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Top 10 most jaw-dropping waterfalls in Vietnam!

“Be graceful and strong like a waterfall…channel your own path.”

 

Vietnam is the land of top-class adventure destinations and top-class caving destinations, but did you know that this country is also home to some of the most mesmerizing waterfalls in all of Asia! Among the other top reasons to visit Vietnam and the abundance of natural assets, Vietnam also boasts of a great collection of splendid and truly breathtaking waterfalls all the way from the North end to the South of the country.

If you’re looking to have an unforgettable experience of the nature, here are the top 10 waterfalls in Vietnam that you must visit!

1. Ban Gioc Waterfall, Cao Bang Province

The number one spot on our list of best Vietnam waterfalls goes to the spectacular Ban Gioc Waterfall, which is based in Cao Bang province, Vietnam.  The beauty of the Ban Gioc Waterfall is truly unparalleled, as it looks straight out of a dream and is one of the most popular attractions in Vietnam. This spectacular cascade is one of the largest waterfalls in the country and its structure has three gorgeous levels that are separated by trees and rocks. Something really interesting about the Ban Gioc Waterfall is that it has two sides to itself; one majestically lies in Vietnam, while the other is in China!

2. Tu Lan Cave System Waterfalls, Quang Binh Province

The waterfalls in Tu Lan, Quang Binh province, Vietnam are hidden away in the heart of the Tu Lan Cave System, which lies 70 KM away from the glorious Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in the Quang Binh province of Vietnam. What makes these waterfall truly unique and extraordinary is the fact that they are seen cascading out of mysterious caves in a cave system! The Tu Lan waterfalls are also special for the fact that you get to go through an adventure of trekking and scrambling through the wilderness of limestone mountains before you actually get to see it. On the Tu Lan camping tours by Oxalis Adventure, you get to camp right next to one of these waterfalls and enjoy swimming there after a day of exploring the incredible underground caves in the area; experiencing the waterfalls that sit beautifully in the middle of a jungle or inside a cave in Tu Lan Cave System is highly recommended when travelling to Vietnam and unlike the other popular waterfalls, you won’t find any large tourist groups here!

The Tu Lan Cave System in Tan Hoa is a brilliant top-class adventure destination and visiting it through an unforgettable jungle adventure to take a plunge into its magnificent waterfalls on the Tu Lan 1-Day Experience, Tu Lan 2-Day Cave Encounter, Tu Lan 3-Day Wild Explorer and the thrilling Tu Lan Expedition 4D3N; these waterfall experience is incredibly exclusive and you wouldn’t want to miss when travelling to Vietnam!

3. Pongour Waterfall (Seven-Level Waterfall), Lam Dong Province

More than the waterfall itself, the setting and environment in and around the Pongour Waterfall brilliantly accentuate the beauty of it. Located in Lam Dong province, the Pongour Waterfall has multiple layers in it and excited travelers can actually get behind these layers, along with getting under them to enjoyably cool down on the hotter days! The overall aura and immaculate beauty is what gives the Pongour Waterfall its edge makes it one of the top waterfalls in Vietnam that you must visit!

4. Elephant Waterfall

Also based in Lam Dong province, the Elephant Waterfall is located in the beautiful Nam Ban village, about 30 KM away from the city center of Da Lat, which is considered by travelers as one of the best places in Vietnam. After you’re able to make it through the considerably strong spray of water and the rugged trails, you will find yourself at an incredibly jaw-dropping vantage point and you will be very up close to the Elephant Waterfall this way. Dalat is one of the top-class adventure destinations in Vietnam and in some places you have a chance to learn the art of canyoning!

5. Mu Waterfall, Hoa Binh Province

In the lovely Mu Village of Hoa Binh province of Vietnam, you will find the stunning Mu Waterfall which is still relatively unaffected by tourism and maintains its tranquil charm throughout. If you’re in Hanoi, you will have to travel roughly 130 KM to find the Mu Waterfall. Engulfed in the woodlands with the scent of fig and some ruins in the wild, the Mu Waterfall in Vietnam is one of the most ideal places to take a dip in the cool water and enjoy a peaceful experience in the arms of Mother Nature.

6. May Waterfall, Thanh Hoa Province

Translating to “cloud” in Vietnamese, the superb May Waterfall elegantly cascades in the Thanh Hoa province of Vietnam. The route that takes you to the May Waterfall is quite challenging, as it is not managed well. However, when you make it to the waterfall, you’ll be rewarded with a view so stunning that it’ll make you feel that the effort was completely worth it. You’ll have your mind blown when you witness the nine individual falls that you’ll find here in the low season; it indeed looks akin to a large sea of clouds that cascade beautifully. The May Waterfall is truly a gem of nature and is just a three-hour drive from Hanoi; don’t miss this on your Vietnam travel experience!

