On a quick trip to beachside city of Nha Trang on the South Central Coast on Vietnam, I spotted some photos of people exploring Ba Ho waterfall on Instagram, and decided to check it out. The falls are just a 45 minute motorbike ride north of Nha Trang, and a great way to get out of the city for an afternoon.
Want to check our Ba Ho waterfall yourself? Here’s what you need to do.
1. Rent a motorbike
I’d read about tours to Ba Ho falls by car, but the ride there was half the fun. There are countless places to rent a motorbike in Nha Trang. I picked up this ride from one of the “Easy Rider” travel agents on Biệt Thự street, for $5 (100,000 dong) for the afternoon.
2. Acquire a pineapple
I found this guy at a fruit stand on the same street.
3. Ride north along the coast
The highway north from Nha Trang might be a shorter route to Ha Bo falls, but I would definitely recommend sticking to the coast and following Phạm Văn Đồng, the road that passes along the cliffs and fishing villages of Nha Phu Bay.
4. Turn left at this sign
After about 30 minutes, you’ll see this sign on the highway. Take a left.
5. Follow this road into the mountains
It leads through a small farming village, and towards Ha Bo falls.
6. Cross the train tracks
That’s the North-South railway connecting Hanoi to Saigon.
7. It might get a bit muddy, keep riding
After about 5 minutes, the road gets a little rocky, and if it has been raining, a little muddy too. Take it easy on that motorbike. Take one more turn left when you see another sign to Ba Ho waterfall.
8. You made it, almost
Almost. There’s a small cafe just inside the gate, and a motorbike parking lot (4,000 dong). You’ll need to buy an entry ticket too (25,000 dong, just over a dollar).
This sign says that it’s dry season and there is no water at the falls. It was lying.
9. Walk up this path
The walk up to the falls will take about 20 minutes, but there are plenty of places to stop and swim or relax along the way. The path isn’t the best, you’ll have to walk across some narrow pipes several times.
10. Start climbing over these rocks
Eventually, there will be a stream in the way and you won’t be able to walk any further. Take off your shoes and start climbing. Just before the climb I found a group of Vietnamese women selling drinks and snacks. I bought a beer to drink by the falls.
11. Follow the arrows
Luckily, there are big red arrows showing the best route to climb.
Another 10 minutes of climbing, and you’ve made it to the top. Dive in, go for a swim, and enjoy that beer. If you’re heading to the falls around lunchtime, this would be a great place to bring a picnic.