A 6690.72-square-kilometer area of thick green forest, high mountains, and magnificent natural beauty but a little forgotten by foreign travelers, Cao Bang Province is a must-visit place in Northern Vietnam besides Hanoi capital city. As you can see this is hardly a detailed guide to all that Cao Bang in Northern Vietnam has to offer but should at least get you started with a few ideas and reminders of where to visit on your North Vietnam group tours!
Ban Gioc Waterfall
A visit to Ban Gioc Waterfall
Your top tourist attractions in Cao Bang depend on what you like to see, but Ban Gioc Waterfall should always be included in your classic vacation itineraries.
Situated 80 km north of Cao Bang town on the border with China in Dam Thuy Commune, Trung Khanh District, Ban Gioc Waterfall is the most popular destination for adventures in the high water season. But you will not have to wait until September or October to enjoy the jaw-dropping beauty of the largest waterfall in the country – which is 53 meters high and 300 meters wide with the water falling from a height of 70 meters over 3 reefs. Enjoy a picnic when the sun is out, experience a bamboo raft to get closer to the cascade for better views of one of the most awe-inspiring views of Cao Bang Province, take a plunge in one of the blue pools of water, see a lot of endemic plants in the Tongling Gorge canyon, or walk to discover Nguom Ngao grottoes – one of the most beautiful ones in Vietnam.
Thang Hen Lake
Thang Hen Lake
Located about 25km far from Cao Bang town, Thang Hen Lake is a freshwater lake in the commune of Quoc Toan in the Tra Linh district charming travelers with its 36 small yet lovely natural lakes on the hill at a height of 1,000 meters above sea level.
For those who are a keen photographer, Thang Hen Lake is definitely a place you must visit with its breathtaking endless mountainous scenery, emerald water, green trees, the bending lozenge shape around the valley, limestone formations forming the lakes, and stunning lake views – it is such a dreaming haven for both amateur and professional photographers and artists as well. In addition, Thang Hen sets itself apart for an unusual phenomenon – during the flood season, the water level moves like the tide of the sea and the water is still blue while the other lakes’ water is red in color.
Ba Be National Park
Ba Be Lake
Located about 100 km west of Cao Bang town, Ba Be National Park appeals to any travelers who want to get active. Why is Ba Be National Park one of the places to visit in Cao Bang? The wonders on display in Ba Be National Park go far beyond a few bushes and trees. It is an area of 7,610 ha – home to 1,268 species of flora and fauna, a chain of impressive caves, jagged peaks, and tranquil vistas of three interlinked lakes. From there, you can take one of the many trails that jut out from the place and keep on exploring some peaceful ethnic villages. To add an exotic touch to your trip, you could have a homestay experience at the Tay ethnic residents in the nice and poetic village of Pac Ngoi. Spending your nights in the still houses with the original architecture, enjoying the local dishes cooked by your hospitable hosts, and seeing them in their daily life – it must be the best way to know more about the culture and daily activities of Dao and Tay ethnic people.
Cao Bang is brimming with so many incredible destinations to discover that it should be named as one of the best places in Northern Vietnam. From the historic sites of Pac Bo, Coc Bo cave, Lung Lan, Nguom Vai to the 4th biggest waterfall in the world of Ban Gioc, Cao Bang has so much to offer. So, for any first-time travelers who are planning on going to Cao Bang this summer, my recommendation is to indulge your wanderlust by checking out our list for insights and the best tips about what to discover.