Nguom Ngao Cave


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Nguom Ngao Cave

The mountainous province of Cao Bang is located in the Northeast region of Vietnam, with rugged terrain, many mountains and forests. But that’s also why the natural landscape is extremely beautiful. Cao Bang contributes to Vietnam’s tourism map with many attractive destinations. Such as: Pac Bo cave, Ban Gioc Waterfall, Khuoi Ky ancient stone village,… Especially Nguom Ngao cave, a rare natural masterpiece. Let’s explore this magnificent cave with Origin Vietnam.

1. Where is Nguom Ngao Cave?

Nguom Ngao Cave is located inside a mountain in Gun village, Dam Thuy commune, Trung Khanh district, Cao Bang province, Vietnam. Nearly 5 km southwest of Ban Gioc waterfall, about 83 km from Cao Bang city and about 333 km northeast of Hanoi capital.

Nguom Ngao Cave

2. How Nguom Ngao cave is Unique?

Come to Nguom Ngao cave visitors will see the majestic beauty, just shimmering here. The cave has a length of 2,144m but has been exploited and put into operation about 900m, including three main doors: Nguom Ngao, Nguom Lom and Nguom Ban Ton.

When coming to this cave, visitors will be told here about the Nguom Ngao Cave is interesting. According to previous legend, the cave is home to many tigers, so called Tiger tomb, later known as Nguom Ngao – in the sense of Chinese character. However, there is another reason for this, as the sound of the tiger’s roar is often heard in the sound but in fact the sound of the water flows. So they called Nguom Ngao because of that.

When entering the cave, visitors will feel extremely interesting with the image of limestone, shimmering stone like the shape of sparkling, sparkling as the first scene. You can easily see such images as human figures, forest trees, animals, fairies combing hair, lotus buds, milk mothers… All are created by nature to create a scene. Wonderful and miraculous.

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The cave opens and closes, the stone blocks, the stalactites from the bottom crashing up, from the crawl down, large, small, vertical, emulsion, stylized… with many colors from the stalactites emit It’s like going into a great maze. Many people like to clap hands when encountering this unique and exciting scene. Pictures of the discovery of the cave will leave unforgettable memories of a beautiful, mysterious nature by nature.

Especially the temperature in the stable always from 18 to 25 degrees Celsius should always bring a cool feeling in summer, warm in winter. If your Vietnam october holiday, this is perfect time to visit waterfall.

There are many chambers inside the cave for visitors to visit. Sometimes we encounter small streams in the cave and the murmuring sound of the river. The caves are always cool and extremely cool.

Nguom Ngao cave

3. Legend of Nguom Ngao cave

In the word Nguom Ngao, according to the Tay language, Nguom means Cave, Ngao means Tiger. Nguom Ngao means Tiger Cave because word of mouth tells that in the past there were many tigers living in the cave. They often entered the surrounding residential area to catch pets of local people, then people set traps and caught them all. tiger so that people can live in peace.

Besides the above word of mouth, there is another legend that the name Nguom Ngao comes from hearing the sound of water flowing in the cave mixing together like a tiger’s roar. Thrilling legends combined with the wild beauty created entirely by nature make the dynamic space even more attractive.

4. When is the best time to visit Nguom Ngao cave?

From May to September is the rainy season. At this time, the electric lights shine on the stalactites, giving you a shimmering, magical beauty. The scene here is like a sparkling gem. Under each stalactite block there are still drops of water, just like a breast of nature’s milk flowing down. However, we do not encourage you to go at this time, because this is the rainy season, flash floods and landslides are prone to occur, which can endanger the journey of tourists when traveling to Vietnam. This.

Traveling to Nguom Ngao cave is always beautiful and has its own attractive mark. However, the ideal time to travel here is in the dry season, from October to April next year, when the weather will become pleasant and the road will be more convenient than in the rainy season. During this time, you can listen to the pleasant sounds of small gurgling streams dispelling the quiet atmosphere.

In addition, there is special information about Nguom Ngao Cave that we want to provide to you on your upcoming journey to Cao Bang. At Nguom Ngao Cave, there is an opening leading to the sky on the ceiling of the cave. At 2:00 p.m. on April 22 every year, three rays of light will meet, making the scene inside the cave become as beautiful as a paradise on earth. This is a phenomenon that only happens once a year, so you need to consider arranging a reasonable schedule for your upcoming trip to explore Nguom Ngao Cave.

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5. How to get to Nguom Ngao cave?

Nguom Ngao Cave is located in Cao Bang province. To get to Nguom Ngao cave, we must first go to Cao Bang city.

5.1. Traveling from Hanoi to Cao Bang

From Hanoi to Cao Bang, you have many different options. You can travel by car or motorbike.

