Trung Khanh, Cao Bang – A touch on the untouched lands

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This article is written for those who travel to search for the off-beaten paths, the unseen lands of Vietnam where travel bloggers are unlikely to write about it, and where only the locals know.

Trung Khanh, Cao Bang Province

Located approximately 60 km from Cao Cang City Center and adjacent to China through the Po Peo border, Trùng Khánh draws travelers with its picturesque natural scenery. The town is beautiful in every season of the year, each period will offer a different taste of nature. However, to experience it to the fullest, the best time to visit will be the best in 3 periods. First, from the beginning of March to April when Trùng Khánh is in full romantic and poetic character during the plum blossom season. When fall comes, usually from August to September, the forest starts changing in a coat from green to autumn look, rice fields are ripe and golden ready for the harvest season, and at this time, Ban Gioc, the largest waterfall in South East Asia, is in the water season that creates the most majestic and impressive beauty of the mother nature here. November to December is the third ideal period to visit Trùng Khánh. When winter comes, buckwheat flowers and wild sunflowers conquer the lands and color many areas with their wild beauty. Summer, Autumn, or Winter, Trùng Khánh has its charm.

What to see in Trùng Khánh, Cao Bằng Province?

Bản Giốc Waterfall

Earning the award of the fourth largest waterfall in the world and the largest waterfall in South East Asia, Ban Gioc Waterfall won’t disappoint you. It is likened to the fairy scene between the mountains and the forest with magnificent and poetic white-water layers. Choose to walk or take a bamboo boat to experience the waterfall at best.

Khuổi Ky Stone village

With 14 stone houses on stilts spanning about 10,000 square meters, leaning against mountains, Khuoi Ky village represents the authenticity of the Tay tradition and lifestyle in Trùng Khánh. According to the researcher, the village was built in the 16th century when the Mac dynasty moved to Cao Bang to build a citrine to protect the land border. The stunning and unique architecture roots in the belief in stone worship where the stone is sacred as a god to help protect the harshness of nature and is considered to be the source of life and the center of the universe. A human being is born of stone and when he dies, turns into stone.

Nguom Ngao Cave

Ngườm Ngao Cave

Not far from Ban Gioc Waterfall, Nguom Ngao Cave is located inside a spectacular mountain with a length of 2144m and 3 main gates. Once we get inside the cave, we will surely be overwhelmed by the mysterious and shimmering scenery with stalactites in various shapes and murmuring streams.

Phong Nậm & Ngọc Côn valley

The village is home to the Tay tribe who significantly contributed to the beauty of the town through their agricultural works a hundred years ago with rice terraces cultivated in the valley along the Quay Son River. Similar to the other parts of Northern Vietnam, the town will be in the most beautiful version of itself during the rice harvest season, in Autumn (August to early October) and it attracts visitors not only to the rice terraces but the wild beauty and peaceful rural life.

Quây Sơn River

Quay Son River originates in the Guangxi Province of China and through the Po Peo border. Unlike the spectacular Ban Gioc Waterfall, Quay Son River flexibly and softly flows in the middle of the land covered with vast rice terraces and mountains that have created a peaceful and poetic scene and also a significant contribution to the development of the rural river lifestyles of the Tay tribe in the region.

Mắt Thần mountain (God’s Eyes Mountain)

 The mountain is also known as “Phja Piót” in the Tay language which means a mountain with a hole in it. Indeed, it is a unique and spectacular mountain that is interspersed with rolling rocky mountains and surrounded by smooth, winding green grass underneath that makes Mat Than mountain one of the highlights of the region thanks to its beautiful and majestic natural scenery.

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