Adventure Ban Gioc Waterfall - Ba Be Lake - Halong Bay 5 days 4 nights

Northern Vietnam contains some of the most spectacular nature anywhere in Southeast Asia, and indeed the world as a whole. From roaring Ban Gioc Waterfall to serene Ba Be Lake and stunning Ha Long Bay, this part of Vietnam has it all, and on our 5 day tour of the region you will get to see all these sights and more.

Tour code: GPT16E
Departure date: Everyday
Duration:  5 days 4 nights
  • Day 1: Hanoi – Lang Son – Quang Uyen (L/D)
    • Our tour guide will pick you up by car at your hotel around 7:30-8:00am, transferring you to Lang Son. 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.

      After lunch at a local restaurant in Dong Dang, you will continue your trip into the pass, 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.

      In the evening you will get to enjoy dinner and overnight rest in a local homestay owned and operated by a local Nung family.

      Highlights and activities: Chi Lang, Quy Mon Quan Gate, Dong Khe Battle Site, Ethnic Villages, and a 3-5km walk.
      lang son province
      lang son province trekking
  • Day 2: Cao Bang – 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.

      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 brimming with incredible stalactites and stalagmites.

      You will then return to Cao Bang town and head down the “snake pass” to Ba Be Lake, where you will stay overnight in a homestay constructed in traditional Tay fashion and owned and operated by a local Tay 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, Ethnic Villages
      cao bang province
      Nguom Ngao Cave
  • Day 3: Ba Be Lake - Hanoi (B/L)
    • After breakfast we’ll kick the final day of the tour of by boarding a boat and setting off onto the lake. It’s up to you how to spend your time on the boat, whether it’s relaxing and enjoying the views or going for a swim in the cool waters to refresh yourself. The views consist of stunning karst formations all around you covered with patches of wild vegetation and a rich wildlife.

      The boat will then continue along the Nang River, giving you a chance to explore the caves of Puong Grotto where you can marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites created through river erosion, as well as observe the thousands-strong bat colony that lives here.

      Now that you’ve reached the end of your tour, you’ll be driven the roughly 230 kilometres back to Hanoi, with a stop at a tea plantation nestled among rolling hills. We arrive in Hanoi around 05:00 – 05:30 pm.
      Ba Be National Park
      Ba Be National Park
  • Day 4: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)
    • On the fourth day we depart for Ha Long Bay at around 8:00-8:30 for a 3.5 hour drive to Hong Gai Tourist Wharf, where we’ll check in at Oriental Sails JSC’s private waiting hall, the OS Lounge. Here we can relax until embarkation around 12:30-13:00 followed by a quick briefing. We’ll spend our first few hours on-board enjoying the views of the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay and savouring a delectable lunch, until at 15:30-16:30 you are free to choose between two activities:

      Option 1: Fishing village visit
      For those that are interested in learning about local life in the bay. Take a bamboo rowing boat trip lasting roughly 45 minutes, around Vung Vieng fishing village, one of the largest of its kind in Ha Long Bay. The village is set inside a closed lagoon, surrounded by mountains, which makes it a great place for photos in addition to the cultural experience.
      Option 2: Beach and kayaking
      For the more active travellers and beach-bums, you can be taken in a small boat to Ban Chan beach, where you can sunbathe, swim, play volleyball or try your hands at some kayaking in the magnificent setting of the bay.

      You’ll arrive back at the cruise around 16:30, with enough time to get cleaned up and relax before the sun starts to set. At 17:30 you can enjoy happy hour at the bar on the sun deck, enjoying the sunset with a drink in hand, and also take part in a cooking class with the resident Chef.

      At 19:00 dinner will be served, and the rest of the evening can be spent socializing with other guests, night squid fishing or just lazing around. There will also be singing and dancing activities until 22:00.

      Overnight on-board with the ship anchored in the Cong Do Area of the bay.
      Vung Vieng fishing village
      Beach and kayaking
  • Day 5: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (B/L)
    • Early risers can enjoy a 30 minute Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck at 06:30 before enjoying the view of the surrounding seascape with your breakfast as you cruise towards Thien Canh Son Cave. You’ll arrive at the cave at 9am and spend about half an hour exploring this medium sized and less visited cave situated in Bai Tu Long Bay.

