Situated 270 km to the northwest of Hanoi, Ba Be National Park is one of Vietnam most beautiful areas. The park is centered round the picturesque Ba Be Lake, which, in turn is enclosed within a lush evergreen forest and rolling limestone hills.
Cao Bang is located in Vietnam’s rugged north near the Chinese border and is home to nine different ethnic minorities including the Tay, Nung, Dao and Hmong… This exciting new trip brings us into contact with these fascinating and colorful tribes. We spend four full days exploring the dramatic countryside in and around Cao Bang.
Day 1: Hanoi – Ba Be
In the early morning, we depart to the North for seven hour drive which takes us through the flatlands of the Red River Delta up into the mountain areas. As closer to Ba Be Lake, the scenery becomes more and more picturesque. We will have lunch at a local restaurant en-route. Arriving in Ba Be town by late afternoon then check into our guest house. The rest of the time is free at our leisure. Overnight in National Park guest house.
Day 2: Ba Be Lake
After breakfast, we transfer to the jetty where we will start a boat cruise along Nang River, once to stop at Puong cave where river goes through a huge mountain. Stop for a short trek to Dau Dang water fall where the river fall then return to the boat dock for a picnic lunch. After lunch, we go back to the boat for transferring back current to Ba Be Lake. If the weather permits, we can have a swim in crystal waters next to Ba Goa islet. Fairy Pond might be in considering to see if time permit. No visit Fairy Pond in the rainy day. Continue the trip, we transfer the Tay village of Bo Lu. A visit to this small hamlet will enable us to witness how little the lives of the people in these remote areas have changed. Overnight at Tay local homestay
Day 3: Ba Be – Cao Bang (B, L, D)
This morning, drive to Cao Bang. En route, we are passing numerous villages of H’mong, Zao, Tay and Nung ethnic minority people, all living in harmony. We will arrive at Cao Bang slightly before lunch time. Take a quick explore of this little town, and visit the local market. After lunch, we will transfer to Ban Gioc Water Fall which is the Vietnam biggest water fall and the natural border between Vietnam and China. You will have 2 options: swimming ( at safe part J) or renting a bamboo raft float around or visit a cave on top of the water fall where you can have some chance for photo taking. Afterward, drive back and arrive in Cao Bang town late afternoon.
Day 4: Cao Bang – Hanoi (B, L)
Leave Cao Bang for Lang Son town and have lunch at a local restaurant. Explore this border town and visit the border market which famous for its high quality and reasonable products. Meet up with our vehicle and transfer back to Hanoi.
Depart from: Hanoi
Return to: Hanoi
Activities: Trekking, Boat trip, nature discovery, cultural exchange
Trip highlights: Ba Be national park, Ba be lake, Ban Gioc waterfall, hill tribe villages
What to take
We suggest a small, lightweight pack for cameras, spare film, drinking water and comfortable trekking shoes, clothes for changing.
• Air-conditioned transportation by private vehicle
• English speaking guide
• All accommodation as in itinerary
• All entrance fees and permits
• Meals as indicated in itinerary
• Personal expenses
• Tips and gratuities