The itinerary to explore the majestic Cao Bang in two days and one night

The itinerary to explore the majestic Cao Bang in two days and one night

Cao Bang 15.08.2021

Having special affection for the wild features of the highlands, Pham Binh shared with "It is worth going to experience Cao Bang as it possesses majestic yet poetic nature". You can refer to Pham Binh's journey of discovering Cao Bang in two days and one night as below.

Translated by nguyendo

Written by giangvx

Cao Bang is a destination with wild and magnificent nature that attracts a lot of visitors. Pham Binh, a 30-year-old man from Bac Giang, is also one of those who have a passion for discovering this land.

“I have a preference for exploring new lands, especially Northwest Vietnam due to its majestic mountains and forests. What could be more wonderful than riding a motorbike on challenging winding roads?" said Pham Binh.

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Cao Bang with unspoiled nature. Photo: vietravel

While Pham Binh chose Thai Nguyen and Bac Kan as his destinations in previous trips, this time he traveled to Cao Bang. Below is Pham Binh's exciting journey to conquer this land in two days and one night.

The journey to discover Cao Bang

Day 1: Hanoi - Thai Nguyen - Bac Kan - Ban Gioc Waterfall

Traveling by motorbike, Pham Binh departed at 6:30 from Hanoi and went to the west through the territory of Thai Nguyen province with a distance of more than 300km to reach Ban Gioc Waterfall at 18:30. On the way, he had to stop a few times to eat, drink and refuel the vehicle. Pham Binh shared: "The distance from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall is quite long, so you should be in good health if you choose motorbike as your means of transport".


Mr. Binh's route from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall through Thai Nguyen province.

On the way to the waterfall, he went through four passes, namely Giang (Bac Kan), Gio (Bac Kan), Tai Ho Sin (Cao Bang) and Ma Phuc (Cao Bang), each of which has its own beauty with bends and slopes, so you need to obtain a good driving skill.


Ma Phuc is one of the four passes that Mr. Binh went through on the route from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Waterfall. Photo: 123dulich


Ban Gioc is known as the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam. Photo: Tran Bao Hoa.

Ban Gioc Waterfall is associated with a touching love story. Legend has it that in the past, Tay girls were beautiful and talented, so they were often selected to go to the palace to serve kings. One day, the king allowed his son to travel around the country to find his future wife. When arriving in Trung Khanh, the prince fell in love with the most beautiful Tay girl in the village with long hair, black eyes and smooth white skin. The girl however, refused the prince's love as she took an oath to get married with the boy in the neighbouring village. The prince was so angry that he decided to take the Tay girl to the palace and prevent her from meeting her lover. On the way to the palace, her lover put himself in jeopardy to trick the guards and save the girl. The two people ran to a waterfall when it just got dark, so they stopped by the waterfall to rest and gradually fell into a deep sleep and passed w due to exhaustion. Immediately after the couple escaped, the village witnessed heavy rain for a week and then a waterfall appeared. Surprisingly, the water at the foot of the waterfall was as clear as crystal, and since then, people have called it “Ban Gioc waterfall”.


Ban Gioc waterfall seen from another angle. Photo: Pham Binh.

Ban Gioc is regarded as the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam and is also recognized as the largest natural waterfall in Southeast Asia, with a height of 53m, a width of 300m and three majestic cascades. As the flow of water is always strong, it creates white water bubbles like a dense layer of fog flying halfway up the mountain. At the foot of the waterfall is the Quay Son river with the clear water reflecting the clouds on the sky, which is very charming. To see the majesty of the waterfall up-close, you can rent a raft from people living at the foot of the waterfall.


The rice fields and trees at the foot of the waterfall. Photo: @foolishhandhungry1.

The best time to visit the waterfall is from August to December as the huge amount of water in this rainy season will rush down, creating a majestic scene among the charming picture of ripe rice and blooming buckwheat flowers.

