The not highly populated province of Cao Bang is on the far north-east of Vietnam, bordering to China. It is not on the radar yet for most tourists. Hence mainly independent traveller or tourists on a private tour make the 240 km journey north from Hanoi. Motorbikes are therefore the most popular options to fully experience this area.
The main base for tourists is the capital of the province, surprisingly called Cao Bang. It has plenty of accommodation and is overall not a bad place to stay, though food and hotels target mainly Vietnamese tourists who arrive here in masses.
The reason to come to this province however, is not Cao Bang but two well-known sites – the Ban Gioc Falls and Pac Bo cave.
Pac Bo is in the north-east corner of the province, located at the Chinese border. It is a sacred place for the Vietnamese as Ho Chi Minh stayed in these cave when he returned to Vietnam. So anyone interested in history might be interested.
The Ban Gioc waterfall is a magnificent fall at the far east. It actually represents part of the border, half of it belonging to China, and the other side to Vietnam. Near the falls you can also find the beautiful and impressive Động Ngườm Ngao cave.
If this is not enough this province offer some beautiful landscape, with some interesting roads that will please anyone who likes riding a motorbike. Doing the Cao Bang Loop is actually another good reason to visit this province.