Camping at Dong Cao Plateau
Located in Thach Son commune, Son Dong district, Bac Giang Province, about 150 km away from Hanoi capital, Dong Cao plateau (Cao Nguyên Đồng Cao) is at the high altitude of nearly 1,000 meters above the sea level. This attracts visitors for its huge forest, strange shaped ancient rock and the moment of contemplate sunrise which flies through these foggy clouds floating over the mountains. Indeed, its wildness and purity makes Dong Cao plateau become an excellent campground for adventurous travelers.
From Hanoi, by private transportation, you can go along 1A highway to reach Bac Giang. However, riding motorbike will be an interesting experience because you can feel this winding path. You can go there in any season, however, the best time is June and July, you will be lured by red paths with ripe litchi.
What to do Dong Cao Plateau
Dong Cao plateau is best suitable for camping picnic trip. Many young travelers come here and find a flat land in the plateau to camp. They can light campfire and prepare meal by themselves.
In the evening, they can contemplate bright stars in the night sky, chat together and enjoy fresh atmosphere. Sleeping overnight in a tent on Dong Cao plateau will be an amazing experience. In the peaceful and quite area, you can feel the cool and fresh air, hear the howls of the wind and the sound of insects and watch splendid sky of bright stars and moon. You will absolutely feel refreshing. Wind blows over your hair. Insects sing their own songs. The sound of the night always makes people feel peaceful and miraculous.
Camping in Dong Cao plateau, you should not miss the experience to wake up early when misty and foggy clouds covers the plateau. You have to find out the way by the light of your flash to wait for the beautiful dawn. Sitting on a stone and watching the sun gradually coming out in the very wonderful natural scenery is very interesting moment. Many paparazzi and adventurous travelers come here to snap a shot of sunrise and sunset over the horizon.
Early morning walk around to explore the whole plateau and visit King Cave nearby and prepare your breakfast in the wild nature would also be an exceptional experience.
These scattered multi-shaped stones are incredibly eye-catching – the specialty of Dong Cao plateau. Travelers are lured to discover and keep it in mind through unique pictures.
There are approximately 20 households scattering in this plateau and hiding in the forest, most of them are of Dao, Tay ethnic people. They lives in a very simply way, they work in agriculture and raise cattle. Especially, they are very friendly and hospitable. Therefore, if you lost your way, do not worry because they can allow you to stay in their houses. Coming to Dong Cao, you can explore the life of these ethnic people there and enjoy its tasty traditional dishes made by local people.
If you have time, go trekking to some waterfalls and cliffs in the surrounding area. You also have a chance to contemplate buffalo and cows gnawing as in a peaceful picture.
Good to know
– You have to fully prepare all necessary stuffs for trip such as food, drinks due to the lack of tourist services. Don’t forget to bring long dress, flashlight and insect repellent.
– Before checking out, clean all rubbish at your camping site to preserve natural scene.