Phia Oac - Phia Den National Park


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Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park

Located in the UNESCO Non Nuoc Cao Bang Global Geopark system, Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park is famous for its many beautiful natural landscapes. It has a wild character and still preserves many rare species of animals and plants that are valuable for scientific research, genetic resource conservation and environmental education. Let’s explore this beautiful National Park with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park?

Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park stretches across the area of 5 communes Thanh Cong, Hung Dao, Quang Thanh, Phan Thanh and Tinh Tuc in Nguyen Binh district, Cao Bang province, Vietnam. About 70 km west of Cao Bang city center and about 245 km north of Hanoi capital.

2. How is Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park unique?

Discovered by the French in the early 20th century, Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park makes a strong impression on viewers with its majestic and poetic river scenery.

This place will probably be one of the interesting destinations to help visitors admire the diverse ecosystem and immerse themselves in the beauty of the natural mountains and forests of Northeast Vietnam.

Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park is a special forest located in the Non Nuoc Cao Bang park system. This place is recognized by UNESCO as a Global Geopark because of its special geological system with high mountains, many rare minerals and a diverse ecosystem, with many rare flora and fauna species.

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3. When is the best time to visit Phia Oac – Phia National Park?

Although each time this place has its own unique flavor with poetic and majestic scenery, the most attractive tourist attractions are still spring and winter.

  • When spring comes, Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park seems to be transformed into a brilliant new outfit with countless wild flowers blooming. From the seductive red of azalea flowers to the fresh jade green of hydrangeas or the dreamy purple, white, and yellow of wild orchids.
  • In particular, the cool climate and high humidity of this place seem to energize the flowers to bloom bigger, brighter. And the fragrance emitted is also passionate and ecstatic, making everyone forget the way home. .
  • In the coming winter, when the temperature begins to drop. The Phia Oac – Phia Den mountains are immersed in a beautiful white color like the European sky. Frost covers the top of the mountain, white mist hovers around, making visitors feel like they are lost in a fairyland.

4. How to get to Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park?

4.1 Traveling by bus or private car

Departing from Hanoi, you can go by bus or private car, take the Noi Bai – Ha Long highway or national highway 18 to highway 07, then turn left to national highway 3, then Go to Highway 279. Then turn to Provincial Road 212 at Ha Trieu and continue straight on this road for about 81 km to reach the Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park area.

4.2 Traveling by motorbike

If you are a person who loves adventure and is passionate about traveling and exploring through backpacking trips, you can go to Phia Oac – Phia Den national park by motorbike.

On the way you will discover the beautiful landscapes of Tuyet Tinh Coc, Thanh Hen Lake,… However, the road to Cao Bang has many winding slopes, many hidden corners. Also many trucks are running so you need to Pay attention and have a steady steering wheel to have the safest trip.

4.3 Traveling by the plane

Currently, Cao Bang province still does not have an airport. So the most convenient and quickest way to get to Phia Oac – Phia Den that many people choose is to fly to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi and then move on. Phia Oac National Park – Phia Den by road according to the means above.

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5. Activities and experiences in Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park

5.1 Studying about unique geology

Phia Oac – Phia Den is located in a global geopark area. So the terrain here is also very diverse and rich, from sunken valleys like deep basins, winding rivers creating a beautiful scenery charming poetry to the towering mountain ranges creating a majestic and magnificent scene.

Phia Oac – Phia Den are the names of two high peaks in the national park. The peak is 1,391m high and Phia Oac mountain peak is 1,931m high, considered the western “roof” of Cao Bang province. In addition, within this national park there are also many other impressive high mountains such as Tam Loang peak 1,446m high, Niot Ti peak 1,574m high.

Furthermore, Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park also has a diverse and special geological structure with a mixture of terrigenous rocks, limestone and granite creating many rare minerals such as silver, gold, tin, tungsten,…

5.2 Exploring diverse biological systems

This place is divided into 3 main areas: strict protection area, ecological restoration area and administrative service area, with diverse vegetation such as subtropical monsoon forests, closed evergreen humid tropical forests. tropical forest and a typical primary forest type of Northern Vietnam, which is dwarf forest, also known as moss forest.

