3-Day Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall Tour from Hanoi

Posted on September 6, 2017
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3-Day Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall Tour from Hanoi
This tour will take you from the vast lakes and chalky karsts of Ba Be National Park to the wild and rugged landscapes of Cao Bang to visit the spectacular Ban Gioc waterfall. You will be travelling through remote areas in Northern Vietnam, brushing along the Chinese border and staying with local families to learn about and experience the unique cultures and customs of rural Vietnam.
  • Escape the tourist trail and get back to nature in Ba Be National Park.
  • Cruise the Nang River, see Ban Gioc Falls, explore Nguom Ngao Cave, and more.
  • Experience local life on village visits and stays with Nung and Tay people.
  • Enjoy seven delicious meals, plus hotel pickup and drop-off in a small group.

Overview

It’s difficult to experience Ba Be National Park without private transportation and a guide to connect you to the ethnic groups who live here. On this small-group tour—the perfect choice for adventurous travelers—immerse in local culture, landscapes, and lifestyles, and mingle with Nung and Tay people. Along the way, see the Nang River, Ban Gioc Falls, Nguom Ngao Cave, and more.

What to Expect

After pickup from your hotel, learn about local cultures at the Museum of Cultures of Vietnam’s Ethnic Groups in Thai Nguyen city. Enjoy lunch and then travel north. You might stop at a tobacco-producing village before you reach your homestay, with a Nung family in Quang Uyen, in time for dinner.
After breakfast at your homestay, visit Phuc Sen village, known producing farming tools. Travel through spectacular rice paddy scenery to Ban Gioc Falls. Soak up the spectacular views before journeying to Nguom Ngao Cave, Cao Bang town, and Ba Be Lake, with lunch en route. Enjoy dinner with your Tay family hosts for the night.
After breakfast, experience Ba Be Lake: Swim, look for wildlife, and soak up the karst scenery. Board a boat to cruise Nang River, Ba Be Lake, and Puong Cave. Finally, head back to Hanoi, enjoying lunch and a stop at a tea plantation on the way.
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Route: Hanoi - Lang Son- Ban Gioc waterfall - Ba Be National Park

Day 1: Hanoi - Lang Son - Quang Uyen (L/D)

Our tour guide will pick you up by car at your hotel in Hanoi old quarter or Mr Linh's Adventures office around 7:30-8:00am, transferring you to Lang Son. We will start by driving in the direction of the Chinese border for about 3 hours, before stopping at Chi Lang Pass - a 20-km-long gorge created from a narrow valley between two mountains.

This place occupies an important position in Vietnamese history, being the place of many victories against various Chinese invasions over the centuries and millennia, as far back as 981AD. As such it bears the reputation of Vietnam’s strongest citadel and bastion. Here you will have roughly an hour to walk around and explore the area around the Quy Mon Quan Gate, which translates as “The Gate of Monsters”, named for the many invasion forces that would spill through the pass over the course of history only to be beaten back by stalwart Vietnamese defenders.

After lunch at a local restaurant in Dong Dang, you will continue your trip into the pass, stopping to visit Mother’s Temple and Dong Khe – an important historical site where The Battle of Dong Khe was fought during the First Indochina War. In fact, this was the very first battle of the Indochina Wars, and the fighting here took place through September and October 1950, ending in a resounding victory for the Viet Minh.

In the evening you will get to enjoy dinner and overnight rest in a local homestay owned and operated by a local Nung family.

Highlights and activities: Chi Lang, Quy Mon Quan Gate, Dong Khe Battle Site, Ethnic Villages, and a 3-5km walk.

Day 2: Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfall (B/L/D)

After enjoying breakfast at the homestay, you will depart for Trung Khanh which lies right on the border with China. Here you will have another chance to meet and interact with the local Nung people living in the village of Phuoc Sen, a mountainous village famous for its traditional blacksmithing. The farming tools made here are an integral part of the lifestyle which is evident in the surrounding rice paddies and fields.

Nestled amongst these amazing landscapes is the breath-taking Ban Gioc Waterfall which spans over 300 meters, split half and half between Vietnam and China. You’ll get some time here to simply take in the amazing atmosphere surrounding the falls, which presents an excellent opportunity for some fantastic photography.

Once you’ve finished at the falls, it’s time to head over to Nguom Ngao Cave, for a very different, but no less impressive natural wonder. The cave stretches for 2,144 meters underground and is brimming with incredible stalactites and stalagmites.

You will then return to Cao Bang town and head down the “snake pass” to Ba Be Lake, where you will stay overnight in a homestay constructed in traditional Tay fashion and owned and operated by a local Tay family. Here you can relax and unwind from the day and enjoy a delicious and authentic home-cooked meal.

Highlights and activities: Ban Gioc Waterfall, Nguom Ngao Cave, Ethnic Villages

Day 3: Ba Be Lake - Hanoi (B/L)

After breakfast we’ll kick the final day of the tour of by boarding a boat and setting off onto the lake. It’s up to you how to spend your time on the boat, whether it’s relaxing and enjoying the views or going for a swim in the cool waters to refresh yourself. The views consist of stunning karst formations all around you covered with patches of wild vegetation and a rich wildlife.

The boat will then continue along the Nang River, giving you a chance to explore the caves of Puong Grotto where you can marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites created through river erosion, as well as observe the thousands-strong bat colony that lives here.

Now that you’ve reached the end of your tour, you’ll be driven the roughly 230 kilometres back to Hanoi, with a stop at a tea plantation nestled among rolling hills. Once we arrive in Hanoi it is time to say farewell, having made lifelong memories and connections.

Highlights and activities: Ba Be Lake, Puong Cave, Tay ethnic villages.

ACCOMMODATION LIST

Please note that the hotels mentioned in this list are for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed. If we are unable to book any hotel, it will be replaced by another hotel at least of equivalent standard and value.
DestinationAccommodationStarNight
Quang Uyen – Cao Bang
Nung’s Homestay
1
Ba Be National Park
 Tay’s Homestay
1

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

•    A/C transfer.
•    Accommodation at homestay.
•    Experienced English speaking guide.
•    Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner).
•    All sightseeing tickets and travel permits on frontier.
•    No extra charge after confirmation.
•     24/7 hotline support guaranteed.

TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES:

•   Personal expenses, tips and gratuities.
•   Travel insurance.
•   International & domestic flights and taxes.
•   Beverage.
•   Other personal expenses: drinks, souvenir, etc…

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…

 

 

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