Cao Bang Travel Guide
Cao Bang is 272km north of Hanoi and bordered by the provinces of Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Bac Kan and Lang Son as well as Guangxi of China. It is home to many ethnic minority groups, notably are the Tay, Nung, Dzao and H'mong. With a pleasant climate, Cao Bang is an ideal base to explore scenic countryside in which Ban Gioc Waterfall is the most popular natural spot.
What to do?
Cao Bang is the most beautiful mountain area in the northeast and famous with scenic spots including the Ban Gioc Waterfall, Nguom Ngao grotto and Thang Hen lake, but more than that, for its impressive image as one of Vietnam's first revolutionary bases full of historical significance.
Ban Gioc Waterfall, said to be the most superb and largest waterfall in Vietnam. From the height of more than 30 meters, a huge volume of water runs down and makes the echo that can be heard some kilometers away.
Nguom Ngao Cave, an enormous cave next to Ban Gioc Waterfall. Thang Hen Lake, a large lake that can be visited year round. And what you get to see varies according to different seasons. There are opportunities for good walking day around this area and interesting exploration on bamboo rafts.
Pac Bo Cave is 60km North West of Cao Bang and 3km from the Chinese border. Pac Bo is known nationwide as a revolutionary resistance base. The main historical relics in this area consists of Coc Bo cave, Lenin stream, Cac Mac mountain, Bo Bam cave, Co Rac ground, and Khuoi Nam, where Ho Chi Minh directly trained cadres and held many tactical meetings. Your trip will be more enjoyable if you have time to visit the ancient hamlets of the Tay, Nung, Dao, H'mong and San Chi ethnic groups and explore their distinctive customs.
When to go?
It is possible to visit Cao Bang all year round. The average temperature is 25 - 28 Degree Celcious in summer and 16 - 17 Degree Celcious in winter. Snow sometimes falls in winter on high mountains such as Trung Khanh, Tra Linh. Best time is during the dry season from September until April next year.
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