Ba Be National Park is the largest natural freshwater lake in Vietnam with exceptional biodiversity including a population of langurs, over 200 bird and 350 butterfly species, geological treasures and mature primary limestone forests. In places like this, careless tourism can bring human disturbances and endanger this heritage, while thoughtful tourism with a controlled impact can provide excellent support to conservation projects in the area and help the economies of local people. We share your desire for the latter option and promise that nature knows how to return your kindness. Surrounded by the lush green of the forest, we hope you enjoy your time spent exploring the lakes, caves, mountains and jungles.
Day 1 : Hanoi - Ba Be Lake
Day 2: Boat trip on Ba Be Lake
Day 3 : Ba Be Lake - Hanoi
Day 1 : Hanoi - Ba Be Lake (L, D)
You will be collected from your hotel in Hanoi between 07:30 and 08:00. On the way, you will stop in Thai Nguyen to visit the marvellous Museum of the Culture of the Ethnic Minorities of Vietnam, followed by lunch at a street restaurant. You will then leave the main road to take a smaller one snaking through the mountains and tea plantations. When you arrive in the Tay village of Coc Toc, welcomed by us and our amazingly friendly Tay family at their traditional wooden stilt house. If it's hot, you can copy the local kids and take a refreshing dip in the lake to cool down. In the evening, you will enjoy a superb dinner with the lovely family on the lake terrace. You will spend the night in Homestay.
Day 2 : Boat trip on Ba Be Lake (B, L, D)
After enjoying breakfast on the terrace, you will take a short drive to the house owner's boat, which will take you through the three lakes which make up Ba Be and up the Nang River Dong Puong, an enormous tunnel (300m long by 30m high) which stretches through the limestone mountain. We will continue to Cam Ha village where you can observe the peaceful life of the Tay people amongst the green rice fields. The boat will then venture upriver to the small village of Hua Tang, the quintessential simple and authentic ethnic minority village! You will have lunch in a local house alongside the river. After lunch, you will take a short walk (20 m) through the jungle takes you to the very scenic Dau Dang Waterfalls. You can then continue the trail to arrive in a large river bend full of colourful local life, with a small harbour. Here the locals unload goods onto their boats to travel across the lake. You will return by boat for another delightful evening in Mr Linh's Homestay.
Day 3 : Ba Be Lake - Hanoi (B, L)
After breakfast, we will stroll along the riverfront, and visit the lovely Pac Ngoi Village where most Tay people live in traditional houses. You can hike to the upper reaches of the lake, in an area marked by massive limestone cliffs and mountains. Later, your driver will take you to amazing Hua Ma cave and up onto a pass where you can to take amazing photos of the terraced fields. After lunch in a local restaurant, you will continue your journey back to Hanoi, arriving there at around 17:30.
The facts… We take you to the parts other can't reach! Hiking and trekking with
- a 6 -8 hour boat trip on day 2
- a 2 - 4 km hike on day 3
From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot.
From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.
Transport: - Boat. - Vehicle.
Tour Guides: Our experienced and friendly Tour Guide(s) speak excellent English. They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.
Meals: - 2 breakfasts. - 3 lunches. - 2 dinners. We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes. We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.
Accommodation: - Homestay (2 nights). Our clean and comfortable homestay with mosquito net provided.
Tour price includes
+ A/C transfer
+ Boat trip on Ba Be lake
+ Experienced English speaking guide.
+ Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
+ All sightseeing tickets.
+ No extra charge after confirmation
+ 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
Tour price excludes
+ Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
+ Travel insurance
+ Other services not mentioned above.
+ Single supplement: US $20
+ Free of charge for children under 4 years sharing bed with parents.
+ Surcharge 70% rate of adult for children (5-11 years) sharing bed with parents.
+ Over 11 years is adult’s rate.
The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.
Special request (diet or vegetarian, …) should be sent before your departure date.
What to take
+ Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes. Take a small day pack for hiking and trekking.
+ It is essential to bring your passport on this trip.
We also recommend packing: insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...
Have a good journey!