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Ma Phuc Pass

Ma Phuc Pass is famous for being dangerous and difficult to travel but is also a favorite destination for tourists. The feeling of conquering the road with zigzag turns will surely be extremely thrilling but full of fun. To move and visit some famous tourist destinations in Cao Bang. Such as: Ban Gioc waterfall, Nguom Ngao Cave, Mat Than Mountain or Thang Hen Lake,… all tourists must go through this pass. .

Not only will there be a sense of adventure, but when passing through this pass, visitors will admire the majestic natural picture of rolling mountains interwoven with terraced fields dyed by the sunset. Poetry moves people’s hearts. Let’s learn more about Ma Phuc Pass with Origin Vietnam to know why you can’t miss this most beautiful pass in the Northeast.

1. Where is Ma Phuc Pass?

Ma Phuc Pass is located in Quoc Toan commune, Tra Linh district, Cao Bang province, Vietnam. About 20 km from Cao Bang city and about 300 km northeast of Hanoi capital.

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2. How is Ma Phuc Pass unique?

Ma Phuc Pass is also known as the 7-storey pass, because when conquering this pass, visitors will have to go through 7 levels of slopes, the winding slopes go up and down for about 4 km and are about 700m above sea level.

Ma Phuc Pass Road is quite beautiful but winding and sharp. One side is rocky mountains, the other side is a deep abyss or narrow ravine. So when you want to conquer this road, make sure you have a strong steering wheel. Or you can find yourself a trustworthy companion.

Running on the pass, visitors will enjoy the majestic natural scenery of undulating hills and mountains, the pristine landscape of the mountains and forests of Northeast Vietnam and equally poetic views of the green fields and grasses of the mountains. village in the valley. More specifically, Ma Phuc Pass is also classified as a geological heritage of Non Nuoc Cao Bang Global Geopark recognized by UNESCO.

3. Legend of Ma Phuc Pass

Passing by Ma Phuc Pass, visitors will easily see on both sides of the road two limestone blocks standing up and clasping their heads together like two horses lying on the ground. That’s why the pass is called Ma Phuc.

There are many legends here about the name of Ma Phuc Pass, one of which is associated with the legend of national hero Nung Chi Cao. In the 11th century. Nung Chi Cao led the people against the Song Dynasty in the north, and captured part of the Song territory that is today called Guangdong and Guangxi.

However, after claiming the title of King for about 3 years, Nung Chi Cao was destroyed. After being chased and injured, both people and horses collapsed at Ma Phuc Pass, the name associated with the pass’s current location.

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4. When is the best time to visit Ma Phuc Pass?

Cao Bang’s climate is divided into two distinct seasons, the rainy season lasts from May to August and the dry season lasts from September to April of the following year. Saying that Ma Phuc Pass is beautiful at all times is not an exaggeration because each season and each time this place has a different beauty.

  • According to experience in exploring Ma Phuc Pass, visitors can go from September to October. On this occasion, the weather here has little rain, mild sunshine, cool and convenient for traveling to enjoy the beautiful scenery. During this season, the waterfall is filled with water and the landscape is extremely pleasing to the eyes of visitors. Added with the yellow color of the ripe rice season will make visitors captivated by the scenery here.
  • November and December are the seasons when buckwheat flowers and wild sunflowers bloom, seemingly covering the mountains and forests of Northeast Vietnam, creating an incredibly beautiful picture.
  • Or everyone can come at the end of spring and early summer, the weather is not too cold nor hot. At this time, the forests of apricot blossoms, plum blossoms, and pear blossoms, bearing fruit and branches, are also extremely eye-catching.

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5. How to get to Ma Phuc Pass?

Ma Phuc Pass is about 30 minutes away from Cao Bang city, the road is quite easy to travel. Starting from Cao Bang city, visitors follow National Highway 3 and they will reach Ma Phuc Pass. There are two options for visitors to conquer this most beautiful pass in the Northeast: by motorbike, self-driving car or passenger car.

