Ha Giang – Ba Be Lake – Ban Gioc Waterfall

Code: HG2204
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The northeast mountainous region of Vietnam including the province of Ha Giang, Bac Kan, Cao Bang is extremely beautiful, but little visited.

On this great tour, you will visit the magnificent Dong Van karst plateau geopark, picturesque Ba Be lake and Ban Gioc waterfall.

You will also have opportunities to meet and explore life and unique culture of several ethnic groups living in the region.

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Guide gratuity



What is the trip about

[Day 1]: Ha Giang – Phuong Do Homestay
(Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

8:00am: This morning, we will pick you at your hotel in Hanoi then drive to Ha Giang mountainous province which the Vietnam-China border extends more than 275Km long. During the way, there are many grandiose mountains with unique formation of peaky rocks. Ha Giang is the location of 4 major ethnic minorities with Hmong, Tay, Dao & Nung that make the ethnical diversity and nowhere we can see more fusing traditions than Ha Giang.

Have lunch at local restaurant in Tuyen Quang.

After lunch time, we continue to drive to Phuong Do commune(3 hours).

Arrive Phuong Do at late afternoon, We will visit Thon Tha village and Ha Thanh village of the Tay minoriry, take a walk to see their everyday life.

Dinner with the local host.

After dinner, enjoy a traditional dance & music of the Tay people in their black traditional clothes.

Overnight at homestay in Ha Thanh village.

[Day 2]: Phuong Do – Quan Ba Heaven Gate – Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark
(Breakfast, Lunch) (Guide)

After breakfast, we will say goodbye Phuong Do then continue our trip to Quan Ba (50km, 1.5 hours to drive). Arrive Quan Ba, you will have a great chance to walk up the top on hill to enjoy the stunning view of Quan Ba town, take the photo of Co Tien Double mountain and continue to drive to beautiful rote to Dong Van.

Continue to Yen Minh pass where you enjoy and fall in love with fabulous view of limestone mountain and valley. Have lunch in Yen Minh before continue to Pho Cao pass (Tham Ma pass) to take the photo of Happiness road before drive to visit Lung Cam village culture village to visit the home filming “ Story of Pao”.The film which won four Golden Kite Prizes (the Oscars of Vietnam).

We then continue to Dong Van and stop on the way to visit The King Palace of Hmong people.

Arrive Dong Van at late afternoon.

Overnight in Dong Van and take a walk around the town to the old streets.

[Day 3]: Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark Discovery
(Breakfast, Lunch) (Guide)

After having breakfast at hotel, we start our trip at 7:30am today to visit Nho Que River by boat trip.

From Dong Van, we drive 10 minutes to get Ta Lang village, stop there then take “xeom” to get the pier of Nho Que River (20 minutes).

Nestled between the mountain of northeast of Vietnam, Nho Que River winding like green thread shimmering north from heaven. The length of 192 km, the river engraved name on 46 km across the strip of land in Vietnam, and flows through the rocky sloping limestone mountain of the global geological park system Dong Van stone. The Nho Que river carries a beautiful turquoise blue color. That shines through the bright green patches of the forest almost all seasons of the year (except the rain season from Apr till Sep).

The best time to see the river is from October till March the next year, especially Feb and March when the Bombaxceiba flowers in full bloom.

After 1 hour boat trip along the river and visit Tu San alley, we will take “xeom” to get back the car.

Optional: if you prefer to do kayaking, it is also a good idea.

Have lunch at local restaurant in Dong Van.

After lunch, we will drive to Ma Pi Leng for trekking in 1-2 hours. We will stop at Ma Pi Leng museum then start to trek through a small road. The trekking route is fabulous for anyone who loves nature and taking photos. Climb up to the nice view point on the top of mountain to see the sunset and take beautiful photos of Nho Que river. You will have the opportunity to meet ethnic children playing along the way, the hardworking women growing maize in the fields or grazing buffaloes and goats. After more than 1 hour for trekking, we will meet the car on the main road. Get on the car and back hotel for overnight in Dong Van.

[Day 4]: Dong Van – Ba Be Lake
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Guide)

8:00am: After breakfast and check-out hotel, we will drive to Ba Be lake and arrive your homestay in Ba Be at late afternoon.

Rest and have dinner at homestay.

[Day 5]: Ba Be Lake – Nguom Ngao Cave – Ban Gioc Waterfall
(Breakfast, Lunch) (Guide)

After breakfast, enjoy the boat trip (3 hours) in the morning. This is a spectacular boat trip on the lake. We stroll along the riverfront, visit some lovely villages and hike the upper reaches of the lake, in an area marked by massive limestone cliffs and mountains.

The boat will come to Puong Cave where you can explore the stalactites and stalagmites which are a result of the erosion of the river on the karst as well as looking out for the bat colony several thousand strong.

11:00am:After 3 hours for boat trip, we will transfer you to a local restaurant for lunch.

Continue your trip to Ban Gioc waterfall (about 200km and 5 hours to drive).

Stop on the way to visit Phia Thap Incense village. It has a long history, although no one know the founder of this traditional craft, incense making has been inherited from generation to generation, creating work that is well known for every villager.

You will check in Saigon Ban Gioc hotel near the waterfall at late afternoon. Have dinner by your own.

Rest and overnight in Saigon Ban Gioc hotel.

[Day 6]: Ban Gioc Waterfall – Lang Son – Hanoi
(Breakfast, Lunch) (Guide)

8:00am: This morning, after breakfast and check-out hotel, we will bring you to visit the famous Ban Gioc Waterfall, the biggest waterfall in Vietnam. Take your time to enjoy the waterfall by a boat trip which you have more and more beautiful photos.

9:00am: we will drive continue the trip to discover Nguom Ngao cave which was formed about 300 million years ago. According to Tay language, Nguom Ngao means the cave of tigers. Legend has it that, the sound of the stream inside the cave likes the growl of tigers, so the local people named the cave as Nguom Ngao.

We will have lunch in Cao Bang city before drive to Hanoi (285 km, 6 hours to drive).

The tour ends at hotel in Hanoi at around 19:00.

We hope that you have enjoyed your Northeast loop tour with us, goodbye and see you again!!!

Note: If you do not want to go back to Hanoi, there is a great option to stay overnight in Ken Homestay in Bac Giang and drive to Ha Long Bay the next day. We will customise this day on your request.

Reviews (2)

2 reviews for Ha Giang – Ba Be Lake – Ban Gioc Waterfall

  1. Physcode

    Good tour, excellent tour guide, 100% recommended

  2. Jade (verified owner)

    We had great experiences. Friendly people, delicious food, beautiful scenery. The tour organizer is also very good.

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