Cao Bang

Cao Bang, a mountainous region located in the North East of Vietnam, is the capital of Cao Bang Province. While Cao Bang has a borderline of more than 300 kilometers with China, it is home to 30 traditional ethnic groups including the Tay, the Nung, the Dzao, Hmong, Kinh…Cao Bang is not only famous for nature with amazing mountains and charming forests but also for many historical places that attract tourists coming to Cao Bang every year.

Cao Bang

Planning a trip to Cao Bang, there are lots of famous places that you should mention in the list to take time to visit. The breathtaking Ban Gioc Waterfalls, lying on the Quay Son River, honorably considered the largest waterfall in Vietnam, has a vertical drop of 30 meters and a length of around 208 meters. The water is particularly thunderous in the wet season from April to October but it is not much less interesting to visit during the dry of the year. Located around 500 meters from Ban Gioc Waterfalls, the traditional Vietnamese architecture style Truc Lam Phat Tich Pagoda is considered as the very first pagoda in the North of Vietnam. The Nguom Ngao Cave’s entire system of 2,144 meters long, one of the most magnificent caves in this part of Vietnam, has been formed naturally by an underground river that is running for many kilometers below the ground. Once has been the place where villagers lived since the 1979 war with China, nowadays, only one part of the cave is operational for visitors with excellent lighting to preserve its natural beauty. Pac Bo, a small village in Ha Quang District, is a relic of history in Vietnam as it is the place where President Ho Chi Minh lived and worked when he returned after 30 years of exile. Around 25 kilometers far from Cao Bang town, Thang Hen Lake with the magnificent scenery of green trees and emerald water stretching out over the cliffs has been recognized as an ecological tourism area by the Ministry of Culture and Information in 2002.

Pac Bo Cave, Cao Bang

Cao Bang has a tropical monsoon climate which is divided into 2 seasons including summer (rainy season) from April to September and winter (dry season) from October to March next year. The average temperature in summer is 25-28oC and in winter is 14-18oC. If Ban Gioc Waterfall is your must-see sight in the trip, you can consider traveling to Cao Bang from August to September when its water is fulfilled and very clear. And for those who are Tam Giac Mach flowers’ fans, do not miss the end of the year around November to capture the most beautiful natural scenery there.

Located around 300 kilometers from Hanoi, you can travel by private car to Cao Bang via Lang Son, Bac Kan, or Ha Giang. Among them, the shortest distance is via Lang Son; the road with best conditions is via Bac Kan and the longest distance is via Ha Giang. The other way to reach Cao Bang from other Northeast regions is by motorbike but it is only suitable for those who are adventure travelers and love to enjoy the scenery along the way. Bear in mind to pay attention to the mountainous roads as they have lots of steep slopes and large trucks running all day.

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