However, traveling by motorbike is the choice of many local tourists. The road is quite beautiful, as long as you are sure of the steering wheel, you can ride a motorbike to enjoy the cool atmosphere of the Northeast mountains, admire the majestic beauty of the rolling mountains and see the terraced fields full of mountains. poetic. If you are concerned about riding a motorbike, you can absolutely choose a passenger car as your means of transportation when coming here.

For tourists in remote provinces such as the Central or Southern regions of Vietnam. If you want to travel to Cao Bang and Ma Phuc Pass, you can take a flight to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi and then go there. Transfer back to Cao Bang city by the means mentioned above to continue the journey to explore the Northeast mountains of Vietnam.

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6. Activities and experiences when traveling to Ma Phuc Pass

Near Ma Phuc Pass, there are many famous tourist attractions. If you conquer this Pass, you should definitely explore these places.

6.1 Market at the top of the pass

A special point not to be missed when exploring Ma Phuc Pass is stopping by the market at the top of the pass. On the 3rd, 8th, 13th, 18th, 23rd, 28th of every month, ethnic people here such as the Nung, Tay, and Dao travel across remote mountainous roads to carry goods to the market. Some traditional specialties are beef, smoked buffalo meat, or brocade items… which many visitors love and buy as gifts and souvenirs.

6.2 Ban Gioc Waterfall

Ban Gioc Waterfall is a prominent tourist destination of Cao Bang. Ban Gioc Waterfall is in the list of 4 largest transnational waterfalls in the world. The waterfall is located between the Vietnam – China border so it has 2 names. Looking from the foot of the waterfall, you will see that there are 2 parts of the waterfall, the left side (temporarily called the secondary waterfall) and the right side (temporarily called the main waterfall), the secondary waterfall and the left half of the main waterfall belong to Vietnamese sovereignty, the second part of the waterfall belongs to Vietnam. The rest belongs to China. In Vietnam, the secondary waterfall is called High waterfall, the main waterfall is Low waterfall, but both combined are called Ban Gioc waterfall.

One of the special features of Ban Gioc waterfall is the Low waterfall, because the waterfall does not fall straight from above but falls into many floors like stairs. That’s why, when viewed from afar, Ban Gioc waterfall looks like a glowing silk strip in the middle of the Northeast mountains and forests. The majestic but poetic Ban Gioc Waterfall creates an attractive beauty and attracts tourists, making those who come will not be able to leave. You may check our special offer tours in Ban Gioc waterfall here.

6.3 Thang Hen Lake

Thang Hen Lake is known as the absolute love cup in Cao Bang. This is a freshwater lake located 1000m above sea level. In the middle of the rolling mountains and forests, the deep blue lake surface appears like a mirror reflecting the craggy rocky cliffs and deep green forest ranges, creating an extremely beautiful watercolor painting.

Thang Hen Lake includes a system of 36 different large and small lakes. Coming here, visitors can visit on boats floating on the water, can visit from one lake to another to enjoy the majestic mountains and water. It’s majestic and immerse yourself in the endless beauty of nature.

6.4 Magic Eye Mountain

Magic Eye Mountain is also known as Dung Mountain, this is a place located in the tourist complex of Thang Hen Lake in Cao Bang’s Nui Non Geopark. The mountain has a unique appearance because there is a hole through both sides of the mountain, the hole is about 50m above the lake surface.

If visitors come to visit early in the morning, when peace dawns in the east, behind the mountain there will be bright rays of sunlight shining through the mountain’s magic eye, looking like a flower in full bloom, like a flower in full bloom. adds beauty to this place.

6.5 Nguom Ngao Cave

Nguom Ngao Cave is hidden in the majestic mountain in Gun village, Dam Thuy commune, Trung Khanh district, Cao Bang and has a history of more than 300 years of formation. Nguom Ngao cave possesses a large space and is endowed by nature with an extremely unique system of stalactites, stalactites growing from top to bottom and from the bottom up, with different sizes, large and small, creating a magical and mysterious maze.

