THE BEST OFF THE BEATEN TRACK TOURS

This tour takes you to the most stupendous region of Vietnam, the markets of ethnic people, the mountains of the Black H'mong of Dong Van and the Ma Pi Leng Pass, to the magic Babe Lake, through another very spectacular mountain road.
Tour code: PRT 15E
Tour code: PRT 15E
Departures: 6
FROM $403
This tour will take you to some of the most incredible sites in the north of Vietnam. This is a wild and beautiful region of limestone peaks, black granite needles (the locals call them “stone forests”), vertiginous canyons and limitless panoramas. You will also discover the culture of the local Black H’mong. The men are remarkably elegant, dressed in black, with a beret, a souvenir of their great allies the French. Also on the itinerary is the sprawling Ba Be Lake in Ba Be National Park where you can enjoy the rich natural surroundings and meet the local Tay communities.
Tour code: PRT 21E
Tour code: PRT 21E
Departures: On request
FROM $337
This journey through the north-east of Vietnam highlights the immense beauty of Halong Bay, Ba Be Lake and the surrounding areas. You will spend five days travelling across land and sea, visiting waterfalls and forests and meeting local people.
Tour code: PRT 23E
Tour code: PRT 23E
Departures: On request
FROM $497
The signature hike of Ba Be National Park threads its way along the spine of the Pia Booc Range, traversing passes, alpine lakes, with intimate glimpses of those iconic craggy summits.You will experience boating on the river, hiking through the forest, staying with two different ethnic families, cooking traditional food, trekking in the mountains, kayaking in the lake as well as visiting a local school. It is certainly an action packed trip getting back to nature and meeting local people.
Tour code: BBT08E
Tour code: BBT08E
Departures: On request
FROM $194
If you are looking for an adventurous mountain trip packed with trekking and outdoor activities, this five-day trip in Sapa and Ba Be is the perfect tour for you. The rich and diverse landscapes combine mountains, rice paddies, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and caves giving you plenty of options for exploration. As well as the great range of activities on offer you will also develop your understanding of the rich varieties of cultures in Vietnam as you visit many different local villages.
Tour code: PRT 22E
Tour code: PRT 22E
Departures: On request
FROM $325
The soaring, rocky mountains and extensive, sweeping valleys in the north of Vietnam inspire a feeling of wonder in all those who lay eyes on the immense landscapes. You will follow the mountain roads between Sapa, Bac Ha and Ha Giang witnessing the incredible scenery unfolding around every corner. As you travel across the region, you will visit the colourful and diverse villages belonging the many different ethnic minority groups in Vietnam.
Tour code: HG77E
Tour code: HG77E
Departures: On request
FROM $494
This tour takes you into the heart of northern culture, travelling across the vast landscapes to the lively and colourful ethnic markets. The north of Vietnam is famed for its sweeping panoramas of limestone mountain ranges and cascades of terraced rice paddies. This tour is perfect for those who love to get off the beaten track to discover unspoilt nature and culture.
Tour code: BB41E
Tour code: BB41E
Departures: On request
FROM $435
This 3-day, trekking and cycling adventure will take you through the incredible scenery of Ba Be National Park in the northeast of Vietnam.  You have almost three days packed full of adventure and cultural activities including jungle trekking, visiting ethnic villages, taking a boat cruise and biking around the national park. You will spend two nights in a local homestay in a Tay village which will give you the chance to meet the local people and experience their way of life.
Tour code: BBT 11E
Tour code: BBT 11E
Departures: On request
FROM $205
This eight-day adventure veers off the beaten path and into the wild and unspoilt beauty of northern Vietnam. During the trip, you will trek through mountains, valleys and villages to discover the landscapes and cultures of Sapa and the frontier region of Ha Giang before winding up in the sublime setting of Ba Be National Park.
Tour code: PRT 20E
Tour code: PRT 20E
Departures: On request
FROM $562
This Ha Giang tour will take you through the awe-inspiring panoramas of Ha Giang and Dong Van, travelling along the mountain hugging Ma Pi Leng Pass and through the valleys. You will journey through the sprawling lands of tea plantations, the stone forests of the Dong Van Plateau and into the ethnic minority communities to stay with local people and explore the fascinating markets.
Tour code : HG44E
Tour code: HG44E
Departures: On request
FROM $258
This excursion will take you to from the karst-studded Lan Ha Bay to the stunning Cat Ba Island and finally to the natural haven of Ba Be National Park. As well as taking in some of the most incredible areas in the north of Vietnam, this action-packed trip is full of unforgettable experiences: cruising on a traditional wooden sailboat, hiking through a pristine forest, staying with two different local families, discovering caves system and kayaking.
