BA BE LAKE NATIONAL PARK – 3D2N (max 10p)
Ba Be Lake National Park. Take in all the splendor of the scenic mountain views set against the seasonal lush green rice paddies in the valleys below. Dine on a delicious Vietnamese lunch in a local village, followed by an exciting boat ride on Ba Be Lake. On the way we’ll see local people farming in the traditional ways. Explore this gorgeous natural landscape by car, bike, boat and on foot!
Day 1: Hanoi – Ba Be Lake (lunch – dinner)
Ba Be National Park is located around a vast lake enveloped by chalky karsts and thick tropical jungles. This trip takes you deep into Ba Be National Park and on to the waters of Ba Be Lake. On this two-day tour, you will experience local hospitality from an ethnic minority family, take a tranquil river trip, explore caves and see the landscape change from rice cultivation to forests to towering mountains.
An early start to the day to make the most of what we have in store for you. We will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi at 07:30 and then hit the road north towards Ba Be National Park. Lunch will be in a restaurant in a village on the way, and then our route will take us up through the mountains and tea plantations to Ba Be Lake, an amazing green lake in the middle of a natural green forest.
You will then travel to the Tay village of Coc Toc, with its beautiful stilt houses and friendly population of Tay people, who make their living by fishing in the stunning Ba Be lakes and farming.
You will stay in the homestay of a local family here, enjoying their wonderful hospitality. In the afternoon, you will have some time to explore the beautiful surroundings. You will then enter Hua Ma Cave, which features thousands of stalactites and columns. You may also wish to take the option of walking or cycling around Coc Toc village, kayaking on the lake in boats that we reserve for our tour guests, or simply relaxing in the peaceful surroundings and enjoying the views.
Highlights and activities: Hua Ma Cave, Ethnic Village and a 3-5km walk.
Day 2: Trekking in Ba Be National Park (breakfast – lunch – dinner)
On your second day in Ba Be, you will have the chance to explore its diverse and beautiful landscapes as you go trekking through the park. Your guide will start off by taking you to Coc Toc Village, visiting the local Tay fishermen who live there, before crossing Pelu Stream and navigating some steep terrain. You’ll be greatly rewarded for the effort, as once you reach a higher altitude you will be assailed by magnificent views of the mountains. As you journey ever higher, you will stop in a Hmong village, where a picnic lunch will be prepared for you. After you’ve eaten and rested, you will continue through the vast mountain ranges and valleys to see the stilt houses of the Dzao people and visit one of their local schools before visiting a second Hmong Village and returning to your homestay by the lake.
Highlights and activities: Tropical forest, ethnic villages, and a 12-15 km trek.
Day 3: Trekking in Ba Be National Park (breakfast – lunch)
After breakfast at the homestay, you will go on foot to Bo Lu Quay where you will board a boat trip around Ba Be Lake. You can relax on board, do some wildlife spotting or if you need to cool off, you can jump into the cool, clean waters for a refreshing swim!
As you float down the Nang River, you can take in the scenery of the surrounding karsts decorated with patches of wild vegetation and inhabited by all sorts of interesting creatures. Look out for the rainbow of butterflies that flit across the sky or listen to the gentle song of the many species of birds in the park. The boat will come to Puong Cave where you can explore the stalactites and stalagmites which are a result of the erosion of the river on the karst as well as looking out for the bat colony several thousand strong.
After your, exploration of the lake, you can rest on the drive back to Hanoi, taking in the beautiful scenery on the way. You will stop for lunch at a local restaurant on the way before arriving back in Hanoi at about 17:30.
Highlights and activities: Ba Be Lake, Puong Cave, Tay ethnic villages.
- A/C transfer
- Entrance fees & English speaking guide
- All meals as mentioned (lunch and dinner on day 1, breakfast and lunch on day 2)
- Boat trip in Ba Be Lake
- Overnight at homestay (limited private rooms available on surcharge)
- Beverages other than complimentary
- Tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- All not indicated in our itinerary
- The tour vouchers we provide should be shown at pick-up
- Valid Passport with valid visa
- Cash for personal expense
Specific food requests
Please let us know if you have specific eating restrictions, allergic for certain things or if you are vegetarian, we can take that into account during the trips.
Climate; From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot. From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.
Especially for the north and central Vietnam;
In the period between November and April, the weather is variable, from sunny to cold and rainy. It is advisable during this period to bring some rain gear with some warmer clothes. In the period from April to November, it is good to pack a hat with a wide brim, sunscreen (at least SPF15) and a reliable insect repellent. A thin rain poncho is useful all year round.
The south of Vietnam is generally a lot warmer all year round, so warm clothing is not really necessary.
Get Up And Go Vietnam does everything to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, we have no control over weather conditions. Our apologies for that!
Ba Be Lake National Park lies in the middle of the vast limestone mountain range of Ba Be National Park, surrounded by cliffs with very original and attractive forms and shapes. Be Lake itself is actually three small lakes joined together – Pe Lam, Pe Lu and Pe Leng. The area was established as a national preserved forest and tourist center in 1978 and last year UNESCO recognized Ba Be Lake as the third Ramsar site in Vietnam – an important wetland of the world.
Located 145m above sea level, the lake has an average depth from 20 to 25m and its deepest part is 35m so travelers are suggested to wear life-jackets during the cruise to keep safe. The lakebed has submersible mounts and grottoes so it is ideal for aquatic animals.
Some cottages scattered Bo Lu Village, which also added to the splendid surroundings. Coming to the village, tourists have a chance not only to admire old stilt houses but also to learn more about culture and daily life of Tay people.
Ba Be Lake has a lot to offer, including waterfalls, rivers, valleys, lakes, and caves all set amidst picturesque landscapes. From Ba Be Lake, tourists can visit other neighboring attractions such as Dau Dang Fall, Puong Cave and Tien Pond.