Day 1: Hanoi – Ba Be Lake
Day 2: Ba Be – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc waterfall
Day 3: Cao Bang – Hanoi
Day 1: Hanoi – Ba Be Lake (L, D)
You will be picked up early in the morning for the journey to Ba Bể Lake, a drive of approximately 150 miles (230 kilometers). Along the way you will pause to visit a Tay minority community, the second largest ethnic group in Vietnam after the Viet-kinhs, mostly living off the cultivation of rice.
You will continue to Ba Bể National Park for a boat ride along the Nang River, with time to explore Ba Bể Lake, the caves of Puong Grotto, the rapids of the Dau Dang waterfall and the tiny Widow Island. You will also visit the stilt houses of the Tay community in Bo Lu Village, where you will spend the night at homestay.
Day 2: Ba Be – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will depart for Cao Bằng, close to Vietnam’s northern border with China. You will be introduced to the Nung people in the village of Phuoc Sen, a small village famous for the production of farming tools.
Like the Tays, the Nungs largely live by farming the terraced rice paddies that you will see all around as you continue to Ban Gioc Waterfall, the majestic falls that demarcate the border between Vietnam and China. You will spend some time at leisure relaxing and taking souvenir photos as you soak up the sublime atmosphere of Vietnam’s most beautiful waterfall. You will overnight in Quang Uyen homestay.
Day 3: Cao Bang – Hanoi (B, L)
After a night at the Nung’s house, you will depart for your transfer south to Hanoi. It is a journey of approximately 185 miles (310 kilometres) through vertiginous rice terraces and remote villages.
You will get the chance to stop at an ethnic village known for its tobacco production. This is the road less traveled in Vietnam, offering the chance to enjoy some peace and tranquility.
There will be a stop for lunch before your hotel -off back in the bustling city of Hanoi.
We take you to places, normal tour don’t go!
From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot.
From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.
Our experienced and friendly Tour Guide(s) speak excellent English.
They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.
– 2 breakfasts.
– 3 lunches.
– 2 dinners.
We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes.
We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.
– Homestay (2 nights).
A clean and comfortable home-stay with mosquito nets provided.
– Join group is only arranged on Friday
Tour price includes
+ A/C transfer
+ Entrance fees
+ Boat trip
+ All meals as mentioned
+ English speaking guide
+ Homestay & hotel.
Tour price excludes
+ Travel insurance
+ Personal expenses
+ Kayaking US $ 5/ per person
+ Private room + US $ 10/ per person
+ Free of charge for children under 4 years sharing bed with parents.
+ Surcharge 70% rate of adult for children (5-11 years) sharing bed with parents.
+ Over 11 years is adult’s rate.
* The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.
* Special request (diet or vegetarian, …) should be sent before your departure date.
What to take
+ 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…
For further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Hanoi Youth Hostel
Add: 5 Luong Ngoc Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Hotline available 24/7: (+84) 972004080