Traveling to Cao Phong brings you many new experiences, as well as the opportunity to immerse yourself in green nature, away from the noise and dust of the city. There are many famous tourist destinations in Cao Phong. Such as: Heritage Park of Vietnamese Scientists, Bong Lai temple, Thung Nai, Giang Mo village,… with simple but very attractive scenery. This is also an opportunity for tourists to experience spiritual tourism and learn about the unique traditional culture of Muong.
1. Where is Cao Phong?
Cao Phong is a mountainous district in Hoa Binh province, known as a beautiful land and famous for its wonderful landscapes. About 20 km south of Hoa Binh city and about 90 km southwest of Hanoi capital. With geographical location:
- The East borders Kim Boi district and Lac Son district
- The West borders Tan Lac district.
- The South borders Lac Son district
- The North borders Hoa Binh city and Da Bac district.
2. How is Cao Phong unique?
With an area of about 254km2 and an average population of more than 40,000 people. Not as famous as other places such as Kim Boi, Mai Chau,… but with a cool climate, idyllic natural landscape, not much affected by humans, Cao Phong is gradually becoming a fall tourist destination. attracts domestic and foreign tourists.
Cao Phong is also a land possessing beautiful natural landscapes and many top famous landscapes in Hoa Binh province. In addition, Cao Phong has villages of the Dao and Muong people, historical relics and 2 communes in the Da River lake area.
Not only that, this peaceful land also preserves many traditional cultural beauties from architecture to customs and daily activities of the Muong ethnic people. This place promises to bring you many interesting times of discovery.
3. When is the best time to travel to Cao Phong?
With an average altitude of about 400 meters. The terrain here is mainly low hills, suitable for developing a variety of agricultural models. All year round the temperature is cool from 22 – 24 degrees Celsius, very suitable for tourist activities and experiences of visitors.
With an average altitude and cool weather, visitors can travel to Cao Phong almost all year round. However, the best time is summer, you can enjoy the fresh, cool atmosphere. If you want to visit Hoa Binh Lake, you should come during the rainy season because the water level is high and the scenery in the lake is much more beautiful.
You also need to note: around July-August in Mai Chau there is quite high humidity, which can cause heavy rain. Landslides and floods can easily occur, making it dangerous to travel during your trip. Therefore, you should regularly monitor weather forecasts before departing. In order to choose the appropriate time for your trip to Mai Chau this season.
4. How to get to Cao Phong?
4.1. By public transport
From Hanoi, visitors can travel by bus from bus stations. Such as My Dinh, Giap Bat, Yen Nghia. With a distance of about 90 km, the travel time takes about 2.5 – 3 hours.
Limousines offer more privacy and comfort, so they have higher ticket prices. The convenience of limousine service is that the car will pick up and drop off visitors at the place you request.
4.2. By personal vehicles
For tourists who want to drive their own car, the road to Hoa Binh is very easy to find and beautiful. The most popular and most beautiful car route today is from Hanoi along Hoa Lac highway going straight to Hoa Binh (new road 6).
Another route is to end Hoa Lac Highway, turn left onto Highway 21 and pass Xuan Mai (old Highway 6). Depending on the destination location, tourists choose the appropriate route.
For motorbikes, the most suitable direction of travel is from the inner city of Hanoi, you go straight on Nguyen Trai Street (Hanoi) through Ha Dong and then along National Highway 6. To Hoa Binh city, you continue to follow the National Highway. 6 to the South about 20 km further to reach Cao Phong territory.
5. Sightseeings in Cao Phong
5.1. Bong Lai Temple
Located right at the foot of Dragon Head Mountain in sub-zone 3, Cao Phong town with many beautiful wild scenes. Situated approximately 10 km south of Hoa Binh city center, this temple holds significance as one of the important pilgrimage destinations, attracting not only locals but also tourists who visit to pray for health, peace, and family fortune.
5.2. Dragon Head Mountain
This mountain earned its name because, from a distance, observers perceive its shape resembling a dragon’s head, lying in wait to guard Muong land. Within the mountain, a complex of impressively beautiful caves is connected, creating an overwhelming experience. Shimmering stalactites hang down in many diverse shapes. Climbing mountains to visit here brings many interesting feelings to you.
5.3. Thung Nai – Temple of Lord Thac Bo
Thung Nai is located in the heart of Da River lake, which is both majestic and poetic. Coming here, the beautiful natural scenery appearing before your eyes will make you fascinated. Because there are many large and small islands and clear blue lakes, this place is also known as “HaLong Bay in the mountains”. Thac Bo Temple is a famous sacred destination in Thung Nai. Although not large, it is very majestic and sacred, attracting many tourists to visit.
5.4. Khanh Pagoda
Not only is it an ancient temple, this tourist destination is also associated with important historical significance. To commemorate the heroic victories of the heroes who sacrificed for their homeland. At the ancient Cao Phong – Thach Yen base area, people contributed together and contributed money to build this pagoda. The pagoda is located under an old pine tree that is nearly a hundred years old and is named Khanh pagoda.
With a spacious and airy campus. Overall includes 3 main areas: Tam Bao area; The traditional house displays precious documents and images about the activities of this war zone in the past; Memorial stele house with monumental stone stele. The pagoda was also recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports as a National Revolutionary Historical Relic in 1996.
On the 5th day of the Lunar New Year every year, you will be able to attend the temple opening ceremony and watch the ceremony of bringing the Buddha back to the lower world. The 28th day of Tet will be the ceremony to process Buddha back to heaven. Khanh Pagoda Festival attracts a large number of people from all over, going sightseeing, praying for luck and peace for themselves and their families.
