Top 7 Amazing Waterfalls in Vietnam

01 Apr, 2023 | Secrets Untold

Thanks to the annual monsoon season, many of the waterfalls in Vietnam are powerful, and majestic but still romantic yet.

With highlands occupying ¾ the whole territory, Vietnam is home to numerous magnificent waterfalls – a paradise for people who are looking for adventure trips. Most of them are surrounded by jungles that are unspoiled. Let’s note down the 7 most beautiful waterfalls below to prepare for your next trip to Vietnam.

1. Ban Gioc Waterfall, Cao Bang 

The first thought that comes to mind is just “Amazing!” when you see Ban Gioc waterfall. Located in the North of the country, this is one of the biggest cross-border waterfalls in the world such as Iguazu and Niagara, and no less famous than the two names by beauty and majesty.

Over 200 meters wide and a drop of more than 70 meters, Ban Gioc Waterfall offers a stunning site of 3 layers of cliffs among a picturesque, rich green background. The breathtaking sight of this waterfall bares a graceful, fresh beauty of water, the pure green of the forest, pristine and unique beauty of the ethnic villages. To experience more, you can even jump into a large natural pool near there to swim, but make sure not to get close to the main waterfall.

  • Location: Trung Khanh, Cao Bang Province
  • Distance: 370 km from Hanoi
  • Travel type: Family, Friend, Solo, Couple
  • Recommended route: Hanoi - Ba Be lake - Ban Gioc

2. Pung Waterfall, Mai Chau

Not as mighty as other waterfalls in the list, but Pung Waterfall has an enchanting beauty that no one can resist. Located in Avana Retreat, a luxury resort about 30 km from Mai Chau town, Pung waterfall hides in the middle of dense foliage and is embraced by an intimate atmosphere. Pouring down from the peak, the waterfall turns into various streams nourishing all the trees, flowers, rice fields and villages nearby. This picturesque scenery is the main inspiration for the birth of Avana Retreat. This resort has made great efforts to preserve the beautiful nature as well as contribute to the local developments in the region.

Book a weekend getaway in Avana Retreat to immerse yourself in the peaceful beauty of the waterfall and to explore the vibrant culture of the local hill tribes. For once-in-a-lifetime mountain experiences, Avana also offers a private romantic candlelight dinner with music, flowers, and a delectable menu by the waterfall. 

  • Location: Avana Retreat, Panh Village, Bao La Commune, Mai Chau, Hoa Binh
  • Distance: one hour drive from Mai Chau Town and four-hour drive from Hanoi
  • Travel type: Family, Friend, Couple
  • Recommended route: Hanoi - Mai Chau (overnight at Avana Retreat) - Pu luong Nature Reserve - Ninh Binh - Hanoi. 

3. Pongour Waterfall, Da Lat 

This breathtaking waterfall plunges down from mountains form 40 meters high, spreading over more than 100 meters of 7 rock levels. When visitors witness the mighty Pongour, they are also amazed by the hundreds of vivid wildflowers covering poetic paths leading to the isolated waterfall.

While the water is rapidly and strongly flowing, it is blocked by rolling rocks and stones, torn into dozens of streams stretching vertical cliffs. Layers and layers of waters pour down creating white foam and magical cool air. Travelers can feel the good smell of natural steam and the cool atmosphere from long distances. Between the two sides of rugged cliffs is a tranquil lake that contrasts with the powerful waterfalls. 

Layers upon layers of waters pouring down create white foam and magical cool foggy. No wonder why many said that the waterfall is one of the most romantic settings in the world. You can visit Pongour in the dry season to see the clearest water or in the rainy season for its most magnificent sight. 

  • Location: Duc Trong, Lam Dong Province
  • Distance: 50 km from Da Lat city
  • Travel type: Family, Friend, Solo, Couple
  • Recommended route: Hanoi - Buon Me Thuot - Da Lat - Saigon or vice versa

4. Silver Waterfall, Sapa

Silver Waterfall, or Thac Bac, is located about 12km from the center of Sa Pa town and can be reached by motorbike or private car in 30 minutes. The waterfall is formed by sources of water from the Lo Sui Tong mountain peak. On beautiful sunny days, lying at a height of 500 meters, overlooking Sapa valley, Thac Bac can be seen like a white dragon looking down from the sky. Coming to Thac Bac, you will have a chance to sink into the mild weather and extravagant landscape of mountainous surroundings. Trekking through Sapa Valley is something we offer, so if you’re a serious walker, adventure seeker, and scenery enthusiast, this trip might just be the one for you. Not to mention the stunning Thac Bac waterfall you’ll experience.

  • Location: Lao Cai Province
  • Distance: 370 km from Da Lat city
  • Travel type: Family, Friend, Solo, Couple
  • Recommended tour: Hanoi - night train to Lao Cai - Bac Ha Market - Sapa 

5. Dray Nur Waterfall, Buon Me Thuot 

Dray Nur or DrayNur is a majestic waterfall that mother of nature given to Dak Lak. It is 25 kilometers away from Buon Me Thuot is one of three waterfall system: Gia Long - Dray Nur – Dray Sap of Serepok River. Dray Nur means Wife – waterfall.

This waterfall is beautiful with 250 meters length, 30 meters in height, and spread about 150 meters. But the most attractive thing is the 3,000-meter square cave hides behind the rumbling down waterfall. For those who seek for the thrill, this is the adventure that you might not want to miss. A trip to Buon Me Thuot with attractions such as waterfall cluster of Dray Nur – Dray Sap - Gia Long, Yok Don National park with the elephant camp, tribal villages, and coffee farms is worth considering.

  • Location: Buon Me Thuot, Dak Lak Province
  • Distance: 25 km from Buon Me Thuot city
  • Travel type: Family, Friend, Solo, Couple
  • Recommended tour: Dak Lak Museum - Tribal village - Waterfalls - Picnic lunch - Coffee farm.

6. Yang Bay Waterfall, Nha Trang 

Only 45 kilometers from Nha Trang is Yang Bay, a waterfall tucked in the heart of forest and mountain ranges from the height of 100 meters to sea level. It has another name is “Ranlay” means “Heaven’s waterfall” due to its beauty and a legend came from a love story of a fairy with a poor local man. The unusual thing is, Yang Bay is combined from 2 waterfalls: one is cold water and the other is hot so you can see white watering pouring down one side and the other side is dimming by vapor like millions of dust. At the foot of the fall, there are many lakes with clear water where you can swim in the golden sunlight shimmering on the surface of the water, creating a romantic setting likes somewhere else in heaven.

  • Location: Khanh Vinh, Khanh Hoa Province
  • Distance: 45 km from Nha Trang city
  • Trave type: Family, Friend, Solo, Couple
  • Recommended tour: Nha Trang - Binh Ba island - Yang Bay waterfall

7. Giang Dien Waterfall, Dong Nai

Located in the Southern city Dong Nai, far from 50km outside of Ho Chi Minh city and easy to approach, Giang Dien is the meeting of 3 waterfalls: Chang, Nang, and Giang Dien. According to the local elders, once upon a time, there was a woman and a man fell in love but their parents didn’t allow them to get married. They decided to sacrifice their lives for love and the waterfalls where they jumped down then were named Chang (He) and Nang (She) to remind people of their love story. This spectacular waterfall is surrounding by green valley, hills, forests and it offers an eco-tourism system for visitors to relax and explore. It is still a new place for visitors.


  • Location: Trang Bom, Dong Nai Province
  • Distance: 50 km from Ho Chi Minh city
  • Travel type: Family, Friend, Solo, Couple
  • Recommended tour: Saigon - Giang Dien - Mui Ne

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