Welcome to Ba Be National Park

The park is a rainforest area with more than 550 named plant species. The hundreds of wildlife species here include 65 mammals, 353 butterflies, 106 species of fish, four kinds of turtle, and the highly endangered Vietnamese salamander. The 233 bird species include the spectacular crested serpent eagle and the oriental honey buzzard. Hunting is forbidden, but villagers are permitted to fish, and the government subsidises the villagers not to cut down the trees.

The region is home to 13 tribal villages, most belonging to the Tay minority plus smaller numbers of Dzao and Hmong.

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$259 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall Tour from Hanoi

Day 1: Hanoi – Ba Be (-/L/D): Car 8.00 a.m: Depart from Hanoi and transfer to Ba Be National Park. This drive of 270 km, which will take approximately seven hours, takes us through the flatlands of the Red River Delta and up into the mountain areas north of Hanoi. 12h00: Lunch is served in a local restaurant.1.00 p.m: Arrive Ba Be Lake.2.00 p.m: Take a boat go along Nang River to visit Puong Cave, not as big or magnificent as Phong Nha Cave in Quang Binh or Nguom Ngao Cave in Cao Bang, Puong Cave – its 30m wide with a depth of 300m. And then keep visit Dau Dang waterfall, Window Islet.4.30 p.m: Then trek to Pac Ngoi village and explore the daily life of Tay. Visitors coming to Pac Ngoi are not only entitled to witness with their naked eyes the most wonderful scenery of Northern Vietnam: a plethora of austere yet interesting stilt houses blending themselves with the glimmering mist and the shinning Ba Be Lakes, but also to stay in the rhythm of the Tay culture.6.00 p.m: Check in homestay, enjoy dinner with special food and feeling the secret of nature.Overnight at Pac Ngoi village.Day 2: Ba Be – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc (B/L/D): Car 8.00 a.m: After breakfast, depart for Cao Bang (110km). Arrive in Cao Bang, visit Phuoc Sen village of Nung people12.30: Have lunch at Quang Yen.13.30: Keep transfer to Ban Gioc Waterfall (85km). 15.30: Arrive in Ban Gioc waterfall, taking photos and enjoying the most beautiful waterfall of Vietnam. From here, you can rent bamboo boat to go around river.Day 3: Cao Bang – Hanoi (B/L/-): Car 8.00 a.m: After breakfast, leave Cao Bang and transfer back to Hanoi (310km) in the morning. On the way back, stop for visiting the village where tobacco is produced. 11.00 a.m: Visit the Museum of the Cultures of Vietnam’s ethnic groups in Thai Nguyen. The Museum of the Cultures of Vietnam’s Ethnic Groups is in the center of Thái Nguyên City, about 80 km north of Hà Nội on National Highway 3. The Museum was built in 1960. At first it was named Việt Bắc Museum, with its functions and tasks of scientific research and educating the traditions of culture and revolutionary struggle history of ethnic groups in Việt Bắc.2.00 p.m: Have lunch in Thai Nguyen and keep moving back to Hanoi.5.30 p.m: Arrive Hanoi and drop off you at the hotel. Tour finish.

$172 Day Trips & Excursions

Private car transfer Hanoi to Ba Be lake one way (with English speaking driver)

Ba Be Lake or Ba Be National Park is located in Bac Can Province, 240km from Hanoi and covers more than 23,000 hectares boasting waterfalls, rivers, deep valleys, lakes and caves set amid towering peaks. The area is home to many ethnic minority communities. Ba Be Lake is in fact three lakes linked by wide channels, about 8km long and 400m wide. The surface is always calm, making a boat trip a peaceful experience. Reaching Ba Be lake about 5hour driver from Hanoi on well paved roads go through the scenery is as magnificent. You just relax, enjoy the scenery or have some breaks for photographs, refeshement or toilet stops if you like.Take a private car transfer from Hanoi to Ba Be National Park is the best chose. Car and experienced driver will pick you up at your hotel/place in Ha Noi City Center (Hanoi Old Quarter), then transfer to Ba Be National Park.

$495 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Days Hanoi to Thac Ba and Ba Be National Park Motorbike Tours

Destinations: Hanoi, Thac Ba lake, Ba Be national parkBrief Itinerary:Day 1: Hanoi motorbike tour to Thac Ba lake : 180 km HomestayDay 2: Thac Ba Lake motorbike tour to Ba Be lake in Bac Kan: 180 Km HomestayDay 3: Ba Be lake motorbike tour back to Hanoi: 230 KmDetailed itinerary:Day 1: Hanoi motorbike to Thac Ba lake: 180 km Homestay8:00AM our team will come and pick you up to our garage station to take the motorbike we chose the day before and head to the northeast along the red river bank. Take in fresh air through the rice field and rural villages of northern Vietnam countryside. After about 2 hours we’ll find ourselves in the mountain roads we drive through the midland of Vietnam where farmers cultivate green tea and paper wood forest. Enjoy lunch halfway in a local restaurant and arrive to Thac Ba homestay of Red Dao minority at about 4:30pm. Take a boat ride to see life on hundreds of island scattering around the lake where locals farm their crops.Day 2: Thac Ba Lake motorbike to Ba Be: 180 km HomestayToday ride is a great motorcycle tour through the tropical forest on a rocky, bumpy routes through the highlands, jungle and pass by some interesting historical sites in Tan Trao district, Tuyen Quang province.  After lunch in a little town we take the winding roads to the Ba Be lake.Overnight at homestay of Tay Minority in Pac Ngoi villageDay 3: Ba Be lake motorbike back to Hanoi: 230 KmWe’ll have an early start today as we head south back to Hanoi. We take back roads to avoid the busy traffic and to get away from the highway. Arrive Hanoi at 5:30 PM.Enjoy the ride and see the amazing Vietnam!Inclusions+ Motorbikes Honda XR150cc+ All petrol (gasoline), helmet and mechanic come along+ Rain gear, motorbike jacket and pants, helmet+ Accommodation: hotel twin share and homestay+ Waterproof bags+ Local English – speaking guide+ All food and drinks included in our trip even alcohol like beers and rice wine+ All entrance feesExclusion+ Personal expenses.+ Personal Travel InsuranceWhat to bring+ Passport+ Sunglasses+ Good shoes for walking+ Other personal needs and some cash for souvenirs.

$2200 Multi-day & Extended Tours

11 Days North East To North West Motorbike Tour

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau: 180 km Homestay8:00AM our team will come and pick you up to our garage station to take the motorbike we chose the day before and head to the northwest of Hanoi to take in fresh air through the rice field and rural villages of northern Vietnam countryside.Day 2: Mai Chau – Son La 200KmWe leave Mai Chau on a rout which offers a lot of stops for pictures of amazing mountain view.Day 3: Son La – Than Uyen: 180KmAfter breakfast we ride along the national road No.6 to Tuan Giao and we begin a challenging ride on a steep winding road, but definitely rewarding as the rice terraces and lush forests scenery. Continuing our ride on the empty winding road until we get Than Uyen Town.Day 4: Than Uyen – Sapa 130kmWe take an exciting motorbike ride  to Sapa town on smooth road through green tea fields then over O Quy Ho mountain pass the most beautiful and longest pass of Vietnam- a bridge of two provinces Lao Cai and Lai Chau. Day 5: Sapa – District of Bac Ha – Xi Man 160 kmAfter breakfast, we ride down to Lao Cai located next to the borders with China, have a short break at border before heading to Bac Ha colorful market where the ethnic groups meet every Sunday morning to trade their products.Day 6: Xi Man – Ha Giang 150 kmAlong the ride we will visit a local market in the morning, where we have the chance to meet minorities groups such as the Dzao, Nung, Flower H’mong…We stay overnight at hotel in Ha GiangDay 7: Ha Giang – Dong Van 150 kmOn our ride we have chance to ride through the most breathtaking landscape in Vietnam as someone said that, this is a place where stone must bloom. It sounds exaggerated but totally true.It’s known for its forested limestone and granite mountains. Day 8: Dong Van – Province of Meo Vac town – Bao Lac 120 kmRide over Ma Pi Leng Pass with the magnificent landscape and views of the Nho Que River.Bao Lac town is home to the Black Lolo hilltribe who live in stilt houses in the surrounding hills.We will be staying for the night in a hotel.Day 9: Bao Lac – Ba Be 120 kmWe will have great off-road motorbike tour with interesting ride on meandering countryside roads, picturesque riding through lush greenery, local villages to Ba Be National park. Stay overnight in traditional stilt house with Tay minorityDay 10: Ba Be (Visit and relaxed day)Take a boat ride to enjoy the amazing scenery on Ba be lake to The Dau Dang waterfall and An Ma Temple. Overnight in homestayDay 11: Ba Be – Hanoi 220 kmWe’ll have an early start today as we head south back to Hanoi. We take back roads to avoid the busy traffic and to get away from the highway. Arrive Hanoi at 5:30 PM.Enjoy the ride and see the amazing Vietnam!

$990 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6 Days Ba Be to Ban Gioc and Ha Giang Motorbike Tour

Day 1 Hanoi – Ba Be 220km8:00AM our team will come and pick you up to our garage station to take the motorbike we chose the day before and head to Thai Nguyen to take in fresh air through the rice field and rural villages of northern Vietnam countryside.After lunch, we will continue your trip to Ba Be National Park. You can refresh yourself with a short walk in the afternoon around the park or swim in the nearby lake. Stay overnight in a Tay monority homestay in Ba Be.Day2 Ba Be – Ban Gioc 200kmThe motorbike ride to the beautiful Ban Gioc Waterfall will be crossing small mountain passes and through some rustic villages of the local hill tribe.This picturesque, cascading waterfall is 53 meters high and has an impressive span of 300 meters. The unique landscape includes limestone karst formations soaring from the verdant rice paddies of Tay, H Mong and Dzao ethnic minority groups.Overnight at Ban gioc homestayDay 3 Ban Gioc- Bao Lac 200kmToday ride will cover an interesting mix of harsh looking scenery, to stunning valleys, little villages and rice fields before reaching one of the largest towns in the region Bao Lac.The road is flanked on both sides by harsh looking rock formation, with one or two little valleys open up. However, after a few km the interesting scenery turns into something stunning. The road suddenly follows the side of a hill, and a large valley full of rice terraces opening up. The first glimpse you get is just great, and seeing the road ahead you can’t help but look forward to the next stretch.Day 4  Bao Lac – Dong Van 120kmThe motorbike ride in the morning is winding along the Rock Plateau, after breakfast, enjoy slowly motorbike on some beautiful mountain passes until Meo Vac where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we will motorcycle along the river and see the different mountain view. Arrive in Dong Van town at 5 PM.Day 5 Dong Van-Ha Giang 140kmAfter a stretch of the road overlooking some valleys with terraces filling the slopes you will ride to a plateau where the road was cutting through, seeing houses left and right. This is actually an area where you can easily slow down to watch rural life in Vietnam – locals working on the fields and water buffaloes enjoying wading through some cold water, with the red roofs showing another contrast to the green rice fields.Some of the views are just like images of postcards you have seen from Vietnam – thinking they do not exist. Well, they do here!Overnight in Ha GiangDay 6  Ha Giang – Hanoi 300kmWe’ll have an early start today as we head south back to Hanoi. We take back roads to avoid the busy traffic and to get away from the highway. Arrive Hanoi at 6:00 PM.Enjoy the ride and see the amazing Vietnam!

$145 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Ha Noi - Ba Be Lake 2 Days 1 night

Day 17:30am Our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel.8:15 am: Move  to Ba Be Nation Park. On the way, when you come to Ba Be Lake you will be able to admire the majestic mountainous landscape of northern Vietnam and feel the coolness and comfort of Vietnam's largest freshwater lake.At noon, 12:30 pm: you will have lunch in Pac Ngoi village besides Ba Be lake enjoying the view.13:30pm After a break, you will take a bicycle around Coc Toc village to visit the Hua Ma cave, which contains many walls, stalactites and the esoteric stories of the residents of Ba Be Lake. Besides, you can also choose to go hiking or cycling around the village or simply drop yourself into the natural beauty of the place. You may also wish to take the option of walking or cycling around Coc Toc village, or simply relaxing in the peaceful surroundings and enjoying the views.In the evening, 18:pm you will sleep in the traditional house on stilt of the Tay ethnic group, who make their living by fishing in the stunning Ba Be lakes and farming. Participate in camp fire, singing or dancing with the people here. Day 27:30 am In the morning, after breakfast you will go on foot to Buoc Luom. where you will board a boat trip around Ba Be Lake. You can explore Bà Góa island, An Mạ temple, Tiên 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! Then go back homestay!At noon 11:30 pm: we will take a lunch then go back to Hanoi at 17:30pm

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