7. Hang Tien Waterfall, Tu Lan Cave System, Quang Binh Province

Hang Tien is the biggest dry cave of the gigantic Tu Lan Cave System and is considered as one of Vietnam’s top-class caving destinations. The Hang Tien waterfall majestically cascades deep in Tu Lan Cave System in Quang Binh province of Vietnam. The cave and the waterfall is 70 KM away from the ‘Adventure capital of Asia’ – Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park that is home to the world’s biggest cave Hang Son Doong, that many mistakenly call Han Son Doong.

The Tu Lan Cave System in Tan Hoa is a brilliant top-class adventure destination and visiting it through an unforgettable jungle adventure, camping next to the Hang Tien waterfall is possible on the Hang Tien Endeavour 2D1N, the Hang Tien Exploration 3D2N or the Tu Lan Expedition 4D3N; this waterfall experience is incredibly unique and one that you shouldn’t miss when you travel to Vietnam!

8. Yang Bay Waterfall, Khanh Hoa Province

Make your way to the Yang Bay Waterfall in the Khanh Hoa province of Vietnam and find yourself being treated to a wide array to ways to experience the beauty of relaxation and fun in nature; dip into the hot springs, take a cool mud spa or even go for a refreshing swim in the lagoon there! Yang Bay Waterfall is one of the most ideal places to visit in Vietnam if you’re looking for a day of cooling off in natural pools and relaxing out in the heart of the natural marvels of Vietnam.

9. Phu Cuong Waterfall, Gia Lai Province

The astounding Phu Cuong Waterfall is located on Highway 25, Gia Lai, Vietnam and if you’re in Pleiku, it’s just a one-hour drive away! After a climb of about 20 minutes, you will find yourself facing the fantastic Phu Cuong Waterfall, where you’ll observe that the water steadily flows and tumbles over red rocks! This waterfall is one of the must-visit places and best waterfalls in Vietnam, if you’re looking to be away from swarming tourist crowds and enjoy the beauty of nature in peace!

10. Dambri Waterfall, Bao Loc, Lam Dong Province

You will find the mighty Dambri Waterfall about 130 KM away from Da Lat, which is one of the top-class adventure destinations in Vietnam. As one of the highest and best waterfalls in Vietnam, the Dambri Waterfall will leave you spellbound with its incredible loudness and a torrent of water that spectacularly plunges over 262 feet (80 meters) into a huge pool! To get the most amazing views of this waterfall in Vietnam, make your way to its base or the steep stairs that are built right in front of the Dambri Waterfall! 

The best waterfalls in Vietnam have a special charm to them, as they serve as the most heavenly picnic spots, refreshing dip spots and places that give you an overall euphoric sense of serenity with the incredible natural beauty surrounding you.

If you’re a beach head, check out the best beaches in Vietnam and if caves fascinate you, don’t forget to have a look at Vietnam’s top caves and decide your next adventure travel goal!

Oxalis Adventure Tours:

ONE DAY TOURS

If you are seeking a taste of the caves and really don’t have enough time then we recommend a one-day cave and jungle trek. We currently have three tour options for you to select, each with a slightly different style and suitability.

• Phong Nha National Park 1-DayOur family adventure in the Phong Nha offers a great taste of untouched jungle and impressive wild caves. It is the easiest level of adventure but there is still 5km of trekking and 2km of caving, and optional swimming during warmer weather into one cave. It’s suitable for kids from 12 and above with good fitness, and so this makes for a great day for everyone! It costs VND 1,650,000 per person (USD 72).

• Tu Lan Experience – 1 DayThis is one of our original one-day tours and still one of the best adventures in Vietnam. This one-day tour includes rock scrambling, 50m swimming through a wild river-cave, and up to 9 km of trekking through the lush jungles. You will also strap yourself in for a 15m descent down a ladder. It costs VND 1,800,000 (USD 78) per person.

• Hang Tien Discovery – 1 DayThis one-day tour is perfect for trekking enthusiasts eager to see the largest cave of Tu Lan but without time for the two-day experience. Hang Tien is a dry cave so no swimming required, but still includes up to 4km of trekking through mostly flat jungle and about 500m exploring this incredible cave that will no doubt impress with its grandeur. It costs VND 2,000,000 per person (USD 87).

TWO DAY TOURS

Our most popular cave adventures start from two-days providing an immersive jungle and caving adventure, each targeting a slightly different kind of adventure-seeker, or perfect for those who want to combine a couple of tours to see different caves and areas on one trip to Phong Nha.

• Tu Lan Cave Encounter – 2 DaysOur most popular tour exploring the famous jungle area of Tu Lan. On this overnight camping excursion, you will trek through a number of different dry caves, swim up to 500m through a couple of river caves, witness outstanding cascading waterfalls underground as featured in National Geographic, and spend the night at our jungle camp beside a gorgeous waterfall. It includes 12km of trekking and 3km of caving in total and is for those with a good adventurous spirit. It costs VND 5,500,000 per person (USD 239).

