Tour code: GPT13E
Departure date: Everyday
Destination: Ba Be National Park, North Vietnam
Duration: 4 days
Price USD: $ 299/ person
Size of group: 2- 12 people
Day 1 Ha Noi - Ba Be Lake (L, D)
You will be collected from your hotel in Hanoi between 07:30 and 08:00 for your drive to Ba Be National Park which is situated in Bac Kan province, 240 km northeast of Hanoi Capital. On the way to Ba Be, you will pay a visit to the Thai Nguyen Minority and Culture Museum where you can learn about the culture and traditions of the different minority groups in Vietnam. You will stop for lunch at a local restaurant before heading onwards to Ba Be Lake. You will arrive in the early afternoon and take a rest before having dinner. You will spend the night with a local Tay family in Mr Linh's Homestay, a traditional wooden stilt house.
Day 2 Trekking to Dzao ethnic villages (B, L, D)
Today you will begin your trekking adventure. First on the map is Coc Toc village where the local Tay people live by fishing and farming. After crossing the Pelu stream, you will then have some rough terrain to navigate, but as you gain height your efforts will be rewarded by spectacular views. Going on further to the uplands, you will stop in a H'mong ethnic village for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon the guide will take you through mountains and valleys to see the stilt houses and school of the Dzao people. You will then continue on the trail to visit a H'mong ethnic village. You will have dinner and spend the night in a local homestay in a Dzao ethnic minority village. Prepare yourself as they are generous with their corn wine!
- A 15-18 km trek.
Day 3 Boat trip on Ba Be Lake (B, L, D)
You will have breakfast at the homestay before saying "goodbye" to your friendly hosts setting off on the beautiful trails through three H'mong ethnic villages. You will then pass down through the forest to visit Dau Dang Waterfall which lies on the border of the two provinces of Bac Kan and Tuyen Quang. After that, you will have lunch with 'Mr Pirate' who gained celebrity status in Ba Be when he starred as the main actor in Ba Be Lake Pirate Movie. Then you will take a boat trip up the river to visit the Puong cave which is home to thousands of bats (of 18 different species) and famous for its many stalactites and stalagmites. The river runs all the through the through the cave and into Ba Be lake. After visiting the An Ma Temple, you will return to the lake shore, where you will have dinner and stay overnight at Mr Linh's Homestay.
- A 7-10 km trek.
Day 4 Ba Be Lake - Ha Noi (B, L)
Before beginning today’s journey, you will enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the homestay. Setting out for Hanoi, we will in for a visit to Hua Ma cave, only recently accessible, as few locals would enter due to ancient beliefs and superstition. The cave has thousands of stalactites and stalagmites and is very atmospheric. You can rest your legs on the drive back to Hanoi, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant on the way. We should arrive in Hanoi at about 05:30 PM and you will be let off at your hotel.