The 3-day journey to Ban Gioc waterfall and Ba Be Lake

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Duration : 3 Days
Availability : Everyday
Type : Group & Private
Max People : 10

This tour will take you from the vast lakes and chalky karsts of Ba Be National Park to the wild and rugged landscapes of Cao Bang to visit the most spectacular Ban Gioc waterfall in Vietnam. You will be travelling through the remote areas in the north of Vietnam, brushing along the Chinese border and staying with local families to find out about the unique cultures and customs of Vietnam.


Ban Gioc Waterfall

Ban Gioc waterfall: are without a doubt the number one attraction in Cao Bang, and it is clear to see why. The wall of water demarcates the border between China and Vietnam. The water crashes over the 30-meter creating a roaring which echoes across the land. The cascading water set against the back of the immense mountains is a uniquely captivating sight.

Ban Gioc Waterfall - Cao Bang

Nguom Ngao Cave

Nguom Ngao Cave: stretches over 2 km, but only the first kilometre is open to visitors. The name itself roughly translates to Tiger Cave and for a long time the cave lay dormant as local legend told of tigers who inhabited the cave. Luckily, rather than an ambush of angry tigers, those who enter the cave are met with stunning scenes of rock formations. The cave is filled with stalactites and stalagmites in differing shapes and sizes, their forms emerging from the cliff face and often depicting mythical creatures or magical scenes.

Nguom Ngao cave - Cao Bang

Ba Be National Park

Ba Be National Park: This is the perfect place for any keen adventurer. Here you can trek through the thick jungle, explore mystical caves, kayak down the rivers, and swim in the lakes. The incredible range of terrain will keep you on your toes and keep your excitement piqued.  The national park itself was only established in 1992, making it feel as if you are exploring unchartered areas. Many caves have only been discovered recently and are providing new information about the geography and biodiversity of the area.

Ba Be National Park - Ba Be Lake


Day 1: Hanoi - Thai Nguyen - Cao Bang (L, D)

7.30 – 8:00 pick up from your hotel in Hanoi for driving on highway No3. You will also visit the Museum of the Cultures of Vietnam’s Ethnic Groups in Thai Nguyen City where you can browse the objects, photographs and exhibits that give a better understanding of the various ethnic groups and their agricultural tools, handicrafts and traditional costumes worn for worship. There will be a stop for lunch before your transfer extremely north to Cao Bang through scatterings of villages and rice paddies. You will get the chance to stop at a village known for its tobacco production (depend on growing season). This is the road less-travelled offering you the enjoy the views in peace. Tonight, you have dinner and stay overnight in the homestay of a Nung’s family in Quang Uyen.

Day 2: Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfall - Ba Be Lake (B, L, D)

After breakfast at the homestay, you will depart for Trung Khanh which lies on the border with China. Here you will have the chance to meet the Nung people in the village of Phuoc Sen, a mountainous village famous for its traditional blacksmith craft. The farming tools made here are an integral part of the lifestyle which is evident in the surrounding rice paddies and fields. Nestled in amongst these amazing landscapes is the breathtaking Ban Gioc Waterfall which spans over 300 meters, half in Vietnam and half in China. You will have time to soak up the powerful atmosphere of the falls and take some fantastic photos before heading to another natural wonder, Nguom Ngao Cave. This cave stretches out 2,144 meters underground and is brimming with incredible stalactites and stalagmites. You will then make your way to return Cao Bang town and going down on snake pass to Ba Be Lake, tonight you will stay overnight on traditional house of Tay ethnic family. At the homestay, you can relax and unwind from the day and enjoy a meal of home cooked local food.

Day 3: Ba Be Lake - Puong Cave - Hanoi (B, L)

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 on Ba Be Lake, you can take in the scenery of the surrounding karsts decorated with patches of wild vegetation and inhabited by all sorts of interesting creatures. The boat ride along the Nang River, with time to explore the stunning Ba Be Lake, the caves of Puong Grotto 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. You will depart for the journey back Hanoi, a drive of approximately 150 miles (230 kilometers). We will stop at some hills tea plant before returning to your hotel in the bustling city of Hanoi.



200$ US per traveler. You will join with other travelers of up to 10. This price covers almost everything only except your personal expenses & beverage. There is absolutely no extra charge after confirmation.

+ All transfer & transportation
+ Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
+ Experienced English speaking guide
+ Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
+ All sightseeing tickets & entrances fees


If you want to have it tailor-made to suit your expectation, simply let us know in the inquiry form on the right. The price will be calculated depend on your group size

6 Reviews
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Darren L

Family Traveller

We had so much fun during the tour.
Both the guide and driver are so accommodating and understanding. Long drives in the car is filled with many history and cultural stories of Vietnam and of course, local food delights during our rest breaks.
The homestays are so memorable. Lovely hosts, delicious food, wonderful drinks. Plus all the beautiful places of attractions.
Yes, it will be Terrible if you don’t join them for a tour.

March 23, 2018

Adam D

Family Traveller

The guide was pleasant, the visits were alright. We spend two night in Home-stay, it was very interesting. Overall it was a great few day of discovery, with a fair amount of car travel.

March 20, 2018

Jing Yi T

Group Traveller

Beautiful waterfall although it was a really long drive there. Spent about 10 hours on the road on the first day, and the roads are pretty winding. That said, the countryside was beautiful. Homestay was good and we were really fortunate to be in time for the local market in Cao Bang. Ba Be lake was nice too, but regrettably we did not have much time to hike/ cycle in this beautiful national park. Our guide, Tung and driver Nhan were also very friendly. Weather in December seems to be pretty cloudy though.

December 21, 2017

Davin L

Group Traveller

Had a wonderful experience on both nights of homestay. Visited the Ban Gioc Waterfall and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Though the journey was almost 10 hours and a lot of bends, it was compensated with the amazing view. We visited Ba Be Lake and it was beautiful too. Had a first hand experience how the local lived and how they create different uses with the different use of fruits, plants and trees. Our guide, Huy was informative and friendly. And our driver, Tinh is very experienced and friendly. Overall, both places were great!

December 20, 2017

Heng H

Group Traveller

My tour guide Joey was really cheerful and informative. I felt very comfortable in the 3 days and 2 nights under his guide and I cannot ask for a better guide for this tour. Our driver, Cuong drove very safely as well, even though the road conditions were not one of the best. Note that the drive to ban gioc can be quite painful because it’s a Long 10 hours drive around 6 mountains. Ban gioc waterfall is spectacular, however 3 days and 2 nights is a little to short to visit both ban gioc and babe, so I recommend going for the longer tours.

Overall, I had a splendid time in Cao Bang!

December 6, 2017
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