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  • Ban Gioc Waterfall – Ba Be Lake Group Tour

    Ban Gioc Waterfall – Ba Be Lake Group Tour is a highlight tour of the Vietnam Group Tour besides the popular tours of Halong Bay, Sapa or Ninh Binh. Different from the other tours like Halong Bay Cruises or Sapa Tours, Ban Gioc Waterfall and Ba Be Lake Tour is the trip to the authentic area where it is not touristy and commercial. You will see and feel the real life of the local people there and visit the beautiful natural site of North Vietnam. You will have the chance to interact and learn more about the local life of Northern Vietnam. This tour package in Northern Vietnam is for the travellers who have more time than others and like the adventure trip because this tour you will stay 2 nights in homestays in which the living condition is basic. However, the truely experience of this tour is amazing and it is not easy to have from other trips.
    From $ 250
    $ 215 /person
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  • Unique Adventure in North Vietnam

    If you are looking for a unique and unforgettable adventure in Vietnam, join us on our Private Gateways to North Vietnam tour. This 14-day private tour will take you and your partner from the historic city of Hanoi to the stunning landscapes of Ha Giang province, the northernmost point of Vietnam. You will discover the rich cultural diversity of the country and explore the hidden gems along the way. You will also enjoy delicious local cuisine and create priceless memories together. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the best of Vietnam with us!
    $ 1,396 /person
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  • Discover Vietnam Mysterious Northeast

    Spending 11 days to discover one of the mysterious lands of Northeast Vietnam to admire its breathtaking beauty of plenty of mighty mountains and get a deeper understanding of the local culture that all ensure you unforgettable experiences. From many historical attractions, colourful hill tribes to the spectacular views of Sapa, Ha Giang, Bac Kan, Cao Bang, you will have a precious opportunity to have a glimpse of Lao Chai Village of Black H’mong minority and Ta Van Village of Zay minority at Lao Cai, Discover the Dong Van plateau at Quan Ba Heaven Gate, experience standing on the most terrific mountain road in all of Vietnam - Ma Pi Leng Pass. Admire the majesty Ban Gioc Waterfall in Cao Bang, and stay overnight in the villages where has an unbelievably scenic backdrop and very friendly local villagers.
    From $ 975
    $ 925 /person
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  • Best Vietnam Explore Itinerary

    Best Vietnam Explore Itinerary is an extremely good option for travelers from all over the World. Vietnam is the best destination in Indochina because of its natural riches, stunning architecture, historic sites and its helpful people. This 15 day itinerary in Vietnam is one of the best itineraries for you to enjoy your Vietnam holiday. We have designed our Best of Vietnam Tour 15 Days program to ensure that you do not miss any of these unique and attractive highlights. Your experience in Vietnam could become one of your most wonderful trip ever. 
    $ 1,053 /person
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  • Ba Be Ban Gioc Tour

    Ba Be Ban Gioc Tour is 3 days tour in North Vietnam. Within 3 days from Hanoi, you will have a great opportunity to explore the most unique and highlighted remote sites in North Vietnam, enjoy the magnificent Ba Be Lake and mysterious of Ban Gioc Waterfall and Nguom Ngao Cave.  The 3 days tour to Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall starts and ends in Hanoi will be the unforgettable memory of your Vietnam trip.
    $ 175 /person
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Cao Bang, a beautiful province in northern Vietnam, amazes visitors with its stunning scenery of high mountains, green forests, and clear rivers. Imagine a peaceful and magical atmosphere where breathtaking waterfalls flow into crystal-clear pools and calm lakes mirror. 
From the amazing Ban Gioc Waterfall to the historic Pac Bo Cave and the peaceful Thang Hen Lake, Cao Bang has many natural wonders and cultural treasures. Adventurers can enjoy hiking, exploring mysterious caves, and visiting colorful ethnic minority villages.

In this blog, Incredible Asia Journeys will share the best time to visit Cao Bang, the must-see places, the fun activities to try, and the easiest ways to get there. Ready to plan your trip? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know for an amazing Cao Bang Tours & Excursions.

