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Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of Vietnam’s most impressive natural sights. Located in the northeastern province of Cao Bang, the falls are 30 metres high and 300 metres across, making Ban Gioc the widest (but not the highest) waterfall in the country. The falls occur on the Quay Son River, a beautiful jade-blue body of water flowing from China through a pastoral landscape of rice fields and bamboo groves surrounded by limestone pinnacles. Despite improved road access and public transportation connections, and the popularity of several recent viral drone videos showcasing the majesty of the falls, Ban Gioc is still a relatively off-the-beaten-path sight. Mass tourism has yet to arrive and, outside of weekends and public holidays, there’s rarely more than a trickle of foreign and domestic visitors.

Best time to visit

Like any other waterfall, Ban Gioc has a period of low and high water levels, depending on the season you are visiting. But you can visit the waterfall all year round, because there is always water, but there are times when you can experience the very best version of Ban Gioc.

Cao Bang has a wet season from June to September, and a dry season from October to May. In the first period you clearly see a larger waterfall. This force also brings more soil, which means that the water usually gets a dark brown color.

During the dry season there is less rain and the weather is much cooler. The water has nice blue hues this season, but the problem with this season is the amount of water.

The best time to visit Ban Gioc waterfall is around August and September, the perfect combination when there is a lot of water and the color is clear and blue. You will also find beautiful rice fields in Ban Gioc during this season.

Check the below table for the general idea of Ban Gioc Waterfall weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 17.4 13 9.7
Feb 21.5 16.8 13.2
Mar 23.6 19.3 15.9
Apr 28 23.3 19.3
May 31.4 26.3 22.1
Jun 32.7 27.6 23.9
Jul 32.8 27.7 24.2
Aug 32.8 27.2 23.6
Sep 31.5 26 22.4
Oct 28.8 23.2 19.4
Nov 24.8 19.2 15.4
Dec 20 15.1 11.5

Ban Gioc Waterfall’s current weather and 7-day forecast


The regional area of Ban Gioc not only wins acclaim for its waterfall but also draws a huge attraction to other splendid scenery. 

Here are top things to do & see when visiting Ban Gioc Waterfall:

1. Admire the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam

The cave is located about 360 kilometers from Hanoi, nested in a grandiose setting of rock and primitive forest. You know it’s Ban Gioc when you see it – the fall is so huge and more than two level of rock setting, white mist blowing up, a back drop of green mountains and a huge blue mirror lake at the bottom. There’s no mistaking Ban Gioc with any other place in Vietnam, the fall is singular.

Ban Gioc is about 30m high and 300m wide, making it the widest (not the highest) waterfall in Vietnam. The fall is half on Vietnam land and half on China land as two countries are divided by Quay Son River. Tourists can get close to the cascade by riding on bamboo rafts. Even from afar, you can hear the sounds of the waterfall when the water drops, the water mist also can be seen from a distance, painting the scene even with more poetry.

The waterfall’s cliffs and the rocks on the riverbed are both covered in green moss, contrasting nicely with the sparkling white water of the fall.

*Useful information:

In the past, due to its special location in the border line between Vietnam and China, foreigners who wish to visit Ban Gioc must achieve a permission from local administration. In recent years, you don’t have to do that anymore. Tourists just have to show up at the spot and pay a fee of 45.0000VND per person to see the fall.

If you hire a raft, expect to pay about 50,000VND more for a 10-minute ride to get close to the cascade. Do expect to get wet go you might to prepare precaution for your cameras.

2. Trek up to higher levels of the falls

When you cross over the wooden bridge under the falls, find a path that leads to the upper levels of the fall. When you get up there after a strenuous climb, you will be rewarded with a magical viewpoint down the fall which not everyone is able to have.

However we do not recommend this activity for those who are not fit enough and without proper footwear because the path is every slippery with huge rocks and thick forest.

3. Enjoy countryside’s peaceful landscape and atmosphere

As you go along Quay Son River before reaching Ban Gioc waterfall, unfold before your eyes is the landscape of a rural region in northeastern Vietnam. The gentle landscape of the valley, dotted with limestone hills evokes a warm feeling in the heart of tourists like many other sceneries in North Vietnam.

