On the calm waters of Ba Be Lake

Hanoi - Ba Be lake - Hanoi

Ba Be Lake is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sites in northeastern Vietnam. Limestone hills covered with lush forests surrounding a lake with crystal clear turquoise waters.


2 days


Ba Be lake

Average budget

From 135$

Whether you land at the airport, enter the city by train or bus, you will be picked up at any time and accompanied to our hotel by private vehicle or cab.

We individually adapt your program to your mode and time of arrival in Hanoi.

Thus, we can, in consultation with you, shift the beginning of your program according to your arrival time, to give you time to acclimatize!

During this excursion on the calm waters of Ba Be Lake you will enjoy

Contemplate various landscapes

  • The sun reflecting on the water of Ba Be lake
  • The imposing caves, full of stalactites and stalagmites
  • The primitive beauty of the waterfall and the surrounding forest

Experience special moments

  • The authentic atmosphere of a popular district of Hanoi
  • The colorful markets of ethnic minorities
  • Activities with the locals

The PLUS of the Pilgrim

  • Exclusive hikes on secret paths
  • Visit of villages unknown to mass tourism
  • Nights in the homes of local people in comfort mode
  • Accompaniment by experienced guides

Make the experience last

  • A longer stay in one or more villages mentioned in the program
  • An extension to the North West of Vietnam
  • An extension to the region of Bac Ha and Sapa

Two days and one night excursion

  • Excursion idea to personalize: 2 days and 1 night

An excursion according to your desires

This excursion proposal is 100% customizable according to your desires.

You will be able to modify your trip (duration, accommodations, activities, and services) during our exchanges.

Day 1 Ba Be lake and Hua Ma cave

Our guide will pick you up by bus from your hotel around 7:30-8:00 am,
On the way to Ba Be National Park, we will stop at a local village for lunch in a restaurant, before our drive takes us through the mountains and tea plantations on the way to Ba Be.


You will then go to the Tay village of Coc Toc, where the houses are built in the traditional Tay way on stilts. The local Tay people will introduce you to their way of life whose central pillars are fishing on the lake and rice farming. This is where you will spend the night at the local people’s house.


After settling in, we will take you to Hua Ma cave, with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites. The rest of the afternoon is free, we suggest you to go for a walk or a bike ride around the village of Coc Toc, or to go kayaking on the lake.


In the evening, you will be served a homemade family dinner in our host family.


Travel by minibus : 6h.
Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Steps :
Hanoi, Ba Be lake
Accommodation :
In a traditional house (Ba Be)
Ba Be lake
Ba Be lake

Day 2 Boat trip on Ba Be Lake

After breakfast, we will board a boat and head out onto the lake. Bring your swimsuit and take a dip in the refreshing lake waters from the top of the boat! The views consist of beautiful karst formations all around you, covered with patches of wild vegetation and rich wildlife.


The boat will then continue along the Nang River, allowing you to explore Puong Cave, filled with wonderful stalactites and stalagmites, as well as observe the colony of bats that live here.


After your exploration of the lake, you will have a chance to rest while we drive you back to Hanoi, admiring the beautiful scenery along the way.


You will stop for lunch at a local restaurant on the way before arriving in Hanoi around 5:30pm.


Travel by minibus : 6h.
Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Steps :
Ba Be lake, Hanoi
Ba Be lake
Ba Be lake
  • Price estimate: 2 days and 1 night

An excursion according to your desires

Our excursions are tailor-made (with private guides and drivers), so the price is never fixed for each Pilgrim traveler.

This price varies according to the number of travelers, the level of services, the seasonality and the booking delays.

Count on this tour starting at $135 per person*. The only exact price will be the one that appears on your personalized and finalized quote.

* International flights are not included in this estimate.

This price includes :

  • All travel on site
  • Lodging in hotels or at local people’s homes
  • Breakfasts and meals during the excursions
  • Bilingual English-speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to the sites to visit and activities
  • Application fees and taxes
  • All logistic services necessary for the organization of the program

This price does not include :

  • Domestic and international flights and airport taxes to/from Hanoi
  • Entry visa fees
  • Drinks and other meals not mentioned in the program
  • Water bottle (can be purchased on site)
  • Telephone, personal expenses
  • Any other service not mentioned in the “Price includes” section.

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