Tour code: PRT 18E
Tour code: PRT 18E
Departures: On request
FROM $714
This three- day tour combines adventure with cultural discovery as your spend your days exploring
3 different caves, dry cave Hua Ma, tunnel Puong Cave and river Lo Mo Cave... And national park and your nights in ethnic villages. Come and enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience in the caves of Ba Be with our dedicated adventure tour.
- Although there are several huge caves in Central Vietnam, Lo Mo Cave is a major new discovery in the north and another great reason to visit Ba Be National Park, an area of limestone karst mountains surrounding spectacular lakes. This cave is yet to be documented by geologists and is sure to bring out your inner explorer.
Tour code: ADB 03E
Tour code: ADB 03E
Departures: On request
FROM $349
The isolated regions of the far north of Vietnam have retained a wild beauty and rugged charm that have been lost in many areas. This ultimate experience in the north of Vietnam will take you into the heart of the countryside to discover the incredible landscapes and ethnic minority communities. You will visit many remote areas of unspoilt beauty, taking in the incredible vistas along the way.
Tour code: PRT 17E
Tour code: PRT 17E
Departures: On request
FROM $719
This adventure trek takes you into the remote jungle on the western side of Ba Be National Park. You will trek into the thick jungle to discover the sheer, natural beauty of Ba Be Park. Whilst exploring the park, you will be able to meet the local people living and farming here as you trek to some of the ethnic minority villages. The trip will be topped off with a boat trip and cave exploration. This action-packed trip is perfect for those with a keen sense of adventure and a good level of fitness.
Tour code: BBT 09E
Tour code: BBT 09E
Departures: On request
FROM $240
This 3-day small group tour start from Hanoi with English speaking guide to discover Ba Be National Park, Ba Be is the largest natural freshwater lake in Vietnam with exceptional biodiversity including a population of langurs, over 200 bird and 350 butterfly species, geological treasures and mature primary limestone forests. In places like this, careless tourism can bring human disturbances and endanger this heritage, while thoughtful tourism with a controlled impact can provide excellent support to conservation projects in the area and help the economies of local people. We share your desire for the latter option and promise that nature knows how to return your kindness. Surrounded by the lush green of the forest, we hope you enjoy your time spent exploring the lakes, caves, mountains and jungles.
Tour code: OPT 01E
Tour code: OPT 01E
Departures: EVERYDAY
FROM $175
This is your chance to experience Ba Be National Park in a whole new way. This tour will take you into the lush tropical jungles of Ba Be where you will spend one night sleeping in a jungle hammock. There is nothing like sleeping outdoors to really connect you with nature. You will also spend two nights in a traditional style wooden stilt house at Mr Linh's Homestay and explore the Ba Be Lake by boat and kayak.
Tour code: ADB01E
Tour code: ADB01E
Departures: On request
FROM $245
On this 10-day walking tour of northern Vietnam, you will visit the mountainous regions near the Chinese border. You will sweep along mountain passes and descend into beautiful valleys, visiting local markets and ethnic minority communities along the way. This tour is bound to fill you with a new found wonder of northern Vietnam and it's unique landscapes and cultures.
Tour code: PRT 26E
Tour code: PRT 26E
Departures: On request
FROM 663
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 be travelling 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.
