Travelers visiting Asia will find no shortage of fascinating attractions, including the many famous waterfalls scattered across the region. Many of the most scenic and well-traveled waterfalls in Asia are easy to reach and can be viewed free of charge, but it is always best to research waterfalls in national parklands before arriving, in case officials have implemented a fee.
Detian Waterfall, China
On the border between China and Vietnam, Detian Waterfall is the largest naturally occurring waterfall in southeastern Asia, and is a top destination for visitors. It measures over 650 feet in width and tumbles down a three-tiered rock formation that measures 230 feet at its highest. Visitors can get an up-close look at the falls using a walking trail on the Chinese side of the park; it requires a small fee to access.
Mae Ya Waterfall, Thailand
Mae Ya waterfall is in the Chiang Mai province of Thailand, approximately seven miles from Chom Thong village. It consists of a series of boulders approximately 130 feet in height in a fan-shaped arrangement. Locals and tourists alike visit Mae Ya waterfall, particularly during summer, when the base of the falls is used as a swimming hole.
Nachi Falls, Japan
The natural beauty and magnitude of Nachi Falls make it one of the most famous and often-visited waterfalls in Japan. It is formed from the confluence of four rivers, which come together upstream before flowing over the 436-foot cliff that comprises the falls. Although there is no cost to view Nachi Falls, visitors arriving by car must pay for parking at the nearby temple before making the trek to the viewing platforms.
Jog Falls, India
In the Indian state of Karnataka, Jog Falls stands out among the many waterfalls throughout the region because of its large size and vertical arrangement. It stands at nearly 830 feet tall and features several rivulets that flow with greatest volume during the rainy season between August and October. Visitors often stay in the nearby village of Sirsi, which offers several accommodation options.
Huangguoshu Falls, China
Huangguoshu Falls National Park lies in the province of Guizhou in southwestern China. It is the largest waterfall in eastern Asia, at 243 feet tall and 266 feet wide, and is widely visited by locals and tourists. Visitors to the park are required to pay a small fee, but it provides access to all three viewing areas and the hiking trails that wind through surrounding woodlands.