Here and there are the rice fields and if you come during harvest season, you can see the delicious golden color of them promising a warmer winter for a people here. On the river, you can see the water wheel which is a common farming technique that still remain in this region. This device takes the water on the river and carries to the level of the fields and channels the water to irrigate the crops. It’s a peaceful and humbling sight to see.

4. Explore Nguom Ngao Cave

The cave is located in Gun village, Dam Thuy Commune, Trung Khanh District, just 3 kilometers from Ban Gioc Waterfall. It’s recommended that you should take a visit to this cave after admire the wonderful view of Ban Gioc. Like any karst cave in north Vietnam, Nguom Ngao was formed by wind and water for during thousands of time and still forming to this day.

Discovered in 1921 by local people, the cave was opened for tourism purpose since 1996. In no way Nguom Ngao is a small cave – it’s length reaches to 2144m with three entrances (Nguom Ngao, Nguom Lom and Nguom Ban Ton). However, only 900m of the total length was exploited by the local administration. The 900m visible to tourists have a grandiose interior like that of a luxury palace with bright light and crystals. The ceilings and the columns are magnificent with unique formations. There is a beautiful formation which looks like a lotus bud with a really smooth surface.

The legend related to this cave is that the cave was home to many tigers, so it once had the name ‘Tiger tomb’ latter known as Nguom Ngao.

5. Boat Ride in Thang Hen Mountain Lake

Thang Hen Lake is a freshwater lake in Quoc Toan commune, Tra Linh District, Cao Bang, located on a height of 1000m above the sea. This lake is about 70 kilometers from Ban Gioc waterfall and only 25 kilometers from Cao Bang town.
In Dzay language, the name of the lake means ‘bee’s abdomen’ because that’s what the lake looks like from up high. Only expands to a 100-300m in width, the lake is a quite a pretty place to rest and enjoy nature’s beauty.

The surrounding landscape is blessed with green jade water, green towering limestone mountains, wide flower fields and a peaceful valley. An ecotourism area was built around this lake since 2002 and provide services to attract tourists. You can enjoy boating on the lake and you can also visit a small cave at the base of a mountain known as Thang Hen cave. Camping is also permitted here if you plan to enjoy camping by the lake, remember to bring the tent.

6. Take in the marvelous sight of Phong Nam valley in harvest season

From Ban Gioc, drive up north for about 24 kilometers, you will reach Ngoc Con commune which belongs to Trung Khanh District, Cao Bang Vietnam. The road to Ngoc Con is not easy for poor road condition and steepness.
From Ngoc Con, Phong Nam is about 15 kilometers away with better road. The scenery en route is just so beautiful, especially in the afternoon. But the sunset at Phong Nam will be the greatest reward to all of your effort to get there.
The sky will turn purple and sun hide behind the limestone mountains after shredding the last sun rays on the golden rice fields down the valley. If you love Bac Son field in Lang Son, it’s easy fall in love with Phong  Nam. But Phong Nam has something gentler than Bac Son with a green river winding across, more primitive with more trees, vaster and with the depth of mountain layers in the backdrop. To reach the viewpoint down Phong Nam, you’ll have to trek to a higher place so prepare in advance to come up on time for the sunset.

7. Visit ethnic handicraft villages in Quang Uyen District

There are two handicraft villages in Quang Uyen (42 kilometers from Cao Bang town) you can visit for a better insight of daily life of ethnic people in Cao Bang: Phja Thap village in Quoc Dan commune of Nung people and Pac Rang village in Phuc Sen commune.

Phjar Thap village is an incense making village and home to a Nung community here. Every year, when Lunar New Year is close, the village is bustling in preparation to make the largest number of incense. The incense here are made of organic ingredients with a special fragrance – strong and quite spicy. Visiting the village you will see the whole process of incense making.

Pac Rang – the forging village – is a unique place to visit in Cao Bang. Pac Rang villagers practice traditional forging for generations. This village is home to 51 households of Nung An ethnic minority group. The houses of the people here are stilt houses and the people here make their own clothes. This is a wonderful site for cultural explorers.

