Ba Ho literally means “three pools” in Vietnamese, giving the Ba Ho Waterfalls its name: the water cascades over three tiers before dropping into a deep pool. The Ba Ho river starts at the top of Hon Son which is over 600 high, and descends over ten kilometres through jungle and between two rocky mountains, before reaching Phu Huu Village and flowing into Nha Phu Lagoon. The water is very clean, and the natural waterfall and pool is surrounded by a dense rainforest, and is a popular attraction near Nha Trang.
The water flow varies throughout the year, and is highest during the monsoon season (October-December). At this time, the waterfalls will be far more impressive – but swimming can be dangerous due to the current. From April to September the water flow will be much less.
Getting to Ba Ho Waterfalls
The Ba Ho waterfall is 25km (about a 45min drive) north of Nha Trang; many tours combine this with a trip to Monkey Island.
Reaching the waterfalls and swimming hole requires a short trek through the jungle, which is marked by red arrows. The trail passes some interesting rock formations and requires some easy scrambling, before reaching the first waterfall and “First Lake”.
You can continue beyond the first Ba Ho Waterfall to reach the second and third waterfalls. This requires a bit more scrambling and is a slightly harder track.
More informaton on Ba Ho Waterfalls
- Vietnam Discovery – All About Ba Ho Waterfalls