The Ban Gioc Waterfall
The Ban Gioc Waterfall

Ban Gioc Waterfall, Cao Bang

Ban Gioc Waterfall is 92km northeast of Cao Bang, right on the border between Vietnam and China. The waterfall includes layers of moss and water falling down from tens of meters above. The road trip from Cao Bang to Ban Gioc offers captivating scenery of mountain passes, mountains, ethnic villages, caves and valleys.

Ban Gioc Waterfall from above
Ban Gioc Waterfall from above

 The waterfall has a main branch of a few hundred meters in width and a smaller branch right next to it. During the rainy season, there is plenty of water, and when the huge flow of water dropping down, mist and roaring sound are created. The sight and sound are really impressive! In the dry season, the waterfall is composed of several smaller waterfalls which look like fluid sheets of white silk hanging on the mountain slopes.

Thin sheet of water of Ban Gioc
Thin sheet of water of Ban Gioc

 The rainy season at the Ban Gioc Waterfall is from June through September during which time the waterfall is in its best beauty and it is the best time to visit the area. During the dry season from late October through May, the waterfall is still nice but little water makes it less of a grandeur.

 Ban Gioc Waterfall from raft
Ban Gioc from down the valley

 Paradissa offers hiking tours to the Ban Gioc Waterfall and kayaking experiences on the Quay Son River at a safe location about 5-6km southeast of the waterfall. It is not advisable to go trekking during the rain season while kayaking in December and January could be too cold.

Close view of Ban Gioc Waterfall
tourists taking raft trips to Ban Gioc Waterfall

 The waterfall can be day-tripped from Cao Bang. Alternatively there are simple hotels at Trung Khanh Township (20km from Ban Gioc) and a luxury resort near the waterfall. There are some restaurants with a wide variety of choices of food and drinks right near the waterfall.

Green moss at Ban Gioc Waterfall
The green moss at Ban Gioc Waterfall