Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere at Dong Cao plateau for backpackers

About 150km far from Hanoi centre, Dong Cao is suitable for a weekend picnic that backpackers can get rid of the summer heat and escape the hustle and bustle of cities.

Considered as a small Tam Dao or Mau Son manner of Bac Giang province, Dong Cao surprises many visitors by the peaceful and fresh air, covering a large plateau. Dong Cao is located at an altitude of nearly 1,000 m above sea level, about 20 km from Son Dong district, Bac Giang province.


When to go?

Located in the Northeast at a height of 600m, Dong Cao has a cool climate in summer and is relatively cold in winter. The road to Dong Cao is also a dirt road and quite steep, not suitable to travel in rainy seasons. According to this information, backpackers are suggested to go to Cao Cao around September to November when the North has almost no more rains so it is the dry weather that is very suitable for camping. If you go in the summer (June-August) you pay attention to follow the weather forecast to avoid unexpected things such as a storm.

Tips to remember

One of the best moments of the day is a sunrise and sunset. At the time, this place is like a mysterious land that attracts photographers

Dong Can still is an off the beaten path in Hanoi suburbs therefore when you visit to this plateau for picnic, you need to prepare something yourself prior to arrival such as food, camps, drinks..


When setting a camp, avoid windy direction

Apart from the ancient rocks with many strange shapes carved on them lying on the grassy hill, you can see many buffaloes fed leisurely green grasses by local farmers. In addition to sightseeing in Dong Cao, you can explore some waterfalls, natural streams in the surrounding area.

Camping overnight is a very popular activity for backpackers and youths as well when they come to Dong Cao. One of tips if you want to set fire to camp and stay overnight, remember to choose a flat place to set up a tent. Before that, you can buy firewood in the foothills at locals’ houses. When you travel with a huge group, you should rent a large tent with a 8 person capacity. Wherever you travel in Vietnam, one of the things you have to remember is to bargain prices. At Dong Cao, it cost $10 per day and $5 for the next day.

In the case, you have a small group so the best thing is to explore the life of the Dao ethnic minority by your own way at the foot of the mountain, and the best way to immerse into their culture, their life is to stay in homestay. Here you get to meet tribes and find out how their life looks like.  You can also explore Mau Son mountain is similar to this plateau

The temperature here is always lower than in the neighbors. If you intend to stay overnight, please remember to bring a thin coat, a warm blanket, flashlight, a kettle and an insect repellent. Especially, you need to bring enough water and don’t forget to clean up rubbish before leaving

How to get there?

From Hanoi, backpackers can rent a motorbike and ride along along Highway 1 to Bac Giang city and then turn to Son Dong district. Upon arrival in Cam Dan bridge, turn left across the two communes of Chien Son, Phuc Thang and straight to Dong Cao. It takes around 4-5 hours