Cao Bang, 272km north of Hanoi is a province of the Northeast region of Vietnam. The province shares borders with China, Bac Kan, Lang Son, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang.
While unremarkable in and of itself, Cao Bằng is an easy-going gateway to the surrounding lakes, minority villages, karst peaks, caves, and the Ban Gioc Waterfall on the Chinese border. Just 30km from China, it is an excellent stop for travelers coming from or going to the Pingxiang border crossing. For those tired of the tourist circuit of coastal Vietnam, Cao Bằng is also a refreshing glimpse into a city that exists solely on its own terms.
When to go
Cao Bang has temperate climate. There are 4 seasons: spring, summer, autumn, winter. The average temperature is 25 – 28oC in summer and 16 -17oC in winter. Snow sometimes falls in winter on high mountains such as Trung Khanh, Tra Linh.
The cool weather combines with many high mountains, beautiful sightseeing to form the convenient for relaxing tour and discovery tour. Famous sites include Thang Hen Mountainous Lake in Tra Linh, Ban Gioc waterfall and Nguom Ngao Cave in Trung Khanh. Among of them, Ban Gioc Fall probably is one of most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam. Several sites where Uncle Ho lived and worked before the August 1945 Revolution include Pac Bo, Coc Bo Cave, Lenin Stream, and Khuoi Nam Stream.
Best things to see
Thang Hen lake
Surrounded by mountains, this serene lake is at its best in the rainy season. During the dry season the lake shrinks and is not as impressive, but there are a few rafts that you can take. Walking in the nearby mountains brings you past local herders and farmers.
Ban Gioc Waterfall
This breathtaking waterfall, the largest in Vietnam, straddles the China-Vietnam border. The water is particularly thunderous in the wet season but is still beautiful during the dry.
Nguom Ngao Cave
Nguom Ngao cave holds a series of majestic, jaw-dropping caverns, filled with delicate, intricate formations of stalactites and stalagmites. In the low season, you may even have the cave to yourself, an experience probably not to be had elsewhere.
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