Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017
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The impressive beauty of Ban Gioc Waterfall
Updated at Thursday, 24 Aug 2017, 14:03
Ban Gioc Waterfall, in Cao Bang province and located on the border of Vietnam – China, is the most beautiful waterfall of Vietnam (personally). It will be very big omission if you visited many sites in Vietnam but haven’t visited this famous landscape.
Standing at the foot of waterfall, you will feel the relaxed and pleasant atmosphere made by water fog flying up. Seen from a distance, you can see the grandeur and charming of Ban Gioc waterfall.
Ban Gioc Waterfall is 350km from Hanoi. It’s reached via a good national highway to Cao Bang City, and then several recently upgraded provincial roads, leading through the fantastic countryside to the falls. It’s now easier than ever to visit Ban Gioc, but still very few people, especially foreign travellers, make it here.
The best time to visit the falls is from September to October when the summer rains that feed the waterfall are less frequent and harvest is in full swing. Farming techniques can’t have changed much here in centuries: save for some mechanized rice threshers, most of the work is done by hand.
One piece of ‘technology’ you’ll see along the banks of the river is the bamboo water wheel. This attractive, medieval-looking device scoops up water from the river, carries it up to the level of the fields, and drops it into earth gutters, which channel the water into the fields to irrigate the crops. It’s a hypnotic, peaceful and timeless sight.
There are lots of beautiful spots around the base of the falls on which to sit and take in the spectacle. Find a place on a pebbly beach or grassy bank, perch on a boulder in a stream or lay in the curving trunk of a tropical tree, and gaze in awe at one of Vietnam’s most romantic sights. Providing you don’t visit on a weekend or public holiday, you may have it almost all to yourself.
Ban Gioc Waterfall: one of Vietnam’s most impressive natural sights
Ban Gioc Waterfall: one of Vietnam’s most impressive natural sights.
Ban Gioc Waterfall and the surrounding area, Cao Bang Province.
Ban Gioc Waterfall and the surrounding area, Cao Bang Province.
A hypnotic sight: bamboo water wheels line the Quay Son River.
A hypnotic sight: bamboo water wheels line the Quay Son River.
A panorama of Ban Gioc Waterfall, seen from the ticket entrance on the Vietnamese side.
A panorama of Ban Gioc Waterfall, seen from the ticket entrance on the Vietnamese side.
There are plenty of spots to idle the day away.
There are plenty of spots to idle the day away.
A Vietnamese vendor approaches a raft of Chinese tourists to sell her wares.
A Vietnamese vendor approaches a raft of Chinese tourists to sell her wares.
The road to Ban Gioc Falls is scenic indeed.
The road to Ban Gioc Falls is scenic indeed.
Ban Gioc Waterfall, seen from the jetty on the Vietnamese side.
Ban Gioc Waterfall, seen from the jetty on the Vietnamese side.
Standing at the foot of waterfall, you will feel the relaxed and pleasant atmosphere made by water fog flying up.
Standing at the foot of waterfall, you will feel the relaxed and pleasant atmosphere made by water fog flying up.
Seen from a distance, you can see the grandeur and charming of Ban Gioc waterfall.
Seen from a distance, you can see the grandeur and charming of Ban Gioc waterfall.

 
Ho Ha - Mai Nguyen
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