Ha Noi – Ba Be National Park (2 days / 1 night)
Ba Bể Lake (Vietnamese: Hồ Ba Bể, Ba Bể meaning "Three Lakes" in the local Tay language) is the largest natural fresh water lake, stretching about 8 kilometers in the north-south direction. The surface area of the lake fluctuates between 3 and 5 km² between dry and wet season. Unlike many lakes in Karst limestone areas, Ba Bê Lake never falls dry. Its average depth varies between 17 and 23 meters, the maximum depth is 35 meters. The lake lies about 150 meters above sea level, making it also Vietnam's highest. The name "Three Lakes" refers to the three parts of the lake named Pe Leng, Pe Lu, and Pe Lam. All these three parts are connected into a single continuous body of water, however.
The Ta Han, Bo Lu, and Leng Rivers feed into the lake from the south and the west. During the dry season, water is drained from the lake northwards into the Nang River. During high floods in the wet season, the latter flow is reversed however, and the lake takes up water from the Nang River thereby acting as a buffer regulating flooding.
Day 1: Hanoi - Babe (L, D)
Ba Be Lake
You will be collected from your hotel at 07.30 hrs and on the way, stop in Thai Nguyen to visit the fascinating Museum of the Culture of the Ethnic Minorities of Vietnam, followed by lunch in a street restaurant. We then leave the main road to take a smaller one snaking through the mountains and tea plantations to arrive at the Tay village of Bo Lu. The Tay people make their living by fishing and rice and corn cultivation and they are renowned for their picturesque stilt houses. In Bo Lu you will enjoy the hospitality of Mr Loc and his amazingly friendly family, in one such traditional house. You will completely unwind from the hassle of Ha Noi as you take a 3 hour boat trip, gently chugging around the lake. If you need to cool off, do as the local kids do and just jump in the river for a swim, have dinner and stay overnight in a local Tay minority family in their traditional wooden stilt house.
Day 2: Boating - Return Hanoi (B, L)
After breakfast at the Homestay, we will go on foot to experience the Ba Be forest at close quarters. You will trek by the slow flowing river, gaze in awe at the dramatic mountains and valleys and natural caves and may enjoy a little bird and butterfly spotting. The national park is home to countless numbers of flora and fauna.On the way, we will pay a visit to Hua Ma cave, only recently accessible, as few locals would enter due to ancient beliefs. The cave has thousands of stalactites and stalagmites and is still very atmospheric. You can rest your legs on the drive back to Ha Noi, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant on the way. We should arrive in Ha Noi at about 17.30 hrs and you will be ped off at your hotel.
A/C transfer, entrance fees, boat trip, all meals as mentioned, English speaking guide, home-stay & hotel
VAT, travel insurance, drinks, personal expenses, kayaking, tips.Extra services:
+ 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 75% 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.
- Surcharge may apply when there is change in government tax, fuel surcharge etc.,..
- High season surcharge map be applied for this travel package