      After your cave visit its time to check out of your room at the boat and return to port, docking at noon after having early lunch on-board. Our driver will be waiting for you at the pier and will transfer you back to Hanoi for an arrival at your hotel around 16:30. At this point it’s time to say goodbye to your guide, driver and group, hopefully with life-long memories gained and friendships made.
      Thien Canh Son Cave
      Ha Long Bay

5 average based on 7 reviews.

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Wrote a review 9 - 2023
Amazing tour and guide...accessing great local experiences and breathtaking scenery!!!
Review of: Adventure Ban Gioc Waterfall - Ba Be Lake - Halong Bay 5 days 4 nights
We spent 5 days on the Highlights and Hidden Gems of Halong Bay and Ba Be tour with our guide Mr David Long and our driver Mr Nam. We were a bit apprehensive to begin with as we are usually independent travellers however we absolutely loved the experience for its authenticity, flexibility and accessibility to areas and people we would not normally have had access to. This is a tour company offering exceptional service right from the beginning of the booking process to the end and the of...Read Moref at our hotel. All emails were responded to promptly, as well as punctual pick up from our hotel, and regular communication about the day’s intended itinerary. Our guide - Mr Long is a very passionate, informed, flexible, and humorous man who cares deeply about his country and ensuring visitors have an exceptional time on tour. If he is aware of any special interests, he goes out of his way to deliver in those areas. Our driver was Mr Nam who always had a big smile to greet us and whose driving skills were of a high quality given the sometimes difficult terrain. Together they make a perfect team and they’re passion, enthusiasm and humour was contagious! They made our experience of Vietnam an unforgettable one, from unique homestay experiences with local people which happened to fall on Vietnamese National Day giving us a rare insight into special treats being prepared by the local community, wonderful and abundant amounts of local authentic Vietnamese food, great local knowledge and insight, stops to visit local markets, and of course experiencing the majestic views of Northern Vietnam! Long distances to cover in the vehicle but a very comfortable ride with amazing views and ample time to stop and take photographs when desired. If anything, we would have cut out the trip to Halong Bay (disappointed with the amount of tourists and pollution) and spent more time at Ba Be National Park. All accommodation was clean and comfortable including homestay although mattress is on the floor for anyone with joint problems! Thank you and we will be back!!! Louise & Simon, Australia Read Less
Date of experience: 9 2016

Wrote a review 1 - 2023
Gorgeous trip to Ba Be Lake
Review of: Adventure Ban Gioc Waterfall - Ba Be Lake - Halong Bay 5 days 4 nights
This was an amazing experience, I’m so happy we used Mr Linh’s for our trip to Ba Be Lake! Our tour guide, Tran Minh Phuc, was an excellent guide who drove us there, made sure we were comfortable and happy, talked and ate with us, and made the trip so easy.
I recommend Ba Be as a short trip out if Hanoi, it was absolutely beautiful. We took a small boat from the entrance to the park to the hotel in the water, navigating through a cave and seeing some breathtaking views
...Read More. On the last day we climbed up to a dry cave entrance and down into the cave where there were both natural and carved sculptures to see. All around fantastic experience! Read Less
Date of experience: 1 2023

