What you’ll get

  • Duration : 3 days 2 nights

  • Departure : Hanoi Old Quarter

  • Suitable : Family, friend, couple, solo travelers

  • Type : Land tour

Overview

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.

Highlights

    • Admire amazing landscapes in the breathtaking Ban Gioc Waterfall
    • Float on Ba Be Lake, take in the scenery of the surrounding karsts decorated with patches of wild vegetation
    • Take a better understanding of the various ethnic groups and their agricultural tools, traditional handicrafts 
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Size : 30m2 Max Adults: 10

Bed size: Double/Twin

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  • Meals
    2 Breakfast, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Transportation
    Shuttle bus
  • Accommodation
    Homestay
  • Price Includes
    • A/C transfer
    • Boat trip on Ba Be lake
    • 2 nights at Homestay
    • All sightseeing tickets
    • Pick-up and drop-off in Hanoi Old Quarter
    • Experienced English speaking guide
    • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
    Price Excludes
    • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
    • Travel insurance
    • Beverage
    • Other services not mentioned above
  • Cancellation by Customer

    For almost of our tours, once tour is confirmed and fully paid but for one reason they cancel the tour, the following charges will apply in the event of cancellation prior to tour commencement:

    • More than 30 days before arrival: No charge
    • 15-30 days before arrival: 10% of total tour price.
    • 7-15 days before arrival: 50% of total tour price.
    • 4-7 days before arrival: 75% of total tour price.
    • Within 3 days before arrival: 100% tour price.

    Note:

    • The above fees are subject to an added bank transaction fee.
    • There will be no refund given for any unused or missed ground arrangements, sightseeing, meals or hotel accommodations.
    • For no show cases, there will be no refund.
    • All cancellations must be in person or in writing and received by us
  • Cancellation by Weather

    In case of an unexpected situation/ bad weather causes an effect on your trip after commencement, we serve the right to change the itinerary of your booked tour for the safety of all clients in the group. If there are more than one solution, we will ask for your permission and agreement to do the next step. In such kind of cancellation, the refund of any payment on the un-used portion of transportation service, hotel service, car rental or tours will be given.

  • Children Policy
    • Under 4 years: Free of Charge.
    • From 4 to 8 years old: 50% of adult’s fare and sharing bed with parents.
    • From 9 to 11 years old: 75% of adult’s fare and using existing bed.
    • Students with ID student card: 90% of adult’s fare and using existing bed.
    • Over 11 years old: 100% of adult’s fare and using existing bed.

Itineraries

Day 1: Hanoi - Lang Son - Quang Uyen

Our tour guide will pick you up by car at your hotel around 7:30-8:00am, transferring you to Lang Son. We will start by driving in the direction of the Chinese border for about 3 hours, before stopping at Chi Lang Pass - a 20-km-long gorge created from a narrow valley between two mountains. This place occupies an important position in Vietnamese history, being the place of many victories against various Chinese invasions over the centuries and millennia, as far back as 981AD. As such it bears the reputation of Vietnam’s strongest citadel and bastion. Here you will have roughly an hour to walk around and explore the area around the Quy Mon Quan Gate, which translates as “The Gate of Monsters”, named for the many invasion forces that would spill through the pass over the course of history only to be beaten back by stalwart Vietnamese defenders. After lunch at a local restaurant in Dong Dang, you will continue your trip into the pass, stopping to visit Mother’s Temple and Dong Khe – an important historical site where The Battle of Dong Khe was fought during the First Indochina War. In fact, this was the very first battle of the Indochina Wars, and the fighting here took place through September and October 1950, ending in a resounding victory for the Viet Minh. In the evening you will get to enjoy dinner and overnight rest in a local homestay owned and operated by a local Nung family.

