Ba Be National Park
Ba Be Lake or Ba Be National Park located in Bac Can Province, 240km from Hanoi and covers more than 23,000 hectares boasting waterfalls, rivers, deep valleys, lakes and caves set amid towering peaks. The whole area is home to many ethnic minority communities. Ba Be Lake is in fact three lakes linked by wide channels, about 8km long and 400m wide. The surface is always calm, making a boat trip a peaceful experience. To reach Ba Be, it is an approximately six to eight -hour drive on rough road but excellent scenery compensated.
The best time to visit Ba Be Lake is during the dry season (winter and spring). In the wet season, the lake takes up water from the Nang River and regularly flooded. If travel at the time of Long Tong Festival on the 10th and 11th days of the first lunar month, there are traditional games and performance of surrounding ethnic tribal groups.
Ba Be Lake
Ba Be Lake is located in the centre of Ba Be National Park, 70km southeast of Bac Kan city. Ba Be Lake is one of the most unique and beautiful natural tourist attractions in Vietnam. The lake was formed by the geological structural changes millions of years ago that made limestone mountains and caves. The lake was composed of three parts(Pe Leng, Pe Lu, Pe Lam) so it was called Ba Be Lake. The lake is 8km long, the widest place of 2km, with a water surface area of 500ha and an average depth of 20m, the deepest part being 35m. There are beautiful small islands on the lake and hundreds of freshwater fish Due to its special geological structure, Ba Be Lake is very different in comparison with other Karst lakes on the world. At the International Conference of Freshwater Lakes held in March 1995 Ba Be Lake was ranked as one of 20 most beautiful natural freshwater lakes of the world that should be protected. In 2012, Ba Be Lake was recognised as a special National landscape monument. Ba Be Lake, situated at an altitude of 150m above the sea level, is surrounded by the high limestone mountains and primeval jungle and with a year round beauty, the panorama of the lake is like a watercolour painting.
Dau Dang Waterfall
Dau Dang waterfall is about 3 km to the west of Ba Be Lake. it is the contiguous place between Bac Kan province and Tuyen Quang province. The Nang River flows over rocks of several hundred metres high and is more than 1km long. Water from above thunders down with dazzling white bubbles all year, creating a mighty music within the grandiose jungle. Dau Dang waterfall has many valuable species of fishes including fried fish, and some of them are tens of kilograms in weight. In March and April, after the first rains, each school of fish races to pass the waterfall, creating an exiting spectacle "Fish passing dragon gate From Dau Dang waterfall". About 300m further on tourists can get on a boat to visit Na hydropower lake Hang ecotourism area(Tuyen Quang and Bac Me, Ha province).
Thac Bac WaterfallSilver Waterfall, Vang Village Hoang Tri commune, Ba be Suburban District, is 8km south of Ba Be Lake, and 3km from Hua Ma cavern. Silver waterfall is a multi-layer natural waterfall, the base forming small lakes with areas of from 100 to 200 m, thus creating beautiful natural beaches.
Fairy Pond is a small lake located on the northern hill top 100m from Ba Be Lake. It is more than 3,000 m wide, surrounded by limestone- mountains and primeval jungle, and the pond water is blue and cool. There are many kinds of valuable fish such as glass carp hemibagrus, fried fish, etc. Coming to Fairy Pond, tourists can see footprints on the rocks and listen to the legend about a hunter and seven fairies.
Widow Island (Dialect is Po Gia Mai) is a beautiful small island located in the centre of the lake 1(Pe Leng)of Ba Be Lake. The Island is made up of rocks, and the roots of the evergreen plants wrap around the rocks so the island looks like a painting on the lake from a distance. Legend has it that the island is inhabited by a kind-hearted widow and her son who used two rice husks from a rice grain given by a fairy, which we're ransomed into two dug-out canoes to rescue civilians during the cataclysm which formed Ba Be Lack in the past. Widow Island is an attractive tourist attraction, a green jewel silhouetted against the clear green lake, an ideal place for tourists to visit when in Ba Be National Park, Bac Kan.
Hua Ma CaveHua Ma Cavern is located in the Hua Ma range of Horse Head mountain) Quan commune, Ba Be the Suburban District, 6k south west of Ba Lake. The cavern was discovered ,invested in and put into tourism service in 2004.
Hua Ma Cavern is a hung cavern, 350m sea level and nearly 700m deep. The average ceiling is 50m, the width is 30-50m. The cavern floor is dry and cool in the summer, warm in the winter. In the cavern, there are stalactites with many beautiful unique shapes like: Guanyin Buddha statue sitting on a lotus throne, terraced fields, stone curtain, stone gate, etc. Tourists judge Hua Ma cavern to be the most beautiful intact natural cave the region.
