Clouds at Dong Cao

Dong Cao - Bac Giang

Dong Cao is a little prairie of over 600m above sea level in Thach Son Commune, Son Dong District, Bac Giang Province. The prairie is 140km from Hanoi and 20km from the center of Son Dong District.

Clouds at Dong Cao
Morning clouds at Dong Cao

Dong Cao attracts a good number of young travelers and photographers at weekend, especially during the summer months. The temperatures at Dong Cao are cool all year round and the surrounding nature offers plenty of photo opportunities. From the prairie you can have commanding views of the mountains and forests in the vicinity. At dawn and at dusk when the lighting conditions are changing and the fog starts moving, the scene becomes magical. If you happen to travel to Dong Cao be prepared with some drinks or coffee and get your camera ready for these beautiful moments.

Rocks on the mountain slope
Rocks on the mountain slope

Dong Cao becomes a tourist attraction spontaneously and there has been no official administration of tourism for the area just yet. There are no tourist facilities at Dong Cao as of writing. For overnight accommodation, visitors normally stay in camps that they bring along. Some would choose to stay in local ethnic Dao families. For those who go camping, there are no toilets and no bathrooms in the prairie; you'd have to walk for over 15 minutes to a family for nature's call!

Walk into the clouds
Walk into the clouds

There have been no reported problems to visitors at Dong Cao regarding security or authority just yet. The tourists in the area are mostly Vietnamese by far. But for foreigners it may be different due to that you can not stay overnight everywhere in Vietnam. You are supposed to register with local authority for security reasons. And because it is so new that even local officials would not have any ideas about how to handle it when you show up!

Dawn at Dong Cao
Dawn at Dong Cao

To get to Dong Cao, follow Route 1 to Bac Giang City and turn right into Route 31 which travels through Luc Nam, Luc Ngan and Son Dong Districts. Once you have passed An Chau Township for 10km, then turn left into a village road which leads to Ban Ga Village. This is where you leave your vehicle and start the hike for 2-3 hours to Dong Cao.

A magical morning on the prairie
A magical morning on the prairie