Northeast Loop: 4 Days Adventure Hanoi to Ba Be Lake & Ban Gioc Waterfall

Explore this beautiful natural lake located in Ba Be National Park, where the dramatic landscape is complimented by the small ethnic minority villages dotted along the shore. This beautiful national park in the northern province of Bac Kan features a sprawling lake which has the distinction of being Vietnam’s largest freshwater lake. You will also visit the largest waterfall in Vietnam, and 4th largest frontier-waterfall in the world, Ban Gioc Waterfall. These stunning falls consist of an impressive 300-meter span with one end in China, and the other in Vietnam.

Tour code: PRT19E
Departure: On request
Suitable: Small group, travel with friends
Duration: 4 days
Destination: Ba Be Lake, Ban Gioc waterfall, Cao Bang Province (Northeast Vietnam)

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi - Puong cave - Ba Be Lake
Day 2: Ba Be Lake - Hua Ma cave - Quang Uyen
Day 3:  Quang Uyen - Ban Gioc - Cao Bang
Day 4: Cao Bang - Hanoi

Day 1
Hanoi - Puong Cave - Ba Be Lake (L, D)
4-day Ba Be lake and Ban Gioc waterfall, Ba Be lake
Our driver and tour guide will pick you up in the early morning at your hotel in Hanoi and begin your journey through North-eastern Vietnam. The drive to the national park is roughly 230 kilometres long, and on the way we will stop in a local Tay village, where you will get to spend some time learning about their traditions and rice farming. Once you arrive in Ba Be National Park, you will board a boat and head down the Nang River as it winds through wild and rugged landscapes before reaching Puong Grotto, where you can marvel at the impressive stalagmites and stalactites found within. Afterwards, you will continue along the river until you reach Ban Can village where Tay ethnic minority people live on the river bank. Take a walk through the village before getting on a boat which will take you on Ba Be Lake. Here you will get to visit Widow Island (named for the local legend regarding the lake) and those who wish can go for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters. You will end the day in Coc Toc Village, inhabited by the Tay ethnic minority, where you will spend the night in Mr Linh’s Homestay.

Highlights and activities: Ba Be Lake, 3-hour boat tour, a 3-5km walk
Accommodation: Mr Linh's Homestay
Meals: Lunch, dinner
Day 2
Ba Be Lake - Hua Ma Cave - Quang Uyen (B, L, D)
4-day Ba Be lake and Ban Gioc waterfall, Hua Ma cave
In the early morning, kayaks are available if you wish to go on the lake on your own. After breakfast with your host family, your journey today will start with a visit to Hua Ma, a dry cave with thousands of amazing stalactites, followed by a drive around Ba Be Lake. Then as you cross through rainforest leaving Ba Be, you will stop for lunch in Cho Ra Town, before continuing on to Quang Uyen, a district inhabited primarily by Nung ethnic minority communities. Due to their isolation and the remote nature of the district, their centuries old traditions and culture remain recognizably distinct from other minorities in Vietnam. Each village is specialised in the making of useful tools for daily life such as blacksmith, paper-making and incense essentially. This remoteness and traditional simplicity is what makes Quang Uyen so appealing, and you will be able to experience this first-hand as you overnight in the village.

Highlights and activities: Hua Ma Cave, Quang Uyen, a 3-5km walk
Accommodation: Mr Kim's Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3
Quang Uyen - Ban Gioc - Cao Bang (B, L, D)
4-day Ba Be lake and Ban Gioc waterfall, Ban Gioc waterfall
The third day is likely to be your highlight of the tour as we take you to one of the most incredible natural wonders in Northern Vietnam: Ban Gioc Waterfall. This breath-taking 300-metre wide waterfall sits right on the border between China and Vietnam, amidst a beautiful mountainous landscape. While you’re here you can spend your time relaxing in the glow of the natural beauty, take some amazing photos, and board a bamboo boat that will take you so close to the falls you’ll feel the water splashes on your face, practically sitting at the very edge of Vietnam, so close to China that you can actually touch it.
After enjoying the waterfall, you will venture deep underground into the magical Nguom Ngao Cave to discover the rock formations which have been carved by erosion over millennia, before heading to a local market where local people from across the region come to buy and sell locally produced products, as well as socialize with people from other communities. You will then hike to Phat Tich Temple which gives great insight into local beliefs and offers unrivalled views of Ban Gioc Waterfall with China in the background. Rounding out the day, you will then travel to Cao Bang where you will spend the night in Thanh Loan Hotel.

Highlights and activities: Ban Gioc waterfall, Nguom Ngao cave, a 3-5km walk
Accommodation: Thanh Loan Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner at local restaurant
Day 4
Cao Bang - Hanoi (B, L)
4-day Ba Be lake and Ban Gioc waterfall, Lang Son
Before leaving Cao Bang, you can partake in the optional activity of climbing the hill up to the War Memorial, which will present a great panoramic view of town and the surrounding countryside. As we leave Cao Bang, following the windings roads of Highway No.4 through beautiful valleys flanked by steep mountains and spectacular vistas, we will eventually reach Lang Son, the capital of the area and an important crossing and trade route to nearby Non Nuoc. The village and surrounding area is very diverse, being home to Dzao, Man, Tho, and Nung people.The highlight of the town itself is undoubtedly its two markets, the Old Market and the Dong Kinh Market, where you can find anything from traditional crafts to modern electronics. If the time permits; we will stop at the beautiful caves situated amongst the ruins of the Mac Dynasty Citadel, just a few kilometres outside of Lang Son. Among these caves,Tam Thang contains a small lake and offers great views of the surrounding farmland, and Nhi Thanh, formed by a river that flows through it and featuring poems inscribed on the wall dating back to the 18th century. In the afternoon we will take you from Lang Son back to Hanoi along a well maintained and comfortable modern 4-lane highway, arriving at your hotel in Hanoi in the late afternoon.

Highlights and activities: Lang Son, Dong Kinh Market,a 3-5km walk
Accommodation: Not included
Meal: Breakfast, lunch at local restaurant

The facts...
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.

Private car

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
Home stays& Hotel with daily breakfast
Experienced English speaking guide
Private boat trip
Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
All sightseeing tickets.
Tissues and water on coach.
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.
We also recommend packing insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat.
Take a small day pack for hiking and trekking.
It is essential to bring your passport on this trip.

Have a good journey!


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