Thang Hen Lake

Thang Hen Lake is a fresh water lake in the area of Quoc Toan commune, Tra Linh district, Cao Bang province on the road from Tra Linh district. It is about 186km from Hanoi. This is one of the beautiful lakes among 36 lakes on the mountains of Vietnam. The lake is about 100-300m wide with the length of 500-1000 m with the height of thousands of meter above sea level.

Thang Hen Lake

Thang Hen Lake

The lake is a close water cistern with the underground rivers flow in and out, which is called caster phenomenon. There are two times of tide a day in the lake to create the move of the water in the dry and rain season. In the flooding season, the water flows into the lake and spread to the other valleys to create a chain of 36 lakes of green water. In the dry season, the lakes are nearly dry to the bottom.

According to the folk, there is a story about the man who was too attached to his newly married wife, then he forgot the day to come back to the position in the capital imperial city. After he ran through 36 mountains to come back, he was exhausted and died. His blood created those lakes. The place that he died is currently Thang Hen lake.

The name of the lake according to Tay word is “tail of bee”. Looking from the height, the lake is like tail of a bee. There are some precious wood trees in the Rocky Mountains and some trees to make wine.

The rocks are also uneven creating the feeling of the houses on the mountain. If visiting the lake in the early morning, there would be a fog silk like combining water and sky, you could enjoy also the sounds of bird singing and forest pure air breath.

Coming to Cao Bang and Thang Hen lake, visitors could enjoy a night in the house on tilt of the Tay people beside the forest of iron wood of hundreds of year old in the flame and the grilled corn. In the far distance, the sound of rice-pounding pestle resounds with the melodies of then singing.

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