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Top Choice Waterfall in Cao Bang

Ban Gioc Waterfall

Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of Vietnam’s best-known waterfalls, and its image adorns the lobby of many a cheap guesthouse. The falls, fed by the Quay Son River that marks the border with China, are an impressive sight…
Top Choice Vietnamese in Cao Bang

Thu Ngan

One of our favourite com – point-and-choose dishes served over rice – joints in northern Vietnam. Enter to find a vast spread of appetising dishes, including a handful of meat-free options, served in a tidy and high…
Cave in Cao Bang

Nguom Ngao Cave

About 4km from Ban Gioc Waterfall, Nguom Ngao Cave is one of the most spectacular cave systems in Vietnam. Created by an underground river, it extends for several kilometres underground; villagers sheltered here dur…
Cave in Lang Son

Nhi Thanh Cave

The Ngoc Tuyen River flows through Nhi Thanh Cave, 700m beyond Tam Thanh Cave. The entrance has a series of carved poems written by the cave’s 18th-century discoverer, a soldier called Ngo Thi San. There’s also a ca…
Cave in Lang Son

Tam Thanh Cave

Tam Thanh Cave is vast and seductive. There’s an internal pool and natural ‘window’ offering a sweeping view of the surrounding rice fields. A few hundred metres up a stone staircase are the ruins of the Mac Dynasty…
Vietnamese in Cao Bang

Banh Cuon

In the north, banh cuon – freshly steamed, stuffed noodles – are served with a bowl of hot broth. Try this dish, prepared and served in the owner's rather decadent living room; look for the 'Banh Cuon' sign across f…
Cafe in Cao Bang

Ban Gioc Coffee

The junction of Ɖ Kim Dong & Ɖ Nguyen Du is home to several coffee shops, of which this is the most sophisticated. Choose from a menu of local- and Western-style coffees and other drinks.
Museum in Mong Cai & the Chinese Border

Uncle Ho Museum

This modest museum sits at the entrance to the Coc Bo Cave area. It covers the period in 1941 during which Ho Chin Minh lived here, planning his revolution.
Bar in Cao Bang

Chimay Beer

Belgian beer in remote northern Vietnam – who knew? Choose from a surprisingly wide selection of trappist ales, coupled with Vietnamese drinking snacks.
Historic Site in Mong Cai & the Chinese Border

Hang Coc Bo

After 30 years of exile, Ho Chi Minh re-entered Vietnam in January 1941 and took shelter in this small cave in one of the most remote regions of Vietnam, 3km from the Chinese border. The cave and surrounding area ar…