2 day / 1 night — Kayak, bicycle adventure, minority homestay, trekking, and waterfall experience
Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of Vietnam’s most impressive natural sights. Located in the northeastern province of Cao Bang province, the falls are 30 metres high and 300 metres across, making Ban Gioc the widest waterfall in the country. The falls occur on the Quay Son River, a beautiful jade-blue body of water flowing from China through a pastoral landscape of rice fields and bamboo groves surrounded by limestone pinnacles. Despite improved road access and public transportation connections, and the popularity of several recent viral drone videos showcasing the majesty of the falls, Ban Gioc is still a relatively off-the-beaten-path sight. Mass tourism has yet to arrive and, outside of weekends and public holidays, there’s rarely more than a trickle of foreign and domestic visitors.
With a population of just under 530,000 people in the entire province, and few Western visitors, it will feel like you have the road to yourself. Admire the spectacular mountain scenery and ethnic minory villages that dot the hillsides as we drive along gently winding roads that cut through wide valleys and hug the rivers' edges. During our stops, take advantage of the bicycle trails, kayak and swim in the clear, cool water of the many ponds, streams, and lakes.
The Chasing Waterfalls Ban Gioc Adventure is perfect for the aquaphile, for those who have been to or are planning to go to Ha Giang and want to continue exploring the north, and for those who want to take in all the beauty of Northern Vietnam without the stress of mountain driving.
Fun fact: Hồ Chí Minh made Cao Bang his headquarters upon his return from China in exile in 1941.
Our driver will meet you at your hotel to start our van ride from Hanoi to Ban Gioc Village via Cao Bang City. This is a 7-hour ride in a very comfortable 9-seat minivan. We will stop for a few short breaks diring the ride.
Arrive in our homestay near Ban Gioc. This is the time to check in, eat luch, and a full brief will be presented by your tourguide.
Start our bicycle trip to some villages along the border between Vietnam and China. Our bicycle ride is to a few Tay communities, where you will go through beautiful valleys, massive mountains and rice fields. During the ride, we will have plenty of stops for photos and to rest.
Arrive back to our homestay. You'll have time for a shower before dinner is served. The rest of the night will have a quiet mountain vibe.
Wake up and eat breakfast, then prepare for our kayak cruise.
This is a 3km kayak adventure that goes through some villages and small waterfalls that could be quite rough, but the scenery (mountains, villages, and rivers) are beautiful, so we can take plenty of breaks for photos and rest. Dry bags and other protections will be given to you.
Back at our homestay, time to change, check out and eat lunch before we head out to the highlights of the tour. This would be done by bicycle.
Arrive Ban Gioc waterfall. It is the fourth largest waterfall that sits on an international border—in Ban Gioc's case, the border of Vietnam and China. During the dry season, take a boat close to the bottom of the falls.
Departing for Nguom Ngao Cave, dubbed the most beautiful cave in Vietnam. It is a maze of huge caverns, terraced waterfalls, stalagtites, and sparkling pillars. After taking our time exploring the cave, We will comeb ack to our homestay to return the bicycle. Our van will pcik us up again to return to Hanoi
Arrive back to our homestay, hop on our van. We'll stop for dinner on our way back and upon our return to Hanoi, we'll help you get back to your hotel around 10.30 PM
We do have a private car and motorbike option for any part of the trip instad of bicycle. Please write us for more info.
This is a 2-day, 1-night trip. We can customize the trip to include more trekking or hiking if desired. We can also extend the trip if you would like more time to explore. Let us know what you want to do in the booking form and we'll send you a custom itinerary.
Please note that we do our best to see all sites listed, but the itinerary is subject to change at the guide's discretion due to the pace of the group, weather, or transit issues. If you have further questions, please see our F.A.Q.s or give us a call.
All transportation, meals, and accommodation. Kayak, bicycle rental. English-speaking guide. Safety gear. Entrance fees at all sites.
Drinks and other services related to your needs.