Water is the most perfect traveller because when it travels it becomes the path itself!”
– Mehmet Murat Ildan
As the largest continent, it comes as no surprise that Asia has the best countries to travel to. Whether you’re a history buff, foodie, hiker, or outdoor adventurer, Asia provides amazing experiences for all types of travelers. We’re also adding seeing beautiful waterfalls to the list as there are plenty of waterfalls to inspire our wanderlust.
In the fourth and final installment of our waterfall bucket list series, we’re off to see waterfalls in Asia, specifically in East, South, and Southeast Asia. Our incredible travel bloggers (aka waterfall chasers) share their must see waterfalls in Asia and also provide tips on how to get there.
Planning your vacation around waterfalls? Check out our complete waterfall bucket list series: Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, Europe, and North America and South America. Now let’s see all of these top waterfalls in the world!
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Map of Asia Waterfalls Locations
23 Best Waterfalls in Asia
1. Shivanasamudra Falls, India
By Stuart, Go Eat Do
The Shivanasamudra Falls, which you may also see written as the Sivasamudram Falls, are at their most impressive between July and October when the River Kaveri is swollen by monsoon rain. The water tumbles about 98 meters (321 feet) down rocks, throwing spray into the air as it crashes into the basin below.
If you’re feeling adventurous, pack your swimming costume and join the locals who cool off in the water on the far side of the water, well away from the power of the Shivanasamudra Falls.
This waterfall lies about 130 kilometers (81 miles) southwest of Bangalore, the state capital of Karnataka, India. Allow at least 3.5 hours for the drive to the waterfalls. Hire cars with drivers are one way of getting to this natural landmark. Buses also run between Bangalore and Shivanasamudra.
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2. Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, Indonesia
By Jackie and Justin, Life Of Doing
Bali is a paradise for nature lovers and also those who love waterfalls. Consider visiting Banyumala Twin Waterfalls as it’s one of the best waterfalls in Bali. Located on the North side of the island, it’s the ideal spot to relax and escape the tourists and crowds.
The waterfall is in the middle of the jungle with greenery everywhere. What is unique about this waterfall are the 2-3 cascading streams that gently falls into the swimming area. If you decide to swim, the water is refreshing and not too cold.
The road to Banyumala Twin Waterfalls is challenging as it’s narrow and with potholes. It’s recommended to come on a scooter/motorbike to navigate through the path. Cars can use the road but only one car can pass at a time. From the parking lot, it’s less than a 10-minute walk to the entrance and a short walk to the base of the waterfall.
Admission is 30,000 IDR ($2.10 USD) per person which comes with a free bottle of water.
3. Leke Leke Waterfall, Indonesia
By Nadia, Eco Wanderland
Leke Leke Waterfall is one of the lesser-known waterfalls in Bali, which is an amazing feat in itself. As much as I’d love to keep it to myself, I believe everyone deserves to experience something as beautiful as it.
Getting to Leke Leke is a bit of a trek, about 45 minutes from the popular Nungnung waterfall, though, it can be done together. The best way to get there is to hire a driver and a car, which shouldn’t cost you any more than 750,000 Rupiah ($53 USD).
Once you get there, the admission cost is very cheap, around 20,000 Rupiah ($1.40 USD) and the journey to the first waterfall is as easy as a hop, skip, and jump!
Unfortunately when I went, the second and third waterfalls were inaccessible due to heavy rain, but it was still very much worth it! The water is cold and clear and if you’re lucky like me, the kind man who looks after the waterfall will help you climb up one of the rocks to sit underneath it! It was such a unique experience and one of my favorite memories from Bali.
4. Sekumpul Waterfall, Indonesia
By Darja, DeeGees Travels
If you’re visiting Bali, you can’t miss Sekumpul Waterfall in the north of the island. Surprisingly not as popular as you would expect, this natural beauty comprises seven tall gorgeous waterfalls.
If you want to visit all of them, plan to spend a couple of hours climbing myriads of stairs, crossing the river, and walking through the forest. It may be a bit tiring, but definitely worth the view! Make sure you have comfortable shoes, a bikini, and a bottle of water.
Tickets are 20,000 IDR ($1.40 USD) (and 15,000 IDR ($1 USD) if you want to visit Fiji Waterfall which is next to Sekumpul). Guides are about 250,000 IDR ($18 USD) but aren’t mandatory.
The best and most fun way of getting there is by scooter. You can enjoy the scenic curvy mountain road with occasional stops on the way at small local shops for a cup of Indonesian coffee. The waterfall is about 75 kilometers (47 miles) from Denpasar and would take a couple of hours to reach.
If you don’t want to spend so many hours on a motorbike, consider staying a night in the North and drive back the following day. You can, of course, also book a tour with a private driver. Those are sold in every homestay.
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5. Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, Indonesia
By David & Intan, The World Travel Guy
The Tumpak Sewu waterfall is a spectacular cluster of falls pouring into an open jungle ravine, and its beauty has caused it to be nicknamed the ‘thousand waterfalls’ of East Java, Indonesia.
You can view these falls from an overlook above without doing any hiking, or it’s also possible to go down to the base of the falls and experience them up close. With a drone, you can even see the Mount Semeru volcano in the distance behind the waterfall.
The hike down to the falls is a bit rough and strenuous but doesn’t take very long at all. There’s a lot of mist and spray in the ravine near the falls, so take care with camera gear or electronics.
Tumpak Sewu waterfall is located in the Lumajang regency of East Java, Indonesia. It’s easy to hire a driver and go there on a day trip from Malang or Surabaya (which both have direct flights from Bali), or some people like to visit it on an extended road trip along with other popular sights in Java, like Mount Bromo.
The entrance fee for Tumpak Sewu is only about $1 US dollar, but that’s sure to go up as it’s rapidly becoming more popular!
6. Kuang Si Waterfall, Laos
By Josie, Josie Wanders
Kuang Si Waterfall is located outside of Luang Prabang in Laos and is a popular place to see while there. The waterfall is beautiful, with milky blue water pouring down its three levels through the jungle. The water cascades down into many small pools of water which locals and visitors alike use to cool down in on a hot day.
At the bottom of the falls is a well-developed area for visitors with change rooms and small stalls selling snacks and drinks. There is also a small sun bear sanctuary with some sun bears and information on the protection and conservation of the species.
Outside the gates to the waterfall are many shops and restaurants catering to the tourist trade.
Kuang Si is easy to access from Luang Prabang. There will be offers of taxis or tuk-tuks on every corner. Or join a tour, combining Kuang Si with other local attractions, or perhaps join a hike through the jungle, approaching the falls from the top, and enjoy a refreshing swim to finish off.
Read More: Top Reasons to Go to Luang Prabang
7. Tad Fane Waterfall, Laos
By Michael, mscgerber.com
The Tad Fane Waterfall in Laos was a big surprise for me, as it impressed me with its size, power, and beauty. I didn’t know about all the beautiful waterfalls in Southern Laos, and the Tad Fane Waterfall, which is the tallest in whole Laos, was certainly one of my favorites.
Next to the fascinating views, the site also offers some fun attractions, such as ziplining over the falls or having a coffee above the Tad Fane Waterfall. To me, this waterfall is one of the most breathtaking I’ve ever seen, especially due to its surrounding nature.
To get to the Tad Fane Waterfall, I’d recommend flying into Pakse, from where you can reach it easily by car, motorcycle, or with a tour bus.
8. Sungai Sendat Waterfalls, Malaysia
By Pashmina, The Gone Goat
The hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia can get to you, but visiting a tropical country comes with benefits. You get to visit hidden watercooler finds like the Sungai Sendat waterfall about 1.5 hours away from the modern city.
The Sungai Sendat Waterfall or the Sendat River Tropical rainforest is located in Ulu Yam, approximately 73.5 kilometers (46 miles) away from Kuala Lumpur. A local favorite among city dwellers, the cascading waterfall offers three levels and promises cold refreshing gushing waters, a welcome respite from the heat.
The rainforest is open daily from morning till evening and a small ticket fee is charged at the entrance after the bridge. To get to the Sungai Sendat Waterfall, rent a car, scooter, or carpool using the Batang Kali route from Rawang or Genting Highlands, and follow the signboards in town that lead to the village area.
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9. Anisakan Falls, Myanmar
By Susie and Stephen, Dreamers Who Wander
If you are in Pyin Oo Lwin, you cannot miss the amazing Anisakan Falls. The most magnificent of all is the Dat Taw Gyaik Fall, this gorgeous three-step cascade is truly impressive! There is a pagoda next to it and many locals enjoy taking a break here and appreciating the peaceful atmosphere.
Parking is available right before the steep and rocky 40 minutes trail to the valley floor. If you’re a good swimmer and an adventurous traveler, remember to swim behind the waterfall and feel the loud embrace of nature!
You can reach the Anisakan Falls by motorbike taxi or rent your own scooter. From Pyin Oo Lwin, take the main Mandalay highway and once in Anisakan town, turn right at the waterfalls signpost. At the end of the road, few basic restaurants will indicate parking and the beginning of the trail.
10. Bagongbong Falls, Philippines
By Linn, Brainy Backpackers
Bagongbong Falls must be the most beautiful waterfall on the entire island of Biliran in the Philippines. This hidden gem is in the deep jungle and not the easiest to get to. The waterhole by the cascade is a great place for a refreshing swim and there are plenty of rocks to enjoy your picnic.
The best way to get there is to rent a scooter or a driver. The waterfall is more or less in the middle of the island and isn’t directly accessible by car or scooter.
Once you leave the scooter, there is a 30 minutes jungle trail walk ending with some steep steps down to the bottom of the waterfall. After the sweaty walk, the reward is immense when arriving at this spectacular waterfall protected by the high cliff walls around.
11. Casaroro Falls, Philippines
By Ferna, Everywhere with Ferna
Casaroro Falls has a 100 feet (30 meters) narrow falls where one can be mesmerized by its picturesque view. Surrounded by the lush green environment it’s nestled in the Valencia town of the Philippines. The water will tempt a traveler to jump in a blue-green color of the water.
There is no one living near the area, thus, different types of magnificent tropical trees still stand. These are some of the reasons why one should visit Casaroro Falls.
Arriving at the place will take a lot of effort and energy. From the starting point, you’ll be welcomed with a 300+ steps stairways. Afterward, take another 500 meters (1,640 feet) trek to boulders and slippery stones trapping the way.
Although it’s manageable, it takes more time to arrive at the main cascade. The water drops down in the basin have a strong current which is why it’s prohibited to swim near this area. They only allow visitors to swim at the bottom of the pool.
The entrance fee is only 10 PHP or $0.19 USD.
To get to the falls, take a jeepney ride from Dumaguete City going to Valencia town. From the town, hire a motorcycle (habal-habal local term) with a driver going up to the Casaroro’s jumping point. If you wish to hire a tour guide, there are locals in the area offering for 300 PHP or $5.68 USD fee.
12. Kawasan Falls, Philippines
By Rae, Raescape
If you like hiking, waterfall-chasing, swimming, and cliff-diving, why not experience them all in one location? You must not miss one of the famous waterfalls in the Philippines, Kawasan Falls.
For 1,500 PHP ($29 USD), you get to try what the locals call, canyoneering, a must-try adventure for thrill-seeking travelers. Once you jumped the first cliff, you have to jump all of them until you reach the main falls! Your body will be filled with dropping frenzy as you plunge into the ice-cold water. Don’t worry, the whole experience is safe. Guides will tell you how to properly execute cliff diving, where and when you should jump, duck, and slide, and aid you as you swim.
Once you reached the main falls, you may rent a raft and try the ‘waterfall massage’ wherein you lie down and enjoy the water falling on your shoulders and backs.
How to Get There
If you are coming from Cebu International Airport or Cebu City, it would be a three to four-hour travel to the municipality of Badian in Cebu. Hail a taxi heading to Ceres Bus Terminal. Ride a bus bound to Bato via Barili and tell the conductor to drop you at the jump-off point to Kawasan Falls. Bus fare is around 150 PHP ($3 USD). Follow the signs heading to Kawasan Falls.
I suggest allocating one day for the whole Kawasan Falls experience. Travel to Kawasan Falls in the morning so you can start the canyoneering early. Don’t forget your action camera!
13. Mantayupan Waterfalls, Philippines
By Safia, Nomad Junkies
The island of Cebu in the Philippines is a tropical paradise known for world-class diving and spectacular waterfalls. While Kawasan Waterfalls is arguably the most popular attraction among tourists, it’s the lesser-known Mantayupan Waterfalls in Barili that is the most impressive for nature lovers.
Standing at 98 meters (322 feet) tall, the highest waterfall on Cebu, it’s a hidden gem well worth exploring for anyone wanting to go off-the-beaten-path. A suspended bridge takes visitors to the scenic falls, where you can swim in the turquoise pool or use a raft to get up-close-and-personal with the rush of water cascading down from the cliff.
Mantayupan Waterfalls can be reached by local bus from Cebu (around 2 hours) or by scooter from Moalboal (about a 1-hour drive). The admission is 20 PHP per person ($0.38 USD).
14. Jeongbang Falls, South Korea
By Marie, Be Marie Korea
Jeju Island is known for being the Hawaii of Korea. It’s an exotic island that has so much to offer for visitors. It’s popular as a holiday destination among Koreans, especially for young Korean couples on honeymoon. Also, it’s slowly becoming popular among foreign visitors too, due to the many K dramas that have been shot there.
Apart from the stunning beaches, the superb hiking trails and the many other activities, the waterfalls are a must-visit. The island has 3 main waterfalls, Jeongbang, Cheonjiyeon, and Cheonjeyeon. These are all located within walking distance of each other and Jeongbang is the only waterfall in Asia that falls directly into the ocean.
