Ban Gioc waterfall in Vietnam

Ban Gioc waterfall called by the Chinese people: Duc Thien Ban Uoc, is one or two waterfalls created by the Quay Son River in the border between Vietnam and China.

If we are at the foot of the waterfall, the left side and half west of the Ban Gioc waterfall is under Vietnam's sovereignty belongs to the commune of Dam Thuy, Trung Khanh district of the Cao Bang province.

Ban Gioc waterfall in Vietnam

While half east of the Ban Gioc waterfall belongs to the sovereignty of China in the village of Duc Thien, Thac long town, the Tan Dai district, Sung tra city in Chuang autonomous region of Quang Tay province.

Overview of Ban Gioc waterfall :

With a total width of 208 m and a maximum height of 70 m, the Ban Gioc waterfall is 4th position in the list of the biggest waterfalls located on the borders between the nations of the world, after Iguazu between Brazil and Argentina, Victoria between Zambia and Zimbabwe and Niagara between Canada and the United States. According also to Chinese Information Agency, the Ban Gioc waterfall is in 2nd position among the largest transnational waterfall in the world. Anyway, Ban Gioc is also the largest natural waterfall in South - East Asia.

Tourism of Ban Gioc waterfall:

Ban Gioc waterfall, a famous destination while travel in Vietnam, has already been voted as the most beautiful of the country, one of the six most beautiful waterfalls in China in 2005 by the China National Geographic Magazine. In addition, the daily: People and the China Central Television also listed Ban Gioc as one of the ten most beautiful waterfalls in China. The Ban Gioc waterfall is also the subject of paintings and unique photographs works. In addition to the values ​​of nature, tourism, art ... there is a rich hydropower potential.

From 70 m high, many large volumes of water fall through the steps of the limestone mountain. In the middle of the waterfall, a mountain covered trees divides the Quay Son River in 3 water flows like white silk. On sunny days, the vapor of water often creates majestic rainbows. At the foot of the Ban Gioc waterfall, the transparent river is like a mirror in the middle of green rice fields, forests.... Right next to the waterfall, Nguom ngao cave about 3 km long is considered as one of the finest in Vietnam.

Cultural values:

Phat Tich Truc Lam Ban Gioc - the first pagoda was built in 2013 in the border region in the north, in Phia nham Mount or at 500 meters from the Ban Gioc waterfall. The architecture of the Phat Tich Truc Lam Ban Gioc Pagoda has the traditional style of the Vietnamese Buddhism. Here, there is still the temple of the hero Nung Tri Cao, a character and a cultural symbol of the province of Cao Bang in the 11th century.

Accommodation: 

In Dam Thuy commune, there is 4 star standards Saigon Bangioc Resort. Otherwise, there are the simple but clean hotels in Cao bang town, 100 km from the Ban Gioc waterfall.

Ban Gioc waterfall in Vietnam

Sovereignty problem: 

Many people say that the entire two-part of Ban Gioc waterfall belongs to Vietnam but invaded by China. But Vietnam's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vu Dung said:  the border was established under the Convention between France and China in 1887 and between Vietnam and China in 1999. Until 2015, Vietnam and China still open talks to exploit together the potentials of the Ban Gioc waterfall.

Ban Gioc waterfall in foreign presses: 

The website of Wonder List announced the list of 10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world in which the Ban Gioc waterfall is in 8th position.

According also to Wonder List, Ban Gioc waterfall is located in the province of Cao Bang, 272 km from the Hanoi capital. The attraction of the Ban Gioc waterfall is the spectacular beauty. It is also in the list of the biggest waterfall in border of countries in the world, after the Niagara, Victoria and Iguazu.

According to the list, there are: Iguazu (Argentina), Victoria (Zambia), Niagara (USA), Angel (Venezuela), Kaieteur (Guyana), Vinnufossen (Norway), Blue Nile (Ethiopia), Ban Gioc (Vietnam), Gullfoss (Iceland) and Jog Falls (India).

Getting there: 

The easiest way is by car to the Cao bang town by spending two nights (300 km north of Hanoi, 120 north of Babe Lake). From Cao bang, a road of 100 km long in the middle of the majestic nature, authentic villages of ethnic groups such as Tay, Nung takes you to the Ban Gioc waterfall. You can contact us: info@guideduvietnam.com  for more detailed and free informations. In fact, we can compose a 4 day tour from Hanoi to explore the Babe Lake, the region of Cao Bang with Ban Gioc waterfall.