5.1.1 By motorbike

This will be an option for tourists who love to explore and conquer the roads of the northern mountains of Vietnam. Choosing by motorbike also has many conveniences, you can stop at any time to admire the majestic natural scenery on both sides of the road. However, when choosing to travel by motorbike, you need to be confident in your steering wheel, because the roads are relatively winding and steep.

From Hanoi to Cao Bang city, you move in two directions:

  • First direction: You will travel along National Highway 3 then through Thai Nguyen and Bac Kan and then to Cao Bang. Going on this route, you will combine traveling to Thai Nguyen or traveling to Bac Kan with Ba Be Lake.
  • Second direction: You can travel along National Highway 4 to Lang Son, combined with traveling to Mau Son – Lang Son in the direction of Dong Khe to That Khe to reach Cao Bang.

5.1.2 Sleeper passenger cars

Choosing a sleeper bus is an optimal and extremely safe choice for those who travel on their own. You don’t need to worry too much about the roads and don’t worry about getting lost. Tourists just need to lie in the car to rest and let the driver drive and move to Cao Bang city.

If you are in Hanoi, go to My Dinh bus station, Gia Lam bus station to catch a bus to Cao Bang city with a distance of nearly 300 km, it will take you about 6 hours to get to Cao city.

5.2. Moving to Nguom Ngao cave

Nguom Ngao Cave is about 80 km from Cao Bang city and it takes about 2 hours to travel to this location. Usually tourists will choose motorbikes to travel from Cao Bang city to Nguom Ngao cave. Traveling by this means, you can easily conquer the beautiful natural scenery of the Northeast region of Vietnam.

In particular, you also have the opportunity to conquer Ma Phuc pass with a length of 3.5 km with relatively difficult roads and relatively zigzag turns. Traveling by motorbike to reach Nguom Ngao cave will certainly be a relatively big challenge for tourists, but when you reach Nguom Ngao cave, the result is always worth the effort you have put in.

If you go in a large group and want to ensure safety and are afraid of getting lost, you can rent a car with a driver or call a taxi. If there are many people, the price will be quite reasonable.

Starting from Cao Bang city, tourists follow National Road 3 to the Northeast for about 35 km, then come to a fork, turn left onto provincial road DT 206. Continue moving along provincial road DT206 in the Northeast direction for about 10 minutes. Another 48 km and you will reach Nguom Ngao cave.

6. Exploring the beauty of Nguom Ngao cave

Nguom Ngao Cave is a limestone cave that was formed about 400 million years ago. The stalactites in the cave have quite special colors compared to other caves because the calcium composition is mixed with many impurities.

When entering the space of Nguom Ngao Cave, you will feel like entering a majestic fairy tale world with a system of stalactites of many shapes and sizes. Under the sparkling lights of the lighting system, these stalactites become even more brilliant.

In the cave, there are many stalactites with many special shapes such as blooming lotus buds, young women combing their hair, breast milk, terraced fields, etc. The details are interwoven and connected together to create an impressive and unique space. same magic.

Nguom Ngao Cave is divided into many areas. Among them, the central area has the largest space with many sparkling stalactites. The central area has 4 stone pillars built into walls that look like pillars supporting the sky.

In Nguom Ngao Cave, there is also an underground stream flowing from the Quay Son River along the length of the cave and then flowing out. Thanks to this stream, the air in the cave is always cool and pleasant. The temperature and atmosphere in the cave are also quite mild and pleasant. Winter is quite warm and summer is also quite cool.

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7. Specialties when traveling to Nguom Ngao cave

Besides the famous specialties in Cao Bang such as: roasted duck, roasted meat pho, young bees stir-fried with bamboo shoots, succulents, chicken or pork trotters stewed with chestnuts, five-color sticky rice, sour pho, agarwood fish, rice cake , and vermicelli, Da Hien vegetables, Banh Khao, smoked meat, sausages,… then in Trung Khanh there are also their own specialties such as:

7.1. Trung Khanh Roast Duck Pho

You will not find roasted duck pho with a special flavor like in Chongqing, Cao Bang. The duck meat here is very richly marinated with the strong scent of mac mol leaves and when fried, very little oil is used so the duck meat is not greasy. Roast duck pho in Chongqing is very popular so you can easily find and enjoy it right in the town center.

7.2. Agarwood Fish

Another dish that you must know is to enjoy agarwood fish, a delicious fish that lives around Ban Gioc waterfall. The name of this fish originates from its habit of eating the roots and leaves of the agarwood tree, which is why the fish’s meat has a very unique smell of agarwood.

The most popular dish from agarwood fish is grilled, people will add spices to the fish’s belly and then wrap it in banana leaves and grill it. The attractive flavor of the dish will definitely make you admire it. Many restaurants in Chongqing district serve this fish dish, so you can find and enjoy it.

