Borders are all man-made but many have dramatic landscapes and distinct culture, making borders special places. And some really stand out as majestic places to travel to and cross for there sheer awe-inspiring beauty. There are some natural beautiful borders in the world.
1. Detian Falls — between China and Vietnam
The 4th largest waterfall along a national border is Detian Falls consisting of two 30-meters high flows between China and Vietnam. During a rainy season, two waterfalls merge into one thundering flow that can be heard from a great distance. The river becomes very wide in the lower reaches of the waterfall, its both sides have multiple tourist facilities: observation desks, excursion boats and floats, and of course, lots of concession stands selling local crafting items, Vietnamese coffee beans, ice-cream and beverages. The Chinese part of this area is thoroughly enhanced. The lanes are made of concrete and metal, the parapets and bannisters are styled to look like tree branches, and there are electric cars for elderly and physically challenged people. The Vietnamese part is organised much simpler, but you can hire a horse here. While in summer, between May and September, the waterfall becomes a thundering flow with a height of 120 m and the width of all 3 levels being 200 m.
2. France/Monaco Border
The France-Monaco border is the line that delimits the territories of France and Monaco. The border is located between the French department of Alpes-Maritimes in the French region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and the entire land territory of Monaco. It is 5.47 kilometers (3.40 mi) long and is the only land border that Monaco has. The French port of Cap d’Ail borders Monaco to the southwest. Monaco’s highest point, the Chemin des Révoires (161 meters or 528 feet above sea level), is located on the border, on the side of Mont Agel. The summit of Mont Agel is on the French side.
3. Mount Roraima — between Venezuela, Guyana, and Brazil
Known mostly for its amazing Caribbean coast, Venezuela is a fascinating tourist destination. It is home to some remarkable luxury resorts and breathtaking mountain ranges. Its natural beauty is what makes Venezuela most alluring. And when it comes to destinations that put you amidst enchanting natural beauty, few on the planet can come close to Venezuela’s Mount Roraima. Roraima is the highest of the Pakaraima chain of tepui plateaus in South America. It happens to be the meeting point of Brazil, Guyana, and Venezuela and has been famous since 1591 when English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh described it in his memoirs. Its summit area is surrounded by gorgeous cliffs and makes for the most picturesque backdrop you will ever witness.
4. Slovakia/Poland Border
The border between Poland and Slovakia is the international border between Poland and Slovakia and officially exists since January 1, 1993, following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia into two independent states. Prior to the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, its eastern border with Poland was virtually identical to the current border between Poland and Slovakia, with minor corrections made in subsequent years. The length of the Poland-Slovakia border is 541 kilometers. If you like dramatic scenery then you’ll like the Slovakia/Polish border. On the Polish side there is skiing, mountaineering, hiking and beautiful scenery specifically near Zakopane, known as the “winter capital of Poland.” On the Slovakian border there are also ski resorts, small scenic slovak cities, and activities like hiking and cross-country skiing.
5. Shyok River — between India and Pakistan
The Shyok River originates at the Rimo Glacier, one of the tongues of Siachen Glacier. The alignment of the Shyok river is very unusual, originating from the Rimo glacier, it flows in a southeasterly direction and, joining the Pangong range, it takes a northwestern turn, flowing parallel to its previous path. The alignment of the Shyok river is very unusual, originating from the Rimo glacier it flows in a SE direction and at joining the Pangong range it takes a NW turn and flows parallel to its previous path. The Shyok flowing in a wide valley suddenly enters a narrow gorge after Chalunka and then joins the Indus at Skardu (Pakistan).
6. Epupa Falls — between Angola and Namibia
Epupa Falls (also known as Monte Negro Falls in Angola) is a series of large waterfalls created by the Cunene River on the border of Angola and Namibia, in the Kaokoland area of the Kunene Region. The border river between Namibia and Angola, the Kunene, plummets down a 40 metre deep gorge at the Epupa Falls close to the nearby village of Epupa. In the Herero language Epupa means “falling water”. The Epupa Falls can be reached via Opuwo on the C43. It is advisable to top up on fuel, water and food supplies in Opuwo before departing to Epupa as shopping opportunities are scarce there. The area is also interesting for 4×4 enthusiasts: the “road” along the river connecting Epupa and Swartbooisdrift is infamous amongst experienced off road drivers. For these 90 km at least a whole days driving should be planned and it can be anticipated that some “road construction” has to be done manually to get through.