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Ba Be Lakes & Ban Gioc Waterfall Discovery


The mountainous Northeast region of Vietnam, with its many rivers and islands of varying sizes, is home to a wonderful array of plants and animals. This 3-day Ba Be Lakes & Ban Gioc Waterfall Tour From Hanoi takes you on an adventure through some of the most aesthetically pleasing sceneries of the region. The tour highlights include the sights of the largest natural lake in Vietnam – the Ba Be Lake while being regaled with the chilling tale of the legend of Ba Be Lake. The lake is composed of three main inflows, three islands and is a part of the Ba Be National Park.


An exploration of the untamed landscapes of Cao Bang province also features in the tour, where you get to see the area where Vietnamese people lived thousands of years ago. Cao Bang Province offers many historical sights and landmarks including an exhibition center where the revolutionary history of Vietnam is displayed. The tour also takes you to the spectacle that is the Ban Gioc Waterfalls which has been around for thousands of years. It is surrounded by an area of vast karst formations and comprises two different Waterfalls which are given the collective name ‘Ban Gioc’. Rafts can be used to transport tourists closer to this awesome natural feat.


Along the top of the falls, there’s a road that leads to a stone demarcation between the borders of China and Vietnam (if you’d like to know what it feels like to be in two countries at once!).


During the three-day period of traveling through parts of the remote plains of Northeast Vietnam, you will be accommodated via homestays, enabling you to learn more about the history and unique cultures of the locals and also to observe local life.


Note: This tour is customizable. Contact us to have it tailor-made to suit your expectation if necessary.

Travel Highlights

  • Ba Be National Park: a paradise of amazing sights and mesmerizing biodiversity, as well as being abundant in culture. Read more!
  • Cao Bang: North Vietnam’s lightly inhabited frontier region. This highland stretch is situated on the Northeast outskirts of China, with several ethnic minority communities residing here Read more!

Detailed Itinerary


Early morning pick-up from your hotel in the Vietnam capital city of Hanoi. A drive of about 1hr 30mins to Thai Nguyen city to explore the Museum Of The Cultures of Vietnam Ethnic Groups. The museum houses a collection of pictures, artifacts and other exhibits which give you a better insight into the lifestyle, culture and religious practices of the various ethnic groups in Vietnam. Lunch will be made available thereafter, before the long journey northwards towards the ancient Cao Bang Province. Along the way, you’ll see numerous rice-producing fields and villages and there will be a short stop at a popular tobacco-producing village. The day will end in the Quang Uyen district of Cao Bang, where you’ll dine and stay with a local family.


After a night of rest, the tour continues after breakfast on the second day of the tour. You will continue towards the spectacular Ban Gioc Waterfalls, by way of the rocky terrains of Phuoc Sen(a village well known for its blacksmithing works). The Ban Gioc Waterfalls is the 4th largest waterfall on a national border and spans halfway in Vietnam, with the other half in China. You will be able to take in the full spectacle, against the backdrop of the beautiful, hilly landscape and also acquire memorabilia of pictures. The tour goes on to explore the underground labyrinthine caves of Nguom Ngao, further accentuating the sense of adventure. After admiring the numerous geological structures of the caves, the tour returns to Cao Bang and head down to Ba Be Lake where you enjoy a dinner of homemade local food at another homestay. The tour continues the following morning.


The Ba Be Lake boasts of a unique scenery of the wild, mountainous landscapes of parts of Northeast Vietnam. After enjoying a refreshing breakfast, you can take in the beautiful sights, take a swim in the lake, observe, explore and encounter some of the numerous plants and animals housed by the Ba Be National park. You can enjoy a boat ride along the Nang river, which is one of the three main inflows of the Ba Be Lake alongside the Ta Han and the Nam Cuong rivers. You can also explore the underground enclosure of the Puong Caves with the tell-tale signs of many years of erosion. Eventually, you will be transported back to the Capital city with short stops at tea plants along the way. The trip back to Hanoi usually takes about 5 hours, with lunch made available.


This trip is organized for private group only. The tariff depends on the number of participants and the tourist season of the year. Please send us an enquiry to get the price of your group and your travel date.


Note: Please note that due to cost efficiency, we only organize tour for at least two people.


For your peace of mind, our tours are designed to include as much as possible in the price, but also to give you the freedom to find a special place to eat or to seek out an independent adventure that especially appeals to you.
    • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
    • Mineral water 2 bottles/person/day.
    • Travel on private, modern & comfortable air-conditioned vehicles with a caring driver for all transfers and ground transportation (except the break time or tour clearly mentioned “WITHOUT DRIVER”).
    • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Entry fee for all mentioned sites for visit.
    • Qualified local tour guides during the whole trip (except the break time or tour clearly mentioned “WITHOUT GUIDE”).


    • Domestic & International flight tickets.
    • Transportation vehicles not listed in the itinerary.
    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Drink, telephone, laundry and all that is not clearly mentioned in the “INCLUSIONS”.
    • Tips and personal expenses.
    • Insurances.
    • Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any

Accommodation List

Please note that the hotels mentioned in this list are for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed. If we are unable to book any hotel, it will be replaced by another hotel at least of equivalent standard and value.
Cao BangMr. Hung's Homestay1
Ba Be LakesHoa Son Homestay1

Cancellation by Customer

    • Cancellation received before 15 days: FREE of charge
    • Cancellation received from 7 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 30% of total rate
    • Cancellation received from 2 days to 6 days prior arrival date: 50% of total rate
    • Cancellation received less than 1 day prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate


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5. What if the preferred hotel is not available?

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You can expect to receive the invoice as a reminder well in advance of your trip.

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Every booking with us will add 1$ US to our humanitarian project to help increase development capacity for ethnic groups in northern Vietnam. At the meantime, we are focusing on helping children in remote mountainous villages in Vietnam, major destinations of our tours.

As travelers, you can join us too. Donations of unwanted clothes, books and toys are welcome and warmly appreciated. You can also take part in our regular mission trips to these hill tribal communities.