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7. Specialties when traveling to Ma Phuc Pass

To complete your trip to Cao Bang, you cannot miss the specialty dishes of the Northeast region such as: 7-flavored roasted duck, smoked sausage, sour pork, ant egg cake, Trung Khanh chestnut, Khao cake, green tea cake, Da Hien vegetable,…

Cao Bang specialties make many tourists miss them when they go away. If you have the opportunity to travel to explore Cao Bang, definitely enjoy the specialties here.

8. Accommodation when traveling to Ma Phuc Pass

To make it convenient for tourists to travel between tourist destinations while also creating conditions for visitors to enjoy the amenities at the accommodation. Moreover, from Cao Bang city to Ma Phuc pass is not too far, so visitors should refer to the accommodation facilities here:

8.1 Hotels:

  • Minh Hoang Hotel. Address: 98 Kim Dong, Hop Giang Ward, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.
  • Duong Ha Hotel. Address: No. 36, Group 16, Song Bang Ward, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.
  • Hoang Ha Hotel. Address: 18 Hoang Dinh Giong, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.
  • Max Boutique Hotel. Address: 117 Vuon Cam, Hop Giang Ward, Cao Bang.
  • Jeanne Hotel. Address: 99, Kim Dong, Hop Giang Ward, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.

8.2 Guesthouses:

  • Minh Hanh Guesthouse. Address: Road 3-10, Song Bang Ward, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.
  • Bao Tin Guest House. Address: 92 Dong Khe, Tan Giang, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.
  • Minh Khang Guest House. Address: No. 24, Group 04, Tan Giang Ward, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.
  • Provincial People’s Committee guest house. Address: Hoang Nhu Street, Hop Giang Ward, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.
  • Tuan Minh Guesthouse. Address: 40-42 Kim Dong, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.

8.3 Homestays:

  • Gia Bao Homestay. Address: 138 Group 7 Pac Bo Street, Ngoc Xuan, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.
  • Cao Bang Eco Homestay. Address: Song Bang, City. Cao Bang, Cao Bang.
  • Luong Son Homestay Ecolodge. Address: Group 10, Ta Lai Lang Hamlet, Gia Cung, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.
  • Primrose Homestay Cao Bang. Address: House number 18, Hong Viet, Hop Giang ward, Cao Bang city, Cao Bang.
  • Lan’s homestay. Address: 068 Ly Tu Trong, Hop Giang Ward, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.

9. Some important notes when traveling to Ma Phuc Pass

To make the trip to Ma Phuc Pass safe and complete, visitors need to refer to the following notes:

  • Ma Phuc Pass has a famous zigzag and dangerous terrain. Therefore, if you choose to come here by motorbike, make sure you have a steady handlebar or go with people who have experience conquering the pass before. Absolutely do not speed too quickly while exploring the pass, especially on the corners.
  • It’s best not to stop suddenly at the lower levels of the pass to take photos because it can endanger yourself and affect traffic conditions.
  • Preview the weather before arriving to ensure the safety of your trip.
  • Please ask or hire a guide if you are not familiar with the terrain here
  • Bring identification documents to complete necessary travel procedures
  • Choose appropriate outfits for each time. For example, in the summer, you should bring cool, elastic, sweat-absorbent clothes that will allow you to move freely and your body will be comfortable. Meanwhile, in winter, you need to wear warm clothes because it is very cold on the pass. Prioritizing low-soled shoes and sports shoes are best to avoid slipping on the mountain pass.
  • Besides, you should prepare additional medical supplies and fast food to make the trip more convenient. In particular, it is indispensable to have a mobile phone, camera, battery charger, etc. to help you record the moment of conquering the legendary Ma Phuc Pass during your trip to Cao Bang.

Is worth a visiting Ma Phuc Pass?

Ma Phuc Pass is a pass that is both majestic and extremely dangerous. Hopefully this article will give you more valuable experiences to explore the most famous Ma Phuc pass in Cao Bang province.

If you are planning to travel to Cao Bang to conquer Ma Phuc Pass but don’t know where to start? Or where to order reputable services? Please contact Origin Vietnam – a professional Vietnam tour operator, to receive more useful information about this tourist destination. We accompany you on your journey to discover the travel beauty of Cao Bang and are committed to bringing visitors unforgettable experiences.

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