Ba Be National Park conjures up images of lush forests, shimmering lakes full of fish, mysterious caves and cloud-capped limestone mountains which stand like guardians to this hidden natural kingdom. This trip takes you deep into Ba Be National Park, Ba Be Lake. Hanoi - Ba Be lake two days group tour 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 forest to towering mountain.
Day 1: HANOI - BA BE LAKE
Day 2: BA BE LAKE - BAN GIOC WATERFALL
Day 3: CAO BANG - HA NOI
Day 1 Ha Noi - Ba Be Lake (L, D)
You will depart early in the morning for the journey to the forest of Ba Be National Park, a drive of approximately 150 miles (230 kilometers). Along the way you will stop to visit a Tay minority community, the second largest ethnic group in Vietnam after the Viets, mostly living off the cultivation of rice. You will continue to Ba Be National Park for a boat ride along the Nang River, with time to explore the stunning Ba Be Lake, the caves of Puong Grotto and the legendary Widow Island. You will also visit the stilt houses of the Tay community in Coc Toc Village, where you will spend the night in Mr Linh's homestay. At the homestay you can relax and unwind from the day and enjoy a meal of home cooked local food.
Day 2 Ba Be Lake - Ban Gioc Waterfall (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will set off to the province of Cao Bang, close to Vietnam’s northern border with China. Here you will be introduced to the Nung people in the village of Phuoc Sen, a small village famous for the production of farming tools. Like the Tays, the Nungs largely live by farming the terraced rice paddies that you will see all around as you journey to Ban Gioc Waterfall, the breathtakingly majestic falls that demarcate the border between Vietnam and China. There will be time enjoy the view and soak up sublime atmosphere of Vietnam’s most beautiful waterfall before making your way to the Nguom Ngao “Tiger Cave” known for its wonderful limestone formations. You will then make your way to Cao Bang town for an overnight stay in a Thanh Loan hotel.
Day 3 Cao Bang - Ha Noi (B, L)
After a night in the hotel in Cao Bang, you will depart for your transfer south to Hanoi. It is a journey of approximately 185 miles (310 kilometers) through vertiginous rice paddies and remote villages. You will get the chance to stop at an ethnic village known for its rice production. This is the road less traveled in Vietnam, offering the chance to enjoy some peace and tranquility.
There will be a stop for lunch before returning to your hotel in the bustling city of Hanoi.