1. What is the Best Time to Visit Cao Bang?

Cao Bang's weather is split into two main seasons: the dry season and the rainy season, let’s take a closer look at the Cao Bang weather.

1.1. Dry Season in Cao Bang (October to March)

The dry season, from October to March, is marked by cool and dry conditions with temperatures ranging between 15-20°C (59-68°F). This period offers clear and sunny skies, making it the perfect time to explore Cao Bang's stunning landscapes and majestic waterfalls without the interruption of rain.

1.2. Rainy Season in Cao Bang (April to September)

From April to September, the Cao Bang climate becomes humid with frequent rainfall, with temperatures between 22-27°C (72-81°F). The heaviest rains occur in July and August, sometimes causing flooding that can make certain areas difficult to access. However, this season also brings the region's lush greenery to life and showcases the waterfalls at their most vibrant and powerful.
The best time to visit Cao Bang depends on what you prefer. If you enjoy cooler, dry weather and clear skies, the dry season is ideal. However, if you're drawn to lush, green landscapes, golden rice fields, and the full force of the waterfalls, and don't mind a bit of rain, the rainy season offers a unique and beautiful experience.

2. TOP Must-visit Places in Cao Bang

When you're exploring Cao Bang on tours, be sure to check out some amazing spots that celebrate the beauty of nature. Here are the top places you shouldn't miss in Cao Bang!

2.1. Cao Bang Non Nuoc Geopark

Cao Bang Non Nuoc Geopark, a UNESCO Global Geopark, is renowned for its stunning geological formations and rich cultural history. Spanning over 3,000 square kilometers, the park features diverse landscapes, including karst formations, limestone mountains, and lush valleys. 
Highlights within the geopark include the unique stone houses of Khuoi Ky Stone Village, the spectacular stalactites and stalagmites of Nguom Ngao Cave, and the serene beauty of Thang Hen Lake. Visitors can engage in activities like trekking, exploring caves, visiting ethnic villages, and learning about the geological history and cultural heritage of the region.

2.2. Thang Hen Lake

As mentioned above, Thang Hen Lake is a picturesque lake nestled amidst limestone mountains, known for its crystal-clear waters and serene atmosphere. The lake's unique feature is its seasonal changes, where the water level and color vary throughout the year, providing a dynamic and ever-changing landscape. 
Here, visitors can enjoy boating on the lake, picnicking along its shores, and exploring the surrounding limestone caves and grottoes. Thang Hen Lake offers a peaceful retreat where one can relax and appreciate the tranquility of nature.

2.3. Nguom Ngao Cave

Nguom Ngao Cave is one of the most spectacular limestone caves in Vietnam, located just a few kilometers from Ban Gioc Waterfall. This extensive cave system stretches over several kilometers, featuring an array of stunning stalactites and stalagmites that create a magical underground world. 
You can be captivated by the intricate formations and the cool, mysterious atmosphere of the cave. Guided tours are available to help navigate the cave’s numerous chambers and to learn about the geology and history of this natural wonder. Nguom Ngao Cave is a must-visit for anyone interested in the hidden beauty beneath the earth’s surface.

2.4. Ban Gioc Falls

Ban Gioc Waterfall, located on the border between Vietnam and China, is one of the most magnificent natural wonders in Vietnam. Cascading down 30 meters across multiple tiers, the waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery and towering cliffs, creating a breathtaking scene. 
Coming here, tourists can take small bamboo rafts close to the falls for an up-close experience, and explore nearby attractions like Truc Lam Phat Tich Pagoda, which offers panoramic views of the waterfall and the surrounding landscape. Ban Gioc Waterfall is a must-see destination for its majestic beauty and the soothing sound of rushing waters.

2.5. Pac Bo Complex

Pac Bo Complex holds historical significance as the place where President Ho Chi Minh lived and worked upon returning to Vietnam in 1941 after 30 years of exile. The area is marked by natural beauty and historical landmarks such as Lenin Stream, a clear and tranquil stream named by Ho Chi Minh, and Karl Marx Mountain, which overlooks the area. 
Also, you can explore Coc Bo Cave, the small cave where Ho Chi Minh resided and which now serves as a site of pilgrimage. The complex offers a peaceful setting to reflect on the historical events that took place here while enjoying the natural surroundings.

