Summary: Silver Waterfall (Thac Bac) is an impressive waterfall near Sapa that cascades over multiple tiers. A walking trail follows the falls up to the top.

Thac Bac Waterfall (or Silver Waterfall) is north of Sapa, near the Tram Ton Pass – which is the highest mountain pass in Vietnam. The waterfall is formed by a stream that originates high up in the Lo Sui Tong mountain peak, before cascading over multiple tiers with a total drop of about 200m. (“Bac” means “silver” in English, with the waterfall getting its name from the water creating a brilliant white strip of water that looks silver in colour.)

Silver Waterfall (Thac Bac Waterfall)

A trail ascends on one side of the river up to a steel bridge, before descending the other side.

Silver Waterfall (Thac Bac Waterfall)

There are multiple views of the spectacular waterfall, from above and below.

Getting to Silver Waterfall (Thac Bac Waterfall)

The waterfall is 13km (about 30min) from Sapa along the 4D national highway, just before the Tram Ton Pass.

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The best time to visit Thac Bac is February to June, when the river flow is highest.

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