7.3. Banh Khao

Banh Khao is one of Trung Khanh’s famous specialties that is loved by many people. The ingredients for making the cake are delicious, fragrant, round-grained sticky rice. The sugar used to make Banh Khao is usually diameter or crushed sugar. The filling has the nutty taste of peanuts, sesame, and the greasy taste of lard. When eating, we feel the sweetness of sugar and the rich aroma of glutinous rice flour.

7.4. Trung Khanh Chestnuts

This is a specialty dish only available in Trung Khanh. The chestnuts here have a very attractive, nutty flavor. To enjoy this dish, you should go from September to October every year. The delicious taste of Trung Khanh chestnuts is very special, so when you come here, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy it.

7.5. Fried Tofu

Thong Hoa Market Street (Thong Khanh – Cao Bang) has long been known for many unique dishes, including the profession of making tofu. This dish is extremely popular but can be combined with many different types of food.

  • Steaming hot beans eaten with soy sauce will make a difference.
  • Beans cooked in meat soup with garlic leaves added and eaten hot are also very delicious.
  • A traditional dish that in popular meals or when making feasts, people often stuff beans with meat.

7.6. Bee Sticky Rice

Onion sticky rice (local name Khau Phang) is a famous specialty of Trung Khanh district, Cao Bang province. This specialty rice plant is grown mainly in the communes of Ngoc Con, Ngoc Khe, Phong Chau, Dinh Phong, Chi Vien… People in Trung Khanh still maintain the traditional method of harvesting bee sticky rice, cutting each rice flower, gathering them, tying them into small bundles and bringing them home. When cooked into sticky rice, bee sticky rice has a very delicious flavor and can be left from morning to night and still be flexible. In addition, bee sticky rice is also used to make cakes and offerings to ancestors and grandparents, especially during holidays and Tet.

8. Accommodation when traveling to Nguom Ngao cave

Because Nguom Ngao cave is very close to Ban Gioc waterfall, visitors should stay overnight at accommodation facilities in the Ban Gioc waterfall area for more convenience.

7.1 Resort:

  • Saigon Ban Gioc Resort. Address: Ban Gioc, Dam Thuy, Trung Khanh, Cao Bang.

7.2 Hotel:

  • Ha Vuong Hotel. Address: DT206, Dam Thuy, Trung Khanh, Cao Bang.

7.3 Guesthouse:

  • Tung Duong Guest House. Address: DT206, Dam Thuy, Trung Khanh, Cao Bang.

7.4 Homestays:

  • Hoang Cong Homestay. Address: Khuoi Ky Stone Village, Dam Thuy, Trung Khanh, Cao Bang.
  • Minh Khang Homestay. Address: Ban Gioc Waterfall, Dam Thuy, Trung Khanh, Cao Bang.
  • Truong Giang Homestay Ban Gioc. Address: Road to Nguom Ngao cave, Dam Thuy, Trung Khanh, Cao Bang.
  • Yen Nhi Homestay. Address: Ban Gioc Waterfall, Dam Thuy, Trung Khanh, Cao Bang.
  • Nguom Ngao Ban Gioc Homestay. Address: Khuoi Ky Stone Village, Dam Thuy, Trung Khanh, Cao Bang.

9. Some important notes when traveling to Nguom Ngao cave

To make your Ban Gioc waterfall trip to Nguom Ngao cave safe and complete, please refer to some important notes below:

  • If you go in the rainy season, there is quite a lot of spring water in the cave, so prepare yourself with flashlights to be able to light the way more easily and conveniently. And in the rainy season, the road to get here is also quite difficult because the road is quite slippery, so you should choose sports shoes that are water-resistant and have good grip to avoid danger.
  • Cao Bang’s weather is always changing, so before you travel, you should carefully consider the weather to carefully prepare your clothes. In the summer you should choose t-shirts or jeans, but entering the cave is relatively cold in the summer so you should prepare yourself a light jacket. But In winter, please prepare extra warm clothes for yourself.
  • In addition, you should also bring some basic medical equipment such as cotton swabs, medical tape, etc. to prevent limbs from being scratched during travel as well as sightseeing at Nguom Ngao cave. .
  • You can also prepare yourself a few sleeping bags as well as a tent, multi-purpose knife, and lighter to serve in emergency situations if you are stuck in a cave.
  • If you want to keep beautiful pictures of the stalactites in the cave, don’t forget to bring a phone or camera with full batteries and ensure there are no interruptions during the photo taking process. You should also prepare yourself backup chargers and spare batteries to preserve memorable moments during your trip.

Is worth a visiting Nguom Ngao cave?

Exploring the wild and majestic beauty of Nguom Ngao cave will definitely bring you many wonderful experiences. Hopefully the information we share above will be useful and necessary for your upcoming trip to Nguom Ngao cave.

If you are planning your trip to Nguom Ngao cave but don’t know where to book the reputable services? Please contact Origin Vietnam immediately – a professional Vietnam tour operator, we will take you on a journey to discover the travel beauty of Cao Bang with the most memorable memories.

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