to Vietnam’s mountainous terrain and subtropical climate, its countryside is flowing with water. Rivers empty into lakes and sometimes cascade as waterfalls over the gigantic cliffsides. Probably the most famous waterfall in Vietnam is the one it shares with China on its northern border, Ban Gioc.
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Guide to Popular Waterfalls in Vietnam
While Vietnam’s big cities have a lot of charm and history to them, tourists can really find a magical experience visiting one of the country’s breathtaking waterfalls. Many of these falls are recognized worldwide as popular attractions and are great ways to get immersed in Vietnam’s stunning natural surroundings.
These are just a selection of the beautiful waterfalls waiting to be explored in Vietnam.
Hire a tour guide or embark on your own adventure out of Da Lat with a motorbike to see the Elephant Waterfall. The drive out is filled with lots of natural beauty, including rice patties, villages, and jungles.
Elephant Waterfall itself is impressive, standing at 30 meters/98 feet tall and 15 meters/49 feet wide, and pours thousands of liters of water over a cliffside. Visitors can get reasonably close to falls’ base and take great photos at a unique vantage point.
Ban Gioc Waterfall
Possibly the most famous waterfall in Vietnam, Ban Gioc Waterfall, is located in the northeast part of the country and fed by the Quay Son River. These gorgeous tiered falls also mark the border between Vietnam and China, with one side in each country. Visitors must purchase a permit at the entrance and then trek through rice patties to reach the waterfall.
Once there, swimming in the large pool at the bottom of the falls or taking a bamboo raft to get closer to them are popular activities.
Located roughly 140km/87 miles from Hanoi, Mu Waterfall is made up of peaceful flowing water in a jungle of fig-scented trees. As you hike down the descending steps towards the waterfall, you will be able to hear its roaring water long before they appear to you in the clearing. These falls are ideal for taking a dip to cool off on a hot day and a great break from the city.
Tac Tinh Waterfall
Also known as Love Waterfall, Tac Tinh is located in northwest Vietnam, where it’s tucked away in a tiny green valley in a vast mountain area. This region is also home to the Dao ethnic people, to whom the waterfall is significant for its agricultural value. The top of the falls is 130 meters/426 feet tall and ends in a small lake.
For visitors to get the best look possible, hiking 15 minutes towards it will provide a rewarding view.
Yang Bay Waterfall
Situated in the Khanh Hoa province, the Yang Bay Waterfall is worth visiting for those planning to spend some time in Nha Trang City, which is about 45 km/28 miles away. Renting a motorbike or hiring a private tour guide is a couple of the ways that tourists like to see the falls, and the pool at their base is excellent for swimming in a natural area.
If travelers opt to hire a guide, seeing some animals and being fed a meal comes with the price of the tour.
One of the most stunning locations in Lam Dong province, the Pongour Waterfall is a breathtaking natural wonder. The waterfalls are in a semi-rural area and stand out as a rocky, multi-layered chasm with loud water rushing over it. These falls are 100 meters/328 feet wide and 40 meters/131 feet tall and flow into a pool at the bottom.
October through April is the best time of year to visit Pongour Waterfall, and given that it’s less touristy than other locations, the crowds aren’t likely to be as overwhelming.
Listed as one of the top 15 most charming cascades globally by MSN, the Dambri Waterfall is situated just northwest of Bao Loc city. The Dambri falls are 70 meters/230 feet tall and 30 meters/98 feet wide and are best visited on a sunny day to get the most out of the environment. All seasons of the year are great for seeing the Dambri Waterfall, but try to go during the weekdays as the weekends can be pretty crowded.
There are three ways to experience the falls: climbing the 138 stairs up, riding the elevator that runs parallel to them, and watching them from the walkway, while listening to the water crashing over the cliff and into the pool below.
Dray Nur Waterfall
The Dak Lak province in the Central Highlands is home to many beautiful spots in Vietnam, but it’s also the location of the Dray Nur Waterfall. The Dak Lak region is famous for its coffee and mountains, yet this 250 meters/820-foot waterfall can be seen far away and offers stunning panoramic views with cascading whitewater.
The best time of year to visit the Dray Nur Waterfall is from October to April in the early morning hours, especially for those who want to capture photographs without lots of extra people in them. There are a couple of other Central Highlands waterfalls around Dak Lak.
While Vietnam has many more waterfalls, these are the most noteworthy and deserve to be put on your itinerary during your next trip to Vietnam.
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