Cao Bang's stunning Nguom Ngao Cave

By Ngoc Thang - Cam Nguyen, Thanh Nien News

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Nguom Ngao, a marvelous limestone grotto with colorful stalactites and stalagmites, is one of Vietnam's most beautiful. Photos: Ngoc Thang - Cam Nguyen Nguom Ngao, a marvelous limestone grotto with colorful stalactites and stalagmites, is one of Vietnam's most beautiful. Photos: Ngoc Thang - Cam Nguyen

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The northern province of Cao Bang is worth visiting not only for Ban Gioc Waterfalls but also Nguom Ngao Cave.
Nguom Ngao means “tiger’s cave” in the language of the Tay ethnic people. The name originates from a local legend that says many fierce tigers used to live in the cave.
Locals discovered the cave in 1921, but it was not opened to tourists until 1996.
The one-kilometer cave is full of limestone formations in the shapes of sweeping boughs, tangled plants, spires, and canopies. Elsewhere in the cave, beautiful fairies pose or run a comb through their hair.

Visitors on the road to Nguom Ngao Cave.

Nguom Ngao means “tiger’s cave” in the language of the Tay ethnic people. Legend has it that many fierce tigers used to live in the cave in the old days.

Located in Trung Khanh District's Gun village, Nguom Ngao is three kilometers from the famous Ban Gioc Waterfalls.

The tunnel network of Nguom Ngao, a national relic, is actually 2,144 meters long. However, for safety reasons, only a 980-meter section is open to tourists.

The cave has three entrances: Nguom Ngao, Nguom Lom, and Ban Thuon. 

It takes about an hour to walk through the cave.

A visitor captures the natural beauty of Nguom Ngao.

Nguom Ngao is worth a visit for cave lovers.

A stalagmite in Nguom Ngao Cave.

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