Asia Waterfalls - China, Japan, Thailand, India


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As we were growing up, we've come to learn that Asia represents the Far East - a mysterious continent on the other side of the Pacific Ocean across the international date line, where customs, history, and nature seemed so distant and different. Only glimpses of what's there were revealed to us by our parents and relatives, but it remained a place that seemed strangely familiar yet strikingly unfamiliar. Yet being ethnically Asian, we knew that seeing the continent was only a matter of time.

Now after having been to a few countries on the continent, we've learned much about our roots, about who we are, and about the Nature that sustains its residents while drawing visitors from around the world. You just knew that with Chinese and Japanese landscape paintings (some of which left lasting impressions on me while I was growing up), movies highlighting the landscape (e.g. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), and even landscape photos and drawings seen in many Thai and Vietnamese restaurants here in LA that this vast continent was rich with Nature. And where there's Nature, there must be waterfalls!

The continent is vast and includes many countries and nationalities. For the purposes of this website, we're considering the continent to stretch as far southwest as India and the Himalayas, as far southeast as the Southeast Asian countries (like Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, etc.) and their islands, as far west as the furthest desert expanses of China along with Asian Russia, and as far northeast as Siberian Russia as well as islands just to the south such as Japan. No question about it, this continent is huge so our humble sampling of what we've seen merely scratches the surface of what's out there.

But indeed, we still go by our usual MO of using waterfalls as the excuse to go to certain parts of a country. And in doing so, we've encountered giant waterfalls shared between countries like Detian Waterfall as well as sacred waterfalls like Nachi-no-taki with temples and pagodas fronting its surrounding picturesque landscape. We've even seen rainforest waterfalls split into numerous sections like Thi Lo Su. And throughout these waterfall-centric excursions, we've also encountered ancient temples, fingerlike karst mountains draped in mist, wildlife quite unlike anywhere else in the world, and even volcanic features yielding hot springs as well as crater lakes among others.

Our humble sampling probably isn't even an appreciation fraction of what's on this continent. We hope we can continue to go waterfalling in Asia while learning more about the world and ourselves along the way...





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OUR FAVORITES

Some of the waterfalls in this region were considered amongst our favorites and thus have made one or more of our top 10 lists. To see which of these lists have featured waterfalls from this region, see below!



Top 10 Waterfalls of the World


Top 10 Waterfalls in Asia




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WATERFALL SUBREGIONS

Below are the waterfall subregions that we've been to. Click on a subregion for more details about the area and its waterfalls.



Huangguoshu Waterfall China: As the most populous country in the world with the oldest living language and a history that dates back tens of thousands of years, it is certainly the centerpiece of Asia as well as home to our ethnic roots. The country is massive so there's definitely a very wide variety of waterfalls amongst the countless many that exist, and we'll show you the ones we've been fortunate enough to visit.

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Shiraito-no-taki Japan: Known as the land of the rising sun, there's much to be said about the Japanese culture as well as its history and ability to thrive in the modern economy. We're also great fans of Japanese food and we're also fascinated by the architecture and the efficiency in the way things get done best exemplified by their second-to-none public transportation system. However with all the Japanese are known for, an underappreciated aspect is its nature, and within these pages, we hope more love can be given to the country's nature through the waterfalls we've seen.

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Mae Ya Waterfall Thailand: This leg-of-lamb-shaped kingdom is a popular tourist destination and has many distinctive aspects about it like the Thai massage, the spicy Thai food, and the Muay Thai style of kickboxing (which you might see applied in mixed martial arts today). The country also boasts beaches and coral reefs (e.g. Phuket, Phang-nga Bay, Phi Phi Island), temples (too many wats, chedis, and prangs to count), jungles, mountains, and of course, numerous waterfalls. And it's the waterfalls that has allowed us to explore some of the country's most popular as well as its less touristed sites.

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Unchalli Falls India: This dynamic country can be both confounding yet fascinating at the same time. The same can be said of waterfalls as you're bound to find some of the continent's grandest as well as most religiously significant here. With waterfalls being relatively unknown and unvisited outside of the country's denizens, it's also an opportunity to see the country as its genuine self while getting a healthy dose of mind and body, which waterfall lovers always crave...

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Tinuy-an Fall Reader Submissions: We can't possibly visit every single waterfall in Asia. Fortunately, there are readers kind enough to share their knowledge and experiences by writing up their own guides for those waterfalls that we haven't been to.

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MORE INFO

Are you researching for an upcoming trip to this region? We've got additional information concerning non-waterfall attractions, our own travel stories, reviews of books and maps, or even writeups concerning the logistics of what it takes to come here and what to expect! Check out the following links...



Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan, China Asia's Other Attractions: There's more to this continent than waterfalls. If you're curious about the other natural or historical attractions or you're suffering from fatigue of Asia Waterfalls, have a look! [read more]




Maya Beach Asia Travel Stories: Read about the stories behind the World of Waterfalls. See Asia through our eyes while becoming more informed about this most beautiful and culturally rich continent. In this section, you will find travel journals that will leave you laughing, smiling, curious, or just about all the emotions you'd expect when you're traveling to an unknown place. [read more]




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THE WATERFALLS LIST

If you already have a waterfall in mind that you'd like to see details about, browse the list below...


CHINA

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JAPAN WATERFALLS

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THAILAND WATERFALLS

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INDIA WATERFALLS

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