Halong Bay - Ban Gioc waterfall and Ba Be Lake 5 days 4 nights

This journey through the north-east of Vietnam highlights the immense beauty of Halong Bay, Ba Be Lake and the surrounding areas. You will spend five days travelling across land and sea, visiting waterfalls and forests and meeting local people.

Type of tour: Private
Tour code: PRT 23E
Departure dates: Daily
Destination: Halong bay, Ban Gioc waterfall, Ba Be lake, Northeast, Vietnam.
Duration: 5 days

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay
Day 2: Ha Long Bay - Lang Son
Day 3: Lang Son - Cao Bang - Ban Gioc - Quang Uyen
Day 4: Quang Uyen - Ba Be Lake
Day 5: Ba Be Lake - Ha Noi
Day 1
Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay (L, D)
Halong bay and Ba Be lake, Halong bay
Your tour guide will collect you from the Old Quarter at 07:45 to begin your journey to Ha Long Bay. After approximately three and a half hours, you will reach Hon Gai Pier, Ha Long City where you will board a boat. Later, you will transfer to a traditional junk and have lunch while cruising the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay. On the way, you can admire the fascinating rock formations which arch out of the water. In the afternoon, the boat will anchor at Vung Vieng Fishing Village, and a tender will take you to visit one of the largest and oldest fishing villages in Ha Long Bay where you can discover the lives of the local fishing villagers. Next, you will visit a pearl farm where you can learn about the processes involved in farming the precious gemstones. Then, you can enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach, swimming or kayaking around the picturesque limestone outcrops. As the cruise continues on to Ban Chan Beach, you can enjoy a BBQ dinner and cooking class on board the boat with the sun setting over the bay. You will stay overnight in Ban Chan.

Highlights and activities: Bai Tu Long, Vung Vieng fishing, Ban Chan Beach
Accommodation: Overnight on Cruise
Meals: Lunch, dinner
Day 2
Ha Long Bay - Lang Son (B, L, D)
Halong bay and Ba Be lake, kayaking Halong bay
Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest. Visiting Thien Canh Son Cave with millions of surprising stalactites and stalagmites you can understand this is a must see area for the majority of people who come to Vietnam.
You will leave Ha Long Bay behind and drive to Lang Son Province. On the way, you will pass through beautiful countryside and see many local people going about their daily lives. On arrival in Lang Son, you will visit Tay and Nung ethnic minority villages to discover their unique cultures. You will stay overnight in a hotel in Lang Son.

Highlights and activities: Thien Canh Son cave, Lang Son
Accommodation: Vi's Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3
Lang Son - Cao Bang - Ban Gioc - Quang Uyen (B, L, D)
Halong bay and Ba Be lake, Ban Gioc waterfall
After breakfast at your hotel, you will travel to Ban Gioc waterfall, one of the most beautiful landscapes in the north of Vietnam. The majestic falls demarcate the border between Vietnam and China with each end of the 300-meter wide cascade sitting in a different country. You can spend some time at leisure relaxing, soaking up the sublime atmosphere and taking photos. You will then take a 30-minute boat trip on the Quay Son River to touch China border. Next, You will visit Nguom Ngao “Tiger Cave” before returning to Quang Uyen Town where you will stay overnight in a homestay.

Highlights and activities: Ban Gioc waterfall, Nguom Ngao cave
Accommodation: Mr Kim's Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4
Quang Uyen - Ba Be Lake (B, L, D)
Halong bay and Ba Be lake, Nguom Ngao cave in Caobang
There are superb landscapes with the terraced rice fields and winding river on the drive from Cao Bang to Ba Be Lake. You will stop for lunch along the way before arriving in Cho Ra at about 13:30. From here you can take a boat on Nang River which glides through the unspoilt wilderness of Ba Be National Park all the way to Puong Cave. Inside the 300 meter tunnel, you can see the many interesting rock formations that have been created over the many years of erosion from the river.
You will continue the boat trip to Bo Lu - a village belonging to a Tay community whose main income comes from fishing and rice and corn cultivation. The villages are characterised by modest but beautiful stilt houses with thatched roofs which are dotted throughout the landscape. You will have dinner and stay overnight in Coc Toc Village at the edge of Ba Be Lake.

Highlights and activities: Ba Be Lake, Boat trip, Puong Cave
Accommodation: Mr Linh's Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 5
Ba Be Lake - Ha Noi (B, L)
Halong bay and Ba Be lake, Ba Be lake
After breakfast, you will travel past Ba Be Forest, where you can discover spectacular rivers, deep valleys, natural caves and undulating mountains. You will pay a visit Pac Ngoi Village, a traditional stilt house settlement before entering Hua Ma Cave. Inside the cave, you will be able to see thousands of stalactites and stalagmites. This is one of the best caves in the north of Vietnam and is still relatively unknown making it feel like a true adventure. After exploring the cave, you will drive back to Ha Noi, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant on the way. You will arrive back in Ha Noi at about 17:30 where you will be taken to your hotel.

Highlights and activities: Ba Be Forest, Hua Ma Cave, a 2 - 3 km trek
Accommodation: Not included
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


The fact...
We take you to the parts others can't reach!

From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot.
From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.


Tour Guides
Our experienced and friendly Tour Guide(s) speak excellent English or French.
They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.

Tour price includes
Cruise on Halong Bay
Private car pick up & -off
Accommodation (Homestay and hotel)
Experienced English or French speaking guide.
Private boat trip on Ba Be lake
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.

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!