Silver Waterfall (Thac Bac) In Sapa – Vietnam

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The Silver Waterfall in Sapa, or as the locals like to call it Thac Bac, is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the region.

I have put together this complete guide to Silver Waterfall including how to get there, how much it costs, the best time to visit, and what to expect when you’re there.

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HOW TO GET TO SILVER WATERFALL SAPA

Thac Bac Silver Waterfall is a 30-minute drive north of Sapa town. Head north along the Sapa loop road and discover this raging waterfall in the San Sai Ho mountainside.

Click here to see the location on Google maps.

You can rent a scooter in Sapa town for 100,000 VND per day and make sure to have a full tank of gas before heading into the mountain.

The roads in Sapa aren’t in the greatest condition, with potholes and ditches in some areas, so just take it easy and you will have no issues.

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ARRIVING AT THAC BAC

The winding road leading north of Sapa towards these beautiful falls is incredibly scenic and I am sure that you will want to stop more than once to take in the breathtaking views of the rice terraces and Vietnam’s highest peak, Fansipan.

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The entrance to the waterfall is on the side of the main road, you won’t miss it. There are also a dozen souvenir and food shacks lined up along the shoulder of the main road where you can browse for some trinkets or something to eat and drink.

You will have to pay 20,000 VND at the ticket office to enter which goes towards the maintenance of the area.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

From the jump-off point, It is a short 5 to 10-minute walk up a set of steep stairs till you reach the steel arched bridge, which is the furthest accessible point.

Here you can enjoy impressive views of the 200-meter high Thac Bac waterfall as the silver water gushes down from the Ham Rong mountain peak.

Unfortunately, you cannot swim at Silver Waterfall though it is a wonderful attraction to marvel at nonetheless.

Facing away from the falls, you can catch extensive views of the nearby mountains and the world-renowned rice terraces of Sapa.

I would only recommend spending around 30 minutes here before continuing on to see more tourist spots in the Sapa region.

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WHERE TO STAY IN SAPA

Sapa has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Sapa to suit budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.

See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

LUXURY: AIRA BOUTIQUE HOTEL

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MID RANGE: PHUONG NAM HOTEL

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BUDGET: FANSIPAN HOMESTAY

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FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY IN SAPA, SEARCH ON AGODA OR SEARCH ON BOOKING.COM

 

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

The best time to visit Sapa in North Vietnam is between the months of March to May and September to November if you want to have sunny days and cool nights.

From June to August, Sapa experiences plenty of rainfall and much colder nights. Be sure to pack a rain jacket and warm clothes if you visit during these months.

The town of Sapa is walkable so you can see all the attractions on foot. You will be spoilt for choice of restaurants, bars, shops and cafes in Sapa town.

HOW TO GET TO SAPA

Sapa is a town in the Hoang Lien Son mountains, Lao Cai province, North Vietnam.

To best way to get to Sapa is by taking an overnight sleeper bus from Hanoi City and the journey takes around 6 to 7 hours to reach Sapa.

You can search for all bus connections from Hanoi to Sapa on the 12Go Asia website and book online to get the best rates!

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WHAT TO PACK FOR SAPA

When visiting Sapa, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;

  • Sunscreen – the Vietnamese sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
  • Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
  • Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
  • Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.

If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;

  • GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
  • Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.

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BEST TOURS IN SAPA

 

 

 

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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