Ba Be Lake

North-East Adventure of Vietnam

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What You'll Do
  • Explore the spectacular scenery of Northeast – Vietnam
  • Cruise local boat on Ba Be tranquil lakes.
  • Study the culture, unique customs & daily life of minorities
  • Enjoy the delicious local food
It is an area where karst limestone mountain ranges and wonderful terraced paddy fields make up the geography. Suitable to those who love eco-tours, prefer untouched areas, and enjoy learning about the customs of the hill tribe people.
What to Expect
Day 1: Hanoi - Ba Be (~250 km)

This exotic journey Vietnam's Northeast begins as we depart from your hotel at 8:00. We drive up and pass through the undulating terrain of tea plantations, stop to visit the tea farm and learn the process of tea making, you might want to try their work before our lunch at the local house here. After that we keep moving through many other rural villages along the way. This is our first glimpse of rural Vietnam and sets the tone for the days ahead. Depending on traffic conditions, we will arrive at Ba Be lake around 16:00.

After checking into our homestay in Pac Ngoi, we will have free time to walk around the village and meet some of the local Tay people. Dinner and free to learn more about the life of the host with our guide.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrances fees, lunch, dinner, guest house with permit.

Day 2: Boating into the three lakes of Babe

Start today at about 8.00. Today we will spend the whole day visiting the beauty of Ba Be lakes on the local canoes. Transfer to a boat dock, board our small boat, then glide along the river and and through the pretty cave. Lunch is served near a beautiful waterfall. After lunch, we canoe our hearts out navigating into the tranquility of Ba Be lakes. The rest of the afternoon can be spent swimming and / or trekking to visit some of the ethnic minorities. Dinner then free to learn about the local culture and customs. Overnight at the homestay.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, homestay, all meals, local boat trip.

Day 3: Ba Be - Cao Bang town (~165 km)

Taking the time to enjoy the morning and surroundings we have breakfast leisurely before taking one last walk into the park or an option to visit the cave on motorbike if you wish to try.

Checkout and say goodbye to our host family by 10:30 for a scenic 2.5 hour drive towards Cao Bang - here are the ethnic people of Hmong, Dao, Tho and Nung live together in harmony. We will have lunch on the way then continue driving to Cao Bang town in the afternoon.

Check in hotel and this afternoon, your guide is available to take you around the town, visit a local market as you wish. Dinner and stay overnight at a hotel in Cao Bang.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, hotel, entrances fee, all meals

Day 4: Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfall - Cao Bang (~200 km)

At 8.00 we head out of town and start venturing into the most remote northern region of Cao Bang Province. The scenic roads traverse Trung Khanh before arriving at Ban Gioc Waterfall, which boasts the biggest waterfall in Vietnam (though not full of water in the dry season).There is an enormous cave that has two main entrances and one branch reaching almost all the way to the waterfalls where the ‘secret’ entrance hides. On the way back, we can make breaks en route as you wish to visit Nguom Ngao grotto or hill tribe villages. Back to Cao Bang in the late afternoon at around 19:00. Dinner and stay the night in town.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, hotel, entrances fee, all meals.

Day 5: Cao Bang - Hanoi (~ 300 km)

This day is our last day, we leave at 8.00 and will spend 7 hours driving back to Hanoi (on some of the same routes). We can stop for sightseeing en route at your wishes. Arrive back in Hanoi around 17:00, our adventure ends at your hotel.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, breakfast, lunch.

What's Included
  • See inclusive items listed after each day
What's Not Included
  • Visa, insurance, drinks, personal expenses, others not mentioned in details, tips are welcome!
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This exotic journey Vietnam's Northeast begins as you depart from your hotel at 7.00 am.

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