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    Ban Gioc Waterfall - the largest waterfall in Vietnam

    The best-known waterfall in Vietnam is Ban Gioc waterfall. Ban Gioc Waterfall on the Quy Xuan River is located in Dam Thuy Commune, Trung Khanh District, Cao Bang Province, nears the Sino-Vietnamese border. With a width of about 300 m and height of 30 m, the Ban Gioc Waterfall is the 4th largest fall in the world located on the borderline. It ranks after some famous waterfalls such as Niagara waterfall (between Canada and the US); Victoria waterfall (between Zambia – Zimbabwe) and Iguazu waterfall (between Brazil – Argentina). Ban Gioc is considered one of the priceless gifts that nature bestowed on Cao Bang.

    Ban Gioc Waterfall - the largest waterfall in Vietnam


    Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of Vietnam’s most impressive natural sights. Located in the northeastern province of Cao Bang,  with a width of about 300 m and height of 30, making Ban Gioc the widest – but not the highest – waterfall in the country. The falls occur on the Quay Son River, a beautiful jade-blue body of water, flowing through a pastoral landscape of rice fields and bamboo groves, surrounded by limestone pinnacles.

    Ban Gioc Waterfall - the largest waterfall in Vietnam

    Ban Gioc Waterfall on the Quy Xuan River is located in Cao Bang Province, nears the Sino-Vietnamese border. The waterfall falls thirty meters. It is separated into three falls by rocks and trees, and the thundering effect of the water hitting the cliffs can be heard kilometers away from Trung Khanh. Be situated in Dam Thuy Commune, Trung Khanh District. The Quay Son River rises from China flowing into our country in Po Peo (Ngoc Khe Commune) and to communes including Dinh Phong and Chi Vien. When it reaches Dam Thuy Commune of Trung Khanh District, the mild river circles around Co Muong mountain bottom and flows to rice fields of Dam Thuy towards the large maize alluvial plain of Ban Gioc village. Here, the flow divides into many branches and lowers its flow to creat Ban Gioc Waterfall.

    Ban Gioc Waterfall - the largest waterfall in Vietnam

    Water from Quy Xuan River falling down on the stone creates water droplets columns that can be seen from a distance. The temperature near the waterfall is remarkably cool, due to the water mist in the air. At the foot of the waterfall is a large river, as calm as glass, surrounded by many precious kinds of flowers. Ban Gioc Fall is famous for a famous fish named “tram huong”. In the early 1920s, French people started building cottages on the river banks. They would come here to relax, fish for “tram huong”, and hunt deer.

    The sight in Ban Gioc Waterfall bears a poetic, fresh, quiet beauty of water, forest and cloud area mixed with village atmosphere of mountainous ethnic minorities. Traveling to Cao Bang without visiting Bản Giốc Waterfall is a great regret and shortcoming. Its beauty is poetic and praised by the locals as well as tourists.  People coming to this imposing fall usually sing these two impressive verses:
    “Bản Giốc thác nước đẹp sao!
    Việt Nam há chẳng thác nào đẹp hơn”
    (How wonderful Ban Gioc Waterfall is!
    In Vietnam, no another fall can be more beautiful)

    Best time to visit Ban Gioc waterfall

    The best time to visit the falls is from May to September ( Special, September - 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.

     It is also nice to visit from October  to December, but the falls is not as big as other months and it can be too cold to swim.

    So now, why don’t you visit Ban Gioc Waterfall, for sight-seeing, trying to fish for “tram huong” and hunt deer?
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