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Cao Bang – The national north-west territory of Vietnam is in favor of the beautiful nature with extremely spectacular mountains and forests. Furthermore, Cao Bang also attracts tourists from the historical sites. That is why this province is the land that many people choose for their trips. However, if you travel to Cao Bang for the first time, you will be embarrassed by the cultural diversity and selection of attractions for yourself. To complete your tour, please refer to the Cao Bang travel experience with all frequency-free information below.

Cao Bang, Vietnam 2018 - The Essential Travel Guide in Cao BangSource: vietnam-roads.fr

Cao Bang is a limestone plateau mixed with soil mountains, with an average height of more than 200 meters, the border area is 600 – 1300 meters above sea level. Mountain forests cover over 90% of the province. There are three distinct regions: Eastern mountains are rocky,  western mountains mixed with rock, southwest is mostly mountains with many forests.

Total square 6,707.9 km2
Popularity 517,900
Ethnics Tay, Nung, Dao, H’Mong, San Chay, Viet
Website  Caobang.gov.vn

(Source: wikipedia.com)

I. WHEN TO TRAVEL TO CAO BANG

1. Weather in Cao Bang

WHEN TO TRAVEL TO CAO BANGSource: dronestagr.am

In general, Cao Bang has a mild climate. With subtropical humid climate, the terrain is windy and directly affected by the cold air from the north. However, the temperature of Cao Bang has never dropped below 0°C, almost in the winter in the province without ice (except for some mountainous areas with ice in winter).

Summer is characterized by hot, humid, high temperatures averaging from 30 – 32°C and low average from 23 – 25 °C. Temperatures do not rise to 39 – 40°C. In winter, due to the high altitude of the province of Cao Bang, it has a temperate climate similar to temperate, the low average temperature of 5-8°C and high average of 15-28°C, especially on December, January, and February. The temperatures can be lowered around 6 – 8°C, low humidity, dry air. Spring and autumn are not clear; the weather is erratic. Spring is usually sunny, while autumn is cool.

 The highest temperature (°C) The lowest temperature (°C)
January 18 10
February 19 12
March 23 16
April 27 19
May 31 23
June 32 24
July 32 24
August 32 24
September 31 22
October24 19
November27 15
December2011

Source: wikipedia.com

2. Best time to travel in Cao Bang

WHEN TO TRAVEL TO CAO BANGSource: wikipedia.com

Every season in Cao Bang has a different beauty; but, people having Cao Bang travel experience self-sufficiently recommend to travel in August – September, November – December and in the new year.

a. Cao Bang in autumn (from August to September)

WHEN TO TRAVEL TO CAO BANGSource: giavedulich.com

Perhaps this is one of the best time of year to travel to Cao Bang. It is not too rainy, cold, or hot to travel. Cao Bang welcome visitors with its majestic beauty, such as the blue waterfall of Ban Gioc waterfall, Lenin spring and Pac Po cave. Coming here, visitors will feel like going to a paradise resort, a dream of not only the charming scenery but also peaceful people. Besides, the traditional local dishes are also extremely rich and unique.

b. Cao Bang in flowers season (from November to December)

WHEN TO TRAVEL TO CAO BANGSource: dulichcaobang.vn

If you like to go to Cao Bang to see flowers, you can go there at the end of the year around November. This is the Bucket wheat flowers season (equivalent to Bucket wheat flowers in Ha Giang).

c. Cao Bang in the new year

WHEN TO TRAVEL TO CAO BANGSource: gody.vn

If you like seeing snow, you should travel in the winter (from the end of previous year to early next year). In this time in the Pia Forest. The temperature is lowered, so this phenomenon is likely to happen. Combined with the schedule from Cao Bang to Lang Son (along That Khe), you travel to Mau Son tourism, where almost every winter has snow.

II. HOW TO GET TO AND AROUND CAO BANG

1. How to get to Cao Bang

HOW TO GET TO AND AROUND CAO BANGSource: hoachio.com

a. Getting from Hanoi to Cao Bang

Getting from Hanoi to Cao Bang by shuttle bus

The schedules of some popular shuttle buses:

Brand name Departure time & departure Arrival time & destination Kind of shuttle buses Number phone
Tam Nghia
( 5 stars)
09:30
My Dinh bus station
15:00
Cao Bang bus station
Having 30 seats (+84) 162 893 3999
Luong Sung
(no rate)
08:30
My Dinh bus station
16:30
Cao Bang bus station
Having 28 seats (+84) 912 455 915
Ngoc Ha
(no rate)
11:30
My Dinh bus station
17:30
Cao Bang bus station
Having 30 seats (+84) 912 455 915
Hien Loi
(no rate)
10:00
My Dinh bus station
18:00
Cao Bang bus station
Having 28 seats (+84) 915 046 784
Mai Luy
(no rate)
19:00
My Dinh bus station
01:00
Cao Bang bus station
Having 40 seats (+84) 962 377 272

