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Ban Gioc Waterfall the epic of water

posted Nov 30, 2011, 11:45 PM by Dong Travel Ticketing   [ updated Nov 30, 2011, 11:45 PM by Mickey Dong Hoang Thinh ]

Passing through 7 rounds of slope to reach Ma Phuc pass,one of the most notable passes in the Northern of Vietnam,tourists shall be greeted by a roadside sign engraved “Welcome to Trung Khang!” from the distance.

It was 6 am.The whole valley was still shrouded in fog.We walked to the waterfall in excitement.It was early enough so that every thing was still dim.Water from Quy Son river falling down on the stone creates water droplets columns that can be seen from a distance.From the new asphalted road,we could watch the magnicent falls cascading down.Quy Son river(also known as Quay Son river)rising from China,gently winds its way through many villages and provides a plentiful source of water for both Vietnam and China.At a 35m hight-point of the common border between Vietnam and China,the river pours down to shape the famous waterfall called Ban Gioc.The main body of the waterfall belongs to the Guangxi province of China.The sub-body of the falls is located in area of Dam Thuy commune,Trung Khanh district,Cao Bang provine of Vietnam.Ban Gioc is 53m high and 300m wide.It has 3 layers with a large number of different size colums of water which fall down on the limestones to create a beautiful scene of wild water.

In the spring,the falls were likened to a graceful silk that expresses the beauty of Cao Bang.However,summer was the best time for us to watch the most imposing sceneries of Ban Gioc.Steam of water combined with sunshine to generate lots of interesting and beautiful 7 colored-rainbows.At the foot of falls was broad river with a glassy surface and ancient forests at both sides of the banks.Areas nearby the falls always seemed to be experiencing endless forest rains.Everything was soaked through water.The sound of the waterfall were as powerful as a group of drums banged together.The green of paddy fields and forests,the white of falls,the yellow of the sunshine and the color of rainbows all combined to create a great,eye-pleasing waterfall.

We clambered up slippery.We took a look at the waterfall and river from the peak,all scenes of nature were in front of us.In this Vietnamese region,villages had simple houses and rice fields.This part of the falls has not been as heavily exploited as,for example,fals in  Zimbabwe;and Niagra between Canada-usa.The area has not had many tourists and still retains its ancient beauty.The end of falls lies in the Chinese region.Ban Gioc became famous for a while and attracted many tourist:houses and shops sprung up on the banks together with restaurants and boat hire companies.

It was 8 pm,Ban Gioc was crowed with tourists,mostly Chinese.Touring rafts acted busy.Ban Gioc is the fourth biggest waterfall in the world after the Iguazu falls between Brazil – Argentina,the Victoria falls between Zambia and Zimbabwe and the Niagra falls between Canada and the USA.Most visitors were free spirits and tourism reseachers.

It was a pity that Ban Gioc could not exploit its tourism potential.Water was still cascading down,ignoring boisterous laughter in the surrounding area.We visited a border market where about 200 Vietnamese people were on business.Most of them were Tay and Nung ethnic groups living in Co Muong.Their business was carrying goods to market at dawn by tractors and returning in the late afternoon.As well as a market held on Sunday on the surface of the Quy Son river,the market on the land helped visitors understand more about the customs and habits of local people.We returned Cao Bang and left behind Ban Gioc waterfall at late noon.It was not enough time for us to enjoy all the spectacular beauty of Cao Bang,especially in the afternoon and night.It was really a pity.It was said that on sunny days,you could see rainbows on the waterfall when rowing on Quy Son river.

Sunset was extending everywhere and you could hear the constant of cowbells.Herdsmen was talking and laughing comfortably on their way home.The atmosphere in the mountains was quiet,with no noise or pollution from cars.Some families were preparing for dinner,smoke was coming the air through the roofs of cottages.Tay and Nung ethnic groups went back to their home unhurriedly.The valley became noisy because of the sound of our car horn for a moment then all returned to quiet.


+From Ha Noi,go along highway 3.It is about 300km to reach Cao Bang provine. Go on to Trung Khanh town and stay here for the night.This is a beautiful town with price-hotel.

+There are two ways to Ban Gioc waterfall.You can use a motorbike and go along Tra-Linh Tong Cot road.But most tourists chose the second way by conquering Ma Phu mountain pass then passing Quang Uyen giving them a chance to discover this famous mountain pass.

+3km from Ban Gioc exists a beautiful and long cavern,called Ngao Nguom.

+In Cao Bang,you can enjoy some famous food such as egg rolls,fried fish or wild vegetable.Bang Giang hotel is the biggest here.