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Pac Bo

Pac Bo Cave is located in the rocky mountains of Northeast Vietnam, a wild land, full of picturesque beauty and colorful history. This is where important historical events of the Vietnamese people during the resistance war against the US and France were associated.

Pac Bo Cave is famous for its beautiful waterfalls, clear streams, stretching primeval forests, rugged rocky mountains and rich and brilliant valley fields. Let’s explore this beautiful cave with Origin Vietnam.

1. Where is Pac Bo Cave?

Located in Truong Ha commune, Ha Quang district, Cao Bang province, Vietnam, Pac Bo cave (Coc Po) is a special historical relic and very close to the border between China and Vietnam. About 52 km northwest of Cao Bang city and about 320 km north of Hanoi capital.

Pac Bo - Cao Bang

2. How is Pac Bo cave unique?

According to the Tay – Nung ethnic language, Pac Bo means “watershed”. This is the place chosen by Uncle Ho to be the base of the Vietnamese revolutionary leadership and is the place with an important mark in the resistance war against the French and the Americans of the Vietnamese people.

After 30 years of searching for a way to save the country and work abroad, on January 28, 1941, leader Nguyen Ai Quoc returned to the country through milestone 108.

He chose Pac Bo as his residence and revolutionary activity for many years from 1941 to 1945. Here, leader Nguyen Ai Quoc opened training courses on politics and military for revolution in Cao Bang. Also he translated the history of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union into Vietnamese, compiled and published the documents. Such as the revolutionary history of our country, Tonkinese geography, Cao Bang geography. Special; Military training materials of guerrilla tactics. Such as Russian Guerrilla experience, Chinese Guerrilla experience… With special values of history, culture and science. Pac Bo historical vestige has become one of the most important relics of the country about President Ho Chi Minh and the Party Central Committee.

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After Uncle Ho’s death in 1969, to pay tribute to the great work of Uncle Ho and to preserve and promote the historical value of the relic, the Party and the State we have invested in, embellished zone Relics to serve visitors. In February 1971, Pac Bo Museum was inaugurated and opened for visitors to study. On February 21, 1975, the Pac Bo relic was ranked by the Ministry of Culture as a historical relic.

Experiencing important milestones after all these years, this place still retains almost intact the evidence and imprints of the revolution and of President Ho Chi Minh. Pac Bo is covered with rugged mountains, beckoning waterfalls, and cool green bamboo groves throughout the sky.

In addition to the beautiful scenery of the country, visitors can visit historical places such as Lenin stream, Karl Marx Mountain, President Ho Chi Minh memorial, Pac Po cave,…

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3. When is the best time to visit Pac Bo cave?

Pac Bo Cave is a charming place, every season has its own beauty. However, if you want to see the full beauty of this place, visitors should come from September to April next year.

At this time, the weather is cool, not too cold or too hot, and the weather is dry, convenient for traveling on the bumpy mountain roads of Pac Bo. In Particular, you can fully admire the poetic beauty of the Lenin stream.

Lenin Stream is famous for its beautiful turquoise water color, but during the year there will be about 2-3 months of rainy season (from July to September), the water flows so the water surface will not be clear, making it difficult to enjoy. enjoy the warm, poetic beauty of the place where Uncle Ho’s footsteps were once imprinted. You should pay attention and consider when visiting Pac Bo cave in the rainy season

Stream in Pac Bo

4. How to get to Pac Bo cave?

If you want to travel to Pac Bo cave, you can choose means of transportation such as: motorbike, self-driving car rental, passenger car,…

4.1 From Hanoi to Cao Bang city

From the center of Hanoi capital, you can choose to travel by car or motorbike. If you travel by car, you can go to My Dinh bus station, Giap Bat bus station, to catch a bus. Go to Cao Bang city. In addition, you can also choose a motorbike to travel to Cao Bang city as well as the Pac Bo cave tourist destination. However, if you travel by motorbike, you must be very steady on the steering wheel, because the road is relatively long as well as quite zigzaggy and dangerous.

4.2 From Cao Bang city to Pac Bo cave

After arriving in Cao Bang city, visitors can travel to Pac Bo cave by car. This is the most optimal means of transport and you can rent it at some car rental locations in Cao Bang city.

