3-day trip to Ban Gioc Waterfall and Ba Be Lake

Out-of-time experience in Northern Vietnam

It is difficult to articulate the magnitude of this experience. Northern Vietnam may not be your initial choice for a tranquil vacation. Although there are no beaches, the landscape is so captivating that you will be entranced and captivated by it at every turn.
The tour commences with a journey through the province of Lang Son, leading to Chi Lang Pass. Throughout the centuries, this site has witnessed some of the most significant wars between China and Vietnam. It is a narrow gorge spanning 20 kilometers between two mountains, offering a restricted passage for enemy soldiers. Chi Lang Pass boasts an awe-inspiring terrain with a profound historical significance, but is unfortunately not frequented by tourists as much.
Our next destination is Dong Dang village, where you can find the stunning Mother Goddess Temple. The temple's architecture is truly remarkable as it sits on the mountain's edge, offering a magnificent view to the visitors.
Mother Goddess Temple
Mother Goddess Temple

The initial day of this tour concludes in the village of Quang Uyen, where you will have the opportunity to explore a traditional Nung house. This stilted structure boasts a spacious first floor, which serves as a common area. The Kim family, which spans three generations, will welcome you into their home, providing you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in their culture, learn from their customs, and savor a delectable dinner among kin.
Quang Uyen
It is imperative to arise early in order to embark on a brief trek to ascend a nearby peak. Upon reaching the summit, the magnificence of the valley sprawling before you will leave you awestruck, as the sun rises amidst two towering peaks.
3-day trip to Ban Gioc Waterfall and Ba Be Lake
3-day trip to Ban Gioc Waterfall and Ba Be Lake
During the second day, the level of pressure and amazement will gradually intensify. It will commence with a tranquil morning in the village of Phuoc Sen, where the expertise and precision required to craft an impeccable knife are of ancestral significance.

3-day trip to Ban Gioc Waterfall and Ba Be Lake

3-day trip to Ban Gioc Waterfall and Ba Be Lake
As you progress towards the Ban Gioc Waterfall, the intensity of the experience will increase. This waterfall is one of the largest in the world and forms a natural boundary with China. A boat ride will allow you to get close enough to the waterfall to get wet and take incredible photos.
3-day trip to Ban Gioc Waterfall and Ba Be Lake
Conclude the day with a sudden descent into the depths of the earth, exploring the Nguom Ngao Cave, also referred to as Tiger Cave. Legend has it that the cave was once home to numerous tigers, but they were eventually driven away by the local inhabitants. The cave, measuring 2144 meters in length, boasts delicate stalactite and stalagmite formations as well as impressive caverns, making it a primary attraction in the province. Additionally, the cave is easily accessible and does not require specialized equipment for exploration.
3-day trip Ban Gioc waterfall and Ba Be lake
Undoubtedly, the subsequent and ultimate highlight of the day is once again the overnight stay in a nearby homestay located in Ba Be National Park. The graciousness of a communal meal coupled with the warm hospitality of the host family is one of the most memorable experiences you will encounter during your excursion to Northern Vietnam.
3-day trip to Ban Gioc Waterfall and Ba Be Lake
Regrettably, the final day of our tour amidst the untamed jungle surrounding Ba Be Lake has arrived. Engaging in kayaking on the calm waters early in the morning assures a tranquil and soothing experience, which sets the tone for the rest of the day. Following breakfast, we will embark on a boat ride around the lake, which is divided into three sections interconnected by rivers. It is noteworthy that ‘Ba’ in Vietnamese translates to ‘three’. Commencing from the lake's lowest point, the boat will navigate towards the North, reaching the Nang River, leading to Puong Grotto, where a charming bat colony spends its days.
Puong Grotto
3-day trip to Ban Gioc Waterfall and Ba Be Lake

The tour will take you to locations that are rarely visited by foreigners, giving you the sense of being privileged. Those who have experienced these places before can attest to this feeling. This journey offers more than a simple trip, as it boasts breathtaking scenery, a captivating atmosphere, delectable cuisine, and hospitable locals. It is truly a life-altering experience.
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Charlotte Duval


Born and raised in Paris, I have spent most of my first working years in the fashion industry, following the incessant rhythm of Fashion Weeks, working in contact with people from all nationalities. This fascinating experience forged my will to discover other parts of the world and see how things are done across the border.

  • Mr Linh
  • 25/06/2019 11:16:56

Thanks to the author for such a useful article.

  • Charlotte Duval
  • 25/06/2019 11:19:02

Thank you!

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