Travel from Hanaoi to Ba Be Lake, getting immersed in the varied landscapes of Bac Kan province. Travel along gentle rivers to explore massive caves, admire the traditional homes kept by local villagers, and admire the sprawling majesty of Ba Be Lake along the waterfront.
Day 1: Hanoi–Ba Be Lake
Get picked up by your guide and take a long drive to Ba Be Lake, located in Bac Kan province. Pass through the mountainous province of Thai Nguyen and admire spectacular landscapes filled with rice fields and paddle wheels made from bamboo along the river. Stop for lunch along the way in a local restaurant.
Arrive at Cho Ra, and take a boat ride on the Nang River. Pass through terraced hills before breaking into a landscape of chalky cliffs flanked by wild gardens, where lianas hang and let their long roots snake down in search of the earth. Enter Puong Cave in Ba Be National Park.
The river flows into the cave, and you have the opportunity to walk some portions to enjoy the cavern's stalactites on foot. Continue by boat to Bo Lu, an ethnic Tay village. The Tay survive on fishing, rice, and corn cultivation. Their stilt homes with thatched roofs slip effortlessly into the surrounding landscape. Check into your homestay and enjoy dinner before spending the night in the village along the shore of Ba Be Lake.
Day 2: Ba Be Lake–Hanoi
Eat a delicious breakfast at your homestay before checking out and traveling through Ba Be forest. Discover spectacular rivers, deep valleys, natural caves, and the undulating waves of the mountain ranges in the distance. Briefly visit Pac Ngoi village, seeing traditional stilt homes before entering Hua Ma cave, famous for its thousands of columns and stalactites. At the end of your stay, drive back to Hanoi, stopping for lunch along the way before you get dropped off at your hotel.