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 travelled through remote areas in Northern Vietnam, brushed along the Chinese border and stayed with local families to learn about and experience the unique cultures and customs of rural Vietnam.
Lang Son, Cao Bang, Ba Be.
Small group tour 2 - 15 people
$215 per person
SPECIAL PROMOTION ON FRIDAYS
US $ per person
Day 1: Hanoi - Ba Be Lake
Day 2: Ba Be National Park - Ban Gioc Waterfall
Day 3: Ban Gioc Waterfall - Lang Son - Hanoi
Hanoi - Ba Be National Park (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 Bac Kan. We will start by driving in the direction of Ba Be National Park for about 4 hours. You will welcome by Mr Loc, a friendly host of Mr Linh’s Homestay with servire a lunch and check in your room before getting on a boat tour around Ba Be Lake. It was recently recognised by UNESCO as the third Ramsar site in Vietnam - an important wetland of the world. The lake bed is made up of limestone with millions of crags and crevasses that are ideal for a large variety of marine life - there are over a hundred of species of freshwater fish in the lakes.
You then will then continue travel to Hoang Tri commune to pay a visit to beautiful Na Slai village of Tay people on traditional houses on still before walking to Thac Bac waterfall “Silver waterfall”, a multi-layer natural waterfall, the base forming small lakes with areas of from 100 to 200 m, thus creating beautiful natural beaches. Here you can immerse yourself in swimming before getting back to your homestay, at night you will have chance to enjoy your night with BBQ dinner.
Highlights and activities: Ba Be lake, Silk waterfall, Tay ethnic villages
Ba Be National Park - 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. Lunch in a local restaurant.
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 brimmed with incredible stalactites and stalagmites.
You will then enter to Khuoi My, a stone village where you will stay overnight in a homestay constructed in traditional Nung fashion and owned and operated by a local Nung 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, Ba Be National Park, ethnic villages
Ban Gioc Waterfall - Lang Son - Hanoi (B/L)
After breakfast we’ll kick the final day of the tour off by continue your trip into the pass to Dong Dang, 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.
You will be transfered to Lang Son for Lunch then 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.
Highlights and activities: Chi Lang pass, Quy Mon Quan gate, Dong Khe battle site, ethnic villages, and a 3-5km walk
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.
Our experienced and friendly Tour Guide(s) speak excellent English.
They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.
Tour price includes
Boat trip on Ba Be lake
Experienced English-speaking guide.
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
Other services not mentioned above.
Single supplement: US $20
Free of charge for children under 4 years sharing bed with parents.
Surcharge 70% rate of adult for children (5-11 years) sharing bed with parents.
Over 11 years is adult’s rate.
The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.
Special request (diet or vegetarian, …) should be sent before your departure date.
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!