"One of A Kind" Mountain Angel Eye In Cao Bang Amazes Tourists

Mat Than Mountain is like a tower standing at the heart of the valley at Ban Danh, attracting many tourists who visit in Cao Bang.
August 06, 2021 | 07:52
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“Mountain Angel eye” or “Phja Piot” (in Tay language means a mountain with through-going hole) is in Quoc Toan commune, Tra Linh district.

Mountain Angel eye is in fact a rounded through-going cave c.50m in diameter and c.50m high above the lake. The present day altitude of the cave is due mainly to recent tectonic uplift movements.

Photo: @hahien_doy/Instagram
Photo: @hahien_doy/Instagram

The cave has developed in a tower karst landscape at the altitude of c.650-700m asl, that consists of karst towers and cones alternating with several tens of lakes in their between, all together constituting the so-called Thang Hen Lake System. A peculiar feature of the Thang Hen Lake System is that the lakes are interconnected by underground flows.

This mountain is also known as Nui Thung, meaning a mountain with a through-going hole, which is 50m in diameter and 50m above the lake.

Photo: VNS
Photo: VNS

The mountain is located in the heart of the valley between Thang Hen Lake complex of the Non Nuoc Cao Bang UNESCO Global Geopark, which features a charming landscape with immense grasslands and green lakes.

Green all year round, visitors can come to Cao Bang to explore the mountain whenever they want.

The mountain is located in the area of Thang Hen Lake system with 36 interconnected lakes, some dry and some full.

Photo: VnExpress
Photo: VnExpress

This gives the place beauty through the harmony between sky and water. Every season of the year, the scenery surrounding the mountain brings a different beauty. All combine to create a masterpiece.

Coming here in the early morning, visitors will have the opportunity to admire a unique sunrise. At that time, the light rises from the east behind the mountain, shining brightly through the 'Angle Eye' at the top of the mountain to create a unique sparkle that creates a kind of natural magic.

Every year, during the rainy season from June to August, the water from the headwaters fills the valley, forming a large lake of about 15ha. This is when carp and catfish go from the underground cave to swim to the surface of the lake to feed, meaning it's the fishing season for locals.

The convenient means of transportation to Mat Than Mountain is a motorbike. Photo: @hahien_doy/Instagram
The convenient means of transportation to Mat Than Mountain is a motorbike. Photo: @hahien_doy/Instagram

During this time days, the mountain proudly reflects itself with its giant 'angle eye' printed in the water, far away from the blooming wildflowers spread across the valley.

In addition to this unique “Mountain Angel eye”, along this pathway, which takes only about 15 minutes, visitors may also enjoy the wonderful, intimate and peaceful interaction between the local Tay people in the Ban Danh hamlet, with stilt houses, yin and yang tiled roofs, stone fences, paddy fields of rice and maize, water buffaloes and cows etc., and the surrounding green and mature karst landscape, which will surely help them relax and recover from their stressful daily life.

In the dry season when winter is over and spring comes, at the foot of the Angle Eye Mountain, there is a green grass carpet like velvet.

Photo halotravel.vn
Photo halotravel.vn

Horses and cattle leisurely graze and between the rocky mountains coinciding with the white dew and sunshine, the mountain stands out in the poetic, peaceful landscape like a nomadic steppe.

Along the trails near the mountain, there is also Nam Tra waterfall, a beautiful waterfall in the area worth visiting or you can visit Ban Danh village with houses on stilts roofed with yin and yang tiles, stone fences, rice fields, corn fields… of the Tay people in the region.

Mat Than Mountain is about 50 km from the center of Cao Bang City, the road to the mountain is commented by tourists as quite difficult to find, in the rainy season the road can be a bit muddy, traveling by motorbike is the most convenient. Along the way, you will pass Ma Phuc pass, one of the most famous and beautiful passes in Cao Bang with winding roads.

Angle Eye Mountain attracts tourists with green grass carpets like velvet. — Photo luxury-inside.vn
Angle Eye Mountain attracts tourists with green grass carpets like velvet. — Photo luxury-inside.vn
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