3-day Hanoi - Ba Be National Park

This 3-day small group tour start from Hanoi with English speaking guide to discover Ba Be National Park, Ba Be is the largest natural freshwater lake in Vietnam with exceptional biodiversity including a population of langurs, over 200 bird and 350 butterfly species, geological treasures and mature primary limestone forests. In places like this, careless tourism can bring human disturbances and endanger this heritage, while thoughtful tourism with a controlled impact can provide excellent support to conservation projects in the area and help the economies of local people. We share your desire for the latter option and promise that nature knows how to return your kindness. Surrounded by the lush green of the forest, we hope you enjoy your time spent exploring the lakes, caves, mountains and jungles.

Tour code: OPT 01E
Departure dates: Everyday
Destination: Ba Be National Park, Northeast, Vietnam.
Duration: 3 days
Size of group: 2 - 10 people
Price US: $175 per person

Tour itinerary:

Day 1 : Hanoi - Ba Be Lake
Day 2: Trekking in Ba Be National Park
Day 3 : Ba Be Lake  - Hanoi

Day 1: Hanoi - Ba Be Lake (L, D)
Hua Ma cave, Ba Be National Park
An early start to the day to make the most of what we have in store for you.  We will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi at 07:30 AM and then hit the road north towards Ba Be National Park. Lunch will be had in a restaurant in a village on the way, and then our route will take us up through the mountains and tea plantations to Ba Be lake, an amazing green lake in the middle of a natural green forest. You will then travel to the Tay village of Coc Toc, with its beautiful stilt houses and friendly population of Tay people, who make their living by fishing in the stunning Ba Be lakes and farming. You will stay in the homestay of a local family here, enjoying their wonderful hospitality. In the afternoon, you will have some time to explore the beautiful surroundings. You will then enter Hua Ma Cave which features thousands of stalactites and columns. You may also wish to take the option of walking or cycling around Coc Toc village, kayaking on the lake in boats that we reserve for our tour guests, or simply relaxing in the peaceful surroundings and enjoying the views.

Day 2: Trekking In Ba Be National Park (B, L, D)
Trekking in Ba Be National Park
You will have the chance to explore the diverse and beautiful landscapes of Ba Be as you trek through the national park. To begin with, your local guide will take you to visit Coc Toc Village where the Tay people make a living through fishing in the lake. You will cross Pelu Stream and navigate some steep terrain, but as you gain height you will begin to see the beautiful views of the mountains. As you journey further towards the uplands, you will stop in a H'mong ethnic village where you will have a picnic lunch. Your guide will then take you through the vast mountain ranges and valleys to see the stilt houses and school of the Dzao people and along the trail to visit another H'mong ethnic village. You will then return to your homestay where you started this morning.

Day 3: Ba Be Lake -  Hanoi (B, L)
Boat trip on Ba Be Lake
After breakfast at the homestay, you will go on foot to Bo Lu Quay where you will board a boat trip around Ba Be Lake. You can relax on board, do some wildlife spotting or if you need to cool off, you can jump into the cool, clean waters for a refreshing swim! As you float down the Nang River, you can take in the scenery of the surrounding karsts decorated with patches of wild vegetation and inhabited by all sorts of interesting creatures. Look out for the rainbow of butterflies that flit across the sky or listen to the gentle song of the many species of birds in the park. The boat will come to Puong Cave where you can explore the stalactites and stalagmites which are a result of the erosion of the river on the karst as well as looking out for the bat colony several thousand strong.  After your, exploration of the lake, you can rest on the drive back to Hanoi, taking in the beautiful scenery on the way. You will stop for lunch at a local restaurant on the way before arriving back in Hanoi at about 17:30.

The facts…
We take you to the parts other can't reach!

Hiking and trekking with
- a 12-15 km trek on day 2
- a 3 hours boat trip on day 3

From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot.
From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.

- Boat.
- Vehicle.

Tour Guides:
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).
Our clean and comfortable homestay with mosquito net provided.

Tour price includes
+ A/C transfer
+ Boat trip on Ba Be lake
+ Homestays
+ Experienced English speaking guide.
+ Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
+ All sightseeing tickets.
+ No extra charge after confirmation
+ 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Tour price excludes
+ Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
+ Travel insurance
+ Beverage
+ Other services not mentioned above.

Extra service
+ Single supplement: US $20

Children rates
+ 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...
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