Thac Bac, also known as Silver Falls, is an impressive 200 metre high waterfall about 30 minutes by road from the popular resort town of Sapa in Northern Vietnam.
- Opening hours: 07:00 to 17:00
- Entrance fee: 20,000 VND
About Thac Bac
Thac Bac is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Vietnam, and unlike may other waterfalls which need to walk a long way to see, this one you can easily drive to either in a car or a motorbike. To reach Thac Bac from Sapa you need to take the main 4D highway westward. Thac Bac is very close to two other major local tourists attractions, Love Waterfall and the Heaven’s Gate viewpoint, which we suggest that you visit at the same time.
Even if you stop for a snack of grilled meats and egg, which are a local speciality, you probably won’t spend any more than an hour at Thac Bac. When you go we recommend taking a waterproof jacket and a jumper. This waterfall is located at 1,800 metres above sea level and it can get cold. In the winter time it snows here, and at other times of the year it’s damp because of low lying cloud and the mist generated by this fast moving waterfall.
When you arrive by road from Sapa at the turning on your right to the entrance to Thac Bac you will see a cluster and souvenir shops and stalls selling food and drink before the entrance gate where you pay 20,000 VND to go to the falls themselves. There is a well made staircase on each side of the falls which take you to about half the height of the falls, which about 100 metres up. You go up one set of steps and down the other.
Its take 5 to 10 minutes to climb up and, although it can be a little bit slippy, moderately fit visitors should have no problem completing the walk up and down. At the top of the stairs is a small metal bridge over the falls with a good viewpoint to appreciate the speed and power with which the water descends down the mountainside. You can’t swim in the pool at the bottom of this waterfall, its too cold and the water is moving too fast.
Location of Thac Bac
Thac Bac is located 12.7 km by road from Sapa Town.