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Bird watching in Ba Be National Park, Vietnam

Ba Be National Park is one of the 27 ASEAN heritage parks. The park consists of 450 hectares of stunning natural freshwater lakes and limestone karsts which are inhabited by 553 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, amphibians and fish. Recent preservation programmes have meant that rare species such as the wild Francois’ Langur and the white-eared night heron have been spotted. The incredible range of flora and fauna make Ba Be National Park a fascinating place to visit for nature enthusiasts, birdwatchers and also biology specialists. This tour will take you to the best spots to be in with a chance of spotting these magnificent creatures.
 

Type of tour: Private
Tour code: BB38E
Departure date: On request
Destination: Ba Be National Park
Duration: 4 days
Tour itinerary:
Day 1: Hanoi – Ba Be National Park
Day 2&3: Bird watching
Day 4: Ba Be lake – Hanoi

Day 1
Hanoi – Ba Be National Park (L, D)
Bird watching in Ba Be National Park, Vietnam-heron
We will pick you up from your hotel in Ha Noi and drive you to Ba Be National Park (approx 5 hours) arriving at Ba Be Lake in the early afternoon. The journey passes through the dramatic mountainous province of Thai Nguyen with superb views of rice terraces and villages along the way. When you arrive you can relax or take a stroll through the rice paddies by the lake and where you can see bulbuls, oriental magpie-robins, limestone leaf warblers, kingfishers, sandpipers, plovers and eastern cattle egrets sitting on the backs of water buffalos. You can enjoy a delicious dinner and stay the night in Coc Toc Village at Mr Linh's homestay.

Highlights and activities: a 3-5 km hike
Accommodation: Mr Linh's Homestay
Meals: Lunch, dinner

 
Day 2 & 3
Bird Watching (B, L, D)
Bird watching in Ba Be National Park, Vietnam-bird 1
This birdwatching tour in the park explores one of Vietnam’s oldest national parks, an area of lowland forest and lakes which are easily accessed by trails. It is rich in birdlife, and you will have the chance to see wild-ducks, red-whiskered bulbuls, sooty-headed Bulbuls, white-eyes, oriental magpie-robins, steppe eagles and common kingfishers. For those wanting to see the white-eared night herons, we can organise special trips.
This bird watching trip will combine easy trekking in the forest, a boat trip on Ba Be Lake and a climb up the bird watching towers built by the rangers in 1997. A picnic lunch will be provided by the local Tay people in the area. You will travel back to the homestay after sunset.  You will have dinner and stay the night at Mr Linh's Homestay.

Highlights and activities: a 18-20 km trek on day
Accommodation: Mr Linh's Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 
Day 4
Ba Be Lake – Hanoi (B, L)
Bird watching in Ba Be National Park, Vietnam-Bird watching tour
On the last morning, you will have the opportunity to choose from a range of activities available in the park. You can take a stroll through one of Ba Be's Caves amongst the ancient stalagmites and stalactites. You can visit a Tay ethnic minority village or take a refreshing dip in a waterfall looking out over the impressive landscape of green mountains and small villages. You will travel back Ha Noi after lunch. You will arrive back in Hanoi at your hotel at approximately 18:30.

Highlights and activities: a 2-5 km hike
Accommodation: Not included
Meals: Breakfast, lunch,


The facts…
We take you to the parts others can't reach!

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

Transport
Boat
Kayak
Vehicle

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

Tour price includes
Private door-to-door pick-up & -off services.
All private transfer and transportation.
Homestay mentioned in itinerary.
Experienced English 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
Beverage
Other services not mentioned above.
Kayak

What to take
Pack essentials, including binoculars, professional cameras, light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes. Take a small day pack for birding.
It is essential to bring your passport on this trip. We also recommend packing: insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...
 
Have a great journey!
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