Cao Bang is an immensely untouched beautiful, sparsely populated frontier region of Northern Vietnam. This mountainous expanse sits on the northeast border with China and is home to many ethnic minority villages.
Although the Ban Gioc waterfalls have become a popular attraction recently, this region is often skipped by tourists which has meant its culture and unique beautiful nature sceneries has been well preserved. The landscape here is featured by jagged mountains carpeted in thick vegetation, sporadic rice paddies and thin winding roads. Typically the Vietnamese populations tended to avoid mountainous regions in favor of the better farmland in low-lying, flat areas. So that, these remote and mountainous areas were inhabited mainly by the ethnic minority groups and this is still largely the case in Cao Bang. The main groups living in this region are the Nung, Dao, Tay and H'mong. In April, 2018, the stunning natural beauty of the region was recognized when UNESCO made the decision to include Cao Bang in their Global Geoparks Network, making it Vietnam’s second entry on the list.
Ban Gioc waterfalls in Cao Bang
Nowadays, this area is beginning to attract more attention from adventurous travelers looking to get away from the overcrowded and over visited tourist areas and wanting to experience the mountainous beauty of the frontier area. Because of its northerly location, Cao Bang is cooler than the rest of Vietnam with an average temperature of 25-28 degrees in the summer and 16-17 degrees in the winter. Some of the higher peaks sometimes see snowfall in particularly cold period in winter. The cooler climes, rich forests and fresh air make Cao Bang a great nature escape which leaves travelers feeling refreshed and full of appreciation for the beauty of nature.
Pac ngoi village