Within the Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park, there are up to 1,287 diverse plant species, including up to 90 rare and endangered plant species, which are recorded in the Vietnam Red Book as ironwood. rocky mountains, incense sticks, honeycombs, pa co pines, flower slices and grinders,…

Furthermore, on Phia Oac mountain there are many precious medicinal herbs of Vietnam. Such as hepatophora, cordyceps, mountain ginseng,… Not only diverse in flora, Phia Oac – Phia Den also has a rich animal ecosystem with 496 different species of vertebrates and thousands of species of invertebrates, insects,…

In particular, there are up to 58 species in this ecological forest that belong to the group of rare animals, including 30 types of mammals listed in the Vietnam Red Book, 12 species of reptiles, of which 12 species are extremely rare and need to be protected.

This is an extremely rare resource with high economic value and conservation value. Therefore, in addition to beautiful natural scenery, Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park is also a conservation area that Cao Bang province and the government pay attention to.

5.3 Admiring the charming poetic scenery

It can be said that nature has been extremely kind when giving Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park a fresh and cool atmosphere throughout the four seasons. The blend of deep green vegetation with rolling mountains and lazily flying white clouds creates a poetic natural scene, as beautiful as a fairyland.

On clear days, standing on the top of Phia Oac mountain, visitors can see the majestic mountain scenery. In particular, with its cool climate, low average temperature, and high humidity, Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park is like a paradise of flowers with brilliant colors, wild and enchanting beauty. or, praised by many tourists as the “sleeping fairy” of the mountains and forests of Northeast Vietnam.

Scattered around Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park are villages, streams, hillsides, terraced fields grown by ethnic minorities, fields of corn, cassava, vast tea forests, …creating beautiful natural paintings full of vitality. In particular, Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park still has traces of ancient villas or European-style motels left by ancient French civil servants, so you can visit European architectural works. here too.

In addition, visitors can visit other tourist destinations such as the Khay Phat fort relic, the beeswax printed brocade weaving village of the Dao Tien ethnic group, Tinh Tuc mine, Kolia tea hills, salmon farms, etc. ..

5.4 Cloud hunting

Are you looking for a cloud hunting spot in the Northern mountains? Don’t hesitate to pick up your backpack and go to Phia Oac right away. Not inferior to Ta Xua or Sapa, cloud hunting in Phia Oac is guaranteed not to disappoint visitors. As the second highest mountain peak in Cao Bang province, Phia Oac is 1,931 m above sea level, extremely ideal for hunting clouds.

From Road 212, Nguyen Binh district, turn to Phia Oac peak. It’s only about 5 km, the road curves around the mountain. The higher you go, the more you feel like you can touch the sky and the more magical the clouds become. At the broadcasting station area, where there is a 75m high antenna tower, the cloud hunting is extremely beautiful. The sea of clouds floats in front of us as if there is no end, blending with the golden sunlight as if hypnotizing tourists.

Normally, to hunt clouds in Phia Bac you can choose a time frame from 3:00 p.m. The best time to take pictures is around 5:00 p.m. From December to March of the following year. The clouds keep floating, layers rolling together as if dancing in front of you. Indeed, only when you witness this scene with your own eyes will you fully feel the magical beauty of this place. No words can fully describe that beautiful scene.

6. Specialties when traveling to Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park

Phia Oac National Park – Phia Den Cao Bang is considered a dream destination for culinary fans with delicious dishes made from local products. Coming to this land, visitors must definitely take the time to experience the following dishes.

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6.1 Sour Pho

Sour pho is a specialty dish meticulously prepared with a variety of ingredients. The fragrant and chewy Cao Bang pho noodles combined with pork belly, fried pork liver, roasted duck, crispy Chinese potatoes. Also Mac Mat leaves create a unique flavor for the dish. If you have the opportunity to enjoy it, you will definitely remember the sweet and sour taste of the sauce and the chewiness of the pho noodles.

