Ban Gioc Waterfall – Full guide to read absolutely before you go

The pass road in Cao Bang

With the peaceful, gentle, majestic and magnificent beauty, Ban Gioc waterfall is the pride of Cao Bang people. Not possessing monumental architecture or new experience services, this place still captivates visitors by its pristine beauty, fresh air and quiet space of mountains and springs. Here is the full guide to read absolutely before you go to Ban Gioc Waterfall.

General information about Ban Gioc Falls

Ban Gioc Waterfall is a famous majestic waterfall in Dam Thuy commune, Trung Khanh, Cao Bang. This is the most beautiful waterfall in Southeast Asia and the fourth largest in the world.

Overview of Ban Gioc waterfall

Overview of Ban Gioc waterfall

In the middle of forest, mountains and clouds in the Northeast, Ban Gioc waterfall looms like a white silk strip amidst the beautiful natural picture of Cao Bang. At the foot of the waterfall is the Quai Son river with clear water, reflecting the natural mountains and forests all year round. On both sides are green fields of Nung and Tay ethnic people who settle down in Ban Gioc village.

To be the common pride of Cao Bang people for a long time, Ban Gioc waterfall today attracts a large number of domestic and foreign visitors every year.

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Ban Gioc Falls when to go

Along with the seasonal changes, Ban Gioc waterfall and the vegetation here will change with its own beauty.

  • June – August is the beginning of the rainy season in Cao Bang so Ban Gioc waterfall has a lot of water with great flow. You will see each waterfall pouring white foam.
  • September – October is the time of the ripe rice season in Trung Khanh. Coming to Ban Gioc waterfall, you will have the opportunity to see the majestic waterfall adorned with the golden color of the poetic fields. 
  • November – December is the time when Cao Bang mountains and forests change leaves. Coming here at the beginning of winter, you will see the gentle Ban Gioc waterfall, surrounded by the red and yellow colors of forest trees.
  • January – February, the highlands will enter spring with a gentler flow, the water of Ban Gioc waterfall is as clear as jade, the trees begin to sprout and the flowers bloom in the forest.
Ban Gioc waterfall in the ripe rice season

Ban Gioc waterfall in the ripe rice season

What to do in Ban Gioc and its surroundings

Located not far from other famous tourist attractions of Cao Bang, when going to Ban Gioc waterfall, tourists can also combine visiting places around such as:

Nguom Ngao Cave

Nguom Ngao Cave is a large cave shaped from centuries of limestone. The cave has a length of about 2114m including: Nguom Lom gate, Nguom Ngao gate, Ban Thuon gate. Each door has a different appearance, creating an interesting experience for tourists visiting Ban Gioc waterfall, Cao Bang. 

Ngao Nguom cave near Ban Gioc waterfall

Ngao Nguom cave near Ban Gioc waterfall

Pac Bo Cave

Pac Bo cave is quite close to Ban Gioc Waterfall, which is the most familiar place in the minds of Vietnamese. Pac Bo relic site is the place to mark the memories of Uncle Ho’s life and work. Today, when coming to Pac Bo cave, visitors can visit Lenin stream, Uncle’s working stone table, Coc Po cave, etc.

Thang Hen Lake

Thang Hen Lake is likened to “Tuyet Tinh Coc” of Cao Bang mountains. If Ban Gioc Waterfall is like a flowing white silk strip, then Ho Thang Hen is likened to a fairy with a green silk strip in the middle of the mountains. Coming here, tourists to Ban Gioc Waterfall will enjoy the rustic dishes of lakeside restaurants, folk songs of Then singing or simply sitting on a boat to admire the scenery.

Thang Hen Lake in Cao Bang

Thang Hen Lake in Cao Bang

Phuc Sen village

Phuc Sen village is one of the professional villages in Phuc Sen commune, Cao Bang. This is the living place of the Nung An ethnic group, with the profession of blacksmithing passed down from generation to generation. After discovering Ban Gioc, tourists can go to Phuc Sen village to walk around the village, admire the handicraft products, traditional houses, ethnic costumes and the living lifestyle of the local people.

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Cao Bang Geological Park

Cao Bang Geological Park covers an area of more than 3,275 square kilometers. This is the place to demonstrate the complex geological development history and was recognized by UNESCO as a Global Geopark on April 12, 2018. Cao Bang Geological Park has many famous landscapes, historical and cultural relics such as Pac Bo cave, Lenin stream, Ban Gioc waterfall, Thang Hen lake, etc.

Cao Bang Geological Park

Cao Bang Geological Park

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Meeting with the Lolo Noir in Bao Lac

Bao Lac is a land of unspoiled beauty with a system of rivers, mountains and winding passes near Ban Gioc waterfall. Bao Lac is a living place of the western ethnic groups such as Tay, Nung, Mong, Dao, San Chi, Lo Lo, etc. It is the uniqueness and diversity in culture that has created an attraction for tourists to discover, experience and learn about the traditional culture of the ethnic minorities here.

Where to stay in Ban Gioc/Cao Bang?

Still not much investment in tourism, most hotels near Ban Gioc waterfall, Cao Bang are in the mid-range or low-cost segment. Ranging below 1,000,000 VND/night, guests will have a comfortable bedroom, located in the city center. Or if you want to experience the life of the local people, local homestays are also a good choice. Here are some popular hotels near Ban Gioc Waterfall:

Bao Lac Homestay in Cao Bang

Bao Lac Homestay in Cao Bang

Bao Lac Homestay

Address: Zone 1, Bao Lac Town, Bao Lac District, Cao Bang Province.

Reference price: From 285,000 VND/night.

Jeanne Hotel

Address: 99 Kim Dong, Hop Giang Ward, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang Province.

Reference price: From 430,000 VND/night.

Bao Ngoc Diamond Hotel

Address: 124 Be Van Dan, Hop Giang Ward, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang Province.

Reference price: From 405,000 VND/night.

Son Tung Hotel

Address: 1 Hong Viet, Hop Giang Ward, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang Province.

Reference price: From 630,000 VND/night.

How to get to Ban Gioc waterfalls

After reaching Cao Bang, visitors can choose one of the following means to go to Ban Gioc waterfall:


Using the bus to Ban Gioc waterfall is becoming more and more popular with tourists because of its convenience, cost savings and frequency of 30 minutes/trip. Going from Cao Bang bus station, you will catch an intra-provincial bus and stop at the last stop – right at the entrance of Ban Gioc waterfall.


Visitors can rent motorbikes from 100,000 VND/day to move from Cao Bang city to Ban Gioc waterfall. The upland roads are quite bumpy and steep, so please drive carefully and safely!


If this is your first time coming to Cao Bang and you are not familiar with the road here, you should take a taxi or coach to get to Ban Gioc waterfall. Drivers here are mainly local people who are very familiar with the road, so you can be assured of safety and transportation costs.

The pass road in Cao Bang

The pass road in Cao Bang

Located between thousands of deep green mountains and forests, Ban Gioc waterfall has a dreamy and mysterious look that captivates many visitors coming here. Above, Pu Luong Excursion shared with you a full guide to read absolutely before you go to Ban Gioc Waterfall, hoping it will be helpful with your trip.


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