Ba Be Lake – Another Vietnam Secret

by Dwight

Northern Vietnam offers many picturesque attractions to Vietnam Travelers, the Ba Be Lake region is no exception.

Morning Mist on Ba Be Lake

Morning Mist on Ba Be Lake

Ba Be Lake

Located in mountainous terrain northeast of Hanoi, Ba Be Lake is one of Vietnam’s most scenic and least visited National Parks.

The National Park protects three interconnecting lakes which can be explored on a private long tail boat steered by a fisherman. The locals are from the Tay minority, who have adapted their lake side stilted homes to offer comfortable rooms for visitors to experience life with a local family, with a dinner of freshly caught fish from the lake.

Consider a tour that includes an overnight stay in a local family’s home in the village of Pac Ngoi, with a day’s excursion on a boat, the ideal way to explore Ba Be Lake. The second day in the region offers the opportunity for some trekking in the National Park to explore ravines, caves and rivers.

Ban Gioc Falls - Vietnam

Ban Gioc Falls

From Ba Be the tour continues north to Cao Bang, near the Chinese Border. The big attraction here is the spectacular Ban Gioc waterfall, whose image adorns the walls of Chinese restaurants worldwide. Bang Gioc is the widest waterfall in Vietnam. The waterfall acts as the border between Vietnam and China and the Vietnamese side not only enjoys a much larger stretch of the falls, but it is also delightfully empty and undeveloped, especially when you look across the water and see the drones of Chinese tourists walking on paved concrete paths on the other side. Some canny Vietnamese traders linger on rafts on the water waiting for Chinese tourists to pass by boat. When a boat passes, they jump at the chance to sell cigarettes and liquor to them (‘duty free anyone?!’).

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Bao Lac to Cho Ra – Including Ba Be Lake

Ba Bể National Park is a reserve in Bắc Kạn Province, Northeast Vietnam, set up to protect a freshwater lake (Ba Bể Lake) along with surrounding limestone and lowland evergreen forests. Ba Be Lake is located about 240 kilometers northwest of the capital city Hanoi.

via Ba Be Lake – Vietnam’s best kept secret.

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