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The heart of Ba Be lake tour 3 days

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Join us on this 3 days tour that brings together the wonderful scenery of the Ba Be Lake area and with the interesting culture of the local people. 

You’ll explore several grottoes – one at Hua Ma, one at Puong and the river cave at Lo Mo. There will be a visit to the national park, and your interesting nights spent amongst locals in the tribal villages.

You will also learn more about the different cultures in this area as you explore the charming towns and villages in the area around the shores of Ba Be. This will include of course sampling the delicious local food, as well as staying in local homes.

Come along and savor the essence of the Ba Be Lake area for a trip of a lifetime.

Destinations included:
Hanoi - Ba Be - Hanoi

The heart of Ba Be lake tour 3 days

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Experience the biggest lake in the country and its wonderful flora and fauna

Take in several grottoes, towering cliffs and lush forests

Take a scenic boat journey to explore the main sights

Visit the refreshing Dau Dang waterfall

Spend time with the Tay tribe and experience their day to day lives

Enjoy the experience of sleeping in a traditional stilt house

Take a dip in the refreshing lake

Dine on delicious regional meals

Canoe around Ba Be


Day 1: From Hanoi to Ba Be Lake

Included: Lunch, Dinner

This morning you will start early with a meeting with your tour guide before you begin the 7 hour journey from Hanoi to Ba Be. You will enjoy the change in the scenery from cityscape to a rural backdrop, then finally stunning mountain ranges. On the way we stop at Thai Nguyen and spend some time taking in the Museum of Culture of Ethnic Minorities of Vietnam. You will also have the chance to get some fresh air and eat lunch in a local town on the way. Soon we come off the main roads and turn to local tracks that wind through the countryside and tea farms – we continue in this manner until we reach Ba Be in the early evening. Home to the Tay tribe, the locals survive on agricultural and fishing. Join your host family who will welcome you like an old friend, before exploring the area.

You then have the choice of either visiting the relatively new attraction of Hua Ma Cave or taking a boat trip:

Those who decide to visit Hua Ma Cave – which is only just being discovered by tourists as tradition dictated that it should not be accessed by locals – will be rewarded with a stunning array of stalactites and stalagmites. From here you can take a wander around the settlement of Coc Toc or perhaps canoe on the lake. This afternoon you will also pay a visit to a hamlet to see a work shop in which they make the traditional blue colored dress of the local tribe. Try your hand at weaving before taking a glass of home-made wine with a local family in their own home.

Those who decided on the boat ride will have plenty of opportunity to take in the beautiful scenery of the Ba Be area, the calming Fairy Pond and the An Ma Temple, as well as islands and waterfalls. After this ride your boat will take you back to the dock and you will enjoy a relaxed wander amongst the rice paddies and tribal villages home to the Tays. You will enjoy meeting the locals and learning about their lives if you take this option

Day 2: Ba Be Lake Boat Trip & Trekking

Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Enjoy your breakfast when you rise with a local family before getting on your boat and taking an early morning ride on the lake. As you float along the lake you will catch fishermen out working on the waters. We journey onward until we get to Cam Ha settlement where you will witness the Tay working in their rice paddies. Finally we reach the Puong Cave and its hundreds of bats, before we dine on delicious fare in a restaurant near a stunning waterfall.

Once you have eaten and taken a rest we will visit the temple of An Ma and learn a little about the history and traditions surrounding the temple. Then we take a hike across the rainforests until we reach a tower – here you will pause so you can climb up and get some stunning pictures of the local area. Our walk continues along the bay of Pelam until we circle back to the Tay village of Pac Ngoi. Here, take some pictures of the local houses before we head back to our homestays in Bo Lu for a well-earned rest and a delicious dinner of local fare.

There is an option to continue to tour the lake in a canoe if you prefer. This option also includes a bicycle

Optional: For the more adventurous among us we can also explore the lake by kayak and bike. Firstly we take a leisurely bike ride over the rolling hills from where you will have a perfect vantage point over the lake. You will witness the local Tay tribe working in the fields or catching fish out on the lake. As we near the end of our bike ride we get to a harbor at Boc Lom where we board our boat. Here, you’ll get to launch out on a canoe from which you can explore the lake at your own pace on the way to the bat-filled cave at Puong.

Day 3: Ba Be Lake back to Hanoi

Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning take a leisurely walk along the shores after your breakfast, passing through quaint hamlets. Then, we trek up a bit higher into the mountain from which we will be rewarded with some lovely views. Following this activity we will be driven to the Dog Flower Pass – here, you will definitely want to take some photos of the surrounding area. Dine in a local restaurant before visiting a temple just before you make the onward return journey back to Hanoi. You will reach your hotel in the early evening.

What’s included

Hynam’s live English speaking guide

Private transfer with air conditioned vehicle

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary ( 03 lunches, 02 dinners, 02 breakfasts)

02 nights homestay in Ba Be

Entrance fee and sight seeing ticket

Boat trip in Ba Be lake

What’s excluded


Personal expenses


Other services not mentioned above

Personal travel insurance


We pride ourselves in creating personalised travel experiences that suit all your preferences and needs.

With this tour you can:

  • Choose your own departure date
  • Select the comfort level of accommodation
  • Adjust activities to cater to special interests
  • Modify any aspect of the tour as needed