Ba Be National Park Explorer, Vietnam, 4 Days 3 nights
Located about 240km northwest of the capital city of Hanoi, Ba Be National Park quietly harbours some of the best scenery in Vietnam. With dramatic limestone mountains, lowland evergreen forests and a beautiful freshwater lake, it’s a spectacular wilderness where you certainly won’t be confronted with hundreds of other backpackers… This is a trip for nature lovers and the adventurous!
The best way to explore Ba Be National Park is trekking, followed by a boat trip on Ba Be Lake (which means Three Lakes in local Tay language). This tried and tested trekking trip gives you four days trekking in the tropical forest of Ba Be National Park and allows you to experience remote ethnic villages on the western side of the park. It is for people with at least moderate to good fitness levels and a good spirit of adventure!
From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot.
From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.
Experienced and friendly Tour Guide(s) speak excellent English.
They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.
This trip is flexible to depart any day that fits with your itinerary! However, it needs at least two people in order to run. On the next page, please let us know your required date.
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Hanoi – Ba Be Lake: Ba Be Lake is situated in Bac Kan province which is 240 km northeast of Hanoi Capital. On the way to Ba Be we will pay a visit to the Thai Nguyen Minority and Culture Museum where we can learn something about the culture and traditions of the different minority groups in Vietnam. Lunch will be in a local restaurant and onwards to Ba Be Lake. We arrive early in the afternoon, take a rest, have dinner and stay overnight in a local Tay minority family in their traditional wooden stilt house.
Trekking To Dao Ethnic Villages: Agree at day for trekking!! Your tour guide will first take you to visit the Coc Toc village where the Tay people live by fishing. 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 we will stop in H’mong ethnic – 1 village (Cash Dao people) where we will have a picnic lunch. In the afternoon the guide will take you through mountains and valleys and to see the stilt houses and school of the Cash Dao people, continuing on the trail to visit H’mong ethnic – 2 village. Then, you will have a dinner in local homestay and spend the night at Dao Ethnic – 1 Village. But you must be careful if they are generous with their corn wine!
Boat Trip On Ba Be Lake: Breakfast at Homestay before saying “goodbye” to the Cash Dao people. You will set off on trails to visit H’mông ethnic – 3 village then go 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 a lunch with ‘Mr Pirate’ who is main actor in “Ba Be Lake Pirate Movie”. Then you will take a boat trip up the river to visit the Puong cave, home of thousands of bats (of 18 different species) and famous for its many stalactites and stalagmites The river actually runs through the cave into Ba Be lake. After visiting the An Ma temple, you will return the lake shore. Dinner and overnight at Bo Lu homestay.
Ba Be – Hanoi: Breakfast at the homestay. On the way back to Hanoi, we will pay a visit to Hua Ma cave, only recently accessible, as few locals would enter due to ancient beliefs. The cave has thousands of stalactites and stalagmites and is still 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 17.30 hrs and you will be dropped off at your hotel.
||What isn’t included?
- MEALS: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners. We Meals are made from local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes. Also cater for vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.
- ACCOMMODATION: Basic homestay accommodation – 3 nights.
- TRANSPORT: A/C vehicle transfer and Ba Be Lake boat trip.
- Experienced English speaking guide.
- Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services from your hostel.
- All sight-seeing tickets in the park.
- 24/7 hotline support guaranteed.
- WHAT TO BRING? Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes. Take a small day pack for hiking and trekking.
- It is essential to bring your passport on this trip. We also recommend packing: insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat.