Tumbling torrents, foaming falls, cascading cataracts, and plunges into pixie-like pools, perfect for swimming in after a long, waterfall-chasing hike. Asia’s vast and diverse landscapes are home to a wide selection of wonder-inducing waterfalls, from the tranquil trickles of Japan’s Nunobiki to the thunderous power of India’s Unchalli.
Here, we share a small snapshot of our favorite falls on the continent, including where to find them, how to access them, their origins, and what makes them unique. Here are the 20 most incredible waterfalls in Asia:
Is there anything more primitive and soul-affirming than a sweaty jungle trek, following the sounds of rushing water, peeling back branches until a waterfall reveals itself hidden behind the trees?
We hope you’re inspired by this collection of Mother Nature’s greatest works and let us know if you’ve ticked any of these Asian waterfalls off your travel bucket list.