Cao Bang city is the provincial capital of Cao Bang, north east Vietnam. The township is located on the bank of the Bang Giang river, and is around 30 km away from the border with China. The city and its surrounding region offers beautiful off the beaten path road trips from Hanoi as well as trekking homestay, mountain biking, community tour, charity project, volunteer works, educational travel…

Cao Bang city is divided into 8 wards and 3 communes including Hop Giang, Tan Giang, Song Bang, Song Hien, Hoa Chung, Ngoc Xuan, Duyet Chung, De Tham, Hung Dao, Vinh Quang, and Chu Trinh.

The area, Cao Bang (“high plateau”) was the stronghold of the last years of the Mac dynasty after their 1592 defeat at the hands of the Trinh lords. During the 19th century the area was resistant to the Nguyen government. The city is also known for the Battle of Cao Bang, the first major decisive victory of the Viet Minh against the French Army.

When to go

The geographical setting of Cao Bang township is mostly mountainous, with land available for habitation thus being limited. The average temperature reported in the province is 22 °C (72 °F). Winter temperatures in some areas occasionally experience freezing conditions and some amount of snowfall.

Getting to Cao Bang city

The best way to get to Cao Bang from Hanoi is to rent a car with driver. You will be picked up at your place in Hanoi and brought to Cao Bang. Those who are on budget can take a public bus. A bus from Lang Son on the China-Vietnam border take 4-5 hours. There are also buses from the neighboring provinces in northern Vietnam.

Taking a guided tour to Cao Bang is highly recommended. Traveling with a local guide is particularly helpful when you travel to an off the beaten path place like Cao Bang city Vietnam.

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