Ba Be Lake & Ban Gioc Waterfall Tour Itinerary
Hanoi – Ba Be National Park
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Your guide will pick you up by car at your hotel in Hanoi old quarter or Mr Linh’s Adventures office around 7:30-8:00 am, transferring you to Bac Kan. You will start by driving in the direction of Ba Be National Park for about 4 hours. Mr Loc, a friendly host of Mr Linh’s Homestay will welcome you with lunch and check you into your room before you take a boat tour around Ba Be Lake, which was recently recognised by UNESCO as the third Ramsar site in Vietnam – one of the world’s most important wetlands. The lake bed is made up of limestone with millions of crags and crevasses that are ideal for a large variety of marine life – there are over a hundred species of freshwater fish in the lakes. You will then continue your journey to Hoang Tri commune to pay a visit to the beautiful Na Slai village of Tay people on traditional houses on still before walking to Thac Bac waterfall “Silver waterfall”, a multi-layer natural waterfall, the base forming small lakes with areas of from 100 to 200 m, thus creating beautiful natural beaches. Here you can enjoy swimming before going back to your homestay, where you will enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner.
Highlights and activities: Ba Be lake, Silk waterfall, Tay ethnic villages
Ba Be National Park – Ban Gioc Waterfall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 breathtaking 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 enter Khuoi My, a stone village where you will stay overnight in a homestay constructed in traditional Nung fashion and owned and operated by a local Nung 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, Ba Be National Park, ethnic villages
Ban Gioc Waterfall – Lang Son – Ha Noi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast, you’ll continue your trip into the past, by visiting Dong Dang. You’ll stop 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. Transferring you to Lang Son for Lunch then 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.
Highlights and activities: Chi Lang pass, Quy Mon Quan gate, Dong Khe battle site, ethnic villages, and a 3-5km walk