About 365km from Hanoi in Cao Bang province (northeast of Vietnam), Ban Gioc is the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam that is worth seeing once in a lifetime.
With around 30 meters high and 208 meters wide, Ban Gioc falls can be heard from afar as the water is hitting the cliffs. Opposite to the falls, the river is calm, peaceful, clear as a mirror and painted by rice paddy fields that is beyond imagination and when standing in front of, looking at the falls, it is like looking into a watercolor painting. The beauty is just unreal!
How to get there?
From Hanoi, you can take the local bus to Cao Bang then stay there for one night before taking the local bus again to Trung Khach district (20km from Ban Gioc) where you can easily hire a motorbike taxi to Ban Gioc.
Note: The ticket from My Dinh to Ban Gioc is around US $ 13 per person.
Vivutravel advises tourists to hire a private car and driver at a local tour operator in Hanoi or book a tour package to see the whole north of Vietnam including Ban Gioc waterfall, Ba Be lake, Ha Giang, Sapa, Halong bay...
Best time to visit Ban Gioc waterfall
It is best to visit during summer time from May to September when it rains sometimes so you can see a big waterfall and you can swim in its cool water.
It is also nice to visit from October to December, but the falls is not as big as other months and it can be too cold to swim.
Hotels in Cao Bang
Cao Bang is the town where most of tourists choose to stay overnight and travel to Ban Gioc the next morning. There are so many hotels in Cao Bang for you to stay, below are our suggestions;
1. Sunny hotel
2. Thanh Loan hotel
3. Bang Giang hotel
Note: The hotel rates are from US $ 20 per night.
Accommodation in Ban Gioc
Saigon Ban Gioc resort is built just around 700m from the falls with fantastic view and the price is reasonable from US$ 35 per night.
Things to do in Ban Gioc
1. Swimming and boating
2. Taking photos
3. Walking to visit Nguom Ngao grottoes, one of the most beautiful ones in Vietnam with around 3 km long and it was discovered that the ancient people used to live here.
Things to do in Cao Bang
Cao Bang shares the border line with China and besides the Ban Gioc waterfall, Nguom Ngao grottoes and scenic mountains, tourists can visit Pac Po cave, 60km from Cao Bang in which Hồ Chí Minh lived for seven weeks, during February and March 1941.
Cao Bang itself is a town to sleep during your beautiful Vietnam tour to discover the northeast of Vietnam. If you are looking for a tour to see Ban Gioc waterfall, here are some of our suggestions:
Day 1: Hanoi - Ba Be lake
Day 2: Ba Be lake - Cao Bang
Day 3: Cao Bang - Ban Gioc - Nguom Ngao - Cao Bang
Day 4: Cao Bang - Hanoi
Day 1: Hanoi - Ha Giang
Day 2: Ha Giang - Pho Bang ancient town - Dong Van
Day 3: Dong Van - Meo Vac
Day 4: Meo Vac - Cao Bang
Day 5: Cao Bang - Ban Gioc - Nguom Ngao - Cao Bang
Day 6: Cao Bang - Ba Be lake
Day 7: Ba Be lake
Day 8: Ba Be lake - Hanoi
- We can customize this tour itinerary to extend the trip to Sapa and the northwest of Vietnam.
- Ban Gioc waterfall is the border line between Vietnam and China. So it is a must for foreign tourists to get permission in advance to visit. Nomarlly. your hotel in Cao Bang will help you to arrange. The fee is around US $ 10.