This exclusive 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 Bể Lake and the Ban Gioc waterfalls, the world’s 4th largest border waterfall after Niagara, Iguacu and Victoria.You will also get up close with Tay ethnic minority at small villages and explore the Nang River by boat.
Day 1: Hanoi – Ba Be Lake (L, D)
You will be picked up early in the morning for the journey to Ba Bể Lake, a drive of approximately 150 miles (230 kilometers). Along the way you will pause to visit a Tay minority community, the second largest ethnic group in Vietnam after the Viet-kinhs, mostly living off the cultivation of rice.
Continue to Ba Bể National Park for a boat ride along the Nang River, with time to explore Ba Bể Lake, the caves of Puong Grotto, the rapids of the Dau Dang waterfall and tiny Widow Island. You will also visit the stilt houses of the Tay community in Bo Lu Village, where you will spend the night in Mr Linh home-stay ( Tay family )
Day 2: Ba Be – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc (B, L, D)
After breakfast, depart for Cao Bằng close to Vietnam’s northern border with China. You will be introduced to the Nung people in the village of Phuoc Sen, a small village famous for the production of farming tools.
Like the Tays, the Nungs largely live by farming the terraced rice paddies that you will see all around as you transfer to Ban Gioc Waterfall, the majestic falls that demarcate the border between Vietnam and China. Spend some time at leisure relaxing and taking souvenir photos as you soak up the sublime atmosphere of Vietnam’s most beautiful waterfall.
Overnight in Ban Gioc
Day 3: Cao Bang – Hanoi (B, L)
After a night at a hotel in Cao Bang, depart for your transfer south to Hanoi. It is a journey of approximately 185 miles (310 kilometers) through vertiginous rice paddies and remote villages. You will get the chance to stop at an ethnic village known for its tobacco production. This is the road less traveled in Vietnam, offering the chance to enjoy some peace and tranquility.
There will be a stop for lunch before your hotel drop-off back in the bustling city of Hanoi.
The tour ends.
All rates are USD per person.
Included: A/C transfer, entrance fees, boat trip, all meals as mentioned, English speaking guide, home-stay & hotel.
Excluded: VAT, travel insurance, drinks, personal expenses, kayaking, tips.
+ Kayaking US$ 5.00/pax (02pax/kayak)
+ Private room + US$ 5.00/pax
* Children rates:
+ Free of charge for children under 4 years sharing bed with parents.
+ Surcharge 70% rate of adult for children (5-11 years) sharing bed with parents.
+ Over 11 years is adult’s rate.
* The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.
* Special request (diet or vegetarian, …) should be sent before your departure date.