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TRAVEL TIPS Cao Bang Tuesday, 06 December 2016

Cao Bang and Ban Gioc waterfall travel experience

You have traveled to a lot of destinations in Vietnam but you haven’t been to Ban Gioc waterfall (Cao Bang)? Then you haven’t enjoyed the whole of Vietnam yet.

These are destinations that you should visit once in Vietnam: Ban Gioc waterfall, Sa Vi, Ca Mau, Ha Tien, Truong Son Alps, Truong Sa archipelago…

Ban Gioc waterfall
Ban Gioc waterfall

How to go to Cao Bang?

No matter how you go, backpacking or in tour, Ban Gioc is just the final destination. On the way from Hanoi to Bac Gioc, you can visit a lot of destinations: Nui Coc Lake (Thai Nguyen), Ba Be Lake (Bac Kan), Pac Po cave, Le Nin Stream (Cao Bang).

Besides, new destinations like Thang Hen Lake or Nguom Ngao Cave are also the main travel destinations in Cao Bang. Nguom Ngao is only far from Ban Gioc 3km.

Some other destinations

Bach Ma Citadel, Nghieu Son Linh, Kim Dong relic…

Cao Bang commune, Ta Lung – Trung Khanh border gate market, Lang Son.

Traveling to Cao Bang and Bac Gioc by motorbike, coach

If you go by coach, get down at Trung Khanh and take a motorbike to Ban Gioc. You can depart from My Dinh station, there are three coaches in the evening every day, the price is about 190,000 VND. When you reach Cao Bang, take a motorbike to Trung Khanh and from Trung Khanh to Ban Gioc. You can also hire a car if you in group, it will be much cheaper.

From Hanoi to Ban Gioc is about 370km. there are two routes:

-  Hanoi – Thai Nguyen – Bac Kan – Cao Bang – Trung Khanh – Ban Gioc.

-  Hanoi – Lang Son – Dong Khe – That Khe (Cao Bang) – Phuc Hoa Pass – Trung Khanh – Ban Gioc.

Route 1 is longer than route 2 about 60km but it is easier. If you go by motorbike, on the way to Ban Gioc, you should choose route 1 and on the way back to Hanoi, you should choose route 2. But if you travel by car, you should follow route 1, Hanoi highway 3, Thai Nguyen, Bac Kan and Cao Bang.

If you backpack to Ban Gioc, ask for the local people for a sleep or stay in a motel in Trung Khanh town. After checking in, you can go out and see the waterfall in the afternoon because it is the best time of the waterfall, then visit Nguom Ngao before back to your motel.

After a night in Trung Khanh, you should visit Thang Hen Lake and Pac Bo cave in the morning and get back to Cao Bang in evening. The next morning, try paper rice in Cao Bang and get back to Hanoi.

Ban Gioc waterfall
Ban Gioc waterfall

Notes:

Bring thick clothes with you because it’s cold at night.

Bring coffee, energy drink, glucose sugar, lemon with you to keep yourself awake.

Needed medicines to avoid headache, flu, mosquito-proof…

Two pairs of sport shoes and a sandal.

Alcohol stove, tent, dried food and candies.

Flashlight, raincoat, multi-functioned knife.

Personal official papers, glassed high-quality helmet.

Battery, charger, camera.

Notebook to note down destinations recommended by the local people.

You have traveled to a lot of destinations in Vietnam but you haven’t been to Ban Gioc waterfall (Cao Bang)? Then you haven’t enjoyed the whole of Vietnam yet.

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