3-Day Ba Be Lake And Ban Gioc Waterfall Tour From Hanoi

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Departure Time :
    7:30 AM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square, 7 Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 110213, Vietnam
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We will pick up all of customers who is stay at hotels locate.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

This exclusive small-group tour takes visitors from the venerable city of Hanoi, complete with stately French colonial buildings and a bustling old Vietnamese quarter, to the natural wonderland that is Ba Be Lake and the Ban Gioc waterfalls, the worlds 4th largest border waterfall after Niagara, Iguacu and Victoria. You will also be able interact with the ethnic Tay minority in small villages and explore the Nang River by boat.

Highlights

  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Family friendly
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All-inclusive tour
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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Itinerary

Day 1: Day 1: Ha Noi - Lang Son - Quang Uyen (Lunch, Dinner)

Stop At: Phia Thap Village homestay
Our tour guide will pick you up by car at your hotel in Hanoi Old quarter or Mr Linh's Adventures office around 7:30-8:00am, transferring you to Lang Son. We will start by driving in the direction of the Chinese border for about 3 hours, before stopping at Chi Lang Pass - a 20-km-long gorge created from a narrow valley between two mountains.
This place occupies an important position in Vietnamese history, being the place of many victories against various Chinese invasions over the centuries and millennia, as far back as 981AD. As such it bears the reputation of Vietnams strongest citadel and bastion. Here you will have roughly an hour to walk around and explore the area around the Quy Mon Quan Gate, which translates as The Gate of Monsters, named for the many invasion forces that would spill through the pass over the course of history only to be beaten back by stalwart Vietnamese defenders.
After lunch at a local restaurant in Dong Dang, you will continue your trip into the pass, stopping to visit Mothers Temple and Dong Khe an important historical site where The Battle of Dong Khe was fought during the First Indochina War. In fact, this was the very first battle of the Indochina Wars, and the fighting here took place through September and October 1950, ending in a resounding victory for the Viet Minh.
In the evening you will get to enjoy dinner and overnight rest in a local homestay owned and operated by a local Nung family.
Highlights and activities: Chi Lang, Quy Mon Quan Gate, Dong Khe Battle Site, Ethnic Villages, and a 3-5km walk.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation included: Homestay in Quang Uyen - Nung's stilt house

Day 2: Day 2: Quang Uyen - Ban Gioc Waterfall - Ba Be Lake (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Stop At: Ban Gioc Falls, Cao Bang, Cao Bang Province
After enjoying breakfast at the homestay, you will depart for Trung Khanh which lies right on the border with China. Here you will have another chance to meet and interact with the local Nung people living in the village of Phuoc Sen, a mountainous village famous for its traditional blacksmithing. The farming tools made here are an integral part of the lifestyle which is evident in the surrounding rice paddies and fields.
Nestled amongst these amazing landscapes is the breath-taking Ban Gioc Waterfall which spans over 300 meters, split half and half between Vietnam and China. Youll get some time here to simply take in the amazing atmosphere surrounding the falls, which presents an excellent opportunity for some fantastic photography.
Once youve finished at the falls, its time to head over to Nguom Ngao Cave, for a very different, but no less impressive natural wonder. The cave stretches for 2,144 meters underground and is brimming with incredible stalactites and stalagmites.
You will then return to Cao Bang town and head down the snake pass to Ba Be Lake, where you will stay overnight in a homestay constructed in traditional Tay fashion and owned and operated by a local Tay family. Here you can relax and unwind from the day and enjoy a delicious and authentic home-cooked meal.
Highlights and activities: Ban Gioc Waterfall, Nguom Ngao Cave, Ethnic Villages
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation included: Tay's stilt house - Homestay in Ba Be

Day 3: Day 3: Ba Be Lake - Ha Noi (Breakfast, Lunch)

Stop At: Ba Be National Park, Nam Mau, Bac Kan Province
After breakfast well kick the final day of the tour of by boarding a boat and setting off onto the lake. Its up to you how to spend your time on the boat, whether its relaxing and enjoying the views or going for a swim in the cool waters to refresh yourself. The views consist of stunning karst formations all around you covered with patches of wild vegetation and a rich wildlife.
The boat will then continue along the Nang River, giving you a chance to explore the caves of Puong Grotto where you can marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites created through river erosion, as well as observe the thousands-strong bat colony that lives here.
Now that youve reached the end of your tour, youll be driven the roughly 230 kilometres back to Hanoi, with a stop at a tea plantation nestled among rolling hills. Once we arrive in Hanoi it is time to say farewell, having made lifelong memories and connections.
Highlights and activities: Ba Be Lake, Puong Cave, Tay ethnic villages
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
Breakfast
Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Inclusions

2x Breakfast

2x Dinner

3x Lunch

Accommodation included: 2 nights

2 nights accommodation

Meals as per itinerary

National Park fees

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Entry/Admission - Ban Gioc Falls

Entry/Admission - Ba Be National Park

Exclusions

Drinks

Gratuities

Tips

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Traveler Reviews

  • 09-Mar-2020

    An excellent trip. A lot of time on the road, but that was balanced by by the highlights. Just us and another couple on this trip. If you’ve already done the Sapa area, this will give you a very good feel for the NE. Homestays lovley and everyone very friendly.

  • 19-Feb-2020

    beautiful experience, funny guide, very nice places visited. You must take under consideration that in 3 days you have to travel a lot (about 1000 km)

  • 25-Nov-2019

    What can I say fantastic tour value for money.
    This tour is a must for people who want to experience the home stay with a local family.
    2 nights 3 days packed with beautiful sights and scenery and a very warm welcome from the local family at the Home Stay at night, the food throughout our tour was excellent especially at the Home Stay.
    We had a group of around 15 people a great bunch really friendly and we had lots of laughs along the way as we covered around 800km.
    A special thank you to our very knowledgeable tour guide Nha who could not do enough for us all on our trip, I would defiantly recommend this trip if you want to see the authentic north of Vietnam.

  • 18-Oct-2019

    Our guide Long was awesome couldn't do enough, it all ran smoothly, the tour is worth every cent one of the best I've done and the homestays are great, our driver Duy is the best and safest on the crazy mountain road .. thanks for an amazing 3 days

  • 13-Mar-2017

    This was an awesome add on at the end of a several week group tour. I think the description is underrated. While the time in the van coming and going on the first and third day is long, the experience is remarkable, driving through local villages with great commentary on the different native tribes. Ba Be Lake is remarkable and included the visit to a cave. The following day after about a 4 hour drive we got to the Ban Gioc Waterfall and had a boat ride to get up close to the falls. This is on the boarder with China and part of the river and falls belong to China so at some point on the boat trip we were in China. About an hour later we traversed through a remarkable cave about a mile walk in the cave.
    We were fortunate that it was only my wife and I on this tour so it was a private tour in a van with our own driver and guide for the entire 3 days. Our guide, Hugh Uie in Vietnamese was EXCELLENT. When we'd stop for lunch or dinner included along the way, they'd sit with us and order food for the table and we'd all eat together. We were always very pleased with the local restaurants and the food. It was a great way to learn about local foods, which are different in this far northern part of Viet Nam from other parts. There were bathroom stops about every two hours along the way. The first night we stayed at Mr. Linh's Homestay, an interesting local place. We had about a half mile walk through rice fields and a pasture to get to the homestay. Our luggage was delivered another way, using a motor bike. The bedrooms are on the second level and the dining area is on the main level. We had a nice room with a quality king sized bed and a small dresser and air conditioning. Bathroom facilities are shared. You walk outside your room onto a porch and then past about five rooms to take a BIG step down to two toilet/shower rooms. Dinner and breakfast are included and served at a specified time. You sit down in the dining area and they bring you whatever food has been prepared. The food was good, but unremarkable. I don't recall the dinner items. Breakfast was rice pancakes and fruit and coffee or tea. One interesting bathroom feature at Mr. Linh's and at the hotel the next night was how the shower is a shower head next to the sink so that when you take a shower, most of the bathroom gets wet a different approach. The hotel the second night was very nice. Breakfast was included. Just like at Mr. Linh's, you show up at a set time and they bring you the meal. Breakfast was one fried egg, a loaf of French bread and some pineapple with coffee instant coffee here or tea.
    I noticed some comments in other reviews about people being concerned about driving techniques on this tour. Perhaps because we'd been in other parts of Viet Nam for two weeks, we were accustomed to it. We always felt safe, but they do have a different style of passing and cutting through traffic. Our driver was very good.

  • 05-May-2016

    The falls are magnificent but it is a long drive. Our guide spoke English well and engaged easily with us and was knowledgable about the area. He went out of his way to accomodate any needs or wants that we had along the way. We are still trying to come to grips with driving practices in Vietnam!