Cao Bang

Cao Bang and everything you need to know about Cao Bang hightlights

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Photo by: Nguyen Huong

Cao Bang is an immensely beautiful, sparsely populated frontier region of North Vietnam. Having a cool weather and a plethora of beautiful sights, Cao Bang is a wonderful place to discover. This mountainous expanse sits on the northeast border with China and is home to many ethnic minority communities. Ban Gioc waterfalls have so far become a popular attractive destination for travelers around the world, the place is still often jaw-dropping overlooked by tourists by its unique beauty and well preserved minority communities culture.  

Cao Bang is a province located in the North-East region of Vietnam, sharing borders with China on the north and east sides, adjoining Bac Kan and Lang Son provinces on the south side, and Ha Giang and Tuyen Quang provinces on the west side. For its unique location, Cao Bang preserves many beautiful attractions and historical values. 


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Sunflower garden in Cao Bang. Photo by: Thuong Dinh

Cao Bang has a temperate climate with 4 different seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter. The average temperature is 25 – 28oC in summer and 16 -17oC in winter. Sometimes it has snow falls on high mountainous places such as Trung Khanh or Tra Linh.



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Lenin stream in Cao Bang. Photo by: Pham Duc Trung

The province’s topography is somewhat complicated because of layers of mountains, hills, rivers, and waterfalls, but most of the time you can see mountain and a color of green surrounding. For that reason, it’s not advised to travel here by car, instead the inter-transportation services (such as buses) there are quite convenient. Besides, xe om (motorbike taxi) is another popular yet exhilarating way to get around the place. 


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Photo by: Tran Thi Thu Trang

Having a cool weather and a plethora of beautiful sights, Cao Bang is a wonderful place to discover. Tourists can easily be entertained by spending a visit to the famous Thang Hen Lake in Tra Linh, Ban Gioc Waterfall or Mguom Ngao Cave in Trung Khanh. In addition, Cao Bang is the headquarter of the Vietnam army before the  1945 Revolution, the place has several historical sites in which Ho Chi Minh lived and worked such as Pac Bo Cave, Coc Bo Cave, Lenin Stream, and Khuoi Nam Stream. All of them are no doubt the favorite destinations of many modern travelers who want to find a piece of Vietnamese history for their journey


If you are a backpacker keen on nature beauty and natural travel, Cao Bang is dedicated for you. Here with Cao Bang there are many interesting places worth a visit:

Ban Gioc Waterfalls

Ban Gioc Waterfalls are without doubt the number one attraction in Cao Bang, as it’s the most popular destination for travelers to make plan their journey in Cao Bang province. The wall of water demarcates the border between China and Vietnam. The water crashes over the 30-meter creating a roaring which echoes across the land. The cascading water set against the back of the immense mountains is a uniquely captivating sight.

Nguom Ngao Cave 

A trip to Ban Gioc Waterfall is usually combined with exploring Nguom Ngao Cave which can be found just a short distance away. The cave stretches over 2 km, but visitors are allowed only one first kilometre. The cave is filled with stalactites and stalagmites in various shapes and sizes, whose forms are emerged from the cliff face and often depicting mythical creatures or magical scenes.

Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark

Recognized by UNESCO as a Global Geopark in Vietnam, Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark is the highlight you cannot miss when you set your foot in Cao Bang province. This park is not only renowned for its rich biodiversity but also the stunning karst landscape. Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark gives you a chance to admire the magnificent Ban Gioc Waterfall as well as many historic monuments such as Pac Bo Cave or Tran Hung Dao Forest.

Pac Bo Cave 

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Photo by: Nguyen Ngoc Ha

Pac Bo Cave is not only famous for its incredible beauty but also as Ho Chi Minh’s sanctuary after his return from China. The cave still displays Ho Chi Minh’s modest living conditions settled in amongst the fascinating karst rock formations. It was here the national treasure spent his days writing poetry and reading and the translating the texts of famous leaders he admired. The setting is certainly an inspiring one, the birdsong and peaceful ambience are the perfect accompaniment for contemplation. 

Thang Hen Lake 

The lake sits in a tranquil valley surrounded by rocky and forested mountains. The colours of the blue waters and rich green trees are even boosted by the bright sun on clear days. The lake is such a peace. It is actually made up of 36 different lakes, but during the rainy seasons when the lakes swell, they flow into one another creating one large expanse of water and become Thang Hen Lake as it is now. You can find small wooden boats waiting on the shores of the lake to take visitors on a voyage around the lake. It is a perfect way to bask in the beauty of both the mountains and the lake. 


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