Summary: Ngu Ho (Five Lakes) is a series of five spectacular swimming holes and waterfalls in Bach Ma National Park (between Da Nang and Hue). An Adventure Trail connects the lakes.

Reached by the Five Lakes Trail, this series of natural pools and cascades are all very photogenic, and most offer an opportunity for a swim.

Lake 1

A wide pool with a small cascade at the top, Lake 1 is very picturesque but less popular for swimming.The trail (a steel and timber boardwalk) follows the length of the pool.

Lake 2

The smallest of the five lakes, Lake 2 is a narrow pool at the base of a multi-tiered waterfall. It’s not really obvious that this is one of the five lakes; originally there was just a timber ladder here and no walkway. The steel & timber walkway crosses the bottom of the pool, making it a bit tricky to access the water.

Lake 3

One of the most photogenic of the five pools, Lake 5 is almost perfectly round with a beautiful waterfall cascading into the far end. It’s sess popular for swimming, being more exposed than the other pools.

Lake 4

A small but very picturesque swimming hole; the waterfall at the far end has been segmented into two separate drops. One of the best pools for an extended stop or a swim.

Lake 5

The last swimming hole, which has a lower cascade that drops into a deep pool, and a higher waterfall just above it. A nice spot for a swim with easy access to the water.

Getting to Ngu Ho (Five Lakes)

The start of the Five Lakes Trail is from the road that ascends from the the Bạch Mã National Park Visitor Centre to the peak (Hai Vong Dai). It’s about 55km (1:30min drive) from Hue, 70km (1:45min) from Da Nang and 100km (2:45min) from Hoi An. The trail is about 2km return – but allow a couple of hours to explore the pools. You can do a longer loop by continuing to the Rhododendrum Trail via the Do Quyen Waterfall (allow 3-4 hours).

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