North Vietnam Tour – Ban Gioc and Ba Be Lake



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.

Highlights of the Trip

Discover Vietnamese history at Chi Lang, the Mother’s Temple, Dong Khe and the Quy Mon Quan gate, both integral locations in the Vietnam war

Visit to meet the indigenous local people of the village Phoc Sen, which is on the border of China

Explore the vast Ban Gioc Waterfall.

Nguom Ngao Cave one of the biggest caves in Vietnam

Stay in a traditional Vietnamese house and have dinner with an indigenous local family

Adventure to Ba Be Lake and discover the fascinating wildlife that surrounds it

What's Included

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

What's Not Included

Personal expenses

Accommodation upon return to Hanoi on day 3

Location Information

You will be picked up at, and returned to, your accommodation in Hanoi.

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  1. 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.

  2. Louise

    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!).

  3. Linda

    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

  4. Chris

    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!

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