• Hang En Cave Adventure – 2 DaysFor two days, this is our best-value-for-money tour that includes one of the most jaw-dropping natural landscapes you will see in this lifetime. This cave is considered the second largest cave in Vietnam and third largest in the World, and it also makes up one night of the original five-day Son Doong Cave Expedition being so close to the largest cave in the world. It includes visiting Ban Doong Ethnic Village, located in the jungle, and a magnificent campsite on a sandy beach inside the cave. It includes 22km of jungle trekking at times quite rocky, multiple knee-deep river crossings, and elevation change of 400m (the ‘hill’ you won’t forget), and 4km of caving. This is a level 3 adventure on a scale of 1 to 6. It costs VND 7,600,000 per person (USD 330).

• Hang Tien Endeavor – 2 DaysA two-day trek into the jungle to see the largest dry cave of the Tu Lan area, exploring 5.5km of this truly stunning cave, with a variety of karst formations. This 13km trek is suitable for those not too keen on cave swimming or too many hills, but still up for an adventure. This is a level 4 adventure between 1 and 6, with 6 being the most challenging. It costs VND 6,500,000 per person (USD 283).

• Hang Va Expedition – 2 DaysA technically challenging, but equally rewarding two-day caving adventure in the heart of Phong Nha National Park. This tour takes you deep into the jungle to one of the most spectacular river-caves, with formations not seen anywhere else in the world! It involves rock scrambling, wading through an underground river, bouldering and rope-traversing within the cave, to reach the rarest tower cone formations. This involves quite a lot of technical work due to safety, but is not overly difficult, it includes 10km of trekking and 3 km of caving.  This is a level 4 adventure, with 6 being the highest. It costs VND 8,000,000 per person (USD 348).

THREE-DAY TOURS

Now, if you really want to increase the adventure and soak up the wild jungle of Vietnam, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the area, we highly recommend a three-day caving tour of our Tu Lan or Hang Tien.

• Wild Tu Lan Cave Explorer – 3 DaysThis tour incorporates the very best of Tu Lan with two different jungle campsites besides stunning waterfalls, 3km of cave exploring through a number of caves, 1km of cave swimming and visiting some additional areas not included on our shorter experiences. Our three-day tour is very popular and tends to be booked out so get in quick to enjoy this thrilling jungle adventure. It includes 17 km of jungle trekking and with quite a bit of swimming you will need to have a good level of fitness. It is not for the faint-hearted, but still only considered level 3 adventure level compared to level 4 of the Hang Tien 3-day tour. It costs VND 8,000,000 per person (USD 348).

• Hang Tien Exploration – 3 DaysThis three-day tour stands out for combining a taste of Tu Lan with some river cave swimming, before crossing a mountain range to reach the valley for Hang Tien – the most astounding dry caves in the region, where you will enjoy trekking, bouldering over various rocky terrains to witnessing breathtaking patterned calcite walls & ceilings of Hang Tien. It’s challenging and definitely more suited to adventure enthusiasts who have trekking experience and prefer more challenging routes. It includes a total of 22km of trekking, 6.5 km of caving and an elevation change of 150m over one particular hillside. You will get wet, you will be challenged, but you will not be disappointed. Hang Tien is located adjacent to the Tu Lan area so you will enjoy the best of both worlds – a level 4 adventure out of 6 adventure levels. It costs VND 8,500,000 per person (USD 370).

FOUR & FIVE-DAY TOURS

For those looking for the ultimate adventure experience in Vietnam, and thriving for the real grand expedition of the world, you should opt for these 4-day journeys to explore the entire cave system of Tu Lan and the largest cave on Earth

• Tu Lan Expedition – 4 DaysYou will also explore all of the extraordinary caves in Tu Lan, including Kim Cave and Secret Cave that boasts phenomenal natural falls and karst formations inside these two unbelievable river caves. Complete a trek through Hang Tien Cave – famed for its vastness and magnificent formations. Our secluded jungle campsites are spectacular and mostly different from those visited on our shorter treks in the same region. This is a perfect alternative expedition for those who are unable to do Son Doong Expedition, still it’s challenging and not recommended for those without experience. It includes an additional night at Chay Lap Farmstay before the tour to ensure you are well rested and ready to depart early the following day. Level 5 on our 6 adventure levels. It includes 30km of jungle trekking, 5 km of caving, about 800m swimming through caves and one abseil in a cave in the pitch black – highly adventurous! It costs VND 15,000,000 per person (USD 652).

• Son Doong Expedition – 4 DaysBy now you would have seen some pictures of Son Doong Cave, and even they don’t do it justice. The record-breaking Son Doong Cave is hands-down one of the most stunning places on this planet Earth. The expedition is tough, but not too difficult so long as you have a strong resolve to achieve. It is surely one of the newest wonders of the world. Son Doong is not just another cave tour – it is life-changing to say the least. It includes 25km of trekking, 9 km caving including rope climbs, and the 90m ascent of the Great Wall of Vietnam using a ladder, elevation change of 400m and many river crossings inside and outside the cave. Level 6 on our adventure levels. It costs VND 69,800,000 per person (USD 3000).

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