This 4 days tours throughout the northeast of Vietnam will take you from the Ba Be National Park to the wild and rugged landscapes of Cao Bang to visit the spectacular Ban Gioc waterfall. You will have a chance to witness the gorgeous landscape there as well as stay with local families to learn about and experience the unique cultures and customs of rural Vietnam.
7.00 Am: Pick you up from hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to depart for Ba Be, the largest natural lake and the heart of Ba Be National Park. The park and the surrounding area is limestone country, so lakes, waterfalls, caves and unusual rock formations abound. The whole area is richly forested and is home to many ethnic minority communities. Ba Be National Park has been recognized as a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO. After lunch on the way, we arrive at Ba Be National Park in the afternoon. We cruise on the immense Ba Be lake then we will be warmly welcomed and invited to dive into a local dinner with some homemade corn wine along. We spend the night there, in simple conditions with the sounds of the forest around us.
Day 2: Ba Be National Park – Cao Bang (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the homestay, you will set out on foot to a small dock where we will take a three-hour boat trip, touring peacefully around the lake. The trip will take you along the slow-flowing river, giving you gorgeous views of the dramatic mountains, valleys, and natural caves. Then we start the drive back to Cao Bang on small roads, up and down through villages and forested areas. We stop on the way for a lunch, arrive in Cao Bang late in the afternoon, check-in guesthouse and overnight in Cao Bang
Day 3: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Water Fall – Lang Son (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you will set off to the district of Trung Khanh, close to Vietnam’s northern border with China. Here you will be introduced to the Nung people in the village of Phuoc Sen, a small village famous for the production of farming tools. Arrive in Ban Gioc Waterfall, the breathtakingly majestic falls that demarcate the border between Vietnam and China. There will be time to enjoy the view and soak up the sublime atmosphere of Vietnam’s most beautiful waterfall before making your way to the Nguom Ngao “Tiger Cave” known for its wonderful limestone formations. You will then make your way to Lang Son, check in a guest house and overnight in Lang Son.
Day 4: Lang Son – Hanoi (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel then it’s time for you to visit Lang Son with a stop at Mother’s Temple, Dong Kinh Market (a border market), Nhi Thanh – Tam Thanh caves before enjoying the lunch and head back Hanoi. The trip ends at the hotel at 17.00 pm approximately.
It was one of the best parts of our trip to North Vietnam. We went to Ba Be Lake for cruising and meet Dao people. It was a magical moment. And then, we went to the Ban Gioc area and we again feel we were in remote areas, very authentic. As a French family, we must admit that we appreciated as well to be able to have a French contact whenever needed!
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