Hoang Tuan Anh, a young traveller from Hanoi, had a trip to Cao Bang with experiences such as going by berth bus, staying in homestay, eating the regional specialties and seeing the waterfall in Ban Gioc with a moderate cost.
How to go to Cao Bang
The article of Hoang Tuan Anh (29 years old, Hanoi) about consulting for a trip to Cao Bang received thousands of views because the shared information is very detailed and included many beautiful places to see in the trip at moderate cost. The period of September and October is the most beautiful season of Cao Bang because Ban Gioc waterfall has much water and many terraced fields turn into yellow. If you want to see the buckwheat flower, you should go in October. Tuan Anh consulted the berth bus from Hanoi to Cao Bang running at 22h, to arrive to Cao Bang at 5am. One-way ticket is 200,000 VND. If you go at the weekend, book the tickets two days in advance. About transportation in Cao Bang, you can rent a 7 or 16-seat car if you go in groups, or motorcycles at the price of 150,000VND per day.
In the city center, there are some hotels, if you want to cook yourself then choose a homestay. Tuan Anh suggested Primrose Homestay near the bus station whose two owners are very friendly. The price of a double room is 275,000 VND, with terrace, kitchen and washing machine for free. A collective bed price is 120,000 VND.
Cao Bang’s tourist attractions
The area has a rich history tracing to the Bronze Age of the Tày Âu Kingdom in Vietnam. The dynasties which ruled the area were Tày lords, Be Khac Thieu and Nag Dac Thai. The province is in the region where the Vietnamese people lived thousands of years ago before their southwards expansion. Cao Bằng has several points of historical interest as well as many natural features such as the Pác Bó (at the mouth of the confluence of two rivers, the Bằng Giang and Hien rivers) where Hồ Chí Minh in January 1941 established a revolutionary force at Cốc Bó cave, the Mạc emperor’s Temple, the Kỳ Sầm Temple, Coi Bin Church, the Bản Giốc waterfall area at the international border between Vietnam and China, and the Thang Hen Mountain Lake.
The itinerary for the first day is Cao Bang city – Hang Then – Ban Gioc – Nguom Ngao; On the second day, you will go to Pac Bo cave and visit Cao Bang city to discover regional foods. Ban Gioc Waterfall is more than 80 km away from the center. If you do not drive a motorbike, you catch the bus at the price of 70,000 VND. The road to Ban Gioc passing Ma Phuc Pass, Khau Lieu pass and many beautiful rice fields. The ticket price to the waterfall is 45,000 VND, if visiting by boat is 50,000 VND per person, and wait for enough guests to go.
Near the waterfall gate, Saigon-Ban Gioc hotel serves rice and Pho for tourists at the price of 45,000 VND per sreving, you can eat and rest. Then you visit Nguom Ngao cave (3 km) (the ticket price is 45.000 VND). Inside the cave, there are many beautiful stalactites.
The Pac Bo Monument (50 km from center of Cao Bang) has the Martha’s Mountain, Lenin Stream and a displaying house. The ticket price is 20,000 VND. Hang Then lake has a wildlife scene, there are a few on the floor for guests to eat and rest.
Cao Bang cuisine also makes many people fascinated, you should visit Quyen sour noodle soup with roast duck, roast pork, sausage at the price of 40,000 VND; hamburgers at the center market with the price of 15,000 VND.
In addition, the rolled cakes are sold throughout the city at the price of 25,000VND. The rolled cakes with a bowl of meat broth with eggs and pork pies.
Tuan Anh’s two-day Cao Bang trip costs 1.3 million VND. He visited many famous tourist spots and ate the delicious dishes of Cao Bang. He shared this is a place 300 km away from Hanoi but beautiful and very worth to go and enjoy.
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