6.2 Roasted suckling pig

Roasted suckling pig is the next delicious dish that you must enjoy on the Cao Bang culinary tour. The pig chosen for roasting must be a locally raised pig, weighing 4 – 6 kg. When roasting, people will use bamboo to pierce the pig’s snout to the tail, stuff the stomach with mac honey leaves. And spread honey and spices on the outside. Pig roasted on a charcoal stove should have a golden, crispy skin. The fragrant scent of mac honey leaves especially stimulates the taste buds.

6.3 Canarium sticky rice (Xoi Tram)

Xoi Tram is a specialty dish of the Cao Bang region, often appearing in the meals of the Tay and Nung people. Upland sticky rice combined with wild canarium fruit helps the sticky rice seeds have a beautiful purple-pink color. When eating, you will feel the characteristic fleshy and sticky taste.

6.4 Banh Chao (Chao cake)

Banh Chao is a famous cake in Cao Bang. It looks like a donut on the outside and the inside is made from duck meat. The crust is made from glutinous rice flour and regular rice so it is very flexible and fragrant. After stuffing the filling into the shell, the cake is fried in a pan of boiling oil, stirring back and forth until both sides are golden.

6.5 Cao Bang rice rolls

If asked “What kind of cake is famous in Cao Bang?” then Banh Cuon is the answer. Cao Bang Banh Cuon is more special than Banh Cuon in other regions, often eaten with bone broth. In the bone broth there is also minced meat and spring onions, served with hot rolls or egg rolls.

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7. Accommodation when traveling to Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park

7.1 Accommodation in Cao Bang city

To make your journey of discovery more comfortable and relaxing. Origin Vietnam suggests a few places to stop in Cao Bang city when traveling here such as:


  • Muong Thanh Luxury Cao Bang. Address: 42 Kim Dong, Hop Giang Ward, 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.
  • Minh Hoang Hotel. Address: 98 Kim Dong, Hop Giang Ward, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.
  • Anh Duong Hotel. Address: 23 Cho Xanh, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.

Guest houses:

  • Hoa Dai Guest House. Address: 90 Hoang Van Thu, City. Cao Bang, Cao Bang.
  • Bao Tin Guest House. Address: 92 Dong Khe, Tan Giang, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.
  • Provincial People’s Committee guest house. Address: Hoang Nhu Street, Hop Giang Ward, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.
  • Minh Hanh Guesthouse. Address: Road 3-10, Song Bang Ward, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.
  • Hoa Binh Guesthouse. Address: 47 Le Loi, 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.
  • 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.
  • Classique Homestay Cao Bang. Address: 118 Hien Giang, Hop Giang Ward, Cao Bang City, Cao Bang.

7.2 Accommodation in Nguyen Binh town

Or you can choose a stop right in Nguyen Binh town, at the foot of the mountain of Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park such as:


  • Thien Phu Hotel. Address: Nguyen Binh Town, Nguyen Binh, Cao Bang.
  • Phia Oac Hotel. Address: Nguyen Binh Town, Nguyen Binh, Cao Bang.

Guest houses:

  • Phja Bjooc Guesthouse. Address: No. 31B Binh Minh Area, Nguyen Binh Town, Nguyen Binh, Cao Bang.
  • Phja Oac Guesthouse. Address: Tinh Tuc Town, Nguyen Binh, Cao Bang.
  • Son Dong Guesthouse. Address: Phia Den Junction, Tinh Tuc Town, Nguyen Binh, Cao Bang.
  • Kolia Organic Farm. Address: Phia Den, Thanh Cong Village Nguyen Binh Town, Nguyen Binh, Cao Bang.

With majestic, poetic scenery, Phia Oac – Phia Den National Park promises to bring you wonderful experiences. In particular, to make your tours in Vietnam more complete, you can refer to attractive programs and excellent services from Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator in Vietnam. We are honored to accompany tourists on their journey to discover Cao Bang and are committed to bringing the best experiences to visitors.

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