Today, Vietnam Track Team will introduce you a well-known attractive travel destination – a place far away from hustle metropolitan area. This destination is called ‘Cao Bang’.
1/ Where is Cao Bang?
Located in the Northeast of Vietnam, Cao Bang Province shares a more than 333 kilometer border with Guangxi (China.) Its natural land area is almost 6700 square km – mostly occupied by forests (90%) and endlessly extended mountains. Because of this feature, the climate in Cao Bang is mild and breezing cool.
2/ How to get to Cao Bang:
Cao Bang is 240 km away from Hanoi, and you can get there by car or motorbike.
You can follow the belt road 3 (vành đai 3,) go across the Thanh Tri Bridge, and head to Ha Noi –Thai Nguyen Highway. Upon arrival in Thai Nguyen City, you need to follow the National Highway 3 for 50km to reach Bac Kan Province and then for another 120km, you will set foot in Cao Bang territory.
As for those who like backpacking or couchsurfing, going to Cao Bang by motorbike to explore beautiful sights is a perfect choice. From Hanoi city center, you should go straight to Nhat Tan Bridge and then follow National Highway 3, which will lead you to Cao Bang province territory.
One advice for foreign tourists: although the road to Cao Bang is not so hard to track, you should be accompanied by experienced Vietnamese-native backpackers/couch-surfers because there are dangerous mountain passes, which are full of heavy-loaded trucks.
3/ Beautiful scenes in Cao Bang:
3.1/ Ban Gioc Waterfall:
Ban Gioc Waterfall lies on the Vietnam – China border in Dam Thuy Commune, Trung Khanh District which is 84-88 km away from Cao Bang city center and 25 km northeast away from the center of Trung Khanh District. The 30-metre high waterfall is one of the most imposing ones in Vietnam. To capture its best moments, you had better visit it in August or September because of the rainy season.
On arrival in Cao Bang City, you have two options to reach Ban Gioc Waterfall. First, hire a motorbike and drive to the destination by yourself. Or hire a local motorbike taxi to drive you there. It’s advisable for foreign tourists to choose the second way because the road to Ban Gioc Waterfall is quite dangerous.
From faraway, you are able to see regal white water pillars and hear the thudding water hitting multiple limestone stairs. Especially, in the middle of the waterfall, there is a wide stone block dividing the waterfalling line into three smaller streams. On sunny days, the steam risen from water bubbling at the end of waterfall creates magical glittering rainbow.
Services there are not fully completed yet. So it is advisable to bring food, water and other personal stuffs by yourself. There are a few motels and restaurants at Ban Gioc, but reservations are needed. Entrance ticket fee is VND 20,000/person (approx. USD $1.)
The famous cuisines you should taste are grilled chicken, sour pho, cóng phù (similar to Chinese stuffed sticky rice balls), xôi trám (canarium steam sticky rice balls) and Chongqing nuts.
3.2/ Nguom Gao Cave:
The second famous travel destination which Vietnam Track would like to introduce is Nguom Ngao Cave. Located 3km away from the Ban Gioc Waterfall, the cave was first discovered in 1921, but not until 1996 did it become a travel destination. According to local natives, the name of Nguom Ngao originally came from the fact that there were ferocious tigers living there a long time ago and they often sneaked into nearby villages to eat the cattle.
The total length of the cave is 2144 meters with 3 main entrances: Nguom Ngao, Nguom Lom and Ban Thuon. The Nguom Ngao entrance is a few hundred stairs from the bottom of the mountain while the Nguom Lom entrance stays hidden under stone blocks of the bottom as well and the Ban Thuon entrance is behind the mountain. When entering the cave, you will be amazed by the nature’s construction printed on the limestones in various shapes.
We hope that the information given is helpful for your trip to Cao Bang. Please share with us your own experience when visiting our country!
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Writer: Linh Dang
Translator: Diem Nguyen