If you once thought that the “four great mountain pass” is the most rugged, challenging the steering wheel, then try to visit Me Pia – the 14-story mountain pass. Among the most robust and sturdy areas in the Northeast, Me Pia in Cao Bang Tourism is storming the online community because of its majestic and scary beauty. You also can combine to visit other spots such as Ban Gioc waterfall, Nguom Ngao Cave, Thang Hen Lake, etc.
Where is Me Pia Pass?
Me Pia Pass in Cao Bang is located on Highway 4A, the section connecting Xuan Truong commune to the center of Bao Lac district – a border district adjacent to China. This pass is 2.5km long, including 14 winding floors with sharp bends, low elevation, flanked by high mountains.
According to the locals, the Me Pia pass dates back to the French period. In the past, this was a horse-drawn trail, the widest place only about 40cm. In 2009, the road was started and completed in 2011, the road surface was expanded to 5m, including the curb.
Me Pia Pass is the most dangerous road in the Northeast. With its upright bends, this pass makes even the most experienced drivers bewildered.
How to conquer Me Pia Pass?
The challenging beauty of Me Pia pass has made it famous, attracting many adventurous people to try to conquer. Unlike the majestic passes in Vietnam, just to the top of the mountain, then you can capture the panoramic view of the winding road below, but with Me Pia, you have to trek through the forest to see the whole heap.
To get to the peak to see the 14-story mountain pass of Cao Bang Tourism, you have to walk along the ridge to the top. At the top of the pass, there is a small water shop, a place for pedestrians to stop. The former owner often enthusiastically led customers to follow the people’s path to the top of the mountain.
But now, she is old, no one looks after the shop, she made wooden signs to guide the visitors. The owner was so mindful that she took red paint to mark each stone so that the guests knew it was a beautiful hunting spot.
The total estimated time climbing to see the panoramic view of the 14-story mountain pass is about 1 hour, so you need to prepare drinks and snacks, which you can buy in the old lady’s shop, as a thank you for her help. The people here are very aware of forest protection, so you absolutely must not litter on the way to the top of the mountain.
The road to the top of the mountain is easy to find; however, if you are not confident in determining the direction, you can hire indigenous people to lead the way to avoid getting lost. After a long time tired of walking, Me Pia Pass in Cao Bang gradually appears majestic with 14 winding slopes, softly curving like a silk band.
In the floating white clouds, the cold air of the pristine mountains, the bends of Meo Pia Pass lay up like steps leading to the sky. The landscape here is vast and overwhelming.
To conquer Me Pia Pass in Cao Bang Tourism, you need to pay attention to safety, because this is the most challenging road to walk in the Northeast. Before downhill, you need to check the vehicle thoroughly. Pass road with high slopes, many sharp bends, you should ride a car or taper. New riders should not take a risk on this mountain pass.
Attractions can combine during the trip
Ban Gioc waterfall
During the conquest of Me Pia Pass in Cao Bang, you can visit Ban Gioc waterfall – a famous tourist destination in the Northeast. Located in Dam Thuy commune, Trung Khanh district, Ban Gioc waterfall is considered the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam with many cascading cascades, spreading to hundreds of meters.
The most ideal time to visit Ban Gioc waterfall is around August – October every year, when the weather is cool and pleasant, the water of the Que Son River turns jade green. Steam from the waterfall rises, meets the sun shining, forming rainbow circles of 7 colors.
Nguom Ngao Cave
Located in Gun village, Dam Thuy commune, Trung Khanh district, Nguom Ngao cave is a place where you can visit on the way to Me Pia pass in Cao Bang. This one is one of the most beautiful caves in the Northeast with a stalactite system.
Unlike other caves, Nguom Ngao stalactite system developed in limestone contains many coral fossils due to formation in the sea 300 million years ago, so the stalactites in the cave are very colorful. sparkling, rarely seen.
Nguom Ngao Cave is divided into many areas, the “four pillars of heaven” with massive stone pillars like heavenly ones; the central area with open space is like an auditorium; the jewel area with stalactites are glistening with gold and silver, etc.
In the cave, there is also a murmuring stream with bright and freshwater, a stone-made instrument with many high-pitched sounds, a terraced field on the cave floor due to erosion and weathering of limestone for millions of years, etc.
Thang Hen Lake
Located in a large valley between Quoc Toan (Tra Linh district) and Ngu Lao (Hoa An district), Thang Hen Lake is Cao Bang’s famous ecotourism site. This is actually a complex of 36 large and small natural lakes, connected by underground caves.
The unique thing is that every day, the water level in the lake has two times of rising and tiding. Around September to October, at night, all the water in the lake was drained in just a few hours, leaving inert deep craters, surrounded by twisted trunks as if drawn down. Those are mysterious caves and streams. Soon after, the lake immediately filled up again.
Coming to Thang Hen Lake, you can take a sightseeing boat, explore Thang Hen cave, visit the ethnic villages around the lake and enjoy local specialties. Along with Ban Gioc waterfall, Nguom Ngao cave, Thang Hen cave is an attractive destination of Cao Bang tourism.