Ban Gioc – The Vietnam’s best-known waterfall

If you are seeking for some hidden gems in Vietnam, Ban Gioc waterfall in Cao Bang province is one of the attractive answer for you. It is worth your time to visit once in your life time.

Ban Gioc is the fourth largest waterfall in the world among the beautiful waterfalls on the border between countries and is the largest natural waterfall in Southeast Asia. The falls, fed by the Quay Son River that marks the border with China, are an impressive sight in a highly scenic location.

Ban Gioc Waterfall is located in Dam Thuy commune, Trung Khanh District, Cao Bang province. It is about 90 km from Cao Bang city and 400 km from Hanoi. The path leading to the Ban Gioc Waterfall is winding, around the mountainside and has many narrow, fresh air, stunning countryside scenery. Aim to visit around lunchtime when the upstream dam is opened to allow full flow.

The water falls down a three-tiere cliff. These rocks and trees divide it into three different falls. The smaller falls belongs to Vietnam whereas the bigger part is divided into two parts: Vietnam and China.

Nowadays, it is easy to visit Ban Gioc waterfalls and most of visitor are Vietnamese people. It is still a “hidden gem” for foreigners.

You can visit Ban Gioc directly from Hanoi or combine your trip to Cao Bang with Ba Be National Park or Sapa. It is depending on your time.

The best time to visit Ban Gioc is between August and September. The beauty of Ban Gioc Waterfall is completely opposite to the summer. This is the time when Ban Gioc falls is in its majestic beauty. The water does not flow smoothly, and it starts to flow faster and faster, the foam splashes like a cloud of rain when floods come. In the rainy season, your trip may be a bit more difficult than summer, but the beauty of the waterfall is really worthwhile.

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