Dirk Beetstra
Wrote a review 12 - 2023
5 day trip Halong bay - Ban Gioc - Ba Be lake
Review of: Adventure Ban Gioc Waterfall - Ba Be Lake - Halong Bay 5 days 4 nights
A wonderful trip through an amazing area. Mr Loi and Mr Long took us around the nature and have been very helpful throughout. We've seen amazing places!
Date of experience: 12 2019
Mr Linh's Adventure
A thousand thanks, we are so glad you enjoyed your time on our tour. We are very proud to receive your review. Great memories and outstanding experience is what we aim for, Northern Vietnam has so much to offer it is well worth the trip. Your crack team Mr Loi and Mr Long, will be happy to read this! Mr Linh's Adventures Team
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Tiến Lê
Wrote a review 12 - 2023
Mr Linh's Adventure is the professional travel agent in Vietnam
Review of: Adventure Ban Gioc Waterfall - Ba Be Lake - Halong Bay 5 days 4 nights
It was the awesome itinerary. Within 5 days with driver Mr Bao (very good driver) and Tour guide (mr Long-the best tour guide in Vietnam) I had the great experience with stunning view of the North Vietnam. The homestay in Mr Linh family was very impressed- friendly, enthusiastic, good food. I understood more about the ethnic group in Vietnam. I enjoyed the Babe lake - clean water, fresh air and sit on the grass to hear the water falled in Ban Gioc. The last destination was Ha Long bay. I...Read Moret was fantastic. You must visit Ha Long. Thank you very much Mr Linh's team: sales officer, tour operator, driver and tour guide. Good job! Read Less
Date of experience: 12 2019
Mr Linh's Adventure
Thank you very much for your kind review, we are delighted to read you had a memorable experience in our beautiful Vietnam. Mr Long and Mr Bao are both experts in their fields, you had an amazing team to look after you! The beauty of this country also lies with its people, so welcoming. Overnight in homestays is very beneficial for everyone, the locals get to share experiences with travelers, and the guests are offered a true insight of the Vietnamese way of life. And the scenery along t...Read Morehis itinerary is just incredible. We hope to see you again! Mr Linh's Adventures Team Read Less
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Wrote a review 7 - 2023
Fantastic 5 days Halong Bay, Ban Gioc waterfall and Ba Be Lake
Review of: Adventure Ban Gioc Waterfall - Ba Be Lake - Halong Bay 5 days 4 nights
We had a fantastic 5 days travelling north east of Hanoi. Loi as an outstanding guide, going to a lot of effort to engage and entertain us (including leading us in a couple of rounds of karaoke on the mini van), as well as explaining the history and various cultures within Vietnam. I would highly recommend this tour and Loi as the guide.
Date of experience: 7 2018

Wrote a review 6 - 2023
Very competent and professional staff
Review of: Adventure Ban Gioc Waterfall - Ba Be Lake - Halong Bay 5 days 4 nights
We travelled with Mr Linh's Adventures through Vietnam during 2 1/2 weeks and experienced some grandiose and very impressive moments. Although we contacted Mr Linh only 3 weeks before our holiday he gave us very useful advice and, together with his staff, set up an individual tour that met all our demands. We had private drivers and guides nearly all over the time - safe drivers and very competent guides with a profound knowledge of their region and its history, in particular Mr Minh...Read More who travelled with us from Hanoi to the dry and the wet Halong Bay and through the northern mountains. He was not only a very nice and professional guide (he knows a lot of the ethnic people in the north, but also of plants and animals, and he always was open to spontaneous ideas) but also shared with us some private experiences making such a trip much more interesting and colourful. And when we forgot some of our valuables in a hotel he very quickly organised a safe way to get them back. He knows the north of Vietnam very well, even the quite unknown northeastern part next to the Chinese border - still a quite non-touristic region with lots of ethnic minorities that we liked so much and where we would have liked to stay longer if we just had had more time for our holiday. We just can recommend Mr Linh and his staff! The organisation of our trip and the staff was perfect! Read Less
Date of experience: 6 2018

Wrote a review 4 - 2023
Excellent adventure trip in Vietnam
Review of: Adventure Ban Gioc Waterfall - Ba Be Lake - Halong Bay 5 days 4 nights
We were met by Kimmy, a beautiful young lady who helped us plan and set us up with all the information. The cruse itself was great and the people we were with were really good fun. And I know Mr Linh 's adventure travel from her

During my incredible journey in Vietnam, I had the opportunity to use their services and I am very grateful that I did as their recommendations were tailor made and met my expectations. From the boat trip in Halong Bay to Sapa, visiting Babe La
...Read Moreke, Ban Gioc water fall, I could not praise enough their professional and attentive service. They are knowledgeable about the various excursions, travel arrangements and accommodations they offer. They checked on me on daily basis with what’s app to ensure that I was having a pleasant and comfortable experience. Read Less
Date of experience: 4 2023
Mr Linh's Adventure
Dear Mr Peter James Crouch, Thank you for choosing Mr Linh's Adventures and writing us a review. We are glad to bring you a new experiences in discovering beautiful Halong Bay , Sapa and Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc waterfalls . In our tour, we are always care about the quality of our service and customer satisfaction. So , your satisfaction is our happiness. We are always welcome travelers from all over the world to come to Mr Linh’s Adventures. Our company is passionate about ensu...Read Morering that our customers have a fabulous holiday. Thank you again for recommended us and hope to see you again in our next tour. Best Regards, Mr Linh's Adventures Read Less
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