Ba Be National Park, Bac Kan, North Vietnam
$ 145/ person
Day 1: Hanoi - Ba Be Lake (L, D)
his tour starts early to make the most of the day ahead. You will be collected from your hotel at 07:30 -8:00 and then you will begin your north towards Ba Be National Park
. You will stop for lunch in a village along the way. Your route will take you up through the mountains and tea plantations to Ba Be lake, an amazing green lake in the middle of a natural green forest. You will then travel to visit Hua Ma cave
and the Tay village of Coc Toc, with its beautiful stilt houses and friendly population of Tay people
, who make their living by fishing in the Ba Be lakes
and farming the surrounding land. You will spend the night in a homestay belonging to a local family, enjoying their wonderful hospitality. During the evening, you will have some time to explore. You can enjoy the beautiful surroundings on foot, by bicycle or by kayaking on the lake in the boats that we reserve for our tour guests. Alternatively you can simply relax and bask in the relaxing ambience.
Day 2: Ba Be Lake - Hanoi (B, L)
After breakfast at the homestay, you will walk to Bo Lu boat station to embark on a 3-hour boat trip, gently touring around the lake. If you need to cool off, this is a great opportunity to jump into the river for a swim. The boat takes you by the slow flowing river, giving you ample opportunity to gaze in awe at the dramatic mountains and valleys and natural caves
. You will also get the chance to enjoy some bird and butterfly spotting - the national park is home to a vast variety of flora and fauna. The boat will progress through the Puong cave
which forms a natural tunnel through which the river flows. The mystical cave has thousands of stalactites and stalagmites as well as a bat colony, several thousand strong. You can rest your legs on the drive back to Hanoi, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant on the way. You will arrive in Hanoi at about 17:30.