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Essence Of Ba Be Lake & Cao Bang Geopark

Are you down for some hidden attractiveness of Vietnam “off-the-beaten-track” and get rid of tourist traps? Easy! Just jump into this trip and you'll get to admire the poetic sunset and sunrise above Ba Be Lake, explore the idyllic landscape of Phia Oac National Park discovered by the French somewhere in the middle of the 20th century, ruggedly conquer Phia Den Peak located 2000 meters above sea level on the back of a motorbike on the twisty mountainous trails.

Apart from those, freely indulge yourself into the gigantic scene of Ban Gioc Waterfall – the fourth hugest border waterfall worldwide born along the inland border between Vietnam and China. The key value is that all destinations are lesser-visited and still able to preserve their initial beauty over time.

Tour Code : GED04

Travel Style : Experience & Discovery

Duration : 5 Days - 4 Nights

Route : Hanoi - Ba Be - Phia Oac - Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfall - Quang Uyen - Hanoi


Today is saved for an excursion to the iconic Ba Be Lake. The trip gets started at 8 AM and lasts for 5 hours.

The first stop is located in Thai Nguyen City, where the Museum of Ethnic Minorities in Vietnam is situated.

Ba Be National Park begins the early afternoon. This is where you admire the brilliant Hua Ma Cave considered to be the most beautiful natural cave all over the Northeastern face Vietnam. Hua Ma Cave obtains in itself the amazing attractiveness of limestone stalactites and stalagmites.

Your first day finishes with an arrival at a homestay in Pac Ngoi village. Now, feel free to spend the rest of the day kayaking and swimming in the fresh cooling water of Ba Be Lake.

One the second day, take a short morning exercise to enjoy the fresh air before breakfast and get ready for a 3-hour boat trip around the lake.

In between the boating, take a short walk along Cam Village and fill your heart with the freshest nature, smiley locals living at the end of the lake.

Later on, skirt along the Nang River to Puong Cave, a tunnel cave filled with amazement from limestone stalactites and stalagmites to mysterious bats.

Head straight to Buoc Lom Wharf for a departure from Ba Be and head further to Phia Oac National Park, a newly emerging natural attraction in Cao Bang Province.

Arrive at Phia Oac after a 3-hour drive and wander around to discover the beauty of mountains and jungles sleeping in the mystic beauty of sunset.

Enjoy your third morning with a motorbike trip in an "off the beaten track" trail to Phia Den Peak, which is recorded to be 2000 meters above sea level. If the sky is bright and sunny, you are likely to take in your vision an incredible panoramic view.

Move downward for lunch before leaving for Cao Bang City on a 3-hour drive. The rest of the day will be saved for an insight of Cao Bang wet market.

Note: Depending on the weather and your health condition, the motobike trip can be replaced by other interesting activities.

After breakfast, hit the road again to the exhilarating Ban Gioc Waterfall. The site sits at the fourth-ranking of the largest border waterfall worldwide separating Northern Vietnam and Southern mainland China.

Moving on with a short stop en route and take a short walk down the road at Phuoc Sen village, a tribal village of the Nung people. Over here, learn deeply about the making of knives, a type of traditional handicraft. Enjoy your picnic lunch by the waterfall and relax.

Once your lunch finishes, pay a visit to the one and only Nguom Ngao Limestone Cave, named as the legendary Tiger Cave before returning to an incense-making village, home of the Nung ethnic community, where your homestay is based.

If you are hungry for more incredible landscapes, you are recommended to join in a 1-hour hike up the mountain behind the village to admire the whole exotic view and enjoy a sunset break at the peak.

Wake up early to welcome the first sunlight in the morning prior to a fresh photo hunt and saying goodbye to this unforgettable wonderland.

Drive back to Hanoi on a 6-hour trip while crossing 6 twisting mountainous passes along the way.

QUOTATION: This rate is quoted in USD, base on double / twin occupancy. Valid from 01 November 2018 - 30 December 2019. If you have any special request, please contact us to customize your trip.

Solo or > 25

ACCOMMODATION: Please note that accommodations mentioned in this list are for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed.

  • A/C car transfer during the trip
  • Drinking water on car
  • Accommodation at homestay/ 3 star hotel
  • Licenced English speaking guide
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
  • All sightseeing tickets; travel permits and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • 24/7 hotline support 
  • Hotels in Hanoi
  • VAT
  • Travel insurance
  • International & dosmetic flights
  • Beverage on meals
  • Other personal expenses: drinks, souvenir, etc…
  • Tips & Gratuities