Price: From VND 170,000/ pack to VND 200,000/pack

Getting from Hanoi to Cao Bang by motorbike 

From Hanoi to Cao Bang you can follow many different routes. Below is an example route for you.
This route is for both cars and motorbikes, about 240 km, 6 hours 30 minutes

From the center of Hanoi Capital, you just go to Nhat Tan Bridge and go straight along Highway 3 to reach the province of Cao Bang. This route is convenient because it has less traffic.

You should learn from Hanoi to Cao Bang how many kilometers to get the best preparation for the trip
Please note that, while choosing a route, the most important thing to keep in mind is to keep yourself and others safe by following the traffic safety rules. Moreover, when you go to the helmet, avoid going the wrong lane with both cars and motorcycles and do not go over speed to not be penalized for violation.

b. Getting from Ho Chi Minh city to Cao Bang

HOW TO GET TO AND AROUND CAO BANGSource: diemdensaigon.com

Ho Chi Minh city is far from Cao Bang province about 1896 km. This is the long way for any tourists staying in HCM city who want to travel to Cao Bang. So there are two ways for you.

  • Traveling from HCM city to Hanoi by plane, then catch a shuttle bus to visit Cao Bang (recommended in the previous part).
  • Using shuttle bus from HCM city to Cao Bang.
Getting from Ho Chi Minh to Cao Bang by plane

HOW TO GET TO AND AROUND CAO BANGSource: xehay.vn

The general route: Ho Chi Minh – Hanoi – Cao Bang

Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi

Flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi departs from Tan Son Nhat Airport and arrives at Noi Bai Airport.
Tan Son Nhat Airport is the largest airport in Vietnam. Located 8km from the center of Ho Chi Minh city and in Tan Binh District in the north of the city, Tan Son Nhat International Airport is an important traffic hub of the South. From Tan Son Nhat Airport, you will take about 20 minutes by taxi to get to the city.

Noi Bai International Airport is located 30 km from the center of Hanoi. It is an international airport in northern Vietnam. There are three domestic airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Jetstar Pacific and 22 international airlines that fly to Noi Bai International Airport. To move from Noi Bai airport to Hanoi, you can take a taxi (prices range from VND 300,000 to VND 400,000), or take a bus which costs about VND 60,000 for each turn. 

Airlines The cheapest prices
Vietnam Airline VND 1,844,000
VietJet Air VND 1,246,000
Jetstar Pacific VND 1,305,000

To book a ticket, you can check here

From Hanoi to Cao Bang, please refer the previous part of this travel guide.

Getting from Ho Chi Minh city to Cao Bang by shuttle bus

There are two choices for you when choosing shuttle bus as the main transport for traveling

HOW TO GET TO AND AROUND CAO BANGSource: flickr.com

Route 1: Ho Chi Minh – Cao Bang

To move straight without stopping in any destinations, Mai Linh shuttle bus is the best choice recommended.

Mai Linh shuttle bus

  • Departure time and departure: From 09:00 to 10:00 at Mien Dong bus station ( HCM city)
  • Time to move: 49 hours
  • Destination: Cao Bang bus station
  • Price: VND 1,200,000/person
  • Phone: (+84) 283 511 2888

Route 2: Ho Chi Minh – Thai Nguyen – Cao Bang

Moving from Ho Chi Minh to Thai Nguyen

Hoang Long shuttle bus

  • Departure time and departure: 17:30 at Ho Chi Minh city
  • Time to move: 39 hours and 18 minutes
  • Destination: Cao Bang city
  • Price: VND 650,000/person ( without eating) and VND 780,000 ( with eating fee)
  • Phone: (+84) 225 392 0920

Moving from Thai Nguyen to Cao Bang

Cao Bang Transport Automobile Joint Stock Company

  • Departure time and departure: at 07:30 or 08:10 at Thai Nguyen city
  • Journey: Along highway 3
  • Destination: Cao Bang city
  • Price: VND 180,000/ person
  • Phone: (+84) 163 329 2929