The admission fee to get into the waterfalls is 2000 Won/KRW ($2 USD) and it can be reached using public transport from Jeju City or Seogwipo City. Check out more about South Korea in this 7 days in Korea itinerary.
15. Diyaluma Falls, Sri Lanka
By Bradley, Dream Big Travel Far
Diyaluma Falls are easily some of the nicest waterfalls anywhere in Sri Lanka, and indeed even Asia. They’re the second-highest falls in the country, but what makes them fascinating is that they can be enjoyed both from below and above. On your way to them, you approach from the base offering the chance for epic shots of them in their full glory
Afterward, you can head up the mountain and then swim in them from above! There are many pools located at the top of the falls and many braver individuals go right to the edge and seemingly dangle their feet right out over the falls!
Getting there is straightforward and most choose to visit them whilst staying in Ella. They’re located about one hour away and you can get there by moped, tuk-tuk, or private car. To get to the top you need to keep heading along the same road upon which you arrived and then head right and up the winding road that leads to the pools.
16. Shifen Waterfall, Taiwan
By Queenie, Ms Travel Solo
Shifen Waterfall is one of the best waterfalls near Taipei, Taiwan. It stands 20 meters (66 feet) high and 40 meters (131 feet) wide. You can get pretty close to the waterfall from different platforms, which are all part of the Shifen Waterfall Observation Deck. And best of all, there is no cost to see the waterfall.
When you visit, you’ll pass by Shifen. It’s a quaint railroad town about 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Taipei. It’s the perfect place for an excellent day trip from Taipei.
Highlights of Shifen include Shifen Old Street, where the train goes through the main street and onlookers on both sides take many photos. It’s also known for releasing lanterns into the sky. Purchase a paper lantern, write your wishes on it, and set it free. Seeing so many lanterns in the air is quite magical!
How to Get There
From Taipei Main Train Station, take the local train to Ruifang Station. Then transfer to another train bound for Pingxi and disembark at Shifen Station.
From Shifen Station, follow the signs marked for Shifen Waterfall. The path will lead you along Shifen Old Street and signs pointing to the waterfall. Walk 20 minutes or so or until you reach the visitor center. It’s a stroll and not difficult at all.
On the way, you’ll pass by a smaller waterfall called Yanjindong Falls, then cross the Guanpu Suspension Bridge. Shifen Waterfall is not far after the bridge.
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17. Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls, Thailand
By Jane, Scarlet Jones Travels
Bua Tong Waterfalls are better known as the Sticky Waterfalls for a very good reason. When you clamber up the wet rocks in your bare feet, the weird geological phenomenon makes you stick like a gecko and they’re great fun if you’re looking for a break from the heat from Chiang Mai.
The area is pretty with lush green trees and crystal clear water. Walk down the wooden steps to the bottom of the falls and climb back up in the cool water which runs fast but isn’t very deep. Where slippery algae have grown there are ropes hanging down to help.
You can get to the Sticky Waterfalls by songthaew from Chiang Mai but bargain hard. Alternatively, you can take your own cab or ride a scooter. The falls are about an hour and a half drive from Chiang Mai and entrance is free.
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18. Khun Korn Waterfall, Thailand
By Anna, My Travel Scrapbook
Reaching the Khun Korn Waterfall located outside of Chiang Rai is an adventure in itself. First, you must navigate the windy roads of the mountain roads on a scooter, then suddenly the tarmac stops. From here you must continue on foot. Hike through the thick tropical jungle for about half an hour. You’ll hear the Khun Korn Waterfall long before you see it.
As you turn the final corner prepare to be amazed. A 70 meters (230 feet) high waterfall roars proudly in the middle of the Thai jungle. Most spectacular in rainy seasons when the monsoon rains pour and the Khun Korn falls thunder through the narrow valley. In the dry season, it’s possible to go down to the pool and stand in one of nature’s most incredible showers.
Khun Korn is free to visit. Wear hiking shoes or sandals and check out Northern Thailand’s most incredible waterfall.
19. Mae Yaen Waterfall, Thailand
By Ben, Horizon Unknown
Nestled in the northern mountains of Thailand, Pai is a tiny town, with a friendly backpacker vibe. There are multiple waterfalls in the mountainous outskirts of the town, but one that stands above them all is Mae Yaen.
After a short drive west by rented motorbike or taxi, the trail to Mae Yaen Waterfall begins. While most of the track is flat, there is one steep incline that is very exhausting. Wading through shallow streams and weaving chunks of bamboo stalks takes around 2 hours to reach the waterfall. The pool at the base of the fall is perfect for a refreshing dip.
