Ban Gioc Waterfall
Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of Vietnam’s best-known waterfalls, and its image adorns the lobby of many hotels, guesthouses. The falls, fed by the Quay Son River that marks the border with China, are an impressive sight and in a highly scenic location.
The waterfall is the largest in the country, though not the highest. Its vertical drop is only around 30m, but it has an impressive 300m span; one side of the falls is in China, the other is in Vietnam. Water volume varies considerably between the dry and rainy seasons, and the sight is most impressive in rainy season from May to September.
Boat owners will punt you on bamboo rafts close enough to the waterfall so you can feel the spray on your hair and skin. Rafts on the Vietnamese side have green canopies, and on the Chinese side canopies are blue. You’re allowed to swim in the large natural pool on the Vietnamese side, but not in the river or close to the main waterfall.
It’s a picturesque 10-minute stroll through paddy fields to reach the base of the falls from the parking area. If you’re here at harvest time in September or October, the farmers may encourage you to try out their pedal-powered threshing machines.
A police permit is required to visit this region and you need to show your passport to visit this area.
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