8. Know more about Vietnamese history at Pac Bo Historical Site

Known with the stories of Ho Chi Minh and the early days of revolution in Vietnam against the French colonialism, one thing of Pac Bo that is underrated is the beautiful landscapes here. Located 132km from Ban Gioc Waterfall, Pac Bo lies close to Chinese territory. The land has not changed much since 1941 when Ho Chi Minh walk across the border from China after 31 years living aboard.

Pac Bo boasts an absolutely wild and primitive nature with limestone mountains, cave, azure rivers and lakes and green paddies. Pac Bo cave is the place Ho Chi Minh lived for seven weeks while Lenin Stream is the place the beloved leader sat and worked during his time here.

There is a resort called Saigon-Ban Gioc on the road directly opposite the entrance to the falls ($ 40- $ 50 per night). Only if you get a room on the top floor can you see the waterfall from the balcony. In addition to the Saigon-Ban Gioc Resort, there are a number of local homestays on either side of the road, between the Nguom Ngao Cave and the waterfall.

Finding accommodation in Cao Bang city or Trung Khanh can be useful to find the homestay or hotel of better quality or more attractive prices. The best accommodations in Trung Khanh are close to the market. But when you go to Cao Bang city you have many more options.

Here are the 4 most recommended cuisines when you get a chance to visit Ban Gioc Waterfall and its local area:

1. Grilled “Aloeswood Fish” (Cá Trầm Hương Nướng)

The fish’s name originates from its habit of feeding on aloeswood leaves and trunks. Before the grilling process, they are rinsed thoroughly with water to get rid of the dirt, stuffed with spices such as onions, chillies, dill… then wrapped into banana leaves. You can feel the sensation of aloeswood flavour when you taste the fish.

2. Ant’s Egg Cake (Bánh Trứng Kiến)

Being one of the most unique cuisines in Cao Bang mountainous area, the cake only appears from April to May when black garden ants multiply rapidly. Covered by mochi and tree leaves, people use immature eggs of the ants as the main ingredient. In case you feel worried about contaminated substances, the eggs are always fried with onions, peanuts and some pork before being crammed into the cake.

3. Cao Bang Steamed Rice Pancake (Bánh Cuốn Cao Bằng)

Unlike the common rice pancake, the Cao Bang alternative is famous for its special sauce that is made from bone stock. Usually, the bones are simmered gently for hours before serving, added with mince meat and spices to make it more sweet-smelly than ever.

4. Roasted Suckling Pig  (Lợn Sữa Quay)

Local people should know that suckling pigs weighing from 4-6kg will serve you best. After being subjected to preliminary treatment, the pigs are stuffed with specialized medicinal tree leaves, skewered on a roasting spit, applied with honey and spices then cooked over a fire. Most would prefer medium-well doneness because the pigskin appears pleasant to the eye, tastes crispy and smells irresistibly delicious.

1. By Coach/Bus

In case you are not based in Hanoi, please take a flight to Hanoi capital to proceed further.

It often takes 7 hours from Hanoi to arrive in Cao Bang City, which should be listed as the following itinerary: 
Start from 1A Highway -> Bac Giang-Lang Son Highway -> 4A Highway -> Dong Khe Town -> 208 Road -> 3 Highway -> 206 Road -> Arrive in Dam Thuy Commune -> Ban Gioc Waterfall.

2. By Personal Car/Motorcycle

When travelling by personal means of transport, some people prefer to take advantage of another route so that they can visit more tourist attractions during the journey. Some potential plans are:

From Hanoi, take the 3 Highway to Bac Kan Province, in which Ba Be Lake and Ba Be National Park are located. A vast variety of rare ecological species are present here, not to mention impressive landscapes and geology.

Instead of the 3 Highway, take the 4 Highway to Lang Son Province, where you can pay Mount Mau Son a visit and explore an one-of-a-kind experience.

Afterwards, you can head back to the route leading to Dong Khe Town and reach Cao Bang City later.

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