Tour code: OPT 02E
Tour code: OPT 02E
Departures: EVERYDAY
FROM $215

INTRODUCTION | BA BE NATIONAL PARK

Ba Be was given the designation of National Park in 1992 in an effort to protect this stunning area of rich biodiversity and unique landscapes. As well as this, it also features as an ASEAN Heritage Park. The park itself stretches over 10,048 ha and has many different ecosystems within its borders. The ground and surrounding mountains are made up mainly of limestone karst which is characteristic of the north of Vietnam, and the forests consist of mostly evergreen vegetation with bamboo growing closer to banks of the lake. In the heart of the park is Ba Be Lake which is the largest and highest natural freshwater lake in Vietnam. The lake is made up of three smaller lakes and surrounded by limestones karsts some of which open up into magnificent caves. The park also features many caves which have formed over years of erosion some, some of which have only been discovered recently. Ba Be is also home to some ethnic minority communities. There is a large Tay population in Ba Be who make their living farming and fishing in the park and mostly live in traditional wooden stilt houses. This culture has been well preserved by the Tay community and can be seen throughout the park. There are also many local legends surrounding the various places throughout Ba Be which add to the magic of the park. Areas of Interest Puong Cave Puong Cave is 30m high and stretches 300 m into the base of Lung Nham Mountain. Over the years, the flow of the Nang River cut into the rock, gradually eroding the surface until it eventually broke through to the other side. The forces of erosion have also created some interesting rock formations within the cave. The craggy mouth of the cave opens up into a tranquil river with stalactites and patterned rocks overhead. From here the river flows through the cave and into Ba Be Lake.   Hua Ma Cave Hua Ma which was only opened to the public relatively recently is thought to be one of the most interesting and beautiful in the area. The legend behind the name of this cave is dark and mysterious much like its echoing caverns. Hua Ma which translates as Horse's Head refers to the story of an ancient king and his discovery of the cave. Upon approaching the cave on horseback with his men, the king's horse refused to past the mouth of the cave. The king asked the local people for an explanation, and they told him that the cave was home to lost souls who had not made it to the afterlife and whose cries could be heard echoing in the cave at night. As a way of freeing the souls, the king erected a temple and ordered his men to float horse's heads down the stream while he recited Buddhist scriptures from within the cave. If this story isn't enough to set imaginations running, then the cave itself will with its captivating display of stalactites and stalagmites whose forms echo that of magical scenes and mythical creatures. The cave is accessed by a 300-meter walk up to the entrance before descending the newly installed steps into the depth of the cavern.   Lo Mo Cave Lo Mo Cave was only recently discovered by Mr Linh himself! He came across the undiscovered cave whilst trekking in the Hoang Tri Commune. It has a height of 40 meters and stretches roughly 3-5 km underground with two streams flowing through it. The years of erosion have created some incredible rock formations from the spikes of the stalactites and stalagmites to the smooth wave like formations on the walls.   The Nang River The Nang River is a tributary of a river originating in China which joins Ba Be at the north head of the lake. During the dry months, it supplies water to the lake and during the wet season, it drains the excess; this helps to maintain the lake throughout the year. Riding down the Nang by boat is one the best ways to take in the beautiful scenery of Ba Be National Park as it lined with tropical forests and karst mountains, even passing through Puong Cave at one point. The Nang is home to some species of river dwelling birds such as kingfishers, egrets and herons. The river also plays an important role in local life with people using the river for transport or planting crops along its banks.   Dau Dang Waterfalls The Nang River also travels over Dau Dang Waterfall. The river cuts through the thick vegetation and flows over the large boulders which block its path creating a picturesque and refreshing scene. This site is also home to a rare species of fish known as ca chien, a type of catfish, which can grow to over 10kg in weight.   Fairy Pond Fairy pond is a tranquil haven of still water surrounded by thickly forested cliffs. It is one of the areas steeped in local legend as it is said that it is believed that a local hunter came across some fairies bathing in the pool who cast a spell on him. The beautiful scenery does have mystical feel to it but you are more likely to spot either a local fisherman or some of the varied wildlife than the legendary fairies.   Widow’s Island Widow Island is another beauty spot famed for the folklore surrounding its origins. Small but beautifully formed, the island which is topped with a tangle of trees sit in the middle of the calm lake. It takes its name from a kind and courageous widow and her son who were said to have rescued the inhabitants of Ba Be from disaster. The gem-like silhouette of the island looks pleasing against the wild and craggy shapes of the mountains in the distance and makes for some great photographs.   Tay Ethnic Minority Communities Many Tay communities reside in Ba Be National Park living mostly around the lake in small villages and hamlets. People mostly make a living and support themselves through rice cultivation, farming and fishing in the lake. Many of the villages have retained a traditional way of life, living in wooden stilt houses and maintaining the same cultural beliefs and rituals that have existed for centuries. This way of life here seem to be in harmony with the beautiful surroundings with many of the beliefs and traditions being intertwined with nature.   Pac Ngoi Village Pac Ngoi Village sits just off the south-east tip of Ba Be Lake. The stilt houses seem to blend effortlessly with the verdant blanket of trees which sit behind it, their wooden structures complementing rather than overpowering the scene. Here you can see the local villagers working hard during and returning to their houses in the evening to share stories over homemade food.   Cam Ha Village In the north of the lake, where the Ba Be Lake meets the Nang River sits Ban Cam Village. The houses are nestled in a small valley next to the river and the local villagers can be seen fishing on the lake in their traditional dugout canoes.  The narrow boats glide effortlessly along the surface of the river maintaining the peace and tranquility of the area.   Bo Lu and Coc Toc Village Bo Lu and Coc Toc are neighbouring towns on the west side of the land and can be accessed by road or boat. There are still many traditional stilt houses here, and some are used as homestays. The homestays highlight the warmth and hospitality of the local people and offer visitors a fantastic opportunity learn about local culture and make some new friends. Save SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

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