The ticket price for Ban Gioc Waterfall is VND 50,000/person.


The sparkling image of a starry night at Ban Gioc Waterfall. Photo: Tran Bao Hoa.

Day 2: Nguom Ngao Cave - Lenin Stream

After a long day visiting Ban Gioc Waterfall, Pham Binh returned to his homestay to rest. At night when it turned cold, he silently watched the moon, stars and the Northwest mountains - which was a memorable experience when he could find peace of mind.


The entrance to Nguom Ngao cave. Photo: redsvn

The next morning, he continued his journey to Nguom Ngao cave, which is about 4km from Ban Gioc waterfall in Dam Thuy commune, Trung Khanh district. This place is associated with an interesting story. Specifically, “Nguom Ngao” in Tay language means “Tiger Cave”, and it was said that in the past, there were many fierce tigers living here and they often came to the surrounding villages to catch people's cattle. Therefore, people set traps in the cave and caught all the tigers there, and since then, the cave was named “Nguom Ngao”. At the same time, the locals also explain that as the sound of the stream flowing in the cave sounds like the roar of a fierce tiger, they named it “Nguom Ngao”.

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Nguom Ngao Cave is a masterpiece of nature bestowed on humans. Photo:


In the cave, there are many strange shaped stalactites. Photo: redsvn

According to the data from the British Survey Team in 1995, the cave has a total length of up to 2,144m and is currently being exploited for tourism about 1,000m. The cave has three main entrances, namely Nguom Ngao, Nguom Lom (The Door of Wind) and Ban Thuon (behind a mountain of Ban Thuon village). According to scientists, this limestone cave was formed about 400 million years ago. The deeper you go inside, the more beautiful the cave is with many stalactites and stalagmites with strange shapes such as forest trees, animals, fairies combing hair, lotus buds and mother’s breasts. The highlight of the cave is the eroded limestone floor, creating a shape similar to terraced fields and sometimes you will encounter small streams flowing in the cave with pleasant sounds.

The ticket price to visit Nguom Ngao cave is VND 45,000/person.


The limestone floor in the cave is eroded, creating a shape similar to a terraced field. Photo: redsvn

After visiting Nguom Ngao cave, Pham Binh traveled a distance of about 120km to Lenin stream, which is located in Pac Bo Historial Complex in Truong Ha commune, Ha Quang district. It is noted that the stream was named after the Russian revolutionary Lenin. The water of the Lenin stream is so blue and clear that you can see its bottom. In addition, the scenery of the mountains and forests here is very wild, bringing you a sense of being immersed in pure nature, however, you should not come here in July and August as the water is often cloudy due to the large amount of water from the upstream in the rainy season.

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The Lenin stream has characteristic blue water. Photo: @so_vietnam_travel.

The ticket price for visiting Lenin stream: VND 20,000/person.


The unspoiled scenery at Lenin stream. Photo: @nguyen.duy_95

When coming here, you can visit Karl Marx Mountain next to Lenin stream. Karl Marx Mountain was formerly known as “Phja Tào”, which means “Peach Mountain” in the local language. Legend has it that, in the peach season, there were often fairies in the sky coming down to eat these fruits and then bathe in cool streams. In the afternoon, they flew back to the sky, but because the Ut fairy was eagerly playing there, she was the last one to get home. As she was in a hurry, she forgot the peach that she had picked by the stream, so it turned into a mountain called “Peach Mountain”.

This mountain has lush green forests, while the terrain is diverse yet open - the people inside can easily see the outside, but the ones outside can hardly see anything inside.


Karl Marx Mountain. Photo: xigo

After 2 days of visiting Cao Bang, Pham Binh returned to Hanoi.

Cao Bang does not have many famous tourist spots, but it still has impressive highlights such as Ban Gioc Waterfall, Lenin Stream and Nguom Ngao Cave, which are definitely destinations that can give you an impressive experience of unspoiled nature that is not likely to be available anywhere else.