From Cao Bang city, you move north to get to Pac Bo tourist area, then turn right to enter National Highway 4A, then turn left to National Highway 3. To the roundabout, go straight onto the provincial road. TL203 and then follow the signs until you reach this tourist destination.

Along the way, you can admire the surrounding scenery, lush trees, valleys and pristine forests, adding to the attraction for tourists. You can also stop while walking to take beautiful pictures as souvenirs.

5. Sightseeings in Pac Bo cave

5.2 Visiting Pac Bo cave

Pac Bo Cave, also known as Coc Po Cave, is only about 15 square meters wide. It is where he lived and worked when he first returned to the country. This is a place that contains many of his imprints. In the cave, there is a wooden counter where Uncle Ho rested, a fire to warm himself, an unsteady stone table where people worked, or a flat rock where Uncle Ho used to sit and fish next to the Lenin stream, a bamboo garden next to the cave that Uncle Ho personally planted, …all are still there, and have become important historical markers of the Pac Bo historical site.

Through the time of history. But the relics of Pac Bo are always receiving the attention of the Party, Government and all Vietnamese people. Coming to Pac Bo beside the most attractive Ban Gioc waterfall. Visitor have chance to know about Vietnamese history. It will be the nice things to know Vietnamese history though Ban Gioc waterfall tours to Pac Po.

5.2 Lenin Stream

In the past, Lenin Stream was called Khuoi Giang stream by the villagers, which in the Tay language means heavenly stream, but in 1941, Uncle Ho returned home and chose Pac Bo cave to live and work. Uncle Ho named this stream Le stream. Nine.

Lenin Stream is located in the Pac Bo historical relic area, famous for its clear blue water that can be seen at the bottom like a mirror reflecting the great landscape of heaven and earth, creating a beautiful landscape.

This destination is loved by many people because of its quiet space and poetic and lyrical scenery. There really is no beautiful word that can describe the beauty and purity of the Lenin stream.

As history passes, this stream still retains its full beauty and increasingly attracts tourists because of the loving and graceful beauty of the water. Coming here, visitors will feel the place where Uncle Ho once lived, feel his warmth, and see the scenes that he was attached to during the resistance period.

5.3 Karl Marx Mountain

A destination not to be missed when coming to Pac Bo cave is Karl Marx mountain. Along with Lenin Stream, Karl Marx Mountain was also named by Uncle Ho, these are the names of the two thinkers who had the greatest influence on Uncle Ho’s revolutionary career.

Karl Marx Mountain has deep green forests with open terrain inside but is dangerous and secret outside. Perhaps because of such terrain, Uncle Ho chose it as a place for secret operations.

Near the edge of Karl Marx mountain, along the Lenin stream, visitors will see the bamboo garden that Uncle Ho planted still exists. It all seems to create a peaceful, poetic space for the place where Uncle Ho once stopped.

5.4 Temple of President Ho Chi Minh

Coming to the Pac Bo historical site, visitors should not forget to visit Uncle Ho’s temple located on Tieng Chit hill. The temple was built in May 2011 on the occasion of Uncle Ho’s 121st birth anniversary. The temple was built in a stilt house style that is extremely close and familiar to the ethnic people here.

This is not only a tourist destination for many domestic and foreign tourists, but also has historical and cultural value and shows respect and sacred affection for Uncle Ho – the man who devoted himself to the world. for the independence of the nation.

5.5 Khuoi Nam Shack

Khuoi Nam shackis about 1km from Pac Bo cave, this is where Uncle Ho stayed the longest in Pac Bo. The road to Khuoi Nam shack is quite steep and winding at the foot of the mountain, but has now been repaired and paved with stones to make it easier to walk. Khuoi Nam shack was built near a stream, quiet discreet and convenient for observation and retreat if there were enemies. The shack is quite small, only about 12m2, built in a simple and rustic stilt house style.

6. Specialties when traveling to Pac Bo cave

When traveling to Pac Bo cave, visitors can not only admire the amazing natural landscape, but also enjoy the specialties of this beautiful land.

6.1 Cao Bang smoked sausage

Perhaps you have eaten sausage many times. But the most delicious and authentic sausage is the Northwest sausage in Cao Bang. Smoked sausage made from lean pork marinated with separate spices. In addition, the formula also has a little sourness from the leaves and fruits of the Mac Mat tree. Therefore, Cao Bang sausages can be eaten a lot without getting bored.

This is also a Cao Bang specialty that many people choose to buy as gifts for relatives when visiting Pac Bo cave. After being grilled or fried until golden brown, you can dip it in chili sauce and eat it with cucumbers. Surely you will never forget this wonderful taste.

6.2 Smoked meat

In addition to sausage, the duo of smoked buffalo meat and smoked pork always makes anyone who eats it sit down and praise its deliciousness. The meat is marinated with typical spices and then hung in the kitchen until it is firm. Then serve it out or invite guests. It’s great to enjoy eating meat and sipping a few beers. Don’t forget this dish when traveling to Pac Bo cave.

6.3 Roasted duck with 7 Cao Bang flavors

Cao Bang’s specialty that always captivates every visitor when coming here is Cao Bang 7-flavor Roasted Duck. With sincerity and hospitality, Cao Bang people always choose delicious and fatty ducks for processing. The chef uses 7 ethnic spices to marinate the meat. Then add it inside the duck’s belly to make the meat more flavorful.

Use bamboo strips to sew the outside so the spices don’t spill out. Next, put the naked duck in boiling water, brush vinegar and honey on the outside and roast. You should enjoy this dish with sticky rice. This way you will feel more fully the flavor of the mountains and forests.

6.3 Banh Khao (Khao Cake)

As a dish that is no longer strange to everyone, Banh Khao is made from familiar ingredients such as carefully selected glutinous rice flour, sugar.

To make the cake more delicious, local people also mix it with peanuts, sesame or fatty meat. Everything blends together to create the finished product, which is fragrant, fleshy, greasy and delicious cakes that are hard to resist.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Pac Bo cave

The relic clusters around Pac Bo cave are not too far from Cao Bang city, moreover, it is more convenient for tourists to move between other tourist destinations. Therefore, visitors can refer to some accommodation facilities below:

7.1 Hotels:

  • 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.
  • Minh Hoang Hotel. Address: 98 Kim Dong, Hop Giang Ward, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.

7.2 Guesthouses:

  • Hoa Binh Guesthouse. Address: 47 Le Loi, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.
  • Kim Phuong Guesthouse. Address: Group 1, Song Hien Ward, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.
  • Minh Hanh Guesthouse. Address: Road 3-10, Song Bang Ward, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.
  • Hoa Dai Guest House. Address: 90 Hoang Van Thu, City. Cao Bang, Cao Bang.

7.3 Homestays:

  • 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.
  • 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.

8. Some important notes when traveling to Pac Bo cave

Pac Bo Cave is both a tourist area and an important historical relic. Therefore, when visiting here, please note some important things to preserve this sacred place.

  • When you go to sacred places like Pac Bo cave, you should not throw trash everywhere. Instead, be conscious of maintaining general hygiene so that the landscape is always beautiful and poetic. If you eat or drink during the tour, please clean up and throw away trash properly.
  • You should consider visiting Pac Bo cave if the weather is rainy or unfavorable. Because it rains, the roads are slippery and difficult for you to move safely.
  • Do not arbitrarily touch or touch artifacts or pictures without permission to ensure the integrity of remaining historical evidence.
  • For convenience while moving, you should wear soft, low-soled sandals or hiking shoes. Wearing specialized shoes will make you comfortable and not hurt your feet while climbing passes and wading streams.

Pac Bo cave historical relic site has extremely important meaning for the Vietnamese people in the process of national history. Not only that, the surrounding scenery of this tourist destination is also extremely beautiful with the clear blue water of Lenin Stream or the majesty of Karl Marx Mountain.

Hopefully this article will give visitors more experiences to prepare for their upcoming trip to Cao Bang. If you are wondering where your trip will start, what tourist destinations to visit first, what next and where should you book the services? Please contact us, Origin Vietnam, we are the optimal solution for your tour to Vietnam and we are also committed to bringing the most enjoyable experiences to travelers.

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