North Vietnam Tour – Ban Gioc and Ba Be Lake

From £185 - £398pp (Depending on group size)

Northern Vietnam

3 Days, 2 Nights


What you'll do

This tour will take you from the vast lakes and chalky karsts of Ba Be National Park to the wild and rugged landscapes of Cao Bang to visit the most spectacular Ban Gioc waterfall in Vietnam. You will travel through the remote areas in the north of Vietnam, brushing along the Chinese border and staying with local families to find out about the unique cultures and customs of Vietnam.

Nguyen Tuan Linh

Your Local Host:

Nguyen Tuan Linh

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born in Vietnam up in the rural areas of the tea country and growing up I developed a passion for the outdoors and just exploring the unexplored. I worked for my grandfather, in the rice fields in the Phu Tho province. And as I grew, so did my curiosity for the world, bringing the ambition of wo.. Read More

Experience Itinerary

Hanoi - Lang Son - Quang Uyen

Early morning your local guide will pick you up at your hotel, then you’ll transfer to Lang Son. You’ll head up towards the Vietnam and Chinese border. After about 3 hours, you’ll stopover at the historic Chi Lang – a 20-km-long structure formed between a narrow valley between two mountains. This place is associated with a great victory of Vietnam in the past and considered as the strongest citadel at the time. You have 1 hour to walk to explore and visit the “Quy Mon Quan” gate which means the Gate of Monsters where many of the invaders came to Vietnam in the numerous incursions had to enter and where many were killed by the Vietnamese defenders.

After lunch at a local restaurant in Dong Dang, you’ll continue your trip into pass as you visit Mother’s Temple and Dong Khe – the history site where The Battle of Dong Khe was fought during the First Indochina War. The fight took place in Dong Khe, in the Province of Tonkin, during September and October 1950, ending with a Viet Minh victory.

Tonight, you have dinner and stay overnight in the homestay of a Nung’s family in Quang Uyen.

(Meals included: lunch and dinner).

Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Wterfall - Ba Be Lake

After breakfast at the homestay, you will depart for Trung Khanh which lies on the border with China. Here you will have the chance to meet the Nung people in the village of Phuoc Sen, a mountainous village famous for its traditional blacksmith craft. The farming tools made here are an integral part of the lifestyle which is evident in the surrounding rice paddies and fields. Nestled in amongst these amazing landscapes is the breathtaking Ban Gioc Waterfall which spans over 300 meters, half in Vietnam and half in China. You will have time to soak up the powerful atmosphere of the falls and take some fantastic photos before heading to another natural wonder, Nguom Ngao Cave. This cave stretches out 2,144 meters underground and is brimming with incredible stalactites and stalagmites. You will then make your way to return to Cao Bang town and head down snake pass to Ba Be Lake, tonight you will stay overnight on traditional house of Tay ethnic family. At the homestay, you can relax and unwind  and enjoy a home cooked meal by the family.

(Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Ba Be Lake - Hanoi

Today you’ll spend the day exploring Ba Be Lake. As you float on the lake, you can relax on board, spot some wildlife  or if you need to cool off, jump into the cool waters for a refreshing swim!  you can take in the scenery of the surrounding karsts decorated with patches of wild vegetation and inhabited by all sorts of interesting creatures. The boat ride also takes you along the Nang River, with time to visit the caves of Puong Grotto where you can explore the stalactites and stalagmites which are a result of the erosion from the river, as well as the bat colony which is several thousand strong. After your boat tour, you will depart for the journey back Hanoi, a drive of approximately 150 miles (230 kilometers). We will stop at some hills and a tea plantation before returning to your hotel in the bustling city of Hanoi.

(Meals included: breakfast and lunch).

Reviews (4)

Jonty Stephenson

Wednesday 30th October, 2019

This trip was amazing. My friend and I really wanted to experience parts of Vietnam which weren’t the classic travelling destinations and tourist traps, and this did not disappoint. Your friendly guide drives you quite far north, but gives you the chance to have regular stops and experience some authentic food on the way. Both home-stays are great, with friendly hosts and very luxury accommodation, especially considering that they are in the middle of nowhere. The waterfall is incredible and Ba Be lake is beautiful! The homestay looks directly out over the lake and gives you the must stunning view. This is all rounded off by your guides and hosts who always make you feel comfortable and welcome. If you want to experience a ‘local’ trip and see some stunning parts of northern Vietnam which not many travellers have seen, then this is perfect for you. It is extremely easy to book and the driver picks you up from your hostel and drops you back to wherever you need to go in Hanoi.


Friday 22nd March, 2019

This was a fantastic tour and well worth the long journey to get to Ban Gioc. Our tour guide, Loi, was excellent and made the journey interesting with several impromptu stops for photographs, walking through isolated villages, rice fields etc. Loi was always willing to take group photos and help with any requests. The scenery was amazing and the stay at Ba Be lake was beautiful, loved the boat trip, too! We were a little concerned about "Homestays" before the tour, but both homes were excellent and our hosts did everything to make the stay enjoyable. Leave your suitcase at the hotel and travel light. Mattresses at the first Homestay were a bit hard, but the food was excellent and early morning views over the rice fields and hot showers made it worthwhile. The Homestay at Ba Be lake was more like a hotel (we booked a private room, even had air con!).


Monday 14th January, 2019

This trip does NOT disappoint. It is a relatively far drive from Hanoi, so you're in the van for a while, but it was totally worth every single second. Staying in the incense village and Mr. Linh's homestay on Ba Be Lake were incredible. What really made the trip stand out was our awesome tour guide, Nhã, who spoke English wonderfully, was extremely knowledgeable, always offered to take pictures of us, and always made sure we were comfortable


Saturday 22nd December, 2018

I have just returned from a 3 day fun packed tour. It was more of a journey through local eyes. Great food with lots of local things to try. Homestay were very clean and comfy. Waterfall was amazing, Ba Be national park was spectacular. Boat trips, caves, kayaking, swimming and much much more. Loi our guide was very helpful, caring and informative about local culture. Well done everyone. Great fun!

Accommodation for nights 1 & 2, as mentioned in the itinerary.

Meals mentioned  in the itinerary

Local experienced guide for the remainder of the trip

All sightseeing tickets

North Vietnam Tour – Ban Gioc and Ba Be Lake