2.6. Ma Phuc Pass

Ma Phuc Pass is a scenic mountain pass that offers panoramic views of winding roads and rugged mountains. The pass provides sweeping vistas of the surrounding karst landscape and is a popular spot for photographers and nature enthusiasts. 
In addition to the stunning views, visitors can explore nearby cultural sites, including traditional stilt houses of local ethnic communities. Driving or cycling through Ma Phuc Pass offers a chance to experience the raw beauty of Cao Bang's landscape and capture unforgettable photos.

2.7. God's Eye Mountain

God's Eye Mountain, also known locally as "Mat Than Mountain", is part of a national park that offers diverse flora and fauna along with breathtaking panoramic views. The mountain is named for a large, circular hole through its peak, resembling an eye. This natural phenomenon provides a unique and fascinating sight. 
Hikers can enjoy trails that lead to various viewpoints, offering stunning vistas of the surrounding karst landscape. The diverse plant and animal life in the area adds to the allure, making God's Eye Mountain a perfect destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

2.8. Phat Tich Truc Lam Pagoda

Set against a backdrop of rolling hills and serene landscapes, Phat Tich Truc Lam Pagoda is a tranquil place for reflection and spiritual rejuvenation. The pagoda features traditional Vietnamese Buddhist architecture and is surrounded by lush greenery, offering a serene and peaceful atmosphere. Visitors can explore the beautiful gardens, meditate, or simply enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding countryside. 

2.9. Khuoi Ky Stone Village

Khuoi Ky Stone Village is famous for its traditional stone houses, which reflect the architectural ingenuity and cultural richness of the Tay ethnic group. Coming to the village to explore the unique stone structures, interact with the friendly villagers, and learn about their customs and traditions. The cultural experience is enriched by the scenic surroundings of mountains and rivers, making Khuoi Ky Stone Village a fascinating destination for those interested in ethnic cultures and traditional lifestyles.

2.10. Bao Lac Weekly Market

The Bao Lac Weekly Market is a bustling local market where visitors can experience the vibrant culture of Cao Bang. Held every Sunday, the market is a hub of activity with colorful stalls selling fresh produce, handicrafts, textiles, and local delicacies. You can sample traditional foods, purchase handmade souvenirs, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere with local people.

3. Best Things to Do in Cao Bang

If you are visiting Cao Bang for the first time, there are many amazing activities that you can enjoy. Check out these TOP things to do in Cao Bang to plan your bucket list!

3.1. Trekking Through Bao Lac Rice Terraces and Bamboo Forests

Trekking in Cao Bang with the Bao Lac route is like stepping into a postcard of Vietnam's rural beauty. You'll walk among endless rice fields that flow down the hillsides and bamboo forests that sway gently in the breeze. It's a peaceful experience that connects you with nature and shows you how farmers work in these fields every day.

3.2. Discovering Ethnic Minority Cultures

One of the best activities in Cao Bang is exploring the diverse ethnic minority cultures of Cao Bang which is a journey into the heart of Vietnam's cultural tapestry. Their festivals are lively and full of tradition, with colorful clothes, music, and dances that tell stories of their heritage. Visiting their villages feels like finding a hidden treasure, where people welcome you warmly and share their stories and traditions.

3.3. Taste Local Flavors in Cao Bang

Eating Cao Bang Food isn't just about food—it's about tasting the local way of life. You can try fresh river fish, grown vegetables, and aromatic herbs that grow in the mountains. Markets are busy with people selling delicious noodle soups and grilled dishes, inviting you to experience Vietnamese food made with care and pride.

3.4. Marvel at Ban Gioc Border Waterfall

If traveling to Cao Bang, you can’t miss visiting Ban Gioc Waterfall which is an incredible sight that will leave you speechless. Water crashes down cliffs made of limestone, marking the border between Vietnam and China. The mist and sound of the falls make you feel the power of nature. You can see the main waterfall and smaller ones from a special spot on the Vietnamese side, showing you the beauty of this place.