2. How to get around Cao Bang

a. Getting around Cao Bang by taxi

HOW TO GET TO AND AROUND CAO BANGSource: vulcanpost.com

Taxis are familiar vehicles to people today. In different provinces, they have different brand names. In Cao Bang, taxi services are developed, serving the needs of many customers everywhere. You can contact to taxi companies through the list of telephones below:

  • Huong Sen Taxi: (+84) 263 828 282
  • Viet Thinh Taxi: (+84) 263 851 851
  • Vinh Dung Taxi: (+84) 263 755 755
  • Duc Ngoc Taxi: (+84) 263 797 979

Price: From VND 9,000 – 12,000/ km for 4 – seat taxi
           From VND 12,000 – 16,000/ km for 7 – seat taxi

b. Getting around Cao Bang by motorbike

Being a mountainous province in the north with a cool climate all year round, the forests, mountains, rivers, and streams spread majestically, with many wild nature features, along with the history of the highlands of Cao Bang. With a lot of beautiful scenery, especially in Ban Gioc waterfall, many tourists have come to Cao Bang in recent years. Below is a summary of motorcycle rental locations in Cao Bang for your reference:

  • Mr. Quy:                                                                                                                                        Address: No. 28, Group 29, Garden Cam, Hop Giang Ward, Cao Bang City
    Phone: (+84) 888 067 899
  • Mr. Loc:
    Address: 23 Song Bang, Cao Bang
    Phone: (+84) 985 161 999
  • Mr. Kien:
    Address: 211 Kim Dong, Hop Giang Ward, Cao Bang City
    Phone: (+84) 918 281 444

III. CAO BANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYS

1. Cao Bang hotels

a. Jeanne hotel - The most popular hotel in Cao Bang

CAO BANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYSSource: booking.com

Jeanne Hotel offers accommodation in Cao Bang. Each room at this hotel is air-conditioned and has a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom with slippers and free toiletries. Furthermore, some rooms offer mountain, river or city views.
Jeanne Hotel offers gift shops and free WiFi in all areas. Guests can rent a car at this hotel.

Price: VND 443,973/night/room/2 adults

Review rate: 

Source Tripadvisor.com Agoda.com Booking.com
Rate 5 stars 8.5/10 2 stars

Address: 99 Kim Dong, Hop Giang, Cao Bang, Vietnam

Phone: (+84) 912 130 126

b. Duong Ha hotel - Place for lover couples

CAO BANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYS
Source: booking.com

Duong Ha Hotel offers pet-friendly accommodation in Cao Bang, with free on-site private parking.
Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Some rooms have seating areas for guests to relax in, while some rooms come with a balcony. Private bathrooms have toiletries, shower, slippers, free toiletries, and hairdryer. Besides, Duong Ha Hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all areas.
The hotel has a 24-hour front desk and provides car rental.

Price: VND 443,973/night/room/2 adults

Review rate: 

Source Tripadvisor.com Agoda.com Booking.com
Rate 5 stars 9.3/10 8.5/10

Address: No. 16, Group 16, Song Bang Ward, Cao Bang, Vietnam

Phone: (+84) 206 6265 555

c. Son Tung hotel - Simple but not boring

CAO BANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYSSource: booking.com

Son Tung Hotel offers accommodation with free WiFi in Cao Bang city. Each room has a flat-screen TV. The room is equipped with a private bathroom with a shower, slippers and free toiletries, which is comfortable for guests. Reception is open 24 hours a day.

Price: VND 589,879/night/room/2 adults

Review rate: 

Source Tripadvisor.com Agoda.com Booking.com
Rate 5 stars 2.5/10 6.9/10

Address: No 1, Hong Viet Street, Cao Bang, Cao Bang, Vietnam

Phone: (+84) 902 181 076

d. Minh Hoang hotel - Nice and cozy hotel

CAO BANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYSSource: booking.com

Minh Hoang Hotel offers pet-friendly accommodation in the city, along with free Wi-Fi and free private parking on site. Each room at this hotel is air-conditioned and has a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom. The front desk is open 24 hours a day and also provides car rental.

Price: VND 275,277/night/room/2 adults

Review rate:

Source Tripadvisor.com Agoda.com Booking.com
Rate 3.5 stars 7.8/10 7.5/10

Address: 98 Kim Dong, Hop Giang, Cao Bang, Vietnam

Phone: (+84) 206 3852 215

2. Cao Bang homestays 

a. Primrose homestay - Charming like a rose garden

CAO BANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYSSource: booking.com

Located in Cao Bang, Primrose Homestay Cao Bang offers BBQ facilities and a terrace.
Some rooms have seating areas to relax after a busy day. Certain rooms come with a balcony. All rooms share bathrooms with bidets, slippers, free toiletries and hairdryers for guests' comfort. Primrose Homestay offers free Wi-Fi. There is also a hairdresser. This homestay property offers car rental services.

