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 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, though just take it easy and you will have no issues.
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The 3-tiered Silver Waterfall Sapa
ARRIVING AT THE SILVER WATERFALL SAPA
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 VND at the ticket office to enter the Silver Waterfall which goes towards the maintenance of the area.
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.
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The steel-arched bridge at Silver Waterfall
Thac Bac Silver Waterfall
WHERE TO STAY NEAR SILVER WATERFALL
Sapa has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay near Silver Waterfall 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
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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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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.
AIRBNB NEAR SILVER WATERFALL
Another option for accommodation near Silver Waterfall is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Sapa.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR VIETNAM
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Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
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Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
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Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
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