The Silver Waterfall in Sapa, or as the locals call it ‘Thac Bac’, is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the region. Head north along the Sapa loop road and discover the raging Silver Waterfall in the San Sai Ho mountainside.
I have put together this complete guide of Silver Waterfall including how to get there, how much it costs, the best time to visit and what to expect
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HOW TO GET TO SILVER WATERFALL SAPA
The Thac Bac Silver Waterfall is a 30-minute drive north from Sapa.
You can rent a scooter in Sapa town for 100,000 dong 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, though just take it easy and you will have no issues.
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The 3-tiered Silver Waterfall
ARRIVING AT THE SILVER WATERFALL
The winding road north of Sapa towards Silver Waterfall 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.
The entrance to the Silver 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 dong at the ticket office to enter the Silver Waterfall which goes towards the maintenance of the area.
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Ticket office at Silver Waterfall Sapa
View of Silver Waterfall from the roadside
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SILVER WATERFALL (THAC BAC)
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 at Silver Waterfall Sapa.
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 Silver Waterfall 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 at Silver Waterfall before continuing on to see more tourist spots in the Sapa region.
The steel-arched bridge at Silver Waterfall
Thac Bac Silver Waterfall
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 and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: AIRA BOUTIQUE HOTEL
MID RANGE: PHUONG NAM HOTEL
BUDGET: FANSIPAN HOMESTAY
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY IN SAPA, SEARCH ON AGODA OR SEARCH ON BOOKING.COM
BEST TOURS IN SAPA
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.
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SAPA – 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.
In 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.
Another option for accommodation in Vietnam is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Vietnam.
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