Meals: L, D

Accommodation: Homestay

Day 2: Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfall - Ba Be Lake

After enjoying breakfast at the homestay, you will depart for Trung Khanh which lies right on the border with China. Here you will have another chance to meet and interact with the local Nung people living in the village of Phuoc Sen, a mountainous village famous for its traditional blacksmithing. The farming tools made here are an integral part of the lifestyle which is evident in the surrounding rice paddies and fields. Nestled amongst these amazing landscapes is the breath-taking Ban Gioc Waterfall which spans over 300 meters, split half and half between Vietnam and China. You’ll get some time here to simply take in the amazing atmosphere surrounding the falls, which presents an excellent opportunity for some fantastic photography. Once you’ve finished at the falls, it’s time to head over to Nguom Ngao Cave, for a very different, but no less impressive natural wonder. The cave stretches for 2,144 meters underground and is brimming with incredible stalactites and stalagmites. You will then return to Cao Bang town and head down the “snake pass” to Ba Be Lake, where you will stay overnight in a homestay constructed in traditional Tay fashion and owned and operated by a local Tay family. Here you can relax and unwind from the day and enjoy a delicious and authentic home-cooked meal.

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Homestay

Day 3: Ba Be Lake - Hanoi

After breakfast we’ll kick the final day of the tour of by boarding a boat and setting off onto the lake. It’s up to you how to spend your time on the boat, whether it’s relaxing and enjoying the views or going for a swim in the cool waters to refresh yourself. The views consist of stunning karst formations all around you covered with patches of wild vegetation and a rich wildlife. The boat will then continue along the Nang River, giving you a chance to explore the caves of Puong Grotto where you can marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites created through river erosion, as well as observe the thousands-strong bat colony that lives here. Now that you’ve reached the end of your tour, you’ll be driven the roughly 230 kilometres back to Hanoi, with a stop at a tea plantation nestled among rolling hills. Once we arrive in Hanoi it is time to say farewell, having made lifelong memories and connections. 

Meals: B, L

Accommodation:

Important Notes

    What to take

    • Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes. Take a small day pack for hiking and trekking.
    • It is essential to bring your passport on this trip. We also recommend packing: insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat..

Questions & Answers

  • Asked by David Brynda | 13 Jun 2019

    How to I take part in this tour If I am staying in Cao Bang?

    Answered by admin | 14 Jun 2019

    Hello Mr David, This tour depart from Hanoi so,In your case, we provide 2 options for you: Option 1: You can take private tour, You will start early from Cao Bang Option 2: Private tour:, You will wait others guest in group depart from Hanoi to Cao Bang, And then you take part in tour with them! Thank you!

  • Asked by Jessica Troedel | 13 Jun 2019

    Can I see both side of water fall: China and Vietnam?

    Answered by admin | 14 Jun 2019

    If you come from Vietnamesde side, you can take a raft (manually row) and go closer to fall, even going over the middle line of the river, there is no problem. But, you are not allowed to land on the Chinese shore. I was told there was border surveillance which we could not see.

  • Asked by Samuli Jansson | 12 Jun 2019

    If our hotel is not located in Hanoi Old quarter. Is it possible to pick us up?

    Answered by admin | 14 Jun 2019

    Normally, We are offer pick up at hotel which is located in Hanoi Old Quarter, Others place, please come to the meeting point Hanoi Opera House for pick up.

  • Asked by Kirsi Viinikka | 06 Jun 2019

    What is the best time to visit Cao Bang?

    Answered by admin | 14 Jun 2019

    The best time to visit Cao Bang is from August to September every year. This time water fall down strong and blue water.

  • Asked by Miska Pielinen | 01 Jun 2019

    How do I get there using public transportation? Is it possible to do 1 day from Hanoi

    Answered by admin | 14 Jun 2019

    Yes, if you will take night bus . The classic tour to this province is 3 days/2 nights (Hanoi - Ban Gioc waterfall – Ba Be Lake) So If you take part in 1 day tour, You need to ready at Cao Bang province, Also Hanoi is can not. Because, distance from Hanoi to Cao Bang is very far, You need spend around 9 hours to move, So one day tour will tied with you, Move over, You will not have time to discover all of beautiful destination here.

Customer Reviews

Excellent

9.7

Based on 30 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    9.6
  • Organization
    9.6
  • Value for money
    9.8
  • Safety
    9.9
10.0

Erica

Canada
13 Jun 2019
Adventure tour
9.8

Wang

Singapore
02 May 2019
Aswesome
9.5

Donatien De La Ronde

Italy
23 Apr 2019
Lucky to visit here
9.8

Riley van Hoorn

Finland
15 Apr 2019
Highly recommend Ban Gioc water fall and Ba Be Lake
9.8

Kwa

Singapore
11 Apr 2019
Paradise in Vietnam