Silver Waterfall (Thac Bac): Exploring Sapa Magnificence in 2024

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Silver Waterfall (Thac Bac) is an ideal place for anyone looking to escape city life’s hustle and bustle and immerse themselves in tranquility and fresh air. We will show you everything needed for a seamless and memorable journey. Stay tuned!


You will find the Thac Bac Waterfall just 15 kilometers away from Sapa Town. This waterfall sits at a height of 1,800 meters above sea level, right beneath O Quy Ho Pass.

Best Time To Visit

You can visit Silver Waterfall at any time of the year. While each season gives this waterfall a different charm, tourists mostly love exploring its beauty in the summer. During this season, Thac Bac has pleasant temperatures, warm sunshine, and clear skies, perfect for sightseeing and photography.

For those seeking a more serene experience, visit Silver Waterfall in the winter. Fog covers almost half of the waterfall’s top, while the water itself can become as cold as ice. On particularly cold days, you might even encounter snow, a rare sight in Vietnam!

You can also choose to start your trip in September or October. It is the season of ripe rice, creating a breathtaking golden field on your way to the waterfall.

How To Get There

From Hanoi

  • By train: Travelling by train is perfect for those who enjoy a scenic train journey for a more relaxed and authentic experience. It departs from Tran Quy Cap Station in Hanoi and arrives in Lao Cai Station after about 8 hours.
  • By bus: Travelling by bus is for those who prefer a faster and more budget-friendly option. The journey takes approximately 6 hours.

Sapa Town, where the waterfall adventure begins, sits about 38 kilometers from Lao Cai City. Upon reaching Lao Cai, you can take another bus, taxi, grab, or drive a bike to Sapa town.

From Sapa

Once you have reached Sapa Town, follow National Road 4D heading towards Lai Chau – Dien Bien. Look out for the signboard indicating “Thac Bac Tourist Area.”

You can take a taxi or rent a motorcycle (costing about 80,000 – 150,000 VND per day).

Top Things To Do When Visiting Silver waterfall

Indulge in the beauty of Silver waterfall

Silver Waterfall is one of the most beloved destinations for travelers to Sapa. Its white, strong water flow creates a majestic look that is sure to “wow” everyone. Imagine how the flow can wash away your stress and anxiety. You will feel relaxed and rejuvenated visiting here. Sounds perfect, right?

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People coming to see this waterfall can also enjoy the magnificence of the natural surroundings. The high mountains, along with lush green woods, will make your eyes wide open.

There are two stairs that were built on either side of the Waterfall, one leads up and the other down. These stairs help tourists to enjoy the overall beauty of Thac Bac from different positions. Moreover, as you climb higher, you can see the whole town of Sapa in a breathtakingly beautiful way.

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Visit salmon farms

Besides visiting Thac Bac Waterfall, you can head up the mountains and explore the local salmon farms of Sapa. Here, you can learn how they grow salmon using internationally recognized standards. With this strict nurturing process, this farm harvests tons of high-quality salmon every year to serve consumer needs.

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Salmon here are raised in three sections for separate stages, including hatching salmon eggs, raising adults, and storing quality salmon before it reaches your plate. The secret to Sapa’s salmon success is water. They take it from the Silver Waterfall using a 1000-meter water tunnel. Additionally, there is a special experience here that you should not miss: enjoy fresh, delicious food made from salmon that you pick yourself from the pond.

Buy local gifts

Make your adventure more memorable by shopping at the vibrant local market at the foot of the waterfall. Here, you will discover diverse specialties and souvenirs, ranging from scarves and brocade shirts to handmade jewelry, accessories, and bags. These products will not only add a touch of Sapa’s culture to your wardrobe but also make for special gifts for your loved ones.

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Try local dishes

Finally, do not forget to treat yourself to special dishes here. You can enjoy baked eggs, grilled vegetables, and meat skewers which give you a unique taste of the mountain food. Com Lam (rice cooked in a bamboo pipe) and Thang Co are other must-tries when exploring the culinary delights of Sapa.

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Attractions Nearby

  • Fansipan Mountain: The highest mountain in Vietnam (3,143 meters), also known as the “Roof of Indochina”. Standing here to enjoy the beauty of surrounding mountains, hills, valleys, and more.
  • Muong Hoa Valley: We recommend cycling or motorbiking through this stunning valley to enjoy large rice paddies and charming traditional villages.
  • Ta Phin Village: This traditional village is surrounded by magnificent mountains and rice terraces. Come here to explore the life of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities, including the H’Mong and Red Dao people.
  • Cat Cat Village: Located just 3km from Sapa town, this is a great place to enjoy the natural beauty and the culture-rich activities of the H’mong people.
  • O Quy Ho Pass: Drive through the longest pass of Sapa to witness breathtaking views of towering mountains and billowing white clouds cascading over the peaks.

Useful Tips To Explore Silver Waterfall

  • Wear sturdy footwear and comfortable clothing
  • Pack essentials like coats, scarf, warm clothes, hats, and insect spray
  • Bring water to stay hydrated during your journey
  • Do not litter or damage the attractions in any way
  • Respect the local way of life and culture
  • Travel with local guides for a more memorable and insightful travel experience

So, call out to all nature enthusiasts, pack your bags, and explore the tranquillity of the Silver Waterfall. If you need a friendly, know-all companion to join you on this journey, don not hesitate to book a tour from Our local guide will ensure you have a truly unique and unforgettable adventure.

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