Pác Bó

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Lê Nin stream in Pác Bó tourism area near the cave

Pác Bó is a small village in Cao Bằng province, northern Vietnam, 3 km from the Chinese border.

"Pác Bó" means “source mouth” according to the local language.[which?][1]

Near this village is a cave, Hang Cốc Bó (today often called Hang Pác Bó) in which Hồ Chí Minh lived for seven weeks, during February and March 1941, after returning from 30 years of exile.[2] Consequently, it is now a tourist site.[3]

It's one of the most engaging historical sites[4]. Even if you have little interest in the history of Vietnamese communism, the cave is in a beautiful location surrounded by evergreen forests filled with butterflies and birdsong, and overlooked by limestone mountains[5].


  1. ^ "Pac Bo Cave Cao Bang". lotussia.com. 
  2. ^ Vietnam Iain Stewart "After 30 years of exile, Ho Chi Minh reentered Vietnam in January 1941 and took shelter in a small cave in one of the most remote regions of Vietnam, 3km from the Chinese border. The cave itself, Hang Pac Bo (WaterWheel Cave) ..."
  3. ^ Rough Guide to Vietnam: Volume 4 - Page 474 Jan Dodd, Mark Lewis, Ron Emmons - 2003 "Pac Bo Cave - Such a lot is made of Pac Bo Cave that it comes as a surprise to learn that Ho Chi Minh only lived in it for seven weeks, during February and March 1941. lf you're not a fan of Ho memorabilia then neither the cave nor the ..."
  4. ^ "Ho Chi Minh's Cave: Hang Pác Bó". Vietnam Coracle. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  5. ^ Planet, Lonely. "Hang Pac Bo in Mong Cai & the Chinese Border". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 

Coordinates: 22°58′41″N 106°03′14″E / 22.978°N 106.054°E / 22.978; 106.054