Na Phong Cave
Na Phoong cave is in Bo Lu Village, Nam Mau commune, Ba Be Suburban District, about 2 km south west of the southern wharf of Ba Be Lake. The cavern's heart is an underground stream flowing from Nam Cuong commune, Cho Don Suburban District through limestone range of mountains, passing Bo Lu Village and flowing into Ba Be Lake Due to the dangerous terrain, Na Phoong cavern was selected as headquarters of Voice of Vietnam during the war against French colonialists(1950-1954). Na Phoong Cavern is one of the attractive sights in Ba Be National Park.
Lo Mo Cave ExpeditionDiscovered in July 2016 by Mr Linh's Adventure, Lo Mo
The cave itself is limestone karst formed by water erosion over millions of years, resulting in an incredible subterranean landscape. The main body of the cave stretches underground for about three thousand metres following a mineral rich underground river. Inside the chambers of the cave are a variety of stalagmite columns reaching heights of up to forty metres, mirrored by large stalactite formations hanging from the ceiling. During treks, guides will use lights to illuminate sculptured formations, rare fauna and flora, and the iridescent colours of the water and rock.
The private transport Cars and Vans 4, 7, 16, 29 and 45 seats are possible for rent from Hanoi at 83 Ma May street.
- SHUTTLE BUS HANOI ↔ BA BE LAKE
This type of transfer is available for departing from Hanoi at 83 Ma May street. The shuttle bus can be understood as “tourist bus”, leaving Hanoi around 07:30 and return at 13:00 from Ba Be Tourism Centre
LOCAL BUSES TO BA BE NATIONAL PARK
FROM HANOI (The bus operators will make every effort to operate according to published schedules. However, the travel route can change depending on local conditions)
Option 1: Gia Lam station (9h30) - Thai Nguyen station (12h00) - Bo Lu village
9:20 am In GIA LAM bus station look for a local bus to THAI NGUYEN city. The bus to catch that WILL take you all the way to THAI NGUYÊN is a red one with number plate 30L 6023, leaving about 9.30 am.
11:45 - 12:00 Arrive at THAI NGUYEN bus station.
NB There will be many cars or local buses at the Bus Station saying 'Ba Be and they will try to persuade you to use their transport. However, they will not take you to all the way to Ba Be National Park but only to Cho Ra town which is 20 km short of the park and then you'll have to hire a motorbike to the Park or pay a substantial extra bus fare.
So say “Khong, cam on” = " No, thank you"
The bus to catch that WILL take you all the way to Ba Be National Park is a white one with number plate TRUONG GIANG 97B-000.75, leaving about 12.00 Am
12:00 pm catch the above bus from Thai Nguyen bus station. This should take you all the way and you off on BA BE lake shore (Ba Be Center Tourism).
Option 2: My Dinh station (6h00) - Bang Lung town (12h00) - Bo Lu village
Option 3: My Dinh station (9h30) - Bang Lung town (16h00) - Bu Lu village
-09:30 am in MY DINH bus station look for a local bus to CHO DON town of Thuong Nga company at gate 33. This is unique one that WILL take you direct all the way to CHO DON via THAI NGUYÊN city and is a red one with number plate 29B11637, leaving about 10:00 Am. The staffs on the bus will collect your monies one time before stop at CHO DON. Another mini Van of this company also will be accountability take you to Ba Be lake-shore (Ba Be Tourism Centre).
FROM SAPA Sapa - Lao Cai station (17h00) - Thai Nguyen night sleeping bus (6h00)- Bang Lung (10h00) Ask your hotel, or look for a “Xe Om”, (a motor bike taxi) who will take you to Lao Cai bus station. Motor bike taxis manage to carry reasonable luggage and should provide you with a helmet. At Lao Cai bus station buy a ticket for night bus to Thai Nguyen. 4.30 to 5.30 pm Catch night bus. Buses usually stop for toilets/ food every 3 or 4 hours. They are sometimes chilly with A/C. Arrive at Thai Nguyen bus station at 6.30 am the next day. (You can get breakfast at a local restaurant) The bus to catch that WILL take you all the way to Ba Be National Park is a white one with the number plate THUONG NGA 20k 8496. Departure at about 8.20 am. 8.20 am catch the above bus from Thai Nguyen bus station. This should take you to Cho Don town then transfer you to another bus before you off on Nam Cuong market which far Ba Be Tourism Centre 2 km.
FROM CAO BANG Cao Bang (7h00) - Phu Thong town (11h30) - Bo Lu village (14h00) Ask your hotel, or look for a “Xe Om”, (a motor bike taxi) who will take you to Cao Bang bus station. Motor bike taxis manage to carry reasonable luggage and should provide you with a helmet. At Cao Bang bus station look for a bus bus to Thai Nguyen or Hanoi. However, Please ask Bus driver droop you off Phu Thong to catch another bus to Ba Be (Cho Ra). At Phu Thong have some buses to Cho Ra every one hours. At Cho Ra LOOK FOR a “Xe Om”, (a motor bike taxi) who will take you to Bo Lu village (Ba Be lake-shore)
FROM HA GIANG Ha Giang (6h00) - Thai Nguyen town (13h00) - Cho Don town - Bo Lu village
Highlights of Ba Be National Park are peaceful boat trips on the lake, visits at nearby tourist spots such as Puong Cave and Dau Dang Waterfall and trekking to minority villages. Basic homestay at villages in the park is also a great experience. Further north of Ba Be is Cao Bang Province , a remote area where you can see authentic ethnic minority lifestyle as well as the famous Ban Gioc Waterfall .
Trekking & Hiking Ba Be is considered by both native Vietnamese and visitors to be be the best trekking area in the country. The whole district is dominated by the Pia Booc mountain range rising to a height of 1527m. It is the combination of the scenery, from the karst outcrops clad in rich vegetation, to the paddy fields carpeting the lower slopes of the Na Nghe mountains; the rich variety of flora and fauna; and the relationship between the ethnic minority and nature, which together make this a unique and rewarding trekking location. Local guides know the best routes to take you to the hidden gems and best viewpoints, to keep your trek enjoyable but safe.
Climbing and Mountaineering Ba Be Tourism Centre can help you with everything you need to climb in Ba Be National Park. Whether you are touching limestone for the first time, looking for guided instruction, or ticking an international climbing destination off your list, we can get you off the ground! Check out the tabs to the left for details on all we provide. Our climbing guides are experts on the area and excited to show you the best Ba Be has to offer. Our staff is more than happy to provide you with gear rentals, guided trips, private instruction, and a wealth of helpful advice. We’re here to help you can get the most out of your experience in Vietnam.
Kayaking Kayaking is the best way to explore the breathtaking beauty of Ba Be Lake. Paddle through the islets; discover hidden caves; visit fishing villages. You can get closer to the limestone karsts, and find some really secret corners of Ba Be lake and the Nang river. Kayaks can go where big boats can't reach, and with their lack of engine noise are so much less intrusive, a real eco way of travel. When travelling wearing a life jacket is a must. You need to wear suitable clothes; T shirt and shorts, swimming suits in summer, warmer clothes in winter, wet shoes, hat, sun cream and sun glasses, dry bag for storing camera, insect repellent, water. Kayaking is only provided by the Ba Be Tourism Centre – Mr Linh's Homestay in Bo Lu village.
Cycling Ba Be is great for exploring by bicycle. Sport bikes can be rented for around $10 per day. The main roads around the national park are mostly in good condition and don't see much traffic. One day around the park should enable you to visit the Hua Ma cave, Thac Bac waterfall and some villages. Car hire and motorbike taxis can also be arranged in Ba Be. Motorbike taxis (xe om) can be a good way to explore the park as the drivers usually know the best spots. Be sure to clearly agree your plans and price in advance.
Ba Be Lake Tours
Ba Be Center Tourism is Tay-owned and can arrange homestays, boat trips and multiday tours of Ba Be National Park, including trekking and kayaking.
Mr Linh's Adventures Travel is a mainly company arrange tours to Ba Be National Park waterfall from Hanoi, the head office located at 83 Ma May street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the open-air dining area at the first floor. According to your wishes, the proprietor of hometay can be served traditional Vietnamese style on mats or at tables with Vietnamese cuisines or Tay ethnic cuisines . At the homestay in Ba Be national park you will discover farm-fresh produce, meat and Ba Be lake fish prepared by a talented and experienced cook. Many guests have said that it is the best Vietnamese food they ever ate.
All ingredients come from homestay farm or, in some cases, from neighboring farms. You will have dishes featuring just-picked vegetables and fruit, natural tofu, completely free-range chicken, fish and pork. If you have special dietary preferences, such as vegetarian or no red meat, please let us know in advance
This is quite different from the usual Homestay. This lovely house, built of wood and with a palm leaf roof, is situated in a magical setting overlooking the lake. The rooms and balcony are on the first floor, commanding stunning views of rice paddies, the lake and the karst mountains, while the house backs onto the forests. Being newly built, the bathrooms are of western standard with hot water. Bedrooms are comfortable with beds, fresh white linen, towels and mosquito nets. All facilities are kept sparkling clean. Guests may take breakfast and dinner on the balcony, enjoying stunning views. Delicious Vietnamese cuisine is prepared from local produce, collected fresh from the markets, the fields and the lake. It is cooked in the traditional way over an open fire. Mr Linh feels it is most important that the village should benefit from any visitors, and so all his staff are locals. You can have complete trust in this young, professional and enthusiastic staff, who are also easy going, always ready to listen to your requirements, and most of all great fun. You will always remember the great atmosphere in this unique Homestay which combines elegant luxury, modern facilities with traditional Tay charm in a setting that is one of the most beautiful in Vietnam. Most of all you will remember the warmth and hospitality of this remarkable family.
All the accommodations in Ba Be National Park are stay safe and security certificate by government! The Tay people is very friendly and always welcome you!
Some hotels guesthouses and restaurants in Cho Ra or Cho Don town are a available if you come late from Hanoi.