Động Ngườm Ngao Cave


Động Ngườm Ngao cave sầu is a beautiful and surprisingly large cave near Ban Gioc waterfalls. It is not that well know, and located at the over of a little dirt road off TL206. Even though it is not on everybody’s radar, I would highly recommover adding a visit to this cave when heading khổng lồ Ban Gioc.

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How to get there

From Cao Bang it is around 90km khổng lồ Ban Gioc, where the cave is located nearby. I saw a few buses going that way, but you might need to change buses in Quang Nguyen first. Check at the bus station if direct buses are going. Some might stop at the village nearby, which is đôi mươi minutes away from the cave falls. An alternative sầu way is hiring a private oto, or even better, try hiring a motorxe đạp. The road from Cao Bang all the way to Ban Gioc và the cave sầu is in good condition. Just follow QL3 until you reach Quang Nsợi. Then just follow TL206. Following that route you will see some beautiful scenery, so having the chance khổng lồ stop once in a while would make the trip more enjoyable.



When you see Kieu Tkhô cứng Nguyet Guesthouse on your right, turn right inkhổng lồ the little dirt path và follow that road. This is actually a lovely little route with several villages dottet between fields. It has a very peasecul atmosphere. At the over of the road you find the ticket booth for the cave sầu – though from there it is a little walk to lớn the cave (5 minutes). In May năm 2016 there was heavy construction site ongoing on that dirt road, and it was impossible to lớn get to lớn the cave sầu with a vehicle. Instead you might need to leave sầu the xe đạp at the construction site, & follow the road on foot. From the entrance booth the construction site continue as they try to lớn enlarge the road there, I guess lớn enable cars và buses getting lớn the entrance of the cave.

The cave

The entrance of the cave sầu is in a valley surrounded by karst hills, with fields dotted around them. From the ticket booth you follow the path through an “opening” between the hills, và soon reach the entrance to lớn the cave. The tickets are checked here, and you can buy some water from some of the vendors. However, it is not as busy with vendors as Ban Gioc is.



Entering the cave you can enjoy the sudden drop of temperature after coming in from the May heat, though you can feel the humidity very quickly. Straight at the start you realise that no torches are needed. There are lights on the walls throughout the cave, providing enough light khổng lồ walk safely, but without looking cheesy as other caves I visited. You just follow a path, and I doubt you could really get lost here – it is all nicely phối up for visitors.

From the entrance a first steps are the first indication that you go downhill for a bit. The ceiling of the cave is not too high, but not low either. Stalactites và stalagmite providing some interesting sights, và you pass some interesting rochồng formation. After a while the ceiling suddenly looks much lower, seemingly offering less space. Here is the first time you have khổng lồ pass through some smaller openings, where you either have sầu khổng lồ watch your head, or even crouch through some smaller openings. If you have sầu mobility issue, the cave isn’t really for you.


The well-built path continues to lớn lead you through the inside of the mountain, bringing you further down, before climbing a few stairs up again. With the different sizes of the chambers, the beautiful rock formation it would be difficult not to enjoy walking in this cave sầu.

Soon enough you will reach one of the highlights of the cave – a massive chamber with a large ceiling, và in the middle two rocks looking like a cactus tree. A human really looks tiny in comparison lớn these rocks, and for me this is the most impressive section of the cave. it is just impressive sầu, stunning, beautiful. This is a time where you can just wonder how this was all created.

From the massive chamber you continue following the path with the high ceiling, until the path suddenly narrows, with the walls left và right coming closer together, offering an impressive sầu site with the beautiful stalactites và stalagmite.

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The path leads lớn another famous part of the cave sầu – the silver tree. It is a single roông chồng with a shape of a tree standing in the middle of the path. The silvery colour of the rochồng gives it the name. Surrounded is the tree by several rocks that look like mushroom, giving the area the suitable name of the Garden. Looking around you really can let your imagination run away. Some rocks look lượt thích vegetables, others like a dog.

From here the path continues to lớn asckết thúc, & soon enough you will leave the cave sầu, coming out of the mountain above sầu the entrance area, providing a nice view of the fields. Stairs will lead you down to lớn the valley, where you can make your way towards your vehicle.

Overall it is a very impressive cave sầu, and I didn’t expect it khổng lồ be that large. It took me over 45 minutes lớn walk through the cave. I didn’t rush though, and enjoyed the view inside the mountain. But it highlights that this is not a small cave sầu. A visit to lớn the cave should be a must when you are in the area. I am sure you wouldn’t be disappointed.


While you could vì chưng a day trip from Cao Bang to see Ban Gioc and the Động Ngườm Ngao cave, the area deserves some time and there are some options to lớn stay for the night.

On the way lớn the cave you will pass the Kieu Tkhô giòn Nguyet Guesthouse & is a great place to stay. Here is my Reviews of the guesthouse.

Food và Drinks

While you can buy some drinks and some fruit, I didn’t see many food options near the entrance of the cave. It might be busier during the day. Otherwise you need lớn head khổng lồ Ban Gioc falls or to the village in the west.

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What to lớn do

The other attraction is this area is obviously the Ban Gioc waterfall, which is the main reason for most tourists to visit this area. Otherwise you could visit this area as part of the Cao Bang Loop to lớn explore the beauty of the north-east of Vietphái nam.