15 of the Most Incredible Waterfalls in Vietnam

Pongour Waterfall in Dalat | © vadim kaipov / Unsplash
Pongour Waterfall in Dalat | © vadim kaipov / Unsplash
Photo of Dung Phan
19 June 2017

From the waterfalls of Ban Gioc to those of Pongour, Vietnam is home to a stunning and incredible selection of falls. Some are perfect for dipping, while others make for lovely picnic spots; some are even ideal of those who are seeking tranquillity. However, all of them are worth visiting.

Ban Gioc Waterfall

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Ban Gioc Waterfall from the Vietnam side | © Applejuice/Wiki Commons

Ban Gioc Waterfall

If you could custom build a desirable waterfall, it would resemble that of Ban Gioc, one of the largest, most majestic cascades in Vietnam. The falls, which have three magnificent levels divided by rocks and trees, have two sides: one in Vietnam and the other in China.

Ban Gioc Waterfall, TL 211, Đàm Thuỷ, Trùng Khánh, Cao Bằng, Vietnam

Elephant Waterfall

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Elephant Waterfalls in Dalat | © Ian Armstrong/Flickr

Elephant Waterfall

No, you’re not in India. This Elephant Waterfall is actually in Nam Ban village, approximately 30 kilometres (19 miles) from Dalat’s city centre. The best part is that you can get up close to this waterfall, allowing you to get the most mesmerising vantage point; however, it can be tricky due to the rugged trails and bracing spray.

Elephant Waterfall, Nam Ban, Lâm Hà District, Lâm Đồng, Vietnam

Pongour Waterfall

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Pongour Waterfall in Dalat | © vadim kaipov / Unsplash

Pongour Waterfall

The setting can enhance the overall impression of a waterfall, and Pongour is a good example. The multi-layered falls allow visitors to get under and behind them, perfect for cooling down in the heat. While not as well known to tourists as the Elephant Waterfall, Pongour has the edge when it comes to ambience and untamed beauty.

Pongour Falls, Thôn Tân Nghĩa, Ninh Gia, Đức Trọng District, Lâm Đồng, Vietnam

May Waterfall

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May Waterfall | © Tran Qui Thinh/Shutterstock

May Waterfall

May Waterfall (which translates into ‘cloud’) is about a three-hour drive from Hanoi and is a true gem. Although the route is poorly managed, the experience is completely rewarding. May Waterfall consists of more than nine individual falls in low season, resembling a sea of cascading clouds.

May Waterfall, Thạch Lâm, Thạch Thành District, Thanh Hoa, Vietnam

May Waterfall | © Tran Qui Thinh / Shutterstock

Love Waterfall

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Love Waterfall at Sapa | © Guerretto/Flickr

Love Waterfall

A 20-minute pleasant woodland walk alongside a red-soil route through the bamboo and rhododendron forests and a stream with plenty of steep slopes will bring you to the 100-metre-high (328 feet) falls that flow in the shade of the scenic and tranquil woods.

Love Waterfall, Sơn Bình, Tam Đường District, Lai Chau, Vietnam

Yang Bay Waterfall

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Yang Bay Waterfall | © pqthong0911/Wiki Commons

Yang Bay Waterfall

At Yang Bay, you are spoilt for choice, with hot springs, mud spas, and lagoon swims. It can be overwhelming with all of the activities on offer, but if you’re simply looking for natural pools in which to cool off, Yang Bay is a pleasant and relaxing choice.

Yang Bay Falls, Khánh Phú, Khánh Vĩnh District, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam

Dray Nur Waterfall

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Dray Nur Waterfalls | © Y Kpia Mlo/Wiki Commons

Dray Nur Waterfall

In terms of quality and quantity, a trail through Krong Ana River takes some beating with its three spectacular cascades: Dray Nur, Dray Sap, and Gia Long. The Dray Nur Waterfall, however, is in a different league thanks to its great, galloping gush of water.

Dray Nur Waterfall, Ea Na, KRông Ana, Đắk Lắk, Vietnam

Dambri Waterfall

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Dambri Waterfall | © Thoai/Shutterstock

Dambri Waterfall

Located 130 kilometres (81 miles) from Dalat, Dambri Waterfall is one of the highest falls in Vietnam, and it is monstrously loud with a torrent of water plunging over 80 metres (262 feet) into a large pool. The most impressive views of this natural wonder are from the base and the steep stairs in front of the waterfall.

Dambri Waterfall, Hamlet 14, Lý Thái Tổ, Đambri, Đạ MBri, Bảo Lộc City, Lâm Đồng, Vietnam

Dambri Waterfall | © Thoai / Shutterstock

Khe Van Waterfall

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Khe Van Waterfall

Hikers can take the mountainous paths, which trail through dense forests, paddy fields, and ethnic villages, to reach the Khe Van Waterfall. At the height of 100 metres (328 feet), the waterfall has three levels of water, pouring over large slabs of rock, which creates beautiful, smooth and crystal-clear streams.

Khe Van Waterfall, Bình Liêu District, Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam

Suoi Tranh Waterfall

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Suoi Tranh Waterfall in Phu Quoc | © ntt/Wiki Commons

Suoi Tranh Waterfall

In this wild green area, you will find a breathtaking rocky landscape with freshwater pools, streams, and sparkling waterfalls. Suoi Tranh is truly a spectacular spot to swim, so plunge in and cool down under the fast flow of the water.

Suoi Tranh Waterfall, Suối Mây, tt. Dương Đông, Phu Quoc, Kien Giang, Vietnam

Phu Cuong Waterfall

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Phu Cuong Waterfall | © bui minh vu/Shutterstock

Phu Cuong Waterfall

A one-hour drive from Pleiku and a 20-minute climb will bring you to this breathtaking cascade – a steady flow of water tumbling over red rock – which is an excellent refuge from the crowds of tourists.

Phu Cuong Waterfall, Highway 25, Dun, Chư Sê, Gia Lai, Vietnam

Phu Cuong Waterfall | © bui minh vu / Shutterstock