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Immerse yourself in Ban Gioc waterfall natural masterpiece

Translated by Bing
Ban Gioc Waterfall consists of a series of small cascades located between the border of Vietnam and China. As an impressive display of the power of water and grandeur, the waterfall flows incessantly through reservoirs, down floors and cascades over cliffs in the shape of horseshoes.

Ban Gioc Waterfall is located in Dam Thuy commune, Chongqing district, Cao Bang province, has long been known as one of the most beautiful natural waterfalls in Vietnam. The falls are also on the list of waterfalls in the top 10 most magnificent waterfalls in the world located on the border between the two countries. 


 

For those who have had the opportunity to visit Ban Gioc Waterfall, the fact that this waterfall is likened to the foreground that nature bestows on the mountains and forests of Northeast Vietnam is not exaggerated. Ban Gioc Waterfall is nearly 90 km from Cao Bang city and nearly 400 km from Hanoi.


Ban Gioc Waterfall has a height of 53 m, divided into 3 floors and has 2 waterfalls all year round, of which the widest and highest main waterfall is located in the border area between Vietnam and China. From a height of 53 m, large bodies of water cascade down through many beautiful green moss-covered limestone steps. In the middle of the waterfall there is a wide rock covered with trees, which has cut the water into 3 streams like three strips of white silk. If you come to the waterfall when the sun is already high, visitors will be able to watch the rainbows appear continuously, adding to the magical beauty of the falls.


 

 Not only possessing the majestic and magical flowing water, the scenery around the waterfall area is still quite wild. In addition, ethnic minorities in Dam Thuy commune in Ban Gioc waterfall area also retain many unique festivals and cultural beauty. Visiting here, especially around October every year, on the occasion of Cao Bang province organizing Ban Gioc Waterfall Festival, visitors will have the opportunity to exchange cultures, know more interesting things and experience unique tourism culture with indigenous people. 

 

In particular, the ripe rice season is the time when people harvest glutinous rice right next to the waterfall. Visitors will be immersed in daily life, enjoy many specialty dishes, blue rice with grilled chicken, crispy golden grilled pork with typical taste. 


Photo: Le Trung Anh


Photo: Nguyen Duc Thang

 

People in the area said that Ban Gioc waterfall will usually be majestic and most beautiful in the ripe rice season, 9 and 10 months. Because at this time, the scenery and young water of Chongqing, Cao Bang are gentle and cool, which is also the time when visitors will be most satisfied.

 

The sub-waterfall is located deep in the territory of Vietnam, on the occasion of October the water flows quite large, creating a majestic beauty no less than the main waterfall.



If you want to ride a motorbike by yourself Ban Gioc Cao Bang Waterfall, you can go in the direction of National Highway 1A to Bac Giang Lang Son Highway. Then follow National Highway 4A to reach Dong Khe town, continue DT208 to Hoa Thuan town turn left onto National Highway 3. From here, you go about 21.3km more and then turn right to Dam Thuy to reach the waterfall.



In mid-May 2025, Travel+Leisure magazine has listed the 21 most beautiful waterfalls in the world in 2024, including Ban Gioc waterfall of Vietnam. Ban Gioc Waterfall ranked 17th, being the only representative of Vietnam on the published list.


According to VnE

Photo: Multiple authors

Image source: Multiple authors
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