The impressive Tac Bac or Silver waterfall draws visitors to its stop off just prior to the highest point on the Tram Ton Pass, a winding mountain road with panoramic views of the Hoang Lien range. Thac Bac Waterfall rains down through the cool mountain air, dropping more than 320 feet over multiple tiers of boulder-strewn and mist-shrouded pine forest. A loop track involving several stairways a safe distance away, but still close enough to feel the mist of the rushing falls, culminate at an observation bridge spanning a narrow portion in the waterfall’s path.
Thac Bac can be reached by car or motorbike from Sapa—it is a seven mile trip from town and is included in many area day and multi-day tours, some coming from as far afield as Hanoi. Admission (3,000VND) is generally included in tours, which often also stop at Tram Ton Pass’ highest vantage and incorporate treks to local ethnic minority villages.