3.5. Explore Nguom Ngao Cave

Exploring Nguom Ngao Cave in Cao Bang itinerary is like stepping into a magical story written in stone. Inside, you'll find beautiful rock formations that took millions of years to form. Walking through the cave with its lights and echoes is an amazing experience. It's cool and quiet, making you feel like you've discovered something special hidden under the ground.

3.6. Visit Truc Lam Phat Tich Pagoda

Truc Lam Phat Tich Pagoda offers a peaceful escape surrounded by nature. Climbing up to the pagoda, you'll find a serene atmosphere and beautiful Buddhist sculptures. It's a place where you can relax, meditate, and learn about Buddhist teachings from monks.

3.7. Hiking the Cattle Trails in Phong Nam Valley

Hiking in Cao Bang via Phong Nam Valley's cattle trails is an exciting adventure in the wilderness. You'll walk through forests, hills, and valleys, spotting diverse plants and animals along the way. The views of the valley and mountains are breathtaking, making it a perfect spot for nature lovers.

3.8. Journey to Thoong Sao Waterfall

Thoong Sao Waterfall is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Getting there involves trekking through forests and rough terrain, but the reward is worth it—a pristine waterfall surrounded by untouched nature. It's a great place to cool off and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
3.9. Witness the Sunset from Stone Arch – God’s Eye
Watching the sunset at Stone Arch, known as God's Eye, is a magical experience. As the sun sets, it paints the sky and landscape in golden hues, creating a stunning natural spectacle. It's a peaceful moment to reflect on the day's adventures and admire the beauty of Cao Bang's natural wonders.

3.9. Drive Along Scenic Curves

Driving along Cao Bang's winding roads is a journey through stunning landscapes. The roads twist and turn through valleys and mountains, offering panoramic views at every bend. It's a relaxing way to soak in the beauty of the region and appreciate the serenity of its rural scenery.

4. What's the Most Convenient Way to Travel to Cao Bang?

Cao Bang is situated in northern mountainous Vietnam, thus, it lacks major transportation hubs like train stations or airports. Currently, the only reliable way to reach Cao Bang is by road.

4.1. Bus Services to Cao Bang 

Several bus companies operate between Hanoi and Cao Bang, offering both overnight sleeper buses and comfortable daytime minibusses. The journey from Hanoi typically takes 6 to 8 hours. However, once in Cao Bang, connections to other provinces are limited, often requiring travelers to return to Hanoi before continuing their journey. Ticket prices from Hanoi to Cao Bang typically range from about 200,000 VND to 400,000 VND per one-way trip, depending on the type of bus and the service quality of the bus company.

4.2. Private Cars to Cao Bang 

For more freedom to explore the province, private cars with drivers are available. You can also rent a private car to travel from Hanoi to Cao Bang. Rental prices generally range from 1,500,000 VND to 2,500,000 VND per one-way trip, depending on the type of car and duration of rental. Contact Incredible Asia Journeys to arrange transportation for your trip more conveniently!

4.3. Motorbike to Cao Bang

Traveling by motorbike from Hanoi to Cao Bang offers an adventurous journey through scenic landscapes, spanning approximately 300 kilometers. The route typically takes 7 to 10 hours, depending on road conditions and stops. Fuel costs range from 300,000 VND to 500,000 VND, depending on your motorbike's efficiency and fuel prices. 
Ensure your motorbike is well-maintained and equipped for the long ride from Hanoi to Cao Bang, and consider accommodations along the route if needed. This option allows you to explore at your own pace and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of northern Vietnam.
Whether you love adventure, history, nature, or culture, Cao Bang has something special for you. In this Cao Bang travel guide, all detailed Cao Bang tips and everything you need to know about when to visit, where to stay, the best places to eat, and more are covered to help you plan your Cao Bang Tours & Excursions effectively. 
Let the beauty and heritage of Cao Bang captivate your heart and soul. For more details and to start planning, visit Incredible Asia Journeys website or reach out to our travel experts. Your unforgettable Cao Bang adventure is just a click away!

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