Price: VND 229,966/night/room/2 adults

Review rate: 

Source Tripadvisor.com Agoda.com Booking.com
Rate 4.5 stars 9.1/10 9.1/10

Address: No 18, Hong Viet Street, Hop Giang Ward, Cao Bang, Vietnam

Phone: (+84) 983 994 869

b. Kolia Organic Farm homestay - Friendly with the environment

Located in Cao Bang, Kolia Organic Farm is known for its own special model of homestay. It features a garden and a terrace. Having room service, this also provides guests with a restaurant and even free WiFi.

Tourists can be served with an Asian breakfast at the farm. Guests at Kolia Organic Farm will be able to enjoy activities in and around the city.

Price: VND 393,190/night/room/2 adults

Review rate:
Source: Agoda.com
Rate: 5.6/10

Address: Phia Den, Thanh Cong Village, Nguyen Binh Town, Cao Bang, Vietnam

Phone: (+84) 963 159 549

c. Mr's Kim homestay - Following ethnical style

CAO BANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYSSource: booking.com

Situated in Cao Bang, Mr. Kim's Homestay features accommodation with free WiFi and seating area. A terrace with mountain views is offered in all units. Breakfast is available daily and includes continental and Asian options. Guests can grab a bite to eat in the on-site restaurant, which specializes in American cuisine. The homestay offers a barbecue. Guests can also relax in the garden.

Price: VND 273,697/night/room/2 adults

Review rate:
Source: Booking.com
Rate: 9.2/10

Address: Phia Thap Village, Quoc Dan, Quang Uyen, Cao Bang, Vietnam

d. Yen Nhi Ban Gioc Homestay - Hospitable people, simple life

CAO BANG HOTELS & HOMESTAYSSource: booking.com

Where you leave the real world, the world of bonuses, money, tensions. Go with the homestay as about the most natural by surrounded by forests in Cao Bang. Homestay not far from Ban Gioc waterfall, Nguom Ngao cave, you can take a stroll to admire beautiful scenery on the border of the country of Vietnam. Come once and feel free life, freedom, comfort and the local people; then, you will want to stay or come back here many times.

Price: VND 200,483/night/room/2 adults

Review rate:
Source: Booking.com
Rate: 8.9/10

Address: Nguom Ngao, Trung Khanh, Cao Bang, Vietnam

Phone: (+84) 94 224 17 60

IV. WHERE TO GO IN CAO BANG

1. Ban Gioc Waterfall

From the Vietnamese perspective, the Ban Gioc Waterfall includes both main and secondary waterfalls with a total width of 208 m.  Ban Gioc waterfall is divided into two parts: the southern part is called the High Waterfall, this is a waterfall because of the small amount of water. The Low Waterfall is the main waterfall located on the northern border of Viet Trung.

Ban Gioc Waterfall is the fourth largest waterfall in the waterfalls on a border between countries (after the Iguazu Falls between Brazil - Argentina, Victoria Falls between Zambia - Zimbabwe and Niagara Falls between Canada and the United States. ). Ban Gioc Waterfall is the largest natural waterfall in Southeast Asia.

WHERE TO GO IN CAO BANGSource: news.zing.vn

Ban Gioc Waterfall is a famous tourist attraction, which was voted one of China's six most beautiful waterfalls in 2005. In addition, People's Daily and China Central Television have also evaluated Ban Gioc Falls as one of the ten most beautiful waterfalls in China.  Ban Gioc Waterfall has also entered the art of painting with special paintings and photography. In addition to tourism and art, the waterfall also has hydroelectric potential. In addition, in Vietnam, there are also claims that Ban Gioc waterfall is the most beautiful waterfall in the country.

To discover Ban Gioc waterfall entirely, most tourism companies usually make the tour: Ba Be lake - Ban Gioc waterfall. 

Ba Be lake - Ban Gioc waterfall tour information

  • Time: 3 days 2 nights
  • Transport: Shuttle bus
  • The average price: About VND 2,300,000
  • General benefits: Explore one of the most beautiful natural mountain lakes in the world and visit the 4th largest waterfall in 10 largest waterfalls in the world located between the two countries border. Besides, you can discover the cultural beauty of ethnic minority Tay, Nung ... 
  • For more information, please click here