Ba Be National Park, Ban Gioc waterfall, North Vietnam
$ 215/ person
Day 1: Ha Noi - Ba Be Lake (L/ D)
You will be picked up 07:30 from our office at 83 Ma May street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi for the journey to Ba Be Lake, a drive of approximately 150 miles (230 kilometres). You will head north from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi and into the stunning landscape of rural Vietnam. During the journey, you will have the chance to visit a Tay minority community. This is the second largest ethnic group in Vietnam after the Viet-Kinhs,
On arrival at Ba Be National Park, you will cruise along the Nang River by boat exploring the beautiful Ba Be Lake, the dramatic caves of Puong Grotto and Widow Island, a limestone islet steeped in local folklore and legend. You will also have time to visit the stilt houses of the Tay community in Coc Toc Village. You will spend the night here at Mr Linh's homestay, a traditional style stilt house.
Day 2: Ba Be Lake - Ban Gioc Waterfall (B/ L)
After breakfast at the homestay, you will depart for Cao Bằng, a northern province which shares a border with China. Here you will have the chance to meet the Nung people in the village of Phuoc Sen, a mountainous village famous for their traditional blacksmith craft.
Like the Tays, the Nungs largely live by farming the terraced rice paddies that you will see all around as you continue to Ban Gioc Waterfall. The waterfall itself spans across the border between Vietnam and China with half of the waterfall lying in each country. You will spend some time at your own leisure, relaxing and taking photos as you soak up the incredible surroundings of Vietnam’s most beautiful waterfall. You will stay overnight in the Quang Uyen homestay.
Day 3: Quang Uyen - Ha Noi (B/ L)
After a night in the Nung village, you will depart for your transfer south to Hanoi. It is a journey of approximately 185 miles (310 kilometres) through vertiginous rice terraces and remote villages.
On the way, you will get the chance to stop at an ethnic village known for its tobacco production. This is the road less travelled in Vietnam, offering the chance to enjoy some peace and tranquillity.
There will be a stop for lunch before you are ped off back at our office 83 Ma May Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi in the bustling city of Hanoi.