Pac Bo Cave

Situated next to the Chinese border and in the most Northeastern part of Cao Bang Province (Truong Ha Commune, Ha Quang District), Pac Bo Cave, a famous revolutionary and historical relic, is a special meaningful place in the life of President Ho Chi Minh from 1941 to 1945. This site is not only suitable for those who are interested in getting knowledge about history but also love seeking the beautiful natural landscape.

Pac Bo Cave

Pac Bo is a Tay name when translated into Vietnamese (Kinh people’s language) means "The Water Source" as it features a stream with clear blue water flowing out from underground a few hundred meters below the cave. After 30 years of seeking ways to save the country, on 28 Jan 1941, Ho Chi Minh returned to Vietnam and chose Pac Bo which lies by the side of a rocky mountain to be the working place to direct the revolutionary movements in Vietnam. Also, at this site, he had made many important strategies and decisions that leading the proud success of the August Revolution in 1945. Right at the mouth of the cave, you can see the words Uncle Ho wrote on the wall mentioning the day "February 8th, 1941" he came to live in this remote small, and wet place that nobody paid much attention to. Inside the cave, there is a wooden board as a bed for Uncle Ho, and in the stream ‘s bank are the stone table where he sat and worked every day and the rock he used to fish in relaxing time. Located just 1 kilometer apart from Pac Bo Cave’s mouth and lying right by the side of Khuoi Nam Mountain, there is a small shack where Uncle Ho held the eighth Party Central Committee Meeting announcing a resolution on preparations for the armed insurrection and the establishment of the Viet Minh and the revolutionary war zone.

Pac Bo Cave, Cao Bang

Planning a trip to this rich traditional cultural land, besides Pac Bo Cave, tourist will have the chance to visit other historical sites including the landmark 108 at the border of Vietnam - China which recorded the first sacred moment when Ho Chi Minh returned after 30 years traveling abroad, Uncle Ho’s Memorial House, house of Ly Quoc Sung – the first Vietnamese citizen to welcome Uncle Ho when he returned, mystical Lung Lan cave, and lovely Lenin stream. The popular outdoor activities at this site are sightseeing, light trekking, and swimming.

From Hanoi, it is very convenient for you to take the private car to Cao Bang and then heading to Pac Bo cave along the road with amazing green rice fields and breathtaking mountainous landscapes. You can also have the chance to get local interaction and take photos of the Tay people’s village along the way. Another way to get to Pac Bo cave is renting a motorbike from Cao Bang city which is a strange and memorable experience for adventure travelers. The Ba Be lake, surrounded by spectacular limestone mountains and dense forests, home to many species of endangered birds and animals is a great combination in your journey to visit Pac Bo cave.

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