There is no entrance fee for Mae Yaen Waterfall and has a sign at the beginning to let you know you’re on the right path.
20. Pu Kaeng Waterfall, Thailand
By Josh, The Lost Passport
The waterfalls in Chiang Rai are among my favorite in all Southeast Asia. The most amazing one of these that I have visited is the Pu Kaeng Waterfall. About 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of Chiang Rai, this beautiful nine-tiered waterfall runs through the dense jungle. The trail sees so little visitors that it’s overgrown by thick vegetation and difficult. It all adds to the adventure experience.
As you work your way up the mountain and deeper into the jungle the waterfall gets more impressive. The ninth and final level of Pu Kaeng Waterfall is something you expect to see in documentary films, and you’ll have it all to yourself.
How to Get There
Charter a songthaew (pick-up truck taxi) or hire a motorbike in Chiang Rai and take the road south towards Lampang for 65 kilometers (40 miles). The waterfall is located in the Doi Luang National Park.
21. Elephant Waterfall, Vietnam
By Emily, Wander-Lush
A popular excursion from Dalat, Elephant Waterfall, Thác Voi, is the most impressive natural water formation in Vietnam’s central Lam Dong Province. The waterfall takes its name from the K’ho language, one of the main ethnic groups in this part of the country, and is so-called because of a nearby rock that resembles an elephant’s head.
There is a lookout area at the top of Elephant Waterfall, but the cascade looks far more impressive when viewed from below. It’s a bit of an adventure climbing down the slippery boulders and through the tangled vines to the foot of the falls – but it’s worth it.
Elephant Waterfall is 100 feet (30 meters) high – but the volume and power of the water create the illusion that it’s much taller. Because of Dalat’s microclimate (mild temperatures year-round with plenty of rain), you’re almost guaranteed to see the falls in full flow no matter what season you visit.
Once you’re satisfied, walk to the nearby Linh An Pagoda, an impressive Buddhist temple that overlooks the falls, which have long been a spiritually significant site.
Elephant Waterfall is located under 20 miles from Dalat and is a popular stop on Easy Rider tours from the city. It’s also possible to visit with your own motorbike. Alternatively, take a bus bound for Nam Ban (the closest village to the falls) from Dalat center. The bus ride takes about 30 minutes and costs 20,000 VND. Entry to the falls is free.
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22. Pongour Waterfall, Vietnam
By Jackie & Justin, Life Of Doing
Pongour Waterfall was the first waterfall that we’ve visited in Vietnam. Located 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of the main city area of Dalat, it’s an impressive multi-layer cascading waterfall. What we loved about Pongour Waterfall was how large it was and the gentle flow of the water down the rocks. During the rainy season, the cascades will be heavier.
Getting to the base of the falls requires a short walk on a dirt path. Along the way, there are small shops with food and beverages if you need a break. Although you can’t swim in the falls, you can walk along the first level of the rocks (to a certain point) to enjoy the refreshing water. Be careful when walking across the rocks as they’re slippery from the moss.
If you’re confident with your motorbiking skills, you can ride here from the main Dalat area. Otherwise, take a one day motorbike or group tour to see the highlights of Dalat.
23. Dambri Waterfall, Vietnam
By Jackie & Justin, Life Of Doing
Located in Bao Loc, about 135 kilometers (84 miles) from Dalat, Dambri Waterfall is a fabulous waterfall to visit in Vietnam. Dambri Waterfall is a tall waterfall at 70 meters (230 feet). The cascades are so powerful during the rainy season that you’ll get drenched when posing in front of the waterfall after a few seconds. You could purchase a poncho at the snack shop across from the falls if you don’t want to get wet.
To get to Dambri Waterfall, you can take an elevator from the parking lot to the base of the falls. You can also walk to the falls from the neighboring Dasara Waterfall, which has gentler cascades compared to Dambri.
Dambri Waterfall is a part of the Dambri Tourist Area so there are theme park attractions such as a Ferris Wheel, swan paddle boats, a swimming pool, and a children’s rides area. You can easily spend the day exploring the tourist area and have a picnic.
To get to Dambri Tourist Area, it’s recommended to drive here in a car or motorbike. The roads are not the best quality so drive slowly.
Check out our post on other things to do in Bao Loc here.
Asia is one of our favorite continents to visit. With 20+ waterfalls in Asia, it’s hard to choose only one to visit. Luckily you can plan a trip to see all of them!
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We’ve come to an end of our waterfalls around the world series. We hope you’re now in the planning phase to visit one or more of these gorgeous waterfalls on your next adventure.
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