The Top 10 Best Asia Waterfalls

Detian Waterfall
It's not easy to put together a Top 10 Best Asia Waterfalls List because it's completely subjective and limited to each person's experience with the falls being named. Indeed, we had a real hard time coming up with this list because most of the falls on this list were so equally beautiful that we could've flipped a coin to argue a particular waterfall jumps 7 spots or falls 7 spots. It's that close! So here's our attempt at this list, which as usual, is based on our own personal experiences. And we have to reiterate once again that this is by no means a permanent list as we intend collect more falls from this continent. So without further adieu, here they are in reverse order...

Ginga-no-taki and Ryusei-no-taki
Affectionately referred to as the "husband and wife waterfall," this waterfall pairing immediately becomes memorable thanks to the grand scene of having two waterfalls tumble side by side split by a giant rock and backed by snowy mountains hinting at the wildness of Daisetsuzan's backcountry. Such tall and permanent waterfalls don't come like this often and it was easy for us to include this Japanese married couple on our list.

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9. KEGON FALLS [Tochigi Prefecture, Japan]
This towering 97m waterfall draining Chuzenji-ko and just a short bus ride from the World Heritage sites of Nikko, Japan is sure to ooh and aah onlookers with its grandeur and its settings. Its plunge is both forceful and tall, and it also has a long cascade immediately downstream from its base. You could also experience this falls in many ways including a top-down view of both the falls with the lake it drains at the end of a ropeway. Come in the morning on a sunny day and you might even be treated to a bright rainbow arcing across its base!

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8. NACHI FALLS [Wakayama Prefecture, Japan]
Even though this is considered to be the tallest permanent vertical waterfall in Japan at 133m, it's really more about its uniquely holy settings more than anything that made this our favorite Japanese waterfall. It's one of the few waterfalls where you can see it with a pagoda or from within a genuine old temple. Plus, the subtropical settings and laid back atmosphere this side of the Kii-hanto made it easy for us to forget that we were still on the main island of Honshu! Sure we were rushed on our visit to this falls, but we were impressed so much by it that we had to put it on our regional top 10 list.

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7. NOHKALIKAI FALLS [Meghalaya, India]
Nohkalikai Falls
Tucked away in the forgotten northeast corner of India (near its border with Bangladesh) sits this towering freefalling waterfall. It's not often that you get a waterfall this tall with pretty reliable flow, but perhaps its location with a reputation as having been one of the wettest places on earth certainly helps its cause. The color of the cliffs as well as the bright blue pool at its base further adds to both the mystery and allure of this falls.

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6. MAE YA WATERFALL [Chiang Mai, Thailand]
Namtok Mae Ya
This unusual triangular cascade has both size and character and could've easily jumped higher on this list depending on our mood. We think it's the best attraction in Northern Thailand's Doi Inthanon National Park and it's on par with the Thi Lo Su Waterfall, which is considered Thailand's largest. We could tell both foreigners and locals alike loved this waterfall based on the sheer number of camera toting visitors all trying to take home that picture postcard shot.

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Huangguoshu Waterfall
This is widely regarded as China's most famous waterfall as well as one of its biggest at 74m tall and 81m wide. It's got a classically squarish shape, and its character can go from thunderous wall of water to graceful parallel strands of water. Cascades both above and below the main plunge further add to its allure. Moreover, you can go behind the waterfall and experience it in a way that few other waterfalls of this size would allow. Certainly it's one of our favorite Chinese waterfalls. You won't find any of the namesake yellow fruit trees here, but you will find lots of other people eagerly taking photos who also probably think this is their favorite Chinese waterfall, too!

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4. UNCHALLI FALLS [Karnataka, India]
Unchalli Falls
What makes this big yet strangely alluring waterfall apart from the rest is that it has reliable flow, still sits in relative obscurity, and has an unusual shape as it dives into a well-forested steep ravine. Come under the right weather and time of day (as we were lucky to do) and a rainbow appears. Some people argue (and I see their point) that this could even be better than Jog Falls. But we'll leave it up to you to settle that debate...

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3. THI LO SU WATERFALL [Tak, Thailand]
Thi Lo Su Waterfall
This unusual multi-segmented and multi-tiered waterfall is widely regarded as Thailand's largest waterfall. But instead of a thundering monster, this one possesses a certain grace and character that both allows you to swim beneath some of its tiers as well as appreciate the overall scene as trees and bush routinely grow in and around the scattered watercourse. Even though it can be pretty busy since all of Thailand knows about this waterfall, its remote location in the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary still allows it to maintain its naturesque feel.

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2. DETIAN WATERFALL [Guangxi, China]
Detian Waterfall
Easily China's most picturesque waterfall, we could make a case for this also being Asia's most picturesque as well. If you combine the main multi-tiered falls with the neighboring Ban Gioc Waterfall, this could also be one of the largest (if not the largest) waterfalls in the country. Backed by the ghostly karst mountains penetrating the often steamy and misty air, it's pretty easy to lose yourself in a combination of multicultural villages (it is shared with Vietnam) and the subtropical karst scenery that is very reminiscent of the world famous Guilin. This waterfall could've easily cracked the World's Top 10 had we not come when the falls was at its lowest flow for the year in late April. So if we already think this is almost the best Asian waterfall as is, what does that say about the falls if we come closer to the end of the rainy season? We certainly hope to have that chance and see it the way it ought to be seen!

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1. JOG FALLS [Karnataka, India]
Jog Falls
This could've been hands down the emphatic choice for best Asian waterfall as well as easily cracking the World's Top 10. Comprised of a plunging fab four of waterfalls named Raja, Roar, Rocket, and Rani, it's one of India's largest as well as tallest. Unfortunately, hydroelectric developments further upstream have robbed this spectacular foursome of much of the river's water so the dam pretty much turned this into a monsoon-only waterfall. Visit outside that time as we did, and the falls is merely a shadow of its former self. So imagine what kind of spectacle this must be if we're still putting the falls at the top of this list despite its compromised state!

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why not shifen falls in taiwan? 
shifen falls in taiwan should at least make your top ten of asia, at least compared some of the puny ones that you've shown over on your list.

Bisheh waterfall 
There's a waterfall in Iran, that's very very beautiful waterfall, and everyone likes it so much, that name is "Bisheh". Please look at it. Thanks. …

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