4 days Ba Be Lake & Ban Gioc Waterfall

Day 1: Hanoi - Ba Be Lake

Departing from your hotel in Hanoi between 7:30 to 8:00, we embark on our journey to Ba Be Lake, arriving around 13:30. In the afternoon, we enjoy a serene boat ride along the picturesque lake, which encompasses three freshwater lakes: Ba Be (Pe Lam, Pe Lu, Pe Leng). Situated at an elevation of 145m above sea level, the lake spans 8 kilometers and boasts a fascinating cave and underground stream system, contributing to its rich biodiversity and geological diversity.

Our boat journey continues along the Nang River, leading us to Puong Cave. This cave entrance stands impressively at 30 meters high, adorned with white limestone, and extends for 300 meters. Inside, vibrant stalactites and stalagmites of various shapes and sizes create a fascinating sight, offering panoramic views of the river.

Our next destination is Dau Dang Waterfall, nestled in the far west and upper reaches of the river. Set amidst karst formations, the waterfall cascades in three tiers, surrounded by massive rocks and lush forest foliage. Despite its narrow width, the waterfall's force creates a misty spectacle of nature.

Following our exploration of the waterfall, we embark on a leisurely hike along the verdant riverfront, passing by charming Tay ethnic villages. Eventually, we descend to the village of Pac Ngoi, home to a Tay ethnic community. Here, our homestay welcomes us for an overnight stay. (Lunch and dinner included)

Day 2: Ba Be Lake - Hua Ma Cave - The Village of Pia Thap

After breakfast, we embark on a short drive to Hua Ma Cave, nestled in the southern reaches of Ba Be National Park. Hua Ma is adorned with numerous unique and breathtaking formations, offering a fascinating exploration experience. Following our adventure in Hua Ma Cave, we continue our journey to the charming village of Pia Thap. En route, we pause briefly to admire the scenic Ma Phuc Pass.
 

Ma Phục Pass stretches for 3.5km and rises approximately 700m above sea level, winding its way between two limestone mountains. Designated as a geological heritage site within the Cao Bang Global Geopark, recognized by UNESCO, Ma Phuc is renowned for being one of the most picturesque passes in the country. Along the journey, we also have the opportunity to visit several ethnic minority villages, inhabited by the Tay, Nung, and Dao ethnic groups.

Upon reaching Pia Thap, we find ourselves amidst limestone forests, renowned for their tranquil beauty and the traditional art of incense making. Embarking our hike from the village, we wind our way through various ethnic villages, verdant hillsides and lush seasonal farmlands. Tonight, we are graciously hosted by a local Tay family, where we immerse ourselves in their warm hospitality and cultural traditions. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 3: Pia Thap - Ngoc Con and Phong Nam Valley - Ban Gioc Waterfall

Leaving Pia Thap behind, we journey northwest to Ngoc Con and Phong Nam, renowned for their picturesque landscapes in Cao Bang. Upon arrival, we are into the heart of this stunning valley, immersing ourselves in its natural beauty. Our hike leads us through majestic mountains adorned with lush limestone jungles, expansive rice fields, and tranquil streams meandering through the terrain. Along the way, we meet the local Tay and Nung ethnic minorities, offering us the opportunity to learn about their culture and life.

Our next destination is Ban Gioc Waterfall, a wonder of nature. Fed by the Quay Son River originating from China, the waterfall gracefully flows through Dam Thuy commune of Trung Khanh district. As it crosses the rice fields of Dam Thuy towards the vast alluvial plain of Ban Gioc village, it creates a spectacular sight. Against the backdrop of rice fields stand the villages of the Tay ethnic people, adorned with ancient stone houses on stilts.

Ban Gioc Waterfall itself marks the border between Vietnam and China, with its cascading waters forming a breathtaking natural wonder. The river branches into numerous streams, culminating in the impressive tiers of Ban Gioc Waterfall. Here, we leisurely stroll around the falls and its beautiful surroundings, perhaps opting for a bamboo raft ride along the pristine waters.

After our discovery of the waterfall, we venture on a hike through remote Tay villages and rice field trails, tracing the paths used by the local inhabitants. Our day concludes with a warm welcome at a local family homestay nestled amidst the verdant surroundings, accompanied by the sounds of the Quay Son River. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 4: Ban Gioc Waterfall - Nui Thung Mountain - Hanoi

This morning, we enjoy a tranquil stroll through the picturesque frontier village nestled between Vietnam and China, savoring the serene atmosphere of this unique border setting. Our journey then takes us to Nui Thung Mountain, also known as "Angel Eye Mountain." Its name derives from the colossal hole at its core, resembling a grand eye gazing from the heart of the peak. Finally, we proceed towards Hanoi via Lang Son province, a region characterized by its extensive border with China, our arrival in Hanoi is around 6 pm. (Breakfast and lunch included)

Physical Activities: Moderate fitness required, considering weather conditions.
 

  • Day 1: 3-5 km hike
  • Day 2: 7-9 km hike
  • Day 3: 8-12 km hike
  • Day 4: 2-5 km hike


Climate: July to September is humid and hot, while October to June is cooler and pleasant.

 

Transport:
 

  • Air-conditioned vehicle (Car or Bus)
  • A river boat
  • A bamboo raft


Tour Guide: Our experienced and friendly local tour guide speaks good English. He is knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.

Accommodation:

 

  • Homestays (3 nights)


Meals: 
 

  • 3 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 3 dinners


Local ingredients used, catering to vegetarians upon request.


Trip cost:
 

  • $320USD per person for a group of 2 to 6 people.
  • $258USD per person for a group of 7 to 10 people.


The cost of the trip includes: 
 

  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Meals listed on the itinerary
     
  • Purified drinking water
  • Tour guide
  • VAT and other taxes
     

The cost of the trip does not include:
 

  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks (soft drinks and alcohol)
  • Personal spending such as tips, gratuities etc...
  • Entrance fees


What to Bring: Pack essentials for 4 days, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable hiking shoes. Take a small day pack for hiking and trekking.

It is essential to bring your passport on this trip.
We also recommend packing: towel, personal articles, insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...

Have a great journey!!!