The Silver Waterfall 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 Thac Bac waterfall in the San Sai Ho mountainside.
WHERE IS SAPA & HOW TO GET THERE
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 a sleeper bus from Hanoi city. The journey takes around 6-7 hours and it costs approximately 200,000 – 300,000 dong ($10). You can book the bus via reception at your accommodation in Hanoi.
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.
The 3-tiered Silver Waterfall Sapa
ARRIVING AT THE SILVER WATERFALL SAPA
The winding road north of Sapa towards Thac Bac 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 Vietnams highest peak, Fansipan.
The entrance to the Silver Waterfall Sapa 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 Sapa which goes towards the maintenance of the area.
Ticket office at Silver Waterfall Sapa
View of Silver Waterfall Sapa from the roadside
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THAC BAC SILVER WATERFALL SAPA
It is a short 5-min walk up a set of steep stairs till you reach the steel arched bridge, which is the furthest accessible point at Silver Waterfall Sapa.
From the bridge, 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 the falls though it is a wonderful attraction nonetheless.
The steel-arched bridge at Silver Waterfall Sapa
Thac Bac waterfall making its way down Ham Rong mountain
I spent 3 days and 3 nights in Sapa and stayed in the beautiful Lotus Hotel. The owner and staff here are very welcoming and overly helpful with anything you need to know about Sapa.
The Lotus Hotel has 23 private rooms with incredible mountain views for only $15 per night. Each room has a comfortable double bed + single bed, private bathroom, fireplace, fan, tv, wardrobe, coffee table and an outdoor balcony area.
To check availability at the Lotus Hotel and to book in advance, click HERE.
Lotus Hotel Sapa
SAPA – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The best time to visit Sapa in North Vietnam is between the months of March – May and September – November if you want to have sunny days and cool nights. In June – August Sapa experiences plenty of rainfall and much colder nights.
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.
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