Vietnam is well-known for its natural and primitive beauty with oceans and beaches, hills, and forests. Waterfalls in Vietnam also remain one of the key features attracting visitors every year. Apart from their magnificence, those waterfalls are interestingly mysterious with many legends and tales derived from them. Continue to read more stories as well as a brief guide into Vietnam waterfalls.
Pongour Waterfall, Lam Dong Province
With a height of 40 meters and a width of 100 meters, Pongour Waterfall is believed to be one of the wildest and most magnificent Vietnam waterfalls in the Western Highlands located 50 kilometers away from Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province. Legend has it that an ethnic K’ho woman led the tribe named Kanai with four big rhinos that supported her. When she passed away, her resting place became a majestic waterfall in which her hair became the white and cooling water, and those rhinos’ horns became the giant green rocks.
The ecosystem around the waterfall has a rich biodiversity that supports many kinds of plants and forests. Coming to admire the beauty of the Pongour waterfall, crossing the path leading to it surrounded by blooming sunflowers from November to March is a recommended must-try experience in Vietnam!
Ban Gioc Waterfall, Cao Bang Province
Situated in Cao Bang Province and lying on the border of Vietnam and China, Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of the four most significant cross-border waterfalls in the world. The main fall is 100 meters wide, 70 meters high, and 60 meters in depth. The image of the white falling water in the middle of the green and breathtaking background of mountains and forests is picturesque and deserves a visit from any adventurous soul! The best time to come to Cao Bang is from September to December when Ban Gioc is filled with clear blue water, Especially, at the beginning of December, buckwheat flowers are in blossom contributing to the beauty of the fall.
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Dray Nur Waterfall, Dak Lak Province
This Vietnam waterfall is a beautiful gift from nature belonging to Dak Lak Province, 25 kilometers from Buon Ma Thuot City. “Dray Nur” in the local language means Wife or Female waterfall and is associates with the legendary love story “Romeo and Juliet”. One legend said that there was a loving couple, but because of the conflicts between the two tribes, they decided to die together in the river and be with each other forever. This angered God at the selfishness of the villagers, and He caused an incredible storm creating a waterfall separating the 2 tribes.
This Vietnam waterfall has three levels forming three lakes where you can swim in the first lake and enter a cave through a path from the third lake. The hidden cave with stalactites and stalagmites has attracted many adventurers to come and admire. Besides enjoying the stunning beauty of the fall, you can visit the villages near it to observe and learn about the cultural activities of the Ede ethnic minorities.
Tac Tinh Waterfall, Lai Chau Province
After passing the narrow path of 150 meters, you can be thrilled at the majesty of the fall in the middle of wild nature. Tac Tinh Waterfall is 130 meters high starting from the Hoang Lien Son range and 40 meters wide, ending with the 100 meters square lake. Located in Tam Duong District, Lai Chau Province, Tac Tinh is also called Love Waterfall by locals since “Tinh” means Love. From a panoramic view, the fall looks like soft white silk stuck in the giant mountain. Behind the beauty, there is a sad love story often told by the Dao ethnic people. A forbidden love between a man and a woman made them face many difficulties. Finally, she ended up suicidal by jumping down the waterfall to protect her eternal love. Love waterfall was then named by locals to praise love and loyalty.
Bac Waterfall, Lao Cai Province
Situated in San Sa Ho Commune, Sapa, Lao Cai Province, Bac Waterfall is 200 meters in height and a water source of the Muong Hoa stream. An incredible view can be seen from Ham Rong Mountain where you can contemplate the white water rushing down just like silver. That is why the locals call the fall Silver Waterfall since “bac” means silver. Only 12 kilometers away from Sa Pa Town, you can get there in about 30 minutes by car or motorbike. Any adventurer should not miss the chance to enjoy the breathtaking landscape of mountains and terraced rice fields on the way by motorbike and some picturesque photo opportunities.
Climbing up to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Vietnam, immersing yourself in the spectacular scenery, hearing the sounds of streams flowing, and birds singing would be an unforgettable experience.
Yang Bay Waterfall, Khanh Hoa Province
Yang Bay, with distinct and beautiful features made by Mother Nature, is a great attraction contributing to the popularity of Nha Trang‘s coastal city. The fall is situated 100 meters above sea level and a distance of 45 kilometers from the city center. Streams run through rocks and forests where the green of leaves and trees, the whiteness of the water, and the dark color of the stones would leave you with satisfaction and peace when fully immersed in real nature.
It would be a miss not to know the fantastic tale behind one of the most popular waterfalls in Vietnam. “Yang Bay” in the language of Raglai ethnic minority means “waterfall of heaven”. It has been told that the God of Heaven did not agree with the love between a fairy and a human guy and made the human into a rock. Then the fairy decided to leave heaven and protect the rock forever. This angered the God of Heaven, and He made all rivers and lakes run out of water. Since then a mother frog tried to call and cry for water and rain until she was out of breath and died. Her offspring waited for her for so long and died after her. Upon learning this, the God of Heaven regretted his decision and cried, and his tears became a waterfall. That is the origin of the name “Yang Bay”.
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May Waterfall, Thanh Hoa Province
“May” or Cloud waterfall has a height of 100 meters and is located in Thach Lam Commune, Thach Thanh District, Thanh Hoa Province. Locals also call this wonder “nine steps of love” regarding its gorgeous nine levels of water that they believe are the tracks of nine ferries after returning to Heaven. If you are a couple traveling together, the May waterfall could be an exciting destination worth considering. Legend says that if you swim together there, love will blossom and happiness will be fulfilled.
Conclusion on the Vietnam Waterfalls
Waterfalls in Vietnam are popularly known for their stunning and mysterious beauty. During your to this beautiful country, make sure to visit at least one waterfall and learn the exciting story behind it. A wonderful experience awaits you!
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