HANOI - BA BE LAKE - CAO BANG - BAN GIOC WATERFALL 4 DAYSSunday, December 02, 2012
HANOI - BA BE LAKE - CAO BANG - BAN GIOC WATERFALL 4 DAYS
An incredible journey by jeep or motorbike exploring the most splendid areas. Awesome limestone features and seemingly impossible mountain range obstacles with wonderful terraced rice fields. Suitable for those who appreciate geographical and cultural based eco-tours and prefer to adventure the untouched areas and explore the customs of the hill tribe people. Extremely attractive to picture-hunting travelers.
DAY 1: HANOI - BA BE LAKE (L/D)
This exotic journey of the Northeast begins as we depart from your HaNoi hotel. We drive up and pass through the undulating terrain of tea plantations in Thai Nguyen city. We will make a short stop for a visit and break at the Museum of Ethnology in Thai Nguyen town. Keep moving through many other timeless villages linked to the road which is the main artery of trade between the Northeast region and the Hanoi Capital. This is our first glimpse of rural Vietnam and sets the tone for the days ahead. Depending on traffic conditions, we will arrive at Ba Be Lake at about midday. After arriving at our homestay in Pac Ngoi village, we will have free time to walk around and meet the Tay people. Dinner and overnight in Ba Be.(L,D)
Today we will spend the whole day visiting the beauty of Ba Be Lakes in a local hand-crafted wooden canoe. We will transfer to a boat dock, then glide along the river and to a nearby cave. Lunch is served near a beautiful waterfall.
After lunch, we canoe our hearts' out navigating into the tranquility of Ba Be Lake and be witness to all of its majesticness. The afternoon's activities could include swimming and trekking, or sometimes a short visit to the ethnic minority villages. Rest at dinner then you are free to learn about the local people. Overnight at the homestay. (B,L,D)
DAY 3: BA BE LAKE - CAO BANG - BAN GIOC WATERFALL (B/L/D)
As we say goodbye with Pac Ngoi village and Ba Be Lakes, we will take about a 2 hour walk on a flat road through the National Park. Our driver meets us at the center of the park, then we hit the road, and take a scenic 2.5 hour drive towards Cao Bang. Here the ethnic people of Hmong, Dao, Tho and Nung live together in harmony. We will arrive in Cao Bang town about 1:30 pm for our lunch, check in, and have a free afternoon for walking around the town. Overnight in Cao Bang. (B,L/D)
DAY 4: BAN GOC WATERFALL - HANOI (B/L/D)
Heading out of town, we start venturing into the most remote northern regions of Cao Bang Province. The scenic roads traverse Trung Khanh before arriving at Ban Gioc Waterfall, which boasts the biggest waterfall in Vietnam (although not full of water in the dry season).
There is an enormous cave with two main entrances, one branch reaching almost all the way to the waterfalls where there is a second ‘secret’ entrance.
We will cack to Hanoi in the afternoon.
Around 10:00 pm, arrive at Hanoi. End of our service