The Majestic Ban Gioc Waterfalls in Cao Bang Travel Guide

By Ngoc Tu Dinh - April 25, 2024
The Majestic Ban Gioc Waterfalls in Cao Bang Travel Guide

The Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of the seven most beautiful waterfalls in the world and ranks fourth in the list of the largest transnational waterfalls, just after Iguazu Falls, Victoria Falls, and Niagara Falls. Recently, more and more tourists are enticed by its unique natural beauty.

From September 15, 2023, to September 14, 2024, visitors can go back and forth between two banks of the Ban Gioc Waterfall (Vietnam) and Detian Waterfall (China). Tourists visiting Ban Gioc - Detin transnational waterfall do not need to use a passport (no visa), entry or exit documents. This is your chance to visit one of the 4 biggest cross-border waterfalls in the world during your trip to Vietnam.

ban gioc water fall
Thac Ban Gioc waterfall beautifully attracts tourists

Table of Content[Hide]

1. Ban Gioc Waterfall location

Ban Gioc Waterfall is located in Dam Thuy Commune, Trung Khanh District, Cao Bang Province, situated on the flow of the Quay Son River. The right side of the waterfall belongs to Chinese sovereignty. In fact, the Quay Son River originates from China, flowing into Vietnam at the in Pompey village, Ngoc Khe commune, Trung Khanh district, Cao Bang. Vietnam affirms the ownership to the western side while the eastern side belongs to China. Therefore the landscape here is so abundant, dotted with the cultural patterns of ethnic Tay, Nung minorities.

ban gioc waterfall cao bang
A stunning view of the Ban Gioc waterfall through the photograph

The Ban Gioc waterfall is about 400 km far away from Hanoi and takes around a seven-hour drive. It can be said that Ban Gioc waterfall is the highlight of Cao Bang tourism, along with a wide range of other natural and cultural attractions. The scenery surrounding the waterfall area is truly wonderful, the climate is cool all year round and the local people doing tourism are hospitable.

2. The magical beauty of Ban Gioc Waterfall

Ban Gioc Waterfall is divided into two parts: the main waterfall (high waterfall) and the secondary waterfall. Looking from the bank, the left side is called the secondary waterfall which belongs entirely to Vietnam, while the right side is the main waterfall of which half belongs to China.

best time to visit ban gioc waterfall
Tourists are visiting Ban Gioc Waterfall on a bamboo raft

The attractive and unique point of Ban Gioc is that in the main part, the water does not flow directly from the top to the bottom, but winds its way through the mounds, dividing the water of the Quay Son River into many white foam stream in combination with the green colour of the trees and the bright sun creating a perfect painting. Every visitor who admires this scene must praise it as stunning.

ban gioc waterfall location
The waterfall seen from afar

3. Best time to visit Ban Gioc waterfall

The scenery around and flow of Ban Gioc Waterfall changes according to two distinct climatic seasons: the rainy season and the dry season. 

  • The rainy season starts from June to September when the waterfall flows faster and stronger. The water pours white foam over a vast area of hundreds of metres. Therefore, many tourists agree that the months between June and September are the best time to admire the majestic Ban Gioc waterfall's beauty of nature.
  • The dry season happens from October to May next year. During this time, the sky was clear blue and the weather was extremely cool, however you will expect less water streams.

Whenever you visit all year round, the Ban Gioc Waterfall is peaceful, quiet, mingled with the vivid colour of the rice fields. Visitors will feel as if they are always welcome. All have formed a naturally painted colourful picture, vivid and romantic that travellers forget the way home.

ban gioc waterfall in may the dry season
If visiting during the dry season from October to May next year, you will see less water but it is still very beautiful from afar

4. Nearby attractions to Thac Ban Gioc waterfall

The Truc Lam Ban Gioc temple: The place worships Nung Chi Cao, a historical and cultural hero from the 11th century. From the high position of the temple, visitors can take a good viewpoint over the waterfall.

  • Thang Hen Lake: The lake has a unique diamond shape, located in the heart of the northeastern mountains. It is surrounded by forests and rocky mountains that create a majestic natural landscape.
  • The revolutionary relic of Pac Bo - Lenin Stream: This is one of the important strongholds during the war. Visitors are able to visit a number of monuments in the historical complex such as Coc Bo Cave where Vietnam's president Ho Chi Minh lived and worked, Uncle Ho's memorial house, Lung Lan Cave, Nguom Vai Cave, Khuoi Nam Shack, Mac Mountain, Lenin Stream, etc.

nui thung angel eye mountain near ban gioc waterfall
Nui Thung Mountain

In addition, the off-the-beaten-track sightseeing spots such as:

nguom ngao cave near ban gioc waterfall
Nguom Ngao cave

Take some time to explore Ban Gioc with our top-rated Vietnam excursions.


Ngoc Tu Dinh
Travel Expert
I'm Ngoc Tu Dinh, a local travel expert from Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam. Exploring Vietnam has been my passion for years, and I've spent 10 years as a tour guide throughout Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. I hope that my understanding of Vietnamese culture, allow me to offer a unique perspective in this blog. Currently, I am based at IZITOUR. If you're planning a trip to Vietnam, I'm here to help you make the most of it! Feel free to leave your comments at the end of the article. Your feedback is important, and I look forward to responding to you.

Write Comment

Click on the verify code to change to another one. You must type the characters of the image in the text box


  • Tony Redrup
  • Tony Redrup
How much the 2 day ban gioc waterfall tour
ReplyMay 27, 2024
    • Kayla Le
    • Kayla Le
    Hi Tony, how many people will be traveling and when? You can also send us a message at or WhatsApp at +84 382 536 266. Our travel consultant will provide you with the best rate. Best regards,
    May 27, 2024
  • Sylviane Tirez
  • Sylviane Tirez


Les chutes de Ban Gioc est ce que ça vaut le détour ? Et comment se rendre la bas à partir de Hanoï ?


ReplyFeb 20, 2024
    • Jazmine Tran
    • Jazmine Tran
    Bonjour, merci pour votre intérêt. Ban Gioc est des belles chutes au mois de mai. Toute la région mérite le détour. L'oeil de l'ange, le village des couteaux. Les fabricants d'encens. La vallée de la rivière avec ses roue d'irrigation.
    Feb 20, 2024

Write Reply

You must type the characters of the image in the text box

Other articles

Online Support
  • SMS/call/WhatsApp
    +84 382 536 266
  • Email
  • Skype ID:
Legal license Izitour
WhatsappCustomize Tour