5.5. Giang Mo village
A beautiful village located at the foot of the valley of Mount Mo in Cao Phong is a tourist destination that attracts tourists to relax and visit. Giang Mo village is surrounded by wild nature and majestic mountains. Because it is isolated from the outside world, this place is extremely peaceful. The gentle, relaxing space is very suitable for relaxation. In addition, you can also learn about the cultural customs and interesting daily lives of the people here.
5.6. Qoen Ang Pagoda
One of the Cao Phong tourist destinations contains many mysteries waiting for you to discover. In the pagoda there are 2 frangipani trees, even though they are more than 400 years old, they are still lush and provide shade for the pagoda grounds. Not only that, there is also a bronze bell cast in the 16th century. This is also the place where many exciting activities take place, recreating the opening ceremony at the beginning of the year of the Muong people.
5.7. Vietnamese Scientists Heritage Park
This unique park is a new destination for tourists in Cao Phong. Heritage Park has a total area of more than 30 hectares and is famous throughout the Northwest region. Its planning is considered highly scientific. Besides the cool green space, the buildings all possess novel architecture like books.
Interesting activities here include: relaxation, organizing extracurricular activities for students, organizing events, conferences,… and especially visiting the exhibition “Heritage of Vietnamese Scientists”.
5.8. Flower hill in Mung hamlet
Flower Hill in Mung Hamlet in Cao Phong, Hoa Binh is a beautiful and charming selfie spot, attracting many tourists to visit. In a remote, remote place, there are terraced fields, flower hills and bright yellow butterflies that are extremely attractive. In addition to watching flowers, coming here you can also go climbing “cloud hunting” to admire the entire scene below or camp overnight under the starry sky.
5.9. Dong Son Temple
This temple with a majestic and quiet appearance is also located right at the foot of Dragon Head Mountain. Surrounded by nature, the air is cool and pure. With its rustic but attractive architecture and landscape, this place will make you feel overwhelmed. This is an ideal spiritual tourist destination that you should also visit when traveling to Cao Phong.
5.10. Monument to hero Cu Chinh Lan
In order to mark the 1951 event of Cu Chinh Lan destroying French tanks on Route 6, the government built this monument in Mo hamlet, Binh Thanh commune in 2008. The height of both the statue and the pedestal is 8,5 meters, crafted from more than 100 tons of Thanh Hoa green stone. Not only is it an ideal photo spot, but it also contributes to educating the people and future generations about the nation’s fine traditions.
6. Specialties when traveling to Cao Phong
When traveling to Cao Phong, visitors will not only admire the amazing natural scenery but also have the opportunity to enjoy the specialties of this beautiful land.
6.1. Lam rice (Bamboo tube rice)
Com Lam is the first specialty you must enjoy when coming to Cao Phong. When you eat it, you will feel the fragrant, sticky, greasy taste of bamboo-tube rice brought by coconut water. You can definitely enjoy eating Lam rice here.
6.2. Spring rolls with grapefruit leaves
Grapefruit leaf spring rolls are a famous specialty in Hoa Binh. Grapefruit leaf rolls are made from small square pieces of meat, seasoned with a little fish sauce and dried onions, then wrapped in grapefruit leaves and grilled with bamboo tongs. Pork fat sizzles on charcoal, creating an irresistibly delicious flavor.
6.3. Upland sticky rice
Fragrant upland sticky rice is skillfully prepared by Thai ethnic people into many eye-catching colors. To make colorful sticky rice, Thai people use ingredients distilled from nature to create color.
6.4. Buffalo meat with Lom leaves
Buffalo meat with bamboo leaves is a specialty dish of the Muong people. It’s boiled, scraped clean, then simmered until soft. When you see that the meat is relatively cooked, cut it into small pieces and put it in a clay pot to stew thoroughly.
Crush the leaves and add broken rice to the stew with the buffalo meat. Continue to keep the heat until the broken rice swells and thickens. After being stewed, buffalo meat is thoroughly tender, soaked in the sour taste of bamboo leaves and fragrant rice, making it easy to eat.
6.5. Boiled pork
Boiled pork in Mai Chau is best when eaten dipped in salt and roasted guava seeds. Muong people often put meat in a tray lined with banana leaves to make the dish look more attractive and eye-catching. When traveling to Mai Chau, you must definitely experience this dish.
6.6. Pickled pork
The pickled pork dish is made very meticulously and combined with many types of forest leaves. When eating, you have to use your hands to roll the leaves with the meat, chew slowly, it is very fleshy, sweet and fragrant, and tastes very strange.
6.7. Grilled fish
The fish will be clamped with a bamboo stick and grilled on a charcoal stove, a specialty that is easy to find on the way to Thac Bo cave.
The batches of stream fish will be marinated with salt and pepper and grilled. It will then be served on green banana leaves, served with young crocodile leaves, apricot leaves and betel leaves. The fish meat is sweet, chewy and has an indescribable aroma.
7. Accommodation when traveling to Cao Phong
- Canh Cam Hotel. Address: Heritage Park of Vietnamese Scientists, Bac Phong, Cao Phong, Hoa Binh.
- Thung Nai Hotel. Address: Thung Nai, Cao Phong, Hoa Binh.
- Reverse Dormitory House. Address: Cao Phong town, Cao Phong district, Hoa Binh.
- Minh Chau Guest House. Address: Cao Phong Town, Cao Phong, Hoa Binh.
- Cao Phong Guesthouse. Address: National Highway 6, Cao Phong Town, Cao Phong, Hoa Binh.
- Ngoc Hang Guesthouse. Address: National Highway 6, Cao Phong Town, Cao Phong, Hoa Binh.
- Nhu Quynh Guesthouse. Address: National Highway 6, Cao Phong Town, Cao Phong, Hoa Binh.
- Thao Nguyen Guesthouse. Address: Area 2, Cao Phong Town, Area 2, Cao Phong Town, Cao Phong, Hoa Binh.
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