Cao Bang Province is blessed with Vietnam’s widest waterfall named Ban Gioc – the must-see highlight in the northern areas. The waterfall is mesmerizing and mighty while the ethnic culture of Tay makes it the ideal ground for the cultural festival. For any travel to Cao Bang, everybody is recommended to see this magnificent ecotourism site.
Ban Gioc Waterfall in Cao Bang Vietnam
Cao Bang owns mountains, forests, rivers, and waterfalls that stretch over the area beautifully. Nature remains pristine, unspoiled, and gorgeous. Amongst the best tourist attractions there, Ban Gioc Waterfall is the biggest magnet calling the travelers. Located on the flow of Quay Son River, and honored as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, this outstanding spot attracts people all over the world to come for sightseeing, photographing, and experiencing. There, you find the untamed caves filled with various limestone formations, the birds’ songs, the cool underground water, and more. Together with the neighboring Nguom Ngao Cave and Thang Hen Lake, Ban Gioc establishes the magnetic ecotourism zones to delight the nature lovers worldwide.
In fact, Ban Gioc Waterfall is 30m high and 300m wide. Notice that this is the widest but not the highest waterfall in Vietnam. Also, it was ranked as one of the world’s top 10 waterfalls by Touropia Magazine. Winning the proud title in the worldwide contexts, Ban Gioc welcomes the increasing number of both domestic and international guests. There are the plans to develop the ecotourism in this natural site, promising to make it a place of interest that you must see in the North of Vietnam.
Ban Gioc Waterfall Festival – Where to Cherish Nature and Culture
At the Ban Gioc Waterfall Tourism Complex in Dam Thuy Commune, Trung Khanh District of Cao Bang Province, the Waterfall Festival was held on October 07, 2017. The event aimed to promote images of the land, people, and culture to the tourists. Also, note that more and more people are going to know that Ban Gioc is the widest waterfall on the Vietnam – China borders. As the full name of the event was Ban Gioc Waterfall and Then Singing and Gourd Lute Performance, it was obvious that the participants could enjoy the traditional type of oratorio art performed by the local ethnic groups as well as the unique musical instrument of Gourd Lute. Know that “Then” referred to the unique art of the local ethnic communities namely Tay, Nung, and Thai in the northwestern zones of Vietnam.
This festival was a part of the activities to promote Cao Bang Tourism so that more visitors come to the homeland of Ban Gioc and the interesting ethnic culture of the Tay and Nung minorities. The ethnic folk art was exciting enough to experience besides the special festive ceremonies that were hard to find elsewhere. It was initiated with a ritual ceremony taken place at the Buddhist Pagoda of Truc Lam Ban Gioc in Dam Thuy Commune, in which the Vietnamese monks conducted the praying ceremony. People would bring the holy water from this Waterfall to the Pagoda and conduct a rite to pray for the peaceful and wealthy country.
What’s more, at the foot of the Waterfall, there stood out the international cultural exchange between Vietnam and China. There, the performers of Trung Khanh District worked with the people coming from Jingxi and Daxin (of China) to together celebrate the opening of the festival. The 2-day event was full of cultural activities that appealed to the visitors, such as throwing a sacred ball through a ring. Everybody got the unlimited opportunities for photography. Of course, any picture taken there could impress the audiences. With the spacious green ground and the impressively white foam of the magnificent falls, Ban Gioc owns the countless natural flattering corners. The agenda of various activities around the fall made the whole region energetic and joyful. This festival marked the milestone that Ban Gioc became most animated throughout the year.
Along with the tourism merits, the Ban Gioc Waterfall Festival in Cao Bang also helped promote the local social – economic growth, guaranteed the national security, attracted the investment, and enhanced the trades between borders. What’s more, it introduced the regional ethnic culture to the world, particularly the culture of the Tay ethnic group as well as their special musical instrument. Besides, there noticed the participation of Thai and Nung minorities.
Indochina Charm Travel is the Vietnam Local Travel Agency who operates private tour to Cao Bang and Ban Gioc Waterfall.
Travel to Ban Gioc Waterfall with Tips
Ban Gioc Waterfall is beautiful all season, but each season brings it the exceptional beauty. In the dry months (from October to May), this site is beautifully gentle and fairylike with the cool, blue water. Then, in the rainy months (from June to September), the waterfall turns to be powerful and compelling with the strong flows and extensive foams. The rain might make it uneasy to get around the attraction, but again, Ban Gioc is gorgeous throughout the year.
Know that Ban Gioc is 370km away from Hanoi Capital of Vietnam, so some backpackers prefer riding motorbikes to the site. Without a doubt, it is the scenic drive. Besides, car and coach are the ideal modes of transport to reach the ecotourism spot, which takes around 9 hours.
The tour packages to Ban Gioc Waterfall also include the visits to the nearby places of interests namely the Nguom Ngao Cave, Thang Hen Lake, Pac Bo Cave – Lenin Spring. Each of these recommended attractions is worth exploring.
The travel might be incomplete if you cannot taste the roasted duck with 7 flavors in Cao Bang. This local specialty has been winning the foodies’ praises. Via the complicated processing and spicing with 7 special flavors, the roasted duck tops your lists of what to eat in Cao Bang. In addition, get to eat the Trung Khanh’s chestnut which can be boiled, fried, or steamed with the chicken or pettitoes.
Visit Ban Gioc in Cao Bang, you cherish one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls. Its beauty can steal the hearts of even the most fastidious guests.
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