Cao Bang in Vietnam is the fresh destination for everybody to be in harmony with pristine nature of the karst peaks, lakes, waterfalls, caves, and minority villages. For anybody who is long for the whole new experience in the unparalleled nature, the wonderful getaway should always be Cao Bang.

Cao Bang Province is located in the Northeast of Vietnam. About the surrounding of Cao Bang, it includes Tuyen Quang and Ha Giang Provinces in the west, Bac Kan and Lang Son Provinces in the south, and China border in the north and the east. The province has the natural soil area of 6.690km2, and the karst highland combined with the soil mountain at the height of over 200m. Most of the area is mountainous and forested and with the two major rivers namely Gam River and Bang River. Cao Bang is also the home to some ethnic minority groups like Nung, Tay, Dao, etc., who have long constructed lots of minority villages and houses there. Sleep in the stilted and thatch-roofed houses, mingle with the ethnic people, enjoy their traditional food, and learn their unique culture are interesting experiences you will have with homestay tour at Cao Bang in Vietnam.

Cao Bang Tourist Attractions and Activities

Ban Gioc Waterfall

Ban Gioc Waterfall is the surely not-to-miss attraction positioned 85km from Cao Bang and is considered to be the largest waterfall in Vietnam. The most exciting activity in Ban Gioc is rafting in which you contemplate the details of the waterfall from its bottom: the water is very transparent creating the magnificent silver thread. Also, if you require for private exploration, it’s motivated to hire a jeep to drive through the forest and rest by the magic waterfall on your own.

Ban Gioc Waterfall in Cao Bang

Nguom Ngao Cave

Cao Bang destination has lots of fascinating caves for tourism, and Nguom Ngao Cave is the best to see there. It is the giant masterpiece of nature with the intricate stalagmites and stalactites – the huge magic for the cave enthusiasts. Also, you find the shapely rocks and the bat roosts to stay friendly to nature and become a nature explorer as wished. Nguom Ngao Cave is filled with intricacy for everybody to explore. It gives unforgettable and enjoyable experiences.

Nguom Ngao Cave in Cao Bang

Quay Son River

Nature in Cao Bang is mesmerizing with the attractively romantic rivers, and Quay Son River is the one to contemplate. The river runs through the karst areas and supports water to the terraced rice fields on both sides. While the river itself is picturesque and important, the beautiful Ban Gioc Waterfall in the area of the river makes it more famous. Standing before the enchanting river, people all feel calm and rejuvenated. The activities in Quay Son River should be photographing as the opportunities to take the authentic pictures of nature are unlimited. Besides, you can enjoy camping or have a picnic nearby the river. Of course, it is a must to keep the site clean and unspoiled so that it remains the attractive river in Cao Bang from generation from generation. Together with these activities, you can decide to do nothing but rest.

Quay Son River in Cao Bang

Pac Bo Cave

Pac Bo Cave is nestled on Vietnam’s northeastern frontier with China. This is the significantly historical site in the beautiful location. The scenery is pictured with many forested mountains, the blue rivers, and the impressive rice fields. Also, there are some dots of straw houses and ethnic villages. Staying in the momentous Cave gives the fantastic view of the fresh nature. The landscape could not change much since the year of 1941, Ho Chi Minh President walked across the border from China to enter Vietnam after 30 years he left the country, and then made his name internationally respected. The Cave today is dedicated to commemorating Ho Chi Minh’s historical stay and achievement. You will see the altar of the Vietnamese’s cherished Uncle Ho there. After burning incense to Uncle Ho, just feel free to spread the eyes towards the captivating scenery! You might wish to stay there for couples of hours to refresh the mind.

Pac Bo Cave in Cao Bang

Thang Hen Lake

Thang Hen Lake is the peaceful shelter for resting, sightseeing and photographing. The freshwater lake is located at 1000m above the sea level and encompassed by the rugged mountains, giving it the breathtaking face especially in the rainy season. It’s possible to walk to the nearby mountains to meet the local farmers and enjoy the ultimate peace. Regarding the name of the Lake, in Tay language, “Thang Hen” means “the tail of the bee.” If viewing the lake from the top dimension, it looks similar to the shape of the bee’s tail. There are also some anecdotes about the origin of the lake. This site is well-known for the charming scene as well as unbeatable peace.

Thang Hen Lake in Cao Bang

Ethnic Minority Villages

As Cao Bang is the friendly homeland to several ethnic minority groups, you should not miss the ethnic minority villages there. And if you come, it’s crucial to keep in mind some essential customs to avoid the taboos, even though the ethnic villagers are sincere and hospitable. For instance, Nung people often put the incense tube in the yard to consecrate the “kitchen ghost”; hence, it’s taboo to come close to that incense tube. Anyhow, the minority people nowadays are more open-minded than the past, and they welcome the visitors worldwide. The homestay in Cao Bang’s ethnic minority village is full of joy and experience.

Tay Village in Cao Bang

How to Get to Cao Bang

As there is no rail route to Cao Bang, car and bus are the easiest ways to get there. The best option is to take a bus from Hanoi to arrive at Cao Bang in 5 hours. Along the bus journey, you will have a stopover at Thai Nguyen to enjoy meals and buy souvenirs. Just between Hanoi and Cao Bang, there are lots of scenic sights to see. And when you are in Cao Bang, the highlights of the Ban Gioc Waterfall, Thang Hen Lake, and Nguom Ngao Cave creates the new spices for your travel to the Northeast of Vietnam. At present, it’s ideal to connect the tour to Cao Bang with Ha Giang or Halong Bay. This way makes your grand trip to the far north of Vietnam more memorable and exciting than ever. If you need any further information about discovery and adventure tour to Cao Bang in Vietnam , do not hesitate to contact travel consultant from Indochina Charm Travel at

The Best Time to See Cao Bang in Vietnam

Cao Bang in Vietnam is said to remain beautiful and pristine all year round with the cool climate. Therefore, the tours to Cao Bang are run constantly, and the destination seems never to lose its reputation for the pristine nature, unparalleled peace, and ethnic people’s friendliness. But if you request for the best time for the seamless Cao Bang Tour, it should be the spring time, from February to May. The spring is when you get rid of the wet condition as well as the heavy rain, which makes the sightseeing and exploring enjoyment goes perfectly. In other cases, if you admire the pretty snow to cover the tree and mountain in Tra Linh Mountain or Trung Khanh areas of Cao Bang, just get there from November to January – the coldest months of the area. While the weather is very cold, the scenery is snow-white in some parts. And, Cao Bang is always beautiful as ever.