Discovery Tour to Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall

4 days

About the Tour

This exclusive tour takes you from Hanoi to the natural wonderland of Northwestern Vietnam with Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall. While Ba Be Lake is well-known for an over 50-hectare freshwater lake in the altitude of 145m above the sea level created by the confluence of three river tributaries after earthquakes tens of millions of years ago, Ban Gioc – the world’s fourth biggest border-crossing waterfalls is attractive for its picturesque painting of blue sky, great limestone mountains and stunning rice fields together with the daily life. Whether continuing with other Vietnam package tours or returning to your home, this Vietnam discovery tour is sure to leave you lasting impression and create unforgettable moments.


  • Taking a boat trip to explore the Ba Be Lake and immersing into the peaceful space of the largest freshwater lake created in the limestone area of Vietnam
  • Admiring the spectacular beauty of Ban Gioc – the world’s fourth largest waterfalls
  • Discovering the Hua Ma and Nguon Ngao Caves – two of the most beautiful and largest caves in Northwest of Vietnam
  • Soaking into the daily life of the ethnic minorities of Tay and Nung to explore their unique cultures
  • Enjoying local meals with full of specialties.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Hanoi - Ba Be Lake (L/D)
Our guide and driver will pick you up early at your hotel in Hanoi then take a drive on a 250-kilometer (155 miles) journey to Ba Be National Park. On the way you will have several scheduled stops for lunch and visiting Tay ethnic minority community, the second largest ethnic group in Vietnam after the Kinh, and mostly living by rice cultivation.
Arriving in Ba Be National Park, you will start a boat trip along Nang River to discover Ba Be Lake, Puong Grotto, the rapids of the Dau Dang Waterfall and tiny Widow Island. These poetic landscapes will bring you relaxing time with fresh air and green environment, so don’t forget your camera for nice photos.
In the afternoon, we will arrive to the stilt houses of the Tay community in local Village and also spend your night in a home-stay in the village.
Day 2
Ba Be National Park - Hua Ma cave – Trung Khanh (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the host family, we will take a short walk visit Hua Ma, a huge grotto with thousands of stalactites.
After Lunch at Ba Be park Restaurant, We will then depart for Cao Bang City, frontier town which is inhabited mostly by the Nung ethnic minority people. They still retain their centuries old cultural traditions and are recognizably distinct from each other by their dress.  The remoteness and the simple lifestyle of the area’s local people are highlights of Quang Uyen. Living conditions are very basic here.
Overnight in standard local hotel.
Day 3
Trung Khanh – Trekking at Nguom Ngao Cave – Rafting at Ban Gioc Waterfall (B/L/D)
After breakfast, We start the Trekking trip to “Than Giap” small hamlet and discover the local’s habitant and the fabulous nature. This excursion take the intrepid trekkers the difficult Challenge to pass, but when you feel running out of your energy amongst the mountains and hills, the sloping path will leads you downstream to the immense terrace-rice paddle field dotted with some farmers who are working. This scenery will freshen you up and you may be regretful if do not have the best picture for yourself.  The new trekking road will lead you enter the new rugged gate of Nguom Ngao Cave. The untouched spectacular darkness inside the cave take you along the little stream and force you climb up the cliffs beside this stream to pass. The crazy path ever but exciting gets over all of the challenges and listened to its interesting legends will immerse you in the dar  k and light cave.. Finish the trip, we will depart for Ban Gioc waterfall, which is closed to Vietnam’s northern border with China.
On the way to Ban Gioc Waterfall, you will see many terraced rice paddies dotted with some houses creating a peaceful and poetic landscape. Arrive at Ban Gioc, you will marvel at its spectacular beauty, which is worthy to be the Vietnam’s most beautiful waterfall. After spending some time relaxing and taking nice photos, You have an opportunity to raft nearly the Fall and feel the water blob wind to your face.
Overnight in Sai Gon – Ban Gioc resort.
Day 4
Ban Gioc - Hanoi (B/L)
On the next day, on the way transferring back to Hanoi, you will enjoy the charming sceneries deeply reflecting the Northwest color: stunning limestone peaks, long-lasting lush paddy fields and untouched peaceful villages. To satisfy your desire of discovering, we will stop at an ethnic village known for its tobacco production, where you can not only learn more about the daily life of the locals but also enjoy the peace and tranquility. There is a stop for lunch before getting back to Hanoi city and ending the trip.


  • Private car
  • Professional English speaking tour guide (Other language is available upon request)
  • All accomodation
  • All meals as mentioned in the program
  • Mineral water
  • Bicycle rental to Hua Ma cave
  • Admissions and environment fees


  • Visa arrangements
  • Beverage
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Other transportations not mentioned
  • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance

Special Notes

  • This tour includes private car
  • You are strongly suggested to follow the safety instructions of the tour guide at the waterfall and Cave area
  • Tour program is subject to change due to weather and operating conditions.
  • Entry ticket

  • Transfers

  • Accomodation

  • Meals

  • Private car

  • Tour guide

  • Visa

Included destination(s): Hanoi

Start from: US$400 /person

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