Specially designed for travelers who are seeking unique experiences in a hidden rural paradise. It is truly a perfect combination of discovery and retreat. Start from Hanoi, then head northward to charming Ba Be Lake in Ba Be National Park where you have chance to mingle with Tay ethnic minority and discover their cultural lifestyle. After that you will be mesmerized by exotic Ban Gioc Waterfall in Cao Bang and warmly welcomed by local Nung people here. Somebody has said: “ To travel is not only to see the land but also to feel it”. Join us on this trip and you will discover that.
Tour Code : GED07
Travel Style : Experience & Discovery
Duration : 04 Days - 03 Nights
Route : Hanoi – Ba Be Lake – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Hanoi
After an early pick up for a 5-hour drive journey to Ba Be National Park, your discovery begins. Once you reach Ba Be Lake, get on a 3-hour boat ride along the Nang River winding through the wild and rugged land until you reach Puong Cave, a tunnel cave with magical staclatites and staglamites. Spend 1-hour walking along Cam village to discover life of local Tay people and learn how they make rice cultivation to survive. The boating ends at Widow Island in the middle of the lake where you can have a swim in crystal clear water before returning your homestay in Pac Ngoi village of Tay people by the lake.
After breakfast, enjoy the freshest moment here before paying a visit to Hua Ma, a dry cave with thousands of stalactites. It is a 1-hour hike up the mountain and deep underground for an amazing exploration. Then, head to Cho Ra town for lunch before a 3-hour drive to Quang Uyen, the frontier district which is inhabited mostly by Nung ethnic communities. The people here still retain their century-old cultural traditions and are recognisably distinct from others by their costume.
Reach your homestay in an incense making village early in the afternoon. Time to wander around and discover the village life. If time permits, spend 30 minutes to 1 hour climbing up the top of mountain for a panoramic view.
Take a morning exercise after a long sleep to enjoy the freshest air before your served local breakfast. Hit the road again to exotic Ban Gioc waterfall, the fourth biggest border waterfall in the world between Vietnam and China. Stop en route for a short walk around Phuoc Sen village, a Nung village where they make knives as traditional handicraft. Picnic lunch at the waterfall and relax. Pay a visit to Nguom Ngao cave, formerly known as Tiger cave before heading for Cao Bang city. Time to discover Cao Bang fresh market.
Say goodbye to Cao Bang City before returning Hanoi. Chance to stop in Lang Son to visit Mother’s temple and the historical Dong Khe battle which took place during the First Indochina War. After lunch in Dong Dang, have 1 hour walk to explore the Chi Lang Gate (known as Gate of Monsters) where many Chinese invaders coming to Vietnam had to enter and were finally killed by Vietnamese defenders.
Please note that accommodations mentioned in this list are for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed.