Ban Gioc Waterfall + Ba Be Lake Tour | 3 Days | from HANOI, VIETNAM


  • Visit the breathtaking Ban Gioc Waterfall on this 3 day tour from Hanoi!
  • Stay with local families and learn about their culture.
  • Visit the incredible natural wonders of Nguom Ngao Cave and Puong Grotto.
  • Experience the real Vietnam as you get off the beaten tourist track.
  • Enjoy a scenic boat trip around Ba Be Lake. 
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Day 1:

Route: Hanoi – Lang Son – Quang Uyen

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Hanoi at around 7.30 – 8.00 am. The car has AC (thankfully!) and will take you to Lang Son. 

From here, you will be taken towards the Chinese border for around 3 hours until you stop at Chi Lang Pass. This long gorge spans 20 km and lies in a. barrow valley between the two mountains. The place has huge historical significance as it was the setting for many victories against Chinese invasions, the oldest of these dating back as far as 981 AD! This has earned it the reputation of Vietnam’s strongest bastion and citadel. 

An hour will be given to allow you time to explore this area and the nearby Quy Mon Quan Gate. This translates to ‘The Gate of Monsters’ and gets its name from the many invasion forces that would enter through the pass over the course of history. 

Lunch will be provided at a restaurant in Dong Dang. After this point, you will continue into the pass, stopping to visit Mother’s Temple and Dong Khe. This is another important site where the battle of Dong Khe was fought during the First Indochina War. Fighting occurred here throughout September and October 1950. 

That night, you will stay in a homestay which is operated by a local Nung family. Dinner will also be provided in the evening. 

The entire day will consist of around 3-5km of walking. 

Day 2:

Route: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc waterfall – Ba Be Lake

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast will be provided at the homestay before you depart for Trung Khanh. This lies on the border with China and provides travellers with another opportunity to meet the local Nung people living in the village of Phuoc Sen. This place is most famous for its traditional blacksmithing techniques. 

You can see from the surrounding landscape (rice paddies) that the farming tools made by the people of this local community are integral to the lifestyle and agriculture of the surrounding area. 

 Phuoc Sen is close to the incredible Ban Gioc Waterfall, which will serve as the trip highlight. The waterfall spans over 300 meters and straddles the border, split between Vietnam and China. There will be time to explore the area around the falls and also to take photographs – trust us when we say, this place is a photographer’s dream! 

After you have experienced Ban Gioc, you will head over to Nguom Ngao Cave which is another hugely impressive natural wonder. This cave stretches a whopping 2,144 meters underground and is filled with breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites. 

When you have explored the cave, you will return to Cao Bang town where you will journey down the ‘snake pass’ to Ba Be Lake. You will stay here for the night in a traditional homestay contrasted in Tay style. You will also have the opportunity to meet the local Tay family who run the place. You will be provided with an authentic Vietnamese home-cooked meal in the evening. 

Day 3:

Route: Ba Be Lake – Hanoi

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

The morning will start with a delicious breakfast before you hop onboard one of the local boats and head off to explore Ba Be Lake. The lake is beautifully scenic and you will be able to see amazing karst formations and potentially even some of the local wildlife!

The time on the boat can be spent how you please, whether you decide to stay onboard and enjoy the views or hop in for a refreshing swim.

The boat trip will continue along the Nang River which will allow time for exploring Puong Grotto caves. Here there are stalagmites and stalactites which have been created by river erosion and also a huge colony of bats.

This signifies the close of the tour and all that is left is to brave the long journey back to Hanoi. On the way back you will stop at a tea plantation to break up the journey and get another look at local life. 


What's Included

  • Boat trip around Ba Be Lake/ Nang River
  • Accommodation
  • A/C transfer
  • Experienced guide (English speaking)
  • All sightseeing entrance tickets
  • The following meals: Breakfast (Day 2 and 3), Lunch (Day 1, 2 and 3), Dinner (Day 1 and 2)

What’s Not Included:

  • Drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses


What is the group size?

  • The groups are small in size and range from 2-15 people. 

Is there a single supplement fee?

  • Yes. The single supplement cost is US $20.

What to bring:

  • Passport
  • Insect Repellent
  • Suncream
  • Raincoat
  • Sunhat

What to wear:

  • Comfortable outdoor clothes
  • Walking shoes
  • Day pack for hiking 

Do you cater for vegetarians?

  • Yes, please let us know any dietary requirements when booking. 

When is the best time to visit?

  • July to September sees a hot and humid climate whereas October to June brings cooler weather.

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • For cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time, free of additional charges.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed, as long as it is within 48 hours of the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link or upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
  • Please see our customer terms and conditions for more information.


Mr Linh’s Adventures

South East Asia Backpacker strives to work with only the very best operators in the region.

Why did we choose Mr Linh’s Adventures?

The first time we came across Mr Linh was back in 2014 when he invited a couple of our writers to visit his homestay in Ba Be National Park. Their glowing report left us in no doubt that this was a project that we should get behind 100%. Since then, his reputation has grown and grown. His efforts have earnt him recognition from The Lonely Planet and PATA, though of course, we like to think it was South East Asia Backpacker that really put him on the map!

Mr Linh has always held environmental protection and sustainability at the very heart of his project. He has skillfully mapped out the path to working with Hill Tribe Villages in a way that supports their way of life, without turning it into a spectacle. He has consistently shown an understanding of the needs of local people as well as the desires of the traveller and has managed to join the two together in a way that is truly what all tour operators should aim for.

When one of our readers takes a tour with Mr Linh, we are absolutely confident that they will be shown places that they would never be able to find without his help. We